GIFT GIVING IN JORDAN*
- Gift Giving Etiquette
BUSINESS GIFT GIVING /
PERSONAL GIFT GIVING
Gift giving is a bit of a sensitive topic in
Jordan. There are some basic underlying concepts that it would be good for
you to know before you start handing things out:
It is a moral requisite for the rich to give
gifts to the poor. This is a double-edged sword! Giving a gift can be either
seen as a mark of good character or a statement that I am a better person
than you. Consequently, it is often best to give a gift quietly or even in
secret. Some times a personal gift is better given 'to the kids' than
directly to the adults.
Begging is a normal profession. It is not high
on the honor list of professions, but it is not at the bottom either. Some
of your potential business partners may be little more than sophisticated
Among equals and partners, gift giving should
ideally be reciprocal. At the very least, the significance of the gifts
exchanged should be commensurate with the relative economic and social
standing of the partners.
In formal settings, the giving of a gift is a
powerful way of honoring. Such settings include: farewell gatherings - give
a souvenir, anniversary celebrations - give sweets, when visiting the sick
or when making a first visit to a home - bring sweets or a plant, birth of a
child - give baby clothes or cash, marriage - give house wares or cash,
graduation of a family member - give clothing for the graduate
In these settings, the gifts are of token value
and would rarely exceed 40 USD.
During or at the completion of the negotiation
process may be a good opportunity to offer a 'perk' or special bonus to be
added on to the deal or contract.
In all cases, avoid giving gifts to your
business partner's spouse. Also, avoid giving gifts that are of a large
enough value to be considered as economic aid.
*Betts, Kenneth. Jordan Business Etiquette
- Gift Giving. Executive Planet. 04 Aug. 2004
Above: The flag of Jordan