I need your help. A business associate who has become a friend is Muslim and my husband and I wish to give him a holiday gift basket. Any suggestions? Any gifts other than pork to avoid? Our sincere wish is to make him happy.
I think you should play it safe and just buy him a nice ball point pen, or something. Cross or one of the bigger companies make beautiful pens that make great corporate gifts - thinking with him being a business associate, you know it'll get used.
If he has become a friend, you have perhaps gained an insight into his likes and dislikes. Forget the fact that it's Christmas time, if you were buying him a birthday present, what do you think he'd like? It's a personal gift.
UPDATE: We ended up going - the safe route (we noted Rising Caren's concern) - very general - no red and green, no Christmas tree - and simple but delightful food. My only concern is the lactose intolerance - we included cheese.
Wish I knew more about his personal tastes. He has become a friend of my husband - their friendship has grown beyond the "associate" only.
Last year my default was bacon so I knew the pork thing to avoid for the sake of sensitivity.