Gift Etiquette

This bouquet of tulips, photographed by Jebulon on February 13, 2011, would be an excellent gift when invited to dinner for a special occasion.
This bouquet of tulips, photographed by Jebulon on February 13, 2011, would be an excellent gift when invited to dinner for a special occasion. | Source

Gift Giving and Hospitality When Traveling

When traveling outside the country in which you live, you might be invited to dinner by an acquaintance or business associate.

What is the proper etiquette? Do you know what to do? Is it appropriate to bring a gift for your host or hostess? If it is appropriate to bring a gift, do you know what to bring?

While I was studying international business in college, the importance of not embarrassing oneself or one’s host during purely social or business-related social occasions was stressed. Making mistakes in this area has the potential for killing a budding friendship or destroying an important business deal.

In other articles, I’ve explained how to greet someone and what to say if one needs to use a toilet. In this Hub, I’ll be providing some tips related to social occasions.

* Australia *

If invited to lunch or dinner in an Australian home, bring flowers or a bottle of wine.

* Austria *

Give flowers or a box of chocolates when invited to a home for the first time for dinner or a visit other than business. Do not give red roses, red carnations, or an even number of flowers.Red roses mean romantic affection, red carnations are reserved for May Day, and an even number of flowers are bad luck.

A gift of this chocolate assortment would be appreciated in many countries.
A gift of this chocolate assortment would be appreciated in many countries. | Source

* Belgium *

Flowers are an appropriate gift, except for chrysanthemums—they're associated with death.

* Bolivia *

Flowers are an appropriate gift.

* Bulgaria *

When invited to a home, flowers, candy, or wine are appropriate gifts.

* Canada *

If invited for dinner, bring flowers with you—but not white lilies. According to Canadian Susan Sproull, a bottle of wine is also a welcome gift.

* Chile *

A bouquet of flowers is an appropriate gift.

* Colombia *

If time permits, send a gift of fruit, flowers, or chocolates before your arrival when invited for dinner. Otherwise, send the gift after your departure, along with a thank you note.

* Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) *

Gift giving is optional. A product from your own country, however, would be appreciated.

* Denmark *

A bouquet of flowers is an appropriate gift when invited to a home.

* Egypt *

Flowers or chocolates are apppropriate gifts.

* England, Scotland, and Wales *

A box of chocolates or flowers—except white lilies—are appropriate gifts. White lilies are a symbol of death.

* Finland *

Bring flowers if invited to a Finnish home for dinner.

* France *

If invited to someone's home for dinner, bring a box of chocolates or a small bouquet of flowers, but not roses or chrysanthemums. Roses are a sign of romantic affection, and chrysanthemums are associated with death.

* Germany *

If invited to a German home for dinner, bring flowers. Unwrap the bouquet in the entrance hall before presenting the flowers to your hostess. Do not bring red roses, an even number of flowers, or 13 flowers.

* Guatemala *

When invited for dinner, candy or flowers are appropriate gifts.

* Hong Kong *

Bring fruit, cookies, or candy when invited to dinner.

* Hungary *

If invited to a home for dinner, bring Western liquor or wrapped flowers—but not red roses.

* India *

When invited to dinner, bring fruit or candy.

This floral arrangement would be an appropriate gift in many countries.
This floral arrangement would be an appropriate gift in many countries. | Source

* Indonesia *

Bring flowers when invited to dinner.

* Iran *

If you are invited to dinner, bring a plant, flowers, or candy.

* Ireland *

Flowers or chocolate are appreciated if invited to an Irish home. If invited for dinner, wine or cheese may be given as gifts.

* Israel *

A gift of flowers is appropriate.

* Italy *

Wine, flowers, or chocolates are appropriate gifts when invited to a home. Bring an odd number of flowers—no chrysanthemums—or a dozen flowers.

* Japan *

Bring cake or candy if invited to dinner in a Japanese home.

* Jordan *

Flowers or chocolates are appreciated as gifts.

