Fun Facts for the Savvy Global Gifter: Belgium

Fun Facts for the Savvy Global Gifter: Belgium

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!

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


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