GIFT GIVING IN TURKEY*
BUSINESS GIFT GIVING /
PERSONAL GIFT GIVING
Islam prohibits alcohol and depictions of the human body [including
photographs and drawings]. Decide whether your hosts adhere to these
strictures before giving such gifts.
- Your gift
giving obligations are very limited as long as your Turkish colleagues
entertain you only in public places, such as restaurants.
- If you are
invited to a Turkish home, an invitation may come more quickly from
someone you meet socially than from a business colleague, and a gift will
be expected. If you are not the only guest, your hostess may not open your
gift in your presence; seeing to the comfort of the guests takes priority.
- If your
invitation is for an extended stay [rather than a meal], further gifts are
advisable. Books or music from your home country can be good choices.
- If you
know that your colleague drinks, a fine whiskey or liqueur is appropriate.
- Be sure to
bring gifts for any children present, such as candy [especially chocolate]
or small toys.
- wine or
liquor if you are sure your hosts drink alcohol
such as a vase, goblet or decanter makes prized gifts.
*Turkey Business Etiquette - Gift Giving.
Executive Planet. 16 Aug. 2004
Above: The flag of Turkey