We're Gifting Our Way Around the Globe!
In our previous Friday blogs about selecting cross-cultural gifts, we established why finding a gift for your friends from other lands can be a more complex task than it might seem on the surface. For example, did you know that, in Prague, it's customary to politely refuse a gift before accepting? If not, perhaps you'd better read on...
Personal Gift Giving
- When invited to someone's home, it is customary to bring a gift.
- The amount spent on a personal gift should range from $15 to $30 (US).
- Flowers are a great gift but don't give them in an even number and avoid chrysanthemums altogether, as they represent death.
- Food and alcohol are acceptable gifts, as well as items from your home country.
- As mentioned before, when receiving a gift in the Czech Republic, it's customary to politely refuse the gift and wait for the giver to insist. Once the giver insists, then you may accept it. (Conversely, when giving a gift, remember that it will likely be refused until you insist.
- After accepting a gift, you should open it right away and express your appreciation.
- Thank you notes are not compulsory, but are appreciated.
Business Gift Giving
- Business gifts should be of good quality but not too expensive.
- Liquor, such as Scotch, Bourbon or Cognac are considered acceptable gifts.
- Office accessories, such as pens and calculators, are popular business gifts in the Czech Republic.
- Remove your shoes upon entering someone’s home. (They will provide you with indoor shoes.) Plan on leaving by 10:00 in the evening – it is considered rude to stay too late.
- Czechs enjoy pub culture and often sit and drink until closing time. Because of this, waiters will continue to bring unordered beer to the tables. However, it is appropriate to refuse an unordered beer.
- It's best to avoid discussing religion as most of the Czech Republic is atheist/agnostic. Likewise, it's best to avoid discussing politics.
- Know that Czechoslovakia was not part of the Soviet Union or the Russian Empire. (And, Czechs don’t appreciate that assumption.)
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 Denmark!