Baby Gift Traditions Around the World

Baby Gifting Traditions From Around the World

If you thought picking the perfect baby gift was hard enough when a good friend gave birth, imagine trying to pick out a present for a royal baby! While William and Kate have asked that well-wishers consider making charitable donations instead of sending baby gifts, in some cultures, baby gifts are dictated by tradition. From specialized jewelry to cash donations, see what's considered a traditional gift in various regions of the world.

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In which country are knit red baby shoes considered to be a lucky gift?
China
Brazil
Tanzania
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In which country is cash considered to be the gift of choice for newborns?
Japan
China
Thailand
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On which island is this mano de azabache — or charm in the shape of a fist — given to babies to ward off evil and bring good luck?
Jamaica
Trinidad
Puerto Rico
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In which country are newborns adorned with silver bracelets to celebrate their arrival?
Egypt
Thailand
India
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In which country can new parents expect to receive red envelopes, rather than a Hallmark Card?
China
Korea
Thailand
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In which part of the world do dads knit their baby's first alpaca-wool hat? It usually has ear flaps and a tie under the chin.
Sub-Saharan Africa
Oceana
South America
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More than being born with a silver spoon in their mouths, babies born in which country receive precious metal gifts to ensure future wealth and luck?
The Netherlands
Russia
Poland
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In which country are newborns protected from the evil eye by an amulet called a "goz muncugu"?
Azerbaijan
Nigeria
Laos
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