Gifts given between countries can be used wisely to settle political differences, show good faith or just be polite. In most cases this is exactly what happens, however, some presents that seem like a great idea at first can actually turn out to be quite the opposite. We have explored both ends of the spectrum in our infographic “Gifts Given Between Countries: The Weird and The Wonderful”.
From the Christmas Tree that England from Norway that is proudly displayed in Trafalgar Square every year to the camel Mali gifted France that was accidentally eaten in a stew, we have found some of the best and worst examples of international gift giving!
So next time you’re stuck thinking of a gift, take inspiration from the countries that got it spot on and spare a thought for the diplomats that couldn’t just settle for smelly soap and got it very wrong as a result!