Giving gifts in China
Advice and true stories about giving gifts in China, from one Western woman with a Chinese husband.
Last month, I received my first-ever gift of Dior perfume from an unlikely source – the wife of one of my closest friends here in China. He is strictly middle-class. Yet for him and his wife, my move to Beijing warranted some luxury fragrances and, somehow, they put together the money to make it happen. […]
Chinese New Year is coming! If this is your first time spending the holidays with a Chinese family, here are 3 things that will definitely NOT impress.
How should you NOT give gifts in China? What are the things to avoid? Here are 4 ideas you won’t want to try if you’re hoping to impress.
The holiday season is just around the corner. Whether you’re filled with delightful anticipation or dread, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered with this 2016 holiday gift and survival guide. Okay, so let’s start with the biggest thing on everyone’s mind – the gifts. Need some ideas on what to buy your Chinese loved ones? […]
The Huffington Post just published The Top 6 Gifts Sure To Please Your Chinese Family, an article inspired by my classic post Giving Gifts to Your Chinese Family – A Modest Guide. Here’s an excerpt: Buying gifts for someone else never ranked as one of my top 10 most fun things to do. Not even […]
“What should I give to my loved ones/family in China?” I’ve discovered there can be a simple answer – the fruit basket, or even a well-chosen gift-basket.
To my parents, my Chinese father-in-law was that “hard-to-buy-for” guy — which reminded me of how many of us struggle with cross-cultural gift giving.