Gift-giving - Advices for travellers

Szabo GaborStarred Page By Szabo Gabor, 11th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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If you travel abroad and you would like to buy some gifts it’s very important to know the local culture. In this way you can avoid the unpleasant situations.

Different habits

I collected some useful tips about what can you buy for your business partners, relatives or friends who are living abroad.

Japan. Unlike the UK, gift-giving is very important In Japan and it usually happens at the end of a visit. Pens are a good idea or something not available in Japan. If you give flowers, avoid giving four or nine flowers as these are unlucky numbers.

Chinese people will probably refuse your gift several times, but it is polite to continue offering it to them. Do not give clocks to Chinese people as the Chinese word for 'clock' is similar to the word for 'death'.

Middle East. Give gifts of highest quality leather, silver or crystal. Remember to avoid alcohol and leather from pigs.

South America. Gift-giving is less formal in South America but still an important part of the culture. Avoid leather, as many of the world s best leather products come from South America.

Australia, Canada, USA and Europe. Gift-giving in these countries is informal and not always expected. However, it is polite to bring someone flowers, chocolates or wine when visiting their house. In some European countries, you should avoid red flowers (associated with romance).


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I like reading, writing and sharing interesting articles. My favourite topics: environment, animals, plants, science, technology, useful tips and mysteries. Now I’m learning natural science at the university.

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author avatar Denise O
12th Feb 2011 (#)

Good too know. Thank you for informing us. I am never disappointed reading one of your articles.
Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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