Taboo for gifts ...., Penang
Well manjority of chinese are superstitious to certain extend , so take note when choosing a gift for them ....hahaha ....of course they will not mind especially for those not familiar with their culture !
CLOCK ! Never buy a clock as a present / gift , coz in cantonese clock is " chung " while giving present is " sung " and when you combine both it becomes " Sung chung " which means " paying last respect when someone die " ....
( please take note that its clock and not watch that you are not encouraged to buy )
Others items that you should not consider is shoes , scisscors ( anything sharp ) or mirror.
Another world - another culture - another habit... our top-model learned her lesson when changing her clothes in the centre of Georgetown. She got pushed into the van at the moment we all could see she was wearing a string. Fortunatedly she understood you cannot grant some traditional people the beauty of your flesh ...
So it is with some other gifts ... sometimes a complicated issue. Muslim people do not drink alcohol, and Chinese donot like to get knives, watches (heehee, wanna buy Rolex?), or white flowers. These remember of death in Chinese culture, like time is linked with death.