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Gift giving at international protocol

  • A gift has to be of a good quality but not of excessive value.
  • It must be thoughtfully and carefully wrapped.
  • When you give a business gift make sure to include a card with the reason of the gift, name, signature and contact information.

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Argentina

To give a gift in business is not required.

Imported liquor is appreciated as a gift.

Bolivia

The intention to give a gift is most important than the gift itself.

Avoid giving knives, that is a symbol of ending of a friendship.

Ecuador

Giving a gift in business is not necessary. Wine and liquor are appreciated as a gift.

Avoid giving flowers such as Lilis and Calendula, these are used for funerals.

United States

Giving a gift in business is not required.

Souvenir from own country is highly appreciated. Art and books are recommended.

Guatemala

Giving a gift in business is not required.

Avoid giving white flowers, they are used for funerals.

Mexico

Giving a gift in business is not necessary. Avoid giving knives, that is a symbol of ending a friendship.

A gift is not generally opened in front of the person who gave the gift.

Suriname

Giving a gift in business is not required.

A gift has to be given with both hands.

Venezuela

Don’t give business gift until a business relationship is established.

 Wrapping gifts in white, gold, zilver colours is popular. Send flowers during social occassions. Orchidea is a national flower.

China

Gift giving to business colleagues is permitted at the first meeting.

If you are going to give a gift to the company, be sure to give it to the leader of the group.

Appreciated gifts include whisky, books and official dinners.

Don’t give clocks, they’re associated with death.

Don’t give handkerchiefs, these are given at funerals.

India

Appreciated gift include books and cristal objects.

Don’t give gifts where the colours white and black predominate, they are associated with death.

A gift should be given with both hands.

Indonesia

Alcohol and pork are prohibited for muslims.
A gift should be given with both hands.

Normally a gift is not opened in the presence of the gift giver.

Japan

Gift giving is important in Japanese protocol.

Avoid giving flowers like Lilies, Lotus and Camelias.

The right moment to give a gift is normally at end of the first business meeting.

The ceremony of gift giving is more important than the purpose of giving a gift.

A gift should given with both hands.

Singapore

Normally gifts are not exchanged in business.

A gift should be given with both hands.

Kuwait

Avoid giving gifts with images or fotographs of people or animals.

Appreciated gifts include pen and compass.

A gift should be given with both hands

Thailand

Appreciated gifts inclued books, liquor and pens.

A gift should be given with both hands.

South Africa

Gift giving is for friends. Don’t give a gift before the friendship is established.

A gift should be given with both hands.

Egypt

Avoid to give gifts with images or fotographs of people or animals.

Alcohol and pork are prohibited for Muslims.

Germany

Giving a gift in business is not required.

Appreciated gifts include books, liquor and pens.

The Netherlands

Giving a gift in business is not necessary.

Appreciated gifts include books, wine and pens.

Generally a gift is opened infront of the gift giver.

Portugal

Giving a gift in business is not required.

Avoid giving flowers such as Chrysanthemum and Roses.

Avoid giving thirteen pieces of flowers.

Regulary a gift is opened infront of the gift giver.

Saudi Arabia

Muslim men don’t use gold jewelry and silk, it’s used for women.

For men, traditional gifts include handmade carpets.

A gift should be given with both hands.

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