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June 11, 2018
Buying a gift can be a minefield, so whether you are at a meeting in Tokyo or visiting a friend in Accra, there are certain gifting guidelines you should follow to offer and receive gifts without causing offence. Here is a brief guide to giting around the world.
In Japan, it is polite to offer or receive a gift using both hands. It is customary to wait until later when the giver is not present, to open the gift.When making an initial visit or sales call, it is common to bring a small gift. O-seibo (year end) and O-chugen (midsummer) are the main gift-giving times. Japanese give gifts to anyone they are indebted to — superiors, subordinates, colleagues, and good clients. Gifts received are repaid with something of comparable or slightly higher value on a suitable occasion, not necessarily right away.Gifts should be nicely wrapped; presentation is as important as content.
Examples of inappropriate gifts include: knives, scissors, or letter openers, which may symbolize the severance of a relationship; clocks (in many Chinese dialects, the phrase “give clock” sounds the same as “see off into death”); handkerchiefs, which are associated with crying and funerals; and items packaged in sets of four, unless it is a set of two pairs.
It is important to pay attention to any corporate or government-based restrictions around giving or accepting gifts. For example, US government officials often have strict limits and restrictions on whether and what types of gifts they can receive.
In general, Americans do not always bring gifts to customers when meeting for the first time or as a thank-you for doing business together. However they may give gifts to colleagues and customers during the holiday season in December. It is common for bosses to give gifts to employers
When a gift is given to an American, the giver might not receive one in return. Americans often open the gift right away, in front of the giver, so that they can see what it is and express thanks for the item.
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