International Gift Giving Etiquette - Chile

GIFT GIVING IN CHILE* - Gift Giving Etiquette


  • Gifts are not expected in a business context until the relationship becomes close.

  • Don't select anything that is obviously expensive; your generosity may be perceived as a bribe.

  • Ensure that your gift is wrapped and has a card enclosed.


  • When visiting a Chilean home, flowers or candy are standard gifts for the hostess; a gift of flowers should be sent in advance. Avoid yellow roses, as they are perceived as a sign of contempt. Moreover, purple and black flowers symbolize death.
















*Cannon, James.  Chile Business Etiquette - Gift Giving.  Executive Planet.  29 July 2004  <>.

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