GIFT GIVING IN ISRAEL*
- Gift Giving Etiquette
BUSINESS GIFT GIVING
/ PERSONAL GIFT GIVING
Israelis have the tendency of over doing with
their gifts. It sometimes creates problematic situations in the business
arena. Therefore, in many companies and organizations gift giving and
accepting is not allowed. Acceptable gifts are business promotional items
such as pens or desk items with company logos.
Wait until you are reasonably acquainted with a
person before presenting a gift.
A book can be a good choice for a gift, assuming
you are familiar with the recipient's interests and tastes.
If you are invited to an Israeli home, good gift
choices include a simple arrangement of flowers or box of candy. If you know
that children will be present, acknowledging them with a small gift will be
When selecting a gift for an observant Orthodox
Jew or Arab, ensure that it is compatible with their religious beliefs. For
example, food gifts for observant Orthodox Jews must be kosher.
During holidays it is customary to give or send
presents that fit the specific holyday. Remembering the holydays of other
religions is a sign of consideration and respect.
Even a card with a personal note is a nice
The Arabic people receive gifts with the right
hand, not with the left. Using both hands, however, can be acceptable.
*Leibovitz, Tami Lancut. Israel Business
Etiquette - Gift Giving. Executive Planet. 30 July 2004
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