It’s that time of year again. The tunes of Christmas joy shall be attacking your ears once again in stubborn reminder that it’s time to start shopping for presents. People will be dropping subtle “hints” on what to purchase. Your doorstep and email inbox will be crammed with the gift guides. In the spirit of all this gift giving, here’s a compilation of gifts you shouldn’t give to your loved ones based on superstitions.
1) Shoes. If you haven’t heard this before, it’s based on an old superstition that you’re basically giving someone the tools to “walk away FOREVER from you.” Never, under any circumstances, give a loved one shoes.
2) Wallets. It’s all right to give a person a wallet—if there’s money inside it. Apparently, if someone is given an empty wallet, it’s foreshadowing how that wallet will always be empty throughout its use.
3) A Fountain. Abiding by the laws of Feng Shui, having a fountain in the home means that money constantly flowing out of it, much like the water that’s flowing in the fountain. If you’re hoping to secretly get someone broke, then a small fountain (or a larger one) would be perfect.
4) Perfume. Apparently it’s bad luck to be given perfume to your significant other---unless the receiver gives a small amount of money back. It can even be a penny—which would counteract the bad luck heading their way.
5) A Watch/Clock. By giving a watch, you’re putting time on a relationship---that your time spent as a couple might run out. It’s like you’re reminding the person that they have limited time to spend with you.
6) A Single rose. In Italy, giving a single rose of any color means death.