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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!