By using the guide above you should be able to find a perfect gift for any occasion – and hand it over without any faux-pas.
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When handing it over, do it with both hands (also when receiving it).
If it is for an individual, you need to do it in private and you want to give it to the person towards the end of your visit, not in the beginning like in the USA.
Do it later when you’re alone, so you don’t have to worry about how to react if you don’t like it. Most of these rules don’t apply when you give a present to a (close) friend or family member of yours. If you visit a Japanese company, your host family or meet with Japanese business partners, this question always pops up.
It’s very common to present a gift with the words “Tsumaranai mono desu ga …” (つまらないものですが・・・, lit.: It’s something boring, but please accept it …).
It just shows that the relationship is more important than the present itself.
If you have to send a gift never involve the numbers 4, 9 and 43 (e.g. To be on the save side, better avoid anything that has a “4” or “9” in it.
;) Now that you know what numbers to avoid, there are some things you can use to help add more meaning to your gift by using specific animals on the wrapping paper or on the actual gift itself.