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In our previous Friday blogs about cross-cultural gifting, we've established why finding a gift for your friends from other lands can be a more complex task than it seems on the surface. You might think that there wouldn't be many differences in gift giving protocol between the US and England... but there are definitely some guidelines to follow.
Business Gifts in England
It's just not part of their business culture. In fact, your business colleague might be embarrassed to receive a gift. If you just really must insist, however, reserve the presentation of your gift until the conclusion of a deal. Make certain your gift of choice is small and tasteful. Good gifts include desk accessories, a paperweight with your company logo or a book about your home country. In the very unlikely event that you yourself receive a gift and cannot reciprocate, inviting someone out for a meal can be viewed as a great way to reciprocate. It's always considered good form to buy a round of drinks for your colleagues after work.
Personal Gifts in England
- Buying a round of drinks at a pub is the most common way of celebrating someone’s birthday. Greeting cards are widely accepted, as well.
- The British enjoy entertaining people in their homes. and it is customary for the guest to bring a host or hostess gift. The best choices are fine quality chocolates, wine, champagne, or flowers. Liquor or spirits, on the other hand, are a matter of personal taste and are best not given as a present. Flowers to avoid include red roses, white lilies or chrysanthemums. A guest should always send a hand-written thank you note after the event.
Other Things to Note:
- If you are giving electronics, make sure that its electrical plug is their standard plug.
- DVDs from other countries are generally a different format than those used in the UK.
- When invited to someone's home, plan on arriving about 10-20 minutes after the stated time. Arriving early is considered an imposition. However, if you are arriving for business and will be more than five minutes late, you should call ahead to notify your appointment.
There are lots of other #funfacts to learn as our blog treks around the globe. Join us here next Friday as we discuss gift giving in France!
For many families in the United States, the end of summer is a busy time preparing for the start of a new school year. Backpacks, notebooks, pencils, and back-to-school clothes are purchased to provide kids with what they need to learn and grow.
This isn’t the reality for children in developing countries around the world.
While there have been significant improvements, according to the United Nations…
- Around 57 million children do not attend school.
- About 50% of children who aren’t attending school live in conflict-affected areas.
- An estimated 103 million youth lack basic literacy skills.
- More than 60% of those lacking basic literacy skills are girls and young women.
India is one country where government and organizational efforts are making a positive difference. Enrollment for both boys and girls in primary and early secondary school has continued to rise in recent years. However, more work to ensure gender parity and literacy for all adults is needed, especially for women who represent that largest group of illiterate people on the Indian Subcontinent.
The Fair Trade organization, Mata Traders, is facilitating change and improving education and literacy rates for women and their children in India. Being in a Mata Traders Fair Trade cooperative not only gives women the opportunity to develop craft and job skills, because they earn a guaranteed fair wage, they are able to send their children—girls and boys-- to school for a full secondary and undergraduate education as well.
Stop by a Global Gifts store to see new fall styles in Mata Traders’ skillfully handmade dresses, tops, and jewelry. This apparel and accessory line is perfect for work, play, or just hanging out. And, best of all, your purchase helps women and their families better their lives!
Hear Mata Traders artisans, in their own words, explain why a pretty dress is far MORE than just a dress…