Cross Cultural Gifts

Gifts, Gift Giving:

Gifts and Gift Giving: In giving gifts to persons from cultures other than your own culture, care is needed not to offend.

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Gifts and Gift Giving

Giving Gifts to Persons from Other Cultures

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Gifts and the giving of gifts:A general lack of cross cultural understanding can lead to misunderstandings which may result in an insult rather than a gift.

The Japanese and the Chinese have very detailed rituals for gift giving. Nomadic cultures in the Middle East have a tradition of hospitality totravelers which includes gifts.

If you’re giving a gift to a person from a country known for producing a particular product,such as silver in Mexico, don’t offer that item as a gift, especially if it is manufactured elsewhere.Some examples of products and countries are:

  • Beer and wine in Germany
  • Silver in Mexico
  • Leather and wine in Argentina
  • Leather in Brazil and Uruguay
  • Scissors in Finland
  • Wine in France and Italy
  • Vodka in Russia and Poland

Universally, chocolate is a good choice. Buy kosher chocolate as gifts forJewish friends, relatives, and business associates. Avoid milk chocolate if the recipienteats vegan.

Before doing business in a country different fromyour own, gain specific knowledge about the practice of givinggifts in a business situation.

For example, in North America or the UK, the giving of gifts is rare in the businessworld. It could even be construed as bribery. In many other countries, however,the giving of gifts is a common practice.

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