Fun Facts for the Global Gifter: Hungary

Fun Facts for the Global Gifter: Hungary

Week by week, we're 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 Hungary.

Personal Gift Giving:
- If you are invited to someone's home, the Hungarian gift-giving custom is to bring a hostess gift such as fine chocolates, flowers or liquor.

- Gifts from your home country or region will be greatly appreciated.
- If you're giving flowers, they should be given in odd numbers -- but not 13, which is considered an unlucky number. -
- Do not give lilies, chrysanthemums (which are associated with funerals) or red roses (which are associated with passionate love).
- When you receive a gift, you should open it immediately and in front of the gift giver, expressing your appreciation.

Business in Hungary
- Be punctual to all meetings. Hungarians are sticklers for punctuality.
- In Hungary, gifts are not usually expected, except at Christmas time. Small presents, like a corporate gift (such as a diary or pen engraved with the company logo) or a souvenir representing your home country (such as liquor, artisanal handicrafts or porcelain) would be acceptable but not necessary.
- An exchange of corporate Christmas cards is appreciated.

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 India!

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