JAPAN

Keywords:

Nicely-wrapped, formal, politeness

Japanese people are more concerned on how a gift is presented rather than the gift itself

There are around  70 occasions each year for giving and receiving gifts in Japanese culture

Gifts decorated with red ribbons are for joyful events, while gifts decorated with white ribbons are for condolatory events

When receiving gifts from others,
a Japanese person would politely refuse once or  twice before accepting it

THAILAND

Keywords: 

Simple, goodwill, ease of use

Gift-giving is not common in Thailand
with the exception of special occassions like birthdays, weddings, etc

Thai people prefer friendly gestures with
a smile over gifts

Recipients don’t open gifts in front of
gift-giver

MALAYSIA

Keywords:  

Studious, attention to Islamic rules

Gifts are usually
reserved for people
with close relationships, such as family, friends and lovers

Always offer a gift with your right hand and receive it with both hands

Presenting gifts to government officials can be considered in the same bracket as bribery

CHINA

Keywords:  

Balance, respect, conscientious 

Chinese people tend to give gifts on holidays as a gesture of gratitude

You shouldn't give gifts without a specific reason

In some circumstances,
the givers would ask the recipients on
what they prefer

VIETNAM

Keywords:  

Thoughtfulness, sincerity, meaningful 

Besides holidays,Tet, birthday and etc. Vietnamese people can give random gifts to their loved ones

In many circumstances, the gifts' value shows how much you respect a relationship

Even though gifts are important, it’s first about how you present the gifts

Fun facts about gift giving in
Western Culture

Pastry
In Greek and French culture, pastry is the best present for first time house visits

Perfume
Perfume is the gift between lovers in  America

Wine
Wine usually makes a great gift but not in the case of the French. Culture dictates that only the host can decide on the wine that is being served

Number 13
13 is considered
a bad number, bringing bad fortune for the recipients

Yellow rose and daisy
To Italians, yellow roses symbolize unfaithfulness while daisies are associated with death