International Gift Giving Protocol

Please select the appropriate region on the table of contents to the right to learn more about the corresponding gift giving protocol. Most of the information was collected from Roger Axtell's Do's and Taboos Around the World.

You can also view the list below to gain a rough understanding of the prevelance of gift giving in a particular country/region. Please note that if a country belongs to a region where gift giving is less prevelant, that does not mean you should avoid giving gifts. It simply means that giving and receiving a gift is less expected but will still be warmly welcomed. This table was adapted from Axtell (1993).

Areas where gift giving is more prevelant Areas where gift giving is less prevelant
  • Japan
  • Middle East
  • East & South Asia
  • Latin America
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Europe
  • Australia