Diplomats use gifts as a tool to initiate a discussion by creating ‘safe space.’ However, an inappropriate gift can also send the wrong message. When considering a meaningful diplomatic gift, it is imperative to fully understand the culture with which you are engaging.
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Diplomatic gifting is an important part of diplomacy as a whole.
Since the beginning of time, heads of state have been exchanging gifts. By the middle ages, gifting had become a part of diplomatic customs. According to Slate, leaders throughout history have identified the act of diplomatic gift exchanging as being important for various reasons, depending on the situation.
For example, an emissary of Richard the Lionheart presented a flock of birds to the representative of Saladin by formally noting, “It is the custom of princes when they camp close to one another to exchange gifts”. A 14th-century Muslim scholar also noted, “Very often, sovereigns linked by proximity exchange gifts involving that which is rarest in their respective lands.”
Meaningful diplomatic gifting can show respect for the recipient, respect for the tradition of protocol, and thoughtfulness; it also provides an opportunity to share your history and culture through the choice of your gift.
Ensure that the diplomatic gift produces just the right mood at the point of exchange.
At Keith Lipert Corporate Gifts, we can help you find the ideal gift quickly, efficiently, and creatively, assisting you in making a unique and thoughtful choice. We also have experience working with multiple cultures. For example, we have a long history of creating unique diplomatic gifts for Asian cultures, as well as creating custom diplomatic gifts for Middle Eastern cultures.
We will combine our knowledge and experience with your budget and timeline to ensure your diplomatic gift is a success.
If you need assistance in giving memorable diplomat gifts, contact the experts at Keith Lipert Corporate Gifts: (202) 965-9736 or by clicking here.