Western International

Gift Giving

Gift giving is symbolic in every culture. In Canada, giving a gift to business associates and colleagues is often a sign that you respect the effort made to visit you and to signify something about the relationship—its beginning, the continuity, or the forging of a new aspect to the relationship. While these underlying motives can apply across cultures, the actual gift given is often quite symbolic and can create anxiety for hosts of international visitors.

What is the right gift? And what do you do if you receive a gift? Here are some things to keep in mind: