The Wide World of Gift Giving

January 17, 2013    |    By +
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Ever wonder which countries celebrate the most gift giving holidays? Who do you think comes out on top? English speaking nations (Australia,England, and of course the United States)are the clear winners, but Sweden is close behind. Learn all sorts of fascinating information from the weirdest traditions to the most monumental gifts of all time in this comprehensive sweep of global gift giving traditions that was put together by our experience gift friends at Cloud 9 Living.

This interactive gift giving map is meant for world travelers, study abroad students, those living in or visiting a foreign country; and anyone with curiosity about cultures, traditions and etiquette standards around the world. With holidays ranging from Diwali to Christmas, and traditions from gifting yogurt to pulling on earlobes; everyone will learn something new.

For example:

  • In Tibet children are considered 1 year old when they are born
  • In India you should only give gifts with your right hand

Read on for more interesting facts.  Did they  miss any? Please comment below to share your unique traditions with us!

Gift Giving Traditions Around The World

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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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Gwen is the Editorial Curator at In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.