As you may already know, when giving a gift to someone of another culture, questions like, "What color does she like?" take on a far more complex nature. That's not necessarily the case when it comes to Australia, though.
Read on for some important gift giving tips to keep in mind when in Australia (or when presenting a gift to an Australian).
Australians are not very formal so greetings (even in business) and gift giving protocols are casual and relaxed. Aussies prefer to use first names, even at an initial meeting.
Australians have embraced the fair trade movement and the green movement of recycled and ecofriendly products. Small "eco gifts" such as reusable shopping bags,
recycled paper greeting cards, and items made from natural fibers are a great choice.
Personal Gift Giving:
- If invited to an Australian's home for dinner, it is polite to bring a box of chocolates or flowers to the host/hostess. A good quality bottle of wine is also appreciated.
- Gifts are generally opened at the time they are received.
- If you have been given a gift, a "thank you" note would probably be appreciated but in most cases, a sincere "thank you" at the time of receiving the gift will suffice. Australian customs on such things are even more relaxed than in the US.
Business Gift Giving:
- Business gift giving in Australia is rarely expected but is considered a pleasant gesture. Gifts related to the person's business or hobbies are appropriate.
- Gifts unique to a particular region of your home country are appreciated.
- Avoid gifts that will be perceived as a bribe.
There are lots of other #funfacts to learn as our blog treks around the globe, so... let's meet here in the Global Gifts blog, every Friday, for some practical tips and tricks that will make you look like a protocol professional. We also welcome YOUR gift giving experiences in the blog comments, below.
Join us here next Friday as we discuss gift giving in Austria!