GIFT GIVING IN SPAIN*-
Gift Giving Etiquette
BUSINESS GIFT GIVING /
PERSONAL GIFT GIVING
There is a tradition in Spain of companies
giving their employees a hamper or basket of food and drink at Christmas
[families and friends exchange presents on the Feast of the Epiphany (6
In ordinary Spanish business culture, however,
gifts are usually given only at the conclusion of successful negotiations.
If you receive a gift, you should open it
immediately and in front of the giver.
When offering any gift, you should ensure
that it is a high-quality item [perhaps a brand-name] and that it is finely
wrapped; it should advertise your company name only if it is a fine pen or a
tasteful desk accessory.
You should not give anything too extravagant as
your generosity may be perceived as a bribe.
If you can travel prepared, representative local
artefacts and coffee-table books about your home region will usually be
appreciated as gifts. University or sports team shirts and caps can be good
choices for your colleagues' children.
If unprepared, a bottle of fine brandy or whisky
will always be appreciated.
If you are invited to a Spanish home, you
should take chocolates, dessert items such as pastries, or flowers [not
dahlias, chrysanthemums, white lilies or red roses, and an odd number of
blooms that is not thirteen].
*Dray, Paul. Spain Business Etiquette -
Gift Giving. Executive Planet. 16 Aug.
Above: The flag of Spain