Several years ago Parents Magazine contacted me about a story it was doing on parenting around the world. The inquiry led to What Defines Israeli Parenting, a raucous discussion, and a second highly charged post about Israeli “rudeness.”
Recently, a gift website asked me to help out for a series on gift-giving customs in various countries. I’d love your input on this. I once overheard an Israeli saying that Americans were “stingy” when it comes to gifts. I do find that Israelis give gifts more often and put a lot of thought into their choice and presentation.
Here are the categories, but irrelevant categories can be omitted. I appreciate the sender including Chanukah, even though she forgot to mention Passover and Rosh Hashanah. General comments about gifts and Israeli culture are welcome.
- Good Gift Wrap Colors:
- Bad Gift Wrap Colors:
- How to Present a Gift:
- Unique Etiquette:
- Good Gifts:
- Business Gift Giving Standards:
- Historical Gift Giving:
- Taboo Gifts:
- Gift Giving Occasions and what to give (what’s traditional):* Hostess gifts* Housewarming* Birthday* Anniversary* Bar Mitzvah
* Baby Shower
Related: What Hostess Gift Do You Enjoy?