We're working our way around the globe! In our previous Friday blogs about cross-cultural gifting, we established why finding a gift for your friend from another land can be a more complex task than it seems on the surface. Read on for some important gift-giving tips to keep in mind when in Belgium (or when presenting a gift to a Belgian).
Cultural Fun Facts:
- The handshake is the standard greeting in Belgium, even among close friends. It is also used upon leaving.
- It's considered extremely bad manners to put your hands below the table during dinner.
- Popping your knuckles in front of others is considered obscene soooo.... don't do that.
General Gift Giving Guidelines:
- Gifts are opened in front of the giver.
- Belgians, and Europeans in general, value quality and originality over quantity. It's best to give one item, elegantly packaged, rather than a generous gift basket.
- Belgians appreciate champagne or wine but unless you know which beer a person prefers, it may be best to avoid this as a gift choice. Belgians pride themselves on their beer preferences.
- Don't give Chrysanthemums. (They symbolize death.) Also don't give lilies or red roses.
- Flowers should be given in odd numbers, but never thirteen.
Business Gift Giving:
- Gifts are sometimes offered to celebrate the sealing of a deal.
- Do not give business gifts in Belgium that include your company logo.
- Don't include a business card with 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 Brazil!