Asia

Country  Do Don't Recommended Gifts

China

  • Give gifts on behalf of the company (vs. as an individual)
  • Give gifts to an individual in private
  • Use both hands
  • Eight is a lucky number
  • Gifts coming in pairs is good luck
  • Give clocks, watches, calendars, scissors, handkerchiefs, knives, straw sandles, sharp objects
  • Give anything of value in front of others
  • Four of anything
  • Be surprised if a gift is refused, up to 3 times
  • White, blue, and black are associated with funerals
  • Quality pens
  • Business/desk accessories
  • Barware
  • Tie bars

Hong Kong

  • Items representing your company or country
  • Give and receive with both hands
  • Clocks, blankets, books
  • Unwrapped gifts
  • Open gifts in front of the receiver
  • Quality Pens
  • Belt Buckles
  • Crystal paperweights or boxes

India

  • Give household items
  • Modest gifts representative of your country
  • Small gift of flowers in a vase
  • Good luck colors are green, red, and yellow
  • Odd numbers are lucky
  • Leather
  • Ties
  • Toy dogs or anything with dog images
  • Open gifts infront of others
  • Bad luck colors are black and white
  • Multiples of three
  •  Frangipani blossoms are associated with funerals
  • Crystal: vase, decanter, bowl, barware
  • Knives
  • Business/desk accessories (no leather)

Indonesia

  • Give gifts to celebrate an occasion
  • Small gifts/tokens representing your country or company
  • Small gifts of flowers in a vase
  • Good luck colors are green, red, and yellow
  • Odd numbers are lucky
  • Unwrap in presence of others
  • Even number sets
  • If Indoesesian-Chinese: see China dont's
  • If Muslim: leather and ties
  • Quality Pens
  • Crystal vases or barwar
  • Business/desk accessories (no leather)

Japan

  • Give a gift - it's very common in Japan
  • Wrap the gift & give in private, at end of visit
  • Comment on modesty of gift
  • Items made by well-known manufacturers
  • Products that are difficult to obtain in Japan
  • Sets of 5 are lucky
  • Present with two hands
  • Give gifts in even numbers, espcially a set of 4
  • White, which is associated with death
  • Metal chopsticks
  • Give same gift to two or more Japanese men/women of unequal rank
  • Give jewelry or cash
  • Be surprised by modesty or extravagancy of gifts; gifts are meant to be about the ceremony
  • Quality pens and pencil sets
  • Crystal vases, bowls, paperweights, boxes
  • Cufflinks
  • Watches and Clocks
  • Picture Frames
  • Sterling silver bowls
  • Items from a prestigious brand like Tiffany & Co

Mongolia

  • Khadags are excellent gifts
  • Belts for men are considered good luck
  • Horses and wolf images are considered lucky
  • Silk for women
  • Offer gifts with the left hand
  • Give a gift between your fingers

 

Singapore

  • Gifts should be wrapped, presented with two hands, and opened after presenter leaves
  • Small business-related items such as pen with company logo would be sufficient
  • Knives or anything with connotation of severance or cutting, with the exception of letter openers
  • Clocks
  • Pens
  • Letter Openers
  • Desk accessories
  • Crystal Boxes

South Korea

  • Give with both hands
  • Impersonal gifts with company logo
  • Office items
  • Good quality
  • Give more valuable gifts to more senior persons
  • Liquor for men
  • Give a gift manufactured in Korea or Japan
  • Open in presence of giver
  • Give liquor to a woman
  • Quality Pens
  • Business/desk accessories
  • Crystal barware or paperweights

Taiwan

  • Items featuring your company logo
  • Pens, perfume, and imported liquor
  • Anything related to baseball
  • Gifts that take into account the receiver's economic means
  • A gift made in Taiwan
  • Knives, siccors, cutting tools, clocks, towels, hats, straw sandals.
  • Gift wrap: white, black, blue (Tiffany blue is OK)
  • Quality Pens
  • Tiffany Fragrance

Vietnam

  • Usable items
  • Gift wrap: colorful
  • Your company logo
  • Something from your own country
  • Knives, scissors, cutting tools
  • Gift wrap: black paper
  • Quality Pens
  • Crystal Bud Vases
  • Keyrings