Indonesia: Gift Giving – Part 2

2015-06-12

Gifts to avoid

Avoid bringing gifts of food with you to a dinner party unless it has been agreed upon beforehand. To bring food may imply that the hospitality is inadequate–a terrible insult to an Indonesian host. Your safest option is to send food as a thank-you gift afterwards. Candy or fruit baskets are good choices.

Gifts to Avoid Giving to an Observant Muslim

alcohol

perfumes containing alcohol

pork

pigskin products

personal items such as underwear

knives

toy dogs or gifts that picture dogs

images of nude or partially clad women [even in paintings or sculptures with artistic merit]

Gifts to Avoid Giving to an Observant Hindu

Be sensitive that observant Hindus do not eat beef or use cattle products. Consequently, leather items of any kind should not be considered as gifts.

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