10+ Gifts You Should Never, Ever Give Vietnamese people

Gifting is one of the most beautiful traditions and customs of the Vietnamese people. In the past, they simply gift traditional cakes and foods, share shrimps or fishes caught in rivers to each other. Nowadays, gifts are enormous in supermarkets, gift stores and bookstores. Do you think that a pair of shoes is a good gift for your friend? How about gifting a ring for your girlfriend? Shoes and ring are included in the list of 10+ Gifts You Should Never, Ever Give Vietnamese people. This article is unique and it helps you to avoid culture shock and choosing wrong gifts for Vietnamese people.

Read more about Vietnamese Gifts Etiquettes – the ultimate guide to gifting in Vietnam.

Shoes

Shoes mean “hài” which is pronounced the same way as “hai” (complaint). Some people in Vietnam believe that their boyfriends/girlfriends will leave them after receiving and wearing the shoes they gift.

Shoes - 10+ Gifts You Should Never, Ever Give Vietnamese people

Sharp items

Sharp items such as knives, scissors, nail clippers, swords, razors can “cut” or “break” the relationship between receivers and givers.

A nail clipper - 10+ Gifts You Should Never, Ever Give Vietnamese people

A nail clipper.

Handkerchief

In Vietnam, handkerchiefs are used to dry tears or sweat so that it represents sadness and difficulties.

A beautiful embroidered handkerchief - 10+ Gifts You Should Never, Ever Give Vietnamese people

A beautiful embroidered handkerchief.

Suitcases

A suitcase can break up a couple because it means one of them will pack the suitcase and go far away.

10+ Gifts You Should Never, Ever Give Vietnamese people

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Underwear

Gifting underwear to girlfriends in some countries is a great idea but it is impolite in Vietnam. Your Vietnamese girlfriend may misunderstand that you disrespect her.

Bras - 10+ Gifts You Should Never, Ever Give Vietnamese people

Bras.

Rings

The ring represents the marital relationship at Tet festival. You can gift your girlfriend a ring on other occasions.

Money

Instead of gifting money, you can gift supermarket/travel/restaurant vouchers.

10+ Gifts You Should Never, Ever Give Vietnamese people

Empty wallet

Empty wallet represents lack of money, fiscal deficit or bankrupt. So that you should not gift a brand new wallet to a Vietnamese person. You can unbox the wallet, put a banknote into the wallet then wrap it before giving to the receiver. The wallet with money brings good luck to the receiver.

Empty wallet - 10+ Gifts You Should Never, Ever Give Vietnamese people

Wallet with money - 10+ Gifts You Should Never, Ever Give Vietnamese people

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Fish tank

The fish tank which is bought by the host is a good item to arrange because it brings fortune and wealth to the house. However, it can not be gifted. A fish tank can bring bad luck to the receiver.

Fish tank - 10+ Gifts You Should Never, Ever Give Vietnamese people

God of Wealth

God of Wealth represents prosperity and his statues are usually arranged in altars. Similar to fish tanks, God of Wealth statue should not be gifted.

God of Wealth - 10+ Gifts You Should Never, Ever Give Vietnamese people

Watch

Watches remind Vietnamese old people about their ages. So that some elderly people in Vietnam do not like to be gifted watches. If you gift a Vietnamese person a watch, you hope him/her to die soon.

Watch - 10+ Gifts You Should Never, Ever Give Vietnamese people

Umbrella

“Ô dù” (umbrella ) also means “phân tán” (distribution) so that an umbrella can break off the relationship between givers and receivers.

Umbrella - 10+ Gifts You Should Never, Ever Give Vietnamese people

Pear or plump

Fruits are favorite gifts in Vietnam thanks to their health benefits. Pears (lê) and plumps (mận) are pronounced the same way as separated (chia ly). So that they are not good gifts.

Candle

Red and white pillar candles, red glass candles are used at funerals and pagodas and they should not be gifted in Vietnam.

Candle - 10+ Gifts You Should Never, Ever Give Vietnamese people

Fabric doll and mask

Fabric dolls and masks which can be easily bewitched so that Vietnamese people do not like to be gifted them.

Fabric doll - 10+ Gifts You Should Never, Ever Give Vietnamese people

Antique

Similar to fabric dolls, antiques can be bewitched and bring bad luck to receivers.

Antique - 10+ Gifts You Should Never, Ever Give Vietnamese people

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Pillow

Troubles come after receivers use the pillows they were gifted. However, lovers or family members can gift each other pillows.

Pillow - 10+ Gifts You Should Never, Ever Give Vietnamese people

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