It’s that time of year for giving gifts, but if you look at different cultures around the world there are different superstitions about giving gifts. Sometimes they’re outright taboos. For example:

* Don’t give gifts with sharp edges like a knife, scissors or letter opener. It sends harsh energy to the receiver. It could even sever the friendship.

* Watches and clocks are popular gifts in America but in eastern culture they suggest a limited life span.

* Don’t give an empty wallet or purse. If you’re considering one of these as a gift, always include a small amount of money.

* Thinking about a handkerchief as a gift? It suggests that you expect the recipient to be doing a lot of crying in the future or wiping away sweat from frustration.

* If you’re going to give roses – don’t give long stemmed red roses with thorns. They’re believed to sour the friendship. Yellow, cream or pink roses with no thorns would be a better choice.

* Candy, cookies – sweets of any type are a great gift. They suggest that you wish the person to have a sweet life, so they symbolize good fortune. And so that dieters don’t have to be left out, low cal varieties work just as well.

* Never recycle gifts. When you recycle a gift, it symbolizes that you’re giving away your friendship with the person who gave you the gift in the first place.