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Birthday Gift Idea
Birthday - a present for a close friend or family member, and colleagues often join together to buy a small present for another colleague. Colleagues usually go out for lunch together, too. If it's someone to whom we're not close, we usually give a card. We give special importance to 18th, 21st, 30th, 40th, 50th etc birthdays.
Easter - chocolate eggs. For children, we hide small chocolate eggs all over the garden, and they try to find them all. We say that they have been left by the Easter Bunny / Easter Rabbit.
Christmas - same as birthdays. Offices sometimes do 'Secret Santa': everyone is assigned one colleague to buy a present for, usually with a price limit. You buy a present for that person, but they're not allowed to know who it's from. Children have stockings full of presents from Father Christmas.
Weddings - couples either send round a list of presents they would like, or 'register' with a department store. This way, the store keeps the list, and guests can go online / visit the store and buy presents. At the wedding reception, the bride and groom give gifts to the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom (usually flowers), and small gifts to each of the bridesmaids (usually jewellery) and the ushers (usually wine). I think in the USA (and please correct me if I'm wrong) it's usual to give the bride and groom money, but this is not done in the UK.
Wedding anniversaries - we only buy presents for very close family members or friends. Traditionally, there are specific things you are supposed to buy for each anniversary (there's a list here: ) but I don't think people always follow that.
Christenings - when a baby is christened, it's common to give a piece of china or lace, but I think these days people are just as likely to give the parents money to invest for the baby.
Visiting someone's home - if you are going for dinner, it is common to take a bottle of wine, flowers or some chocolates. If you're staying for a week or so, you would normally take a small gift as well, such as a lovely book, a plant or something for the home. After the visit / dinner, you would also send a card thanking your host.
Saints' Days - we don't celebrate them in England. For example, today is St George's Day and here I am at work! But we don't celebrate them for individuals, either - I don't know when St Broccolicious' Day is, and I'm sure the majority of people here wouldn't know their Saints' Days.
House-warming - many people have house-warming parties to celebrate their new home, to which you might take a plant, some flowers or something nice for the home. My friend gave me six eco-friendly light bulbs when I moved into my new flat, which I thought was a brilliant idea! If there's no party, you might send a card.
Mothering Sunday / Mothers' Day - usually flowers, or a small gift. We usually give gifts to our mothers and grandmothers.
Fathers' Day - a small gift, perhaps a bottle of wine or something.
Tooth fairy - when a child loses a tooth, they put it under their pillow when they go to bed. While they are asleep, the tooth fairy comes and takes the tooth, and leaves money for the child. When I was a child, she used to leave 5p, but now she's more generous - up to £5 for one tooth!
Increasingly, people use online Wish Lists (eg Amazon), which means that you don't get the same thing from ten different people. It would be considered very impolite to ask if you could return a present.