Last week's Blog established the reasons why gifting globally can be tricky. When giving a gift to someone of another culture, questions like, "What color does she like?" take on a far more complex nature. Read on for some important gift giving tips to keep in mind when in Argentina (or when presenting a gift to an Angentinian).
Business Gift Protocols:
- Business gifts in Argentina are not expected until a fairly close relationship has been formed.
- High-quality gifts are appreciated, but very expensive gifts might be interpreted as bribes.
- Women should not give gifts to male colleagues as it will be thought of as a personal gesture, the nature of which could be misinterpreted.
- You may open a business gift immediately and express your appreciation and pleasure with the choice.
Personal Gift Giving Etiquette:
- Bring a host/hostess gift of flowers, candy, pastries, chocolates, imported liquor or champagne when invited to someone’s home.
- Telephone your hosts the following day to thank them for their hospitality.
- Don’t give wine as a gift. It is considered to be too common.
- Avoid personal items, including clothing.
- Do not give knives or scissors as they indicate a desire to sever the relationship.
- You should open a personal gift immediately and express your appreciation and pleasure with the choice.
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 in the blog next week for Australia!