Gift Giving

Recently, I traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina with the Wheaton College Women’s Soccer team. Throughout my stay, I noticed how important the act of gift giving was. Being an American in a foreign country is an interesting experience. Everyone wanted something from us and could easily tell we were Americans. They would try so trade thing with us. Small things like coins or bracelets.

When we would enter a small store and walk through a market, the sellers would tell us the importance of each thing to make sure we brought back something good back to the states. Whether or not everything they said was true, that is unknown, but they sure did do a good job convincing us if that’s the case. A popular gift was a cup to drink tea from that for some reason is very popular over there. You share it among your friends to show how united you are to one another.

Gift Giving Etiquette

  • If invited to dinner at an Argentine’s home bring a small gift for the hostess.
  • Since taxes on imported spirits are extremely high, a bottle of imported spirits is always well received.
  • Do not give knives or scissors as they indicate a desire to sever the relationship.
  • Gifts are opened immediately.


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