Fun Facts for the Global Gifter: Greece

Fun Facts for the Global Gifter: Greece

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 Greece!

Basic Greek Gift Giving Etiquette:

  • Any gifts you give should not be expensive. In Greece, gifts are usually given in return and the recipient would feel obligated to give a gift of equal value.
  • Gifts should be wrapped.
  • A small host/hostess gift should be taken whenever you're invited to someone's home.
  • Gifts can be opened immediately upon presentation.
  • As in many countries, gifts of knives or scissors should be avoided, as they signify the severing of a relationship.


  • Making the "ok" signal with your fingers is a vulgar gesture.
  • Arriving one half hour late to a party is considered being punctual.
  • It's considered rude not to eat everything on your plate.

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 Kenya!

We also welcome YOUR gift giving experiences in the blog comments, below...


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