to other cultures is a must when selecting business gifts,�
writes Catherine Patch, staff reporter of the Toronto Star.
She offers these pointers on culturally-correct gift giving...
Do give dried fruit on
the Indian subcontinent where it�s considered a favorite.
Don�t do this in Southeast
Asia. In this part of the world they like fresh fruit -- except
melon and pears. Tangerines are a very good choice, though.
These are a symbol of wealth.
Do wrap your gifts in
colors like red and gold if you�re offering a present to someone
of the Islamic faith.
Don�t use black wrapping
in the same situation. This color is considered very, very
Do send 13 flowers rather
than a dozen to your Chinese business contact.
Don�t ever send 12. Good
numbers are three, eight and thirteen. To the Chinese, these
odd numbers are considered very, very lucky.
(Source: Toronto Star, Multicultural mosaic can make for
gift-giving gaffes, December 3, 1998)