Turkish culture gifts giving
Since white is the color of mourning and death, white flowers must never be given. Similarly, gifts are usually wrapped in red, blue, green or yellow colored wrapping papers as these are colors of celebration and prosperity. Gifts of cash are very common and are given on weddings, baby shower and house warming. The cash should be in odd units of 11, 51, 101, 501 and so on since these numbers are considered auspicious.
The value of the gift is not considered as important as the feelings attached to the gift. Also, additional care is taken to ensure that leather gifts are never given to the Hindus (since most of them are pure vegetarians) and gifts involving alcohol are avoided at all costs to Muslims.
Either the right hand or both the hands are used (but never the left hand) to give the gift. The recipient may either be the couple (in case of house warming, weddings etc) or the child (for birthdays) or the mother (baby showers, naming ceremonies).
Unlike other countries, the gifts are generally not opened in front of everyone, unless specifically asked to do so. Rather they are kept aside and are unwrapped only after all the guests leave. Lastly, return gifts are important and are usually given during weddings, and birthday parties.