* Kenya *

When visiting a Kenyan home, bring a small gift, such as cookies or candy. Do not bring flowers, unless you are paying a condolence call.

* Lebanon *

Chocolates or flowers are appreciated as gifts.

* Luxembourg *

Flowers—no chrysanthemums—or the local brand of chocolate are appropriate gifts when invited to a home.

* Netherlands *

Chocolates or flowers are appreciated as gifts.

* Nicaragua *

When invited for dinner, a gift of flowers or candy is appropriate.

* Norway *

A small bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates are appreciated as gifts.

* Peru *

Flowers are an appropriate gift.

* Poland *

Unwrapped flowers—not red roses—should be brought as a gift, even for the shortest of visits.

* Romania *

If invited to a Romanian home, bring flowers—not red roses—for your hostess. Gifts for your host's family—perfume, cosmetics, or coffee—are also appreciated.

* Russia *

Gifts of flowers, liquor, or artwork are appreciated as gifts when one is invited to a Russian home.

* Singapore *

If invited to a home in Singapore, a box of chocolates or flowers are appreciated as gifts.

* South Korea *

If invited for dinner, it is appropriate to bring flowers as a gift.

When invited to dinner in some countries, pastries are an appropriate gift to bring.
When invited to dinner in some countries, pastries are an appropriate gift to bring. | Source

* Spain *

When invited to a Spanish home for dinner, bring flowers—not dahlias or chrysanthemums—or pastries, cakes, or chocolates.

* Sweden *

The best gift to bring when invited to a Swedish home is a bouquet of flowers.

* Switzerland *

Flowers—not red roses—or candy are the best gift to bring to a Swiss home.

* Taiwan *

Fruit, candy, or cookies are appropriate gifts when visiting in a Taiwanese home.

* Thailand *

Flowers are an appropriate gift.

* Turkey *

If invited to a Turkish home for dinner, bring flowers, candy, or pastries. If you know that the family serves alcoholic beverages, wine can also be brought as a gift.

* United States *

When invited to someone's home for dinner, flowers, a box of chocolates, or a bottle of wine is an appropriate gift.

* Uruguay *

When invited to a Uruguayan home for dinner, send flowers or a box of chocolate before the occasion.

* Venezuela *

When invited to a Venezuelan home for dinner, try to send flowers or candy before the event. Otherwise, take your gift with you.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

When I was in India, I was invited by lots of Indians to dine with them. I was familiar with Indian culture, because Nepali culture is similar to Indian tradition, so I went with fruits and sweetmeat.

Now I know what I'm supposed to take when an American invites me. LOL


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Vinaya,

Thanks for reading my article and being the first to comment in it. Just having you visit your many friends in the United States would be enough of a gift for all of us.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

Interesting hub Daisy! My mother is German and to this day she does not like getting an even # of flowers in her bouquet. She likes to come over to my garden and pick a bunch and even then, it's never an even #.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Glimmer Twin Fan,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. Superstitions are difficult to ignore, especially if they develop at any early age.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

I enjoyed your hub, Daisy, and was interested to learn about the superstitions concerning certain flowers and, especially, an even number of flowers. I was taught, too, that an even number of flowers in a floral arrangement or even a painting is less aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Voted up and shared!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

This is a very interesting read Daisy. It's notable how many countries use the same type of gifts. I was also surprised to learn how certain numbers of flowers are considered bad luck.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I'll keep these ideas in mind the next time I travel out of the country!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Stephanie,

Thanks for reading my article, adding your comment, and sharing my Hub.

I wasn't aware of the superstitions regarding gifts until I studied international business and learned about the cultures in various countries.

Like you, I learned in some of my art classes that using odd numbers of items in paintings was more aesthetically pleasing than using even numbers.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Alecia,

Thanks for reading my Hub and adding your comment.

Flowers and chocolates seem to be the popular choices for hospitality gifts, don't they? It might be interesting to do some research into why certain numbers of flowers are considered bad luck...another article, perhaps?


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Linda (Sinshine625),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. If you were to travel outside the United States, which countries would you visit first?


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I appreciate this advice and find it useful for when traveling. I am sometimes invited to people's homes and don't know what to bring. In those cases, asking a local is usually the best bet. Voting this Up and Useful.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great hub with so much information that's important when travelling, thank you.

Voted up useful and very interesting, Joyce.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

None. I'm a good ole USA kinda girl.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Aurelio (alocsin),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Asking a local is a great idea.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Joyce (writer20),

I'm glad you found the information in my article to be useful. Thanks for reading my Hub and adding your comment.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Linda,

Thanks for visiting again. I appreciate your support of my writing.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Daisy,

What an interesting and useful guide. I learned much by reading this.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Maria (marcoujor),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I like writing Hubs from which my readers can learn something without having to go to school. I'm glad you found the information in this article to be useful.


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Gypsy48 4 years ago

Helpful and unique hub. Voted up and interesting.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Gypsy48,

Thanks for reading and commenting in my article. I'm glad you found the information helpful.


D. Juris-stetser 4 years ago

Daisy this is amazingly well researched and comprehensive. I'm ashamed to say I'd never even considered the usual flowers,candy, wine hostess gifts I've given could be inappropriate in other countries or contexts. Voted up, Useful, interesting, awesome, and beautiful. Wonderful Hub Dotti


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dotti,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Greeting people, knowing what to do when visiting in someone's home, and asking where one can find a public toilet are all important aspects of traveling in other countries...that's why I've written Hubs about all three subjects.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

I never knew about all this. Thanks for sharing. Interesting to read.


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Daisy - More great information. Years ago, in Europe and the Mid East, I found some form of alcohol was a standard fare. This could be anything from wine to something much stronger. Also, at that time, it was common to buy a large loaf of bread from a bakery and in some places, even some cheese. These could be presented as gifts, or used as appetizers if the homeowner preferred. Times change though. C'est le Vie! Great Job!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Once again you've provided us with information that is not only interesting but helpful! Flowers are universal, but you've pointed out the do's and don'ts of flowers around the world.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nithya (Vellur),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I like writing Hubs from which my readers learn something new. I'm glad I succeeded with this one.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rich (rcrumple),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting. Thanks, too, for adding your recollections about the alcoholic beverage, bread, and cheese.

It amazes me that many countries form all over the globe have adopted the standard *flowers* and *chocolate* as hostess gifts. How did they all happen to do this, I wonder...


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Good info, but I'll probably never have to use all this good info, cause I'm not fortunate to travel to these places.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary (mary615),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting. The topic of traveling in other countries might come up in a conversation you're having...you'll sound like an expert!


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KrisL 4 years ago from S. Florida

Fascinating how many Germanic countries are so particular about the _number_ of flowers . . . well it's probably as clear to them as "no white lilies" in the English-speaking world.

Voted up & useful!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

KrisL,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.

I've found explanations regarding the color of flowers, but nothing very informative about the number of flowers.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Daisy,

As always your hubs always enlightens me in some way and this is also very useful for ones who travel around the world or to certain places.

I voted useful and interesting.

Bobbi Purvis


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Bobbi,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it. I try to write articles that are educational in a *gentle* sort of way. I'm glad you liked this one.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Interesting hub Daisy and it was very interesting to read about other countries gift desires. I don't think you can go wrong with flowers really unless you're the guest of a man - in which case I usually take a good quality dark chocolate :o)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Julie (Jools99),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I appreciate your continued support of my work.

Flowers appear to be an acceptable gift in many countries, but they're not mentioned in a few of them on my list. It doesn't seem to be a good idea to be bring flowers as a hostess gift in Kenya...unless you're paying a condolence call.


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Sandyspider 4 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Nice to know the gift etiquette of the different countries.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Sandy,

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I appreciate it.


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glassvisage 4 years ago from Northern California

Interesting! I've written a Hub about gift etiquette, but only for what I've known here in America, so this was good to read.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

glassvisage,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it.

My Hub isn't so much about *gift etiquette* as it is about cultures in countries throughout the world. It's basically related to my series of linguistics articles.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Daisy, I love this hub, especially since the holidays are approaching and it will be time to give gifts and visit. I'm from Singapore....and yes, chocolates are definitely appreciated as gifts. It is very important to give the right gift at the right time, because if it isn't, it can be really embarrassing! Thanks for sharing. I will share this as well.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Michelle (midget38),

Thanks for reading, commenting in, and sharing my article. I'm glad you found my Hub useful.

I have occupational certificates in both International Business and Travel Management in additon to my degree in Fine Arts. The cultures and customs of other countries are of great interest to me.


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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

Thanks for these tips. It's nice to know what's appropriate to bring when you've been invited to someone's home.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Sherry,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading and commenting in my article. I'm glad you found the information to be helpful.


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Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

quite helpful your advices Daisy as I am quite often invited by multicultural people :) thanks for sharing!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mike,

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. I'm glad you found the information helpful.

You live in one of my favorite cities in the world! I've been to London so many times, tourists stop me on the street and ask for directions, and I'm able to help them.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I will be the best gifter should I visit any of these countries. Nice to know what proper etiquette is because it does make the host feel special. Voted up.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dianna (teaches12345),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Knowing the proper etiquette for gift giving when someone was born in a country other than one's own is important. It's makes one's host, as you mentioned in your comment, feel special, and it can also prevent embarrassing situations.


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DanaTeresa 3 years ago from Ohio

I found this so interesting. Flowers and chocolate do seem popular. I never would have thought to look up this sort of info. Now if I am traveling, or even visiting a family in the US that follows their native traditions, I will be sure to look up what is appropriate.... I also just love learning fun facts - like the sorts of things you see on Jeopardy. I am silly like that.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dana,

Thanks for reading and commenting in my article. I appreciate your continued support of my writing.

In addition to my degree in Fine Arts, I have two occupational certificates...one in Travel Management, and one in International Business. The cultural aspects of travel has always interested me.


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

I have never really thought about this subject, but it is very interesting to learn what gifts are appropriate in different companies. I will keep the "flower rules" in mind, too. I didn't realize so many types of flowers were associated with death. It would be quite embarrassing to give the wrong kind, or the wrong amount. Thank you for sharing this useful information.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Kathryn,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.

Some of the books I read while studying International Business discussed some very embarrassing situations which have occurred because of "incorrect" colors or gifts 0r hand gestures. Some big business deals have almost been lost because of cultural insensitivity or ignorance.


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

If I were ever to go to another country, I would definitely want to study up on the culture and etiquette! I would hate to offend someone due to ignorance.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Kathryn,

Thanks for stopping by again. Another article of mine you might enjoy reading dicusses how to ask for the toilet (washroom, loo, etc.) in several foreign languages. You can find it listed on my HubPages profile page.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Daisy - You've managed to write a remarkable hub on an original and interesting topic. I'll bet you haven't realized you've gone beyond 'Gift Etiquette.' You've also taken the reader on a trip around the world. It becomes an enjoyable break and renews the body and mind with energy.

This is outstanding and truly awesome. I must share this educational and lovely reading with my family and friends.

Voted up and across (not funny) and pinning + more. Thank you so much Daisy. ~ Audrey


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HappyMikeWritter 3 years ago

Hello Daisy,

This is a great article and very informative. Reading all made me think if you would be able to answer What would you bring If I invite you for a dinner in Czech Republic :-)

Love your article and you did a great job in searching. Thank you for educating me this way :-)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Good evening Daisy

When I lived in Japan I learned of their custom of bringing a little gift when we went for a visit. I have loved that and have practiced it ever since here in my own country.

It is so interesting to read of the giving tradition in other countries . Thanks for sharing.

Angels are on the way ps


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audrey (vocalcoach),

Thanks for reading and commenting in my article. Thanks, too, for pinning and sharing my Hub. I appreciate your continued support of my writing.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mike,

Thanks for writing my article and posting your comment. If you tell me what the correct item to bring is in the Czech Republic, I'll be very happy to add it to my Hub.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Patricia (pstraubie48),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it.


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passionate77 3 years ago

oh so nice and very informative hub, many of the things mentioned in this hub i just heard and got to know very first time in my life, wonderful post, thanks for sharing and blessings ahead!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rushi (passionate77),

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I'm glad that you found my Hub to be informative and that you learned something new.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Remembering how much I enjoyed reading this 3 months ago, I had to come by for a second visit. I like learning about the customs of other countries. I also forgot that "mums" were a sign of death :) Well done Daisy!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

I bring cakes or pastries, something I like to eat :)


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audrey (vocalcoach),

Thanks for reading my article another time. With information about so many countries listed in my Hub, it's difficult to keep it all memorized. It's probably best to use the article as a reference tool and refer to it when needed.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Linda (Sunshine625),

Thanks for visiting again. Bringing something you like to eat is a very clever idea!


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mary615 24 months ago from Florida

Just came back for a reread and to share. I prefer to entertain in my home, but this is such good info in case my ship comes in, and I can visit other countries.


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Daisy Mariposa 24 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary (mary615),

Thanks for returning to read my article another time. The information is helpful not only when visiting other countries. It's useful when visiting someone in the US who was born in another country who still follows the customs of that country.


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Thelma Alberts 24 months ago from Germany

Why is it that red roses are not good for bringing with you when invited to friends in Germany? What does that mean? I have not heard that here. I mostly received roses and other flowers and plants here in Germany. That is new to me. Thanks for the info. Well done!


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Daisy Mariposa 24 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Thelma,

Thank you for reading my article and posting your comment. Red roses are considered a sign of love. It some cultures, it is considered inappropriate to give a friend or acquaintance flowers of certain colors, red being one of those colors.


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DzyMsLizzy 24 months ago from Oakley, CA

I don't expect to be jet-setting around the world in this lifetime, but this was a very interesting read in any case. Fascinating how many different kinds of flowers seem to be attached to 'death.'

Now, I wonder, if invited to someone's home in another country, what is the polite way to indicate your own food preferences? I mean, I know they are not a restaurant, and you can't 'order up' what you'd like them to serve, but it would be quite uncomfortable for both parties, if say, a prize animal was slaughtered for the occasion, and the guest turns out to be a vegetarian. How awkward!

There's your next article! ;-)

voted up, interesting and useful.


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easefeeds 24 months ago from Cyperspace

This is such a great idea for a hub, and I voted it up.


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Daisy Mariposa 24 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Liz (DzyMsLizzy),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. When I'm invited to someone's home for a meal, I tell my host and hostess that I'm a vegetarian and my boyfriend is a vegan. If we're invited to a potluck dinner, we always bring something which we can eat.


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Daisy Mariposa 24 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Marilyn (easefeeds),

Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I have occupational certificates in both International Business and Travel Management. I took several courses involving the culture of other countries when I was in school. It's a very important subject.


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DzyMsLizzy 24 months ago from Oakley, CA

I understand, and I know that approach works here. Does that same advance notice work in other countries, or would it be considered presumptuous at best and rude at worst?


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Daisy Mariposa 24 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Liz (DzyMsLizzy),

Thanks for visiting again. I have occupational certificate in both Travel Management and International Business. That subject never came up in any of the classes I took.


Susan Sproull 22 months ago

Hi Daisy,

Helpful information for those travelling to other countries. I am Canadian and as well as flowers a bottle of wine is usually welcomed. :)


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Daisy Mariposa 22 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Susan,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I edited the Canada entry to add wine.

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