All gifting is important, but being able to provide an appropriate and thoughtful diplomatic gift that delights is a true skill.
The diplomatic gift is one of the more difficult gifts to give as there is a lot of protocol and history that is unique to each particular diplomatic exchange.
A diplomatic gift shows respect for the recipient, respect for the tradition of protocol, and provides an opportunity to share your history and culture through the choice of your gift. The thoughtfulness of your gift helps build rapport, and will also allow for a conversational ‘safe space’ to be created before discussions move on to issues of substance. The right gift can even direct the conversation to the issues that matter.
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The symbolism behind the diplomatic gift.
Diplomatic gifts are often considered a symbol of cherished friendship and respect, and the right gift can even potentially seal friendships. However, an inappropriate gift, even if well meant, can also send the wrong message. It is imperative to fully understand the culture with which you are engaging in order to give a heartfelt and memorable gift.
Pandas: The most popular diplomatic gift to date?
Diplomatic gifts have run the gamut, from extremely extravagant, such as the ruby and diamond jewelry set for Michelle Obama from Saudi Arabia, to the fun and unexpected, such as ‘Panda Diplomacy,’ where China sends pandas to zoos around the world as special thank you gifts.
In 1972, the Chinese government sent two pandas, Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsign, to the US where First Lady Pat Nixon welcomed them at the National Zoo in an official ceremony. An estimated 1.1 million visitors went to see them the first year they were there.
The pandas were wildly popular, and this heartfelt diplomatic gift was seen evidence of China’s eagerness to establish official relations with the US. Overall, the pandas were an enormous diplomatic success.
Keith Lipert Corporate Gifts – Experts in diplomatic gifting.
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