Gift Guide

Smart Giving

The etiquette of gift giving treads a thin line between art and science, having evolved throughout history since the earliest times. Whether you are out to impress royalty or that someone special in your life, master the know-how and make your gift shine, with our essential go-to guide.


Down to Business

Gift-giving in the corporate world, whether for coworkers, business partners, or company leaders, is a gesture of respect and integrity between the two parties. Take care to strike the right ethical balance: presents should be appropriate for the business environment and honour the receiving company’s policies. High-end stationery and luxury foods are always a safe a bet, while company logo merchandise is a no-no. 

Respect Connection Ethics

Play pro at the workplace with a curated selection of holiday tokens for coworkers and clients, from elegant writing instruments to a basket of goodies to pass at the office. 
 

 

 


Royal Treatment

Bestowing a nation’s ruler with a truly thoughtful token is no simple task. Since ancient times, gifts to monarchy have displayed rare art and value, showing exceptional workmanship, and were symbolic of the giver’s knowledge of the recipient. From an exquisite commemorative Meissen gift plate given by the House of Hohenzollern to the Royal Houses of Saxony, Bavaria and Württemberg, to a painting received by Queen Silvia of Sweden of her daughter and granddaughter, these royal offerings are a testament to gift-giving finesse.

 Queen Silvia of Sweden receives a painting of her daughter and granddaughter. dpa picture alliance / Alamy Stock Photo
Queen Silvia of Sweden receives a painting of her daughter and granddaughter. dpa picture alliance / Alamy Stock Photo

 An exclusive gift from the House of Hohenzollern to the Royal Houses of Saxony, Bavaria and Württemberg, the 1896 Meissen plate Kaiser Wilhelm II commemorates the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Reich, with white glazed porcelain, intricate gold detail and hand-painted coat of arms. INTERFOTO / Alamy Stock Photo
An exclusive gift from the House of Hohenzollern to the Royal Houses of Saxony, Bavaria and Württemberg, the 1896 Meissen plate Kaiser Wilhelm II commemorates the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Reich, with white glazed porcelain, intricate gold detail and hand-painted coat of arms. INTERFOTO / Alamy Stock Photo

Craftsmanship Value Excellence

For the highly respected role model who knows the value of fine artisanship, honour the queen or king in your world with an exquisitely crafted gift rich in meaning and history. 

 

 


Foreign Relations

Gifts exchanged between international diplomats, presidents, and world leaders combine political courtesy with the giver’s knowledge of the country’s culture, history, and traditions. Often gifts are offered that showcase the giving country’s wealth or cultural symbols, indigenous animals or locally sourced treasures. Keeping in mind a culture’s customs of pitfalls to avoid is a must — clocks and fans, for instance, associated with funerals, are a gifting faux-pas in Asia. 

 

 U.S. President Donald Trump is gifted a framed photo by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The photos show Trudeau’s father Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau meeting President Ronald Reagan in 1983, and a photo of President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau meeting earlier this year. White House Photo / Alamy Stock Photo
U.S. President Donald Trump is gifted a framed photo by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The photos show Trudeau’s father Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau meeting President Ronald Reagan in 1983, and a photo of President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau meeting earlier this year. White House Photo / Alamy Stock Photo

 

Culture History Art

Recognize an important male in your life — husband, father figure, mentor — with a sharp and immaculately made masculine memento, for the man who appreciates the finer things. 

 

 


 Syda Productions / Shutterstock.com
Syda Productions / Shutterstock.com

All About the Lady

A present for the special woman, hostess, mother, or wife, is about gratitude and cherishing all she does. When bringing a hostess gift to a gathering, items that acknowledge her tastes and the occasion, such as a bottle of wine or party game, are always welcome, whereas a partner’s love token can range from heartfelt expressions such as a song or poem, to a romantic piece of jewellery to commemorate years spent together. 
 

Craftsmanship Value Excellence

For the highly respected role model who knows the value of fine artisanship, honour the queen or king in your world with an exquisitely crafted gift rich in meaning and history. 

 

 

Text by Kate Missine Produced by Many Ngom

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