Fun Facts for the Savvy Global Gifter: Chile

Fun Facts for the Savvy Global Gifter:  Chile

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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).

Social Gifts:
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.

Business Gifts:
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
- pens
- 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.)

 Fun Facts:
- 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!

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

 

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