Yes, we're still working our way around the globe!
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 minefield of potential social and cultural faux pas. Stick with us and we'll help you avoid such frustrations... this week in Germany!
Personal Gift Giving:
If you've been invited to a German home, it's customary to bring a hostess gift such as chocolates or flowers for the lady of the house and a bottle of good wine for the man of the house. Be sure to ask the shopkeeper to wrap the flowers "as a gift." Shopping on Sunday is rare, and stores close early on Saturday, so plan accordingly for any possible gift giving occasions.
- Yellow roses or tea roses are always well received. However, you should avoid red roses (they symbolize romantic intentions), carnations (they symbolize mourning), and lilies or chrysanthemums (they are used at funerals).
- Providing a bottle of German wine is largely considered cheap. Imported wine from Italy and France is a better choice.
- The gift custom in Germany is to open a gift when it is received.
- Birthdays are important gift-giving holidays in Germany.
In Germany, a small gift is considered a polite gesture, especially when contacts are made for the first time. Substantial gifts are not appropriate before a deal has been reached if you don't want your intentions to be misinterpreted. mall souvenir-style gifts to thank
Small souvenir-style gifts to thank local staff for their assistance and hospitality during your stay at a company will not be expected but will always be appreciated.
Avoid giving substantial gifts in private. The larger the gift, the more official and public the giving should be to avoid misinterpretation as a bribe.
Gifts to Avoid:
- Pointed items such as knives, scissors or umbrellas are considered bad luck, especially as a wedding gift.
- Unless you're a family member, money is considered to be in bad taste as a gift.
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 Greece!