As I highlighted in my story, experiencing the gift giving norms of another culture can be delightful.
Wine / chocolates If you do decide to give a gift, in Australia wine is considered a safe, socially neutral choice.
In countries like Australia, where gift giving ‘rules’ are largely unspoken and context dependent, it can be difficult to know what advice to give.
So I thought I would just tell you about the four types of responses I got and leave it up to you to decide what to do!
The little plate has sat on my bookshelf ever since and is often a subject of discussion when colleagues visit me.
Some people had no idea what to buy and expressed interest in such a post because the etiquette for this situation is so opaque.
Unless, like me, your supervisor is not a big drinker.
In Australia, being a non drinker is considered a weird thing (I know – it says something about our culture doesn’t it?
If you feel this way you might consider a homemade, edible present which demonstrates you have taken time and care to make something special.
Christmas is a great time to make edible gifts as there are so many ‘themed’ choices in the tasty treat department.