With all the interest surrounding the birth of the royal baby, we’ve pulled together some of the most unique baby gift giving traditions from different cultures around the world. Here are some of our favorites:
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.”
In India, baby girls are given silver ankle bracelets when they are born. Body decoration is a very popular tradition in India. It is thought that silver represents strength and brings hope that the baby will grow up to be strong and healthy.
In China, a red envelope filled with money is traditionally given to newborn babies. 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 their life.
It is thought that giving knitted red baby shoes to a newborn in Brazil will bring luck and protect them from “evil eyes.” Many believe that knitted red shoes should be the very first gift an expectant 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.
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.
American baby gifting includes flowers, toys, clothes, etc. Recently, it has become very 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.