GIFT GIVING IN UNITED
BUSINESS GIFT GIVING /
PERSONAL GIFT GIVING
Presenting a gift
is a thoughtful gesture, but it is not expected.
Business gifts are
often presented after the deal is closed. In most situations, gifts are
usually unwrapped immediately and shown to all assembled.
In many cases, the
best gifts are those that come from your country.
You may not receive
a gift in return right away.
During the Holiday
season [late November through the first week of January], gifts are
exchanged. For your business associates, you can give gifts such as useful
items for the office, liquor or wine. Choose gifts with no religious
connotations [i.e. don't buy Christmas ornaments], unless you are certain of
the religious background of your associates. While Christmas is the dominant
celebration, and is widely commercialized during this period, people may be
celebrating many other holidays during this period [i.e. Hanukkah, Kwanzaa].
Many stores and
malls offer gift-wrapping services during the winter holidays.
When you visit a
home, it is not necessary to take a gift, although it is always appreciated.
Flowers, a potted plant, or a bottle of wine are good gift choices.
If you wish to give
flowers, you can have them sent in advance to relieve your host or hostess
from taking care of them when you arrive.
If you stay in a
U.S. home for a few days, a gift is appropriate. You may also write a
Taking someone out
for a meal or other entertainment is another popular gift.
Gifts for women
such as perfume or clothing are usually inappropriate. They are considered
Gifts for children
are often a thoughtful and appreciated gesture, but take into account the
values of the parents. Many parents would object to your giving a toy gun or
a violent video game to their child.
*Berardo, Kate. United States Business
Etiquette - Gift Giving. Executive Planet. 16 Aug. 2004
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