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In our previous Friday blogs about cross-cultural gifting, we established why finding a gift for your friends from other lands 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 Chile (or when presenting a gift to a Chilean).
Never go empty-handed to anyone's home. Always bring a host/hostess gift such as:
- wine or bread
- good quality chocolates or candies
- flowers, which should be sent in advance of the event.
(The Bird of Paradise flower is the preferred flower for such occasions.)
- small gifts for any children who will be present.
Don't forget to compliment the hostess on the meal, and be sure to extend a verbal or written thank you afterward the event.
In the Chilean culture, business gifts are not expected and are not given until a relationship has become very close. Select good quality gifts, but do not give anything that is so grand it could be mistaken for a bribe.
Appropriate business gifts include:
- leather business items
- fine whiskey
Gifts to Avoid:
- yellow roses (They are considered a sign of contempt.)
- purple or black flowers (They symbolize death.)
- black or purple wrapping paper. (These colors are only used during the Holy Week of Easter.)
- In social conversations, it's best to avoid politics and religion.
- The most common greeting in Chile among friends and relatives is the "abrazo". It consists of a handshake and hug for men, and sometimes with a kiss to the right cheek for women or close family members.
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 China!