Gift exchange practice
It is common in Denmark to ask for wish lists and such reduce the risk of giving unwanted presents or to serve as inspiration.
To reduce the risk o the "wrong" present even more, it is pretty standard to buy presents that can be exchanged or returned - not only at Christmas. This exchange practice is widely accepted – indeed, often the giver will state straight away:can be exchanged ( kan byttes). And they really mean it.
I really like this concept of buying presents, which incidentally saves you many a headache. If it turns out you bought the wrong thing, no money was wasted because the recipient can exchange the gift without any hassle.
Ask the shop assistant right from the start about their exchange options. Buying your present from a store with a money-back guarantee can be an elegant way of giving money. Vouchers are also common, but less exciting. Furthermore, they usually don’t allow you to receive money back instead of purchasing merchandise with the voucher. Some shops have barter stamps (byttemærke) or barter receipts (bytteseddel). With both of these, the amount is not indicated but saved in the shop‘s system. If you want to exchange the gift, the shop assistant will check the system for its value. You may get a voucher (tilgodeseddel) for this amount or in some shops you can get the money back.
Find out more about the Danish traditions for Christmas and for any other occasion.
- Æbleskiver and gløgg
- Christmas lunches
- Christmas markets
- Christmas cards
- Wish lists
- Christmas Eve
- End-of season sales
- New Year's Eve
- Three Kings day
Remember to check also the resource section for your life in Denmark to find important information which will help you to settle down faster and make more out of your stay.
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