Thank You Gifts for Hindus
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Giving gifts to Hindu friends or co-workers requires some thoughtfulness and consideration of religious and cultural differences. There are many possible gift options, as well as plenty of gifts to avoid.
Do not give a gift made of leather, cowhide, fish or any animal byproducts, including gelatin, as Hindus are generally vegetarian and consider the cow sacred. Avoid alcohol-related gifts for possible religious reasons and white flowers as they are used in funerals. Present the gift with your right hand with the words "dhanyavad" to say "thank you."
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Pure gold objects or jewellery will always be appreciated by your Hindu friends. There is no specific shape or symbol in gold to represent "thanks," but a delicate necklace or cufflinks make a great gift to thank a host or business acquaintance. A gold picture frame is an appropriate gift for a friend or colleague.
Idols or Gods
An image of a Hindu god, is a thoughtful and more intimate gift for a traditional Indian friend. Artwork portraying a specific Hindu god is many times created using real silver, making this thank you gift valuable for many reasons. Hindu god statues or candles will also be appreciated. