Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Mexico Business Etiquette: Gift Giving
One of the great things about doing business with people from a different country is being able to share your differences and similarities.
So what would be considered an appropriate gift?
Food, alcohol, something for their office with your company logo, a coffee table book, or something that is hard to find in Mexico.
Let's say you are from California - a bottle of California wine that is not sold in Mexico would be seen as a good gift.
It is also common practice in Mexico to send a Christmas card or small Christmas gift to your clients (remember Mexico is 90% Catholic).
I think the most important thing to remember here is that in Mexico it is highly unlikely that you will "offend" someone when bringing a gift, it might even strengthen your business relationship because it shows you are making an effort to strengthen your interpersonal relationship which is KEY in Mexico.