It was my 7th Birthday. As I unravelled the beautiful blue coloured box, a Casio digital wristwatch was smiling at me. My grandfather exactly knew, what will work wonders for me. He was my Santa!
When at abroad, gifting a watch to your Chinese colleague should be avoided. ‘Giving a clock’ sounds like the Chinese words for ‘attending a funeral ritual’. It also symbolizes running out of time. A nicely wrapped tea box, fruits (Oranges have a special significance, given in even number) and Red envelop (‘Hong bao’) with even number amount for kids could make you a Santa!
With Europeans, for example, Germans: flowers, quality wine, chocolates, or a small gift that is not expensive would be appropriate. Perfume is considered too personal for gifting!