Giving gifts is a universal idea, but different cultures have their own practices when it comes to new baby gifting. We did some research into the most unique baby gift-giving traditions from different countries around the world. Here are eight of our favorites.

baby gift giving traditions Majesty Palm Floor Plant


In Egypt, a palm with a blue eye is traditionally given to newborn babies. It is usually attached to their clothing, giving them protection from the “evil eye.”


Body decoration is a very popular tradition in India, so baby girls are given silver ankle bracelets when they are born. Silver is thought to represent strength and bring hope that the baby will grow up to be strong and healthy.


A red envelope filled with money is traditionally given to newborn babies in China. The envelope can be plain red or have the words “fortune” or “luck” written on it. This is thought to bring great joy and wealth to the child’s life.


Giving knitted red baby shoes to a newborn in Brazil is thought to bring them luck and protect them from “evil eyes.” Many believe that knitted red shoes should be the first gift an expecting mother receives, but others believe the newborn should wear the shoes when leaving the hospital.


In Russia, babies are given a silver spoon, which is thought to bring wealth and good luck to their future.


Dreamtime children’s storybooks are given to babies in Australia. The books tell stories of the relationships between people, land and animals, as well as cultural values and beliefs.

baby gift giving traditions with Money Tree

United Kingdom

English culture and American culture are not that different when it comes to baby gifts. Some common newborn baby gifts in the United Kingdom include jewelry, rattles, picture frames, and keepsake boxes.

United States

American baby gifting includes flowers, toys, clothes, etc. Recently, it has become popular in the U.S. to give newborns money trees to give them luck and good fortune in their lives. These trees, sometimes called Pachira plants, have rich histories and great significance to many people.


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