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1. A lid on every pot

Weddings have rituals, certain things you always do on a special occasion. Giving presents is one of them. Hindu families in Pakistan often give sweets as gifts. They present them in beautifully painted pots. So if you see someone walking down the street with a pot like this, there is probably a wedding going on somewhere.

Attock, Pakistan; around 1950; earthenware, paint; TM-3500-168a, b


2. Would you like a bag?

In many cultures you give your present in a pretty bag. In Japan shops often give you a separate gift bag to take home, folded nice and flat. That way you are sure that when you give your gift, you can present it in a nice smooth bag.

Daiyasu; Kyoto, Japan; 2020; paper


3. Happy Eid!

Muslims give each other sweets and other sugary treats to celebrate the end of Ramadan. You can use a pretty box like this to give them in. Often there is a special wish written on the box.

Netherlands; 2020; paper


4. On a silver platter 
What a fabulous tray for serving food to your guests! The lid will keep it warm, and the delicious hot food underneath will be a lovely surprise when you lift it up.

Sumatra, Indonesia; 1945-1950; silver; RV-3361-2


5. A lid as a gift

This is a lid for covering food. But it is so beautiful that it was used as a special gift. The sultan of Kotawaringin gave it to an important Dutch soldier to thank him.

Kalimantan, Indonesia; around 1900; glass, metal, mica, pandan leaf, rattan; 7082-S-3752


6. A mini bridal chest

Couples used to keep their best things in a big bridal chest. In Poland, young men sometimes made a miniature chest to impress their girlfriend, painted so it looked just as pretty as the real thing. Perhaps they would later get married, and there would be a full-size bride’s chest.

Poland; 1962; wood, paint; RV-5715-3250


7. Under a yellow canopy
Religious people would put their offerings in this double-decker dish. Offerings are gifts to the gods.
The offering was covered with a yellow canopy. The colour yellow is used in celebrations when
someone becomes a Buddhist monk and goes to live at a monastery.

Thailand; around 1970; wood, paint, iron, gold paper, plastic; TM-4113-513 a-b; TM-4113-520


8. Gift envelopes
In Chinese culture, if you give money as a gift you use a red envelope, or hongbao. Red is a lucky colour. People usually give envelopes like these at Chinese New Year, and also for weddings and
other special occasions. Sometimes people use them to bribe someone – give them money so that they will do something for you. That is why bribes are also called ‘red envelopes’ in China.

China; 2020; paper


9. Lovely shiny things
At important celebrations in Afro-Surinamese culture, people sometimes give presents in a kopro beki, a copper bowl. They put all kinds of things in the bowl: food, jewellery, cigars. This one has some cleverly folded mini-headscarves in it, made of textiles from the Netherlands and Suriname. Can you see the man on the headscarf? He’s Anton de Kom, an important Surinamese freedom fighter and writer.

Netherlands; 2020; copper, cotton. This kopro beki was dressed by Jane Stjeward-Schubert from Rotterdam.


10. A gift with a parasol
A prince on the island of Java would always have someone with him to hold a parasol over his head. It protected him from the sun and the rain, and the colours showed how important he was. When
the prince gave a gift, someone would hold a parasol above that too, so you could see that it was an important gift.

Java, Indonesia; around 1850; bamboo, paper, gilt; RV-300-284aa