GIFT GIVING IN AUSTRIA*
- Gift Giving Etiquette
BUSINESS GIFT GIVING
general, gifts are not casually exchanged in business.
However, in the event that an Austrian presents you with a gift, you
should have one or more small presents with you, so that you can
gift will be opened in front of you, rather than in private, and you
should do the same if you receive something.
should be moderate and unassuming. Books describing your hometown or
country, a local product [e.g. scotch or bourbon] or a local artifact
[e.g. porcelain or silverware] all make good gifts when exchanged in an
Perhaps as a remnant of eastern influences, it is appropriate for trusted,
close business colleagues to give each other gifts at holiday-times or to
celebrate the completion of an important and successful business deal.
Suitable gifts include brandies, spirits, or something that reflects your
homeland or the personal tastes and preferences of the recipient, as long
as the gift is of high quality and not normally obtainable in Austria.
PERSONAL GIFT GIVING
very unusual for an outsider to be invited into an Austrian's home but, if
you are, you should go with gifts in hand for your host, his or her spouse
and their children.
A bottle of vintage
wine, [French] champagne [not German Sekt] or brandy would make a
good gift for your host and high-quality chocolates or a spray of
flowers--not chrysanthemums, white lilies or red roses--are suitable gifts
for your hostess.
Recommended gifts for children might include confectionery, electronic
gadgets or anything foreign [and therefore 'cool'] depending on their age.
*Dray, Paul. Austria Business Etiquette -
Gift Giving. Executive Planet. 29 July
Above: The flag of Austria