With the holiday season upon us, giving gifts is top of mind for many of us these days. But whether you celebrate the Christian holiday of Christmas, the Jewish tradition of Hanukkah, or some other seasonal event, exchanging gifts to loved ones, colleagues or friends is a custom throughout the year in many cultures. While there is hardly anyone that does not enjoy receiving a gift, it can be tricky to find the right present, especially when the friend, colleague or boss comes from another part of the world. We therefore want to share with you a quick guide to gift giving around the world.
With all these considerations in mind, finding an appropriate gift can seem like a challenging endeavor best to avoid. Exchanging gifts and giving presents are, however, crucial to building and maintaining (business) relationships in many cultures around the world. To make life a little easier the next time the opportunity for a gift presents itself, here are a few culture-specific tips and tricks on gift giving.
Looking for the perfect gift is a challenge on its own. As you can see from the tips and considerations above, it can become tripwire in an international context. Considering local protocol, asking local colleagues or friends for advice, and consulting tools like GlobeSmart for help, are smart strategies to keep on enjoying the gift of giving.
Our online tool GlobeSmart offers more than just information on gift giving around the world. It represents detailed, business-related cultural information on over 90 countries. It also allows you to create your own GlobeSmart Profile to compare your preferred communication and work style to those of your colleagues and other national cultures.
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