One of the most amazing things in many countries is how people address each other. If you are walking in Hungary, don’t be angry if someone addresses you as a “cabbage” or “small insect.” They are not trying to mock you, these words are actually a compliment there. In many countries, their “compliments” might seem very weird. For example, in China, saying “diving fish, swooping geese” is a way to say someone is beautiful. People in Poland use the word “breadcrumb,” and in Japan, “egg with eyes” is also a term for an attractive person, making reference to their oval-shaped face.
And it’s not because they don’t want to accept a gift, it’s just their way of expressing modesty and good manners. By the way, in China, you can gift people with anything except for sharp objects, like knives (they are signs of the end of a relationship), watches (it is believed that watches mark the end of life), and handkerchiefs (which are a superstition connected with crying at funerals).