- Bring fruits/good quality chocolate/flowers/cake/liquor if invited to someone’s home
- DO NOT give liquor to woman
- DO NOT give scissors, it represents cutting ties/”cutting off” relationship
- DO NOT give green headwear, it represents death (I have also read that another reason is that there is a Chinese saying, “戴绿帽子” (wearing the green hat) that means the wearer of a green hat has a spouse who is cheating on him/her)
- Giving gifts from home country are appreciated
The Gift [Business]
- DO NOT exceed $100, it will be reported according to ethics laws
- DO NOT be give/receive overly expensive gift
- Neat wrapping
- Red/Yellow are royal colors
- Yellow/Pink represent happiness
- Blue is a lucky color
- DO NOT use Green, White or Black
- DO NOT use dark color, they represent death
- NEVER use red writing, it represents death
- 7 is lucky
- NEVER give a set of 4, the word for 4 is similar to the word for death in Korean (same rule in Japan & China) **I have also read that multiples of 4 are a no no too**
- Rude to give expensive gift if you know the person cannot reciprocate equally.
- Give the gift of greatest value to the most senior person
Giving & Receiving
- Use BOTH hands to give the gift
- Gifts are not opened in front of the giver **If you are friends it is ok for the receiver to ask Do you want me to open this?
2 thoughts on “Culture Shock: Gift Giving [South Korea]”
Thankyou very much! Now I wonderign how I will do If I go to Korea ’cause I really like green ._.???
lol. No problem. I’m glad you enjoy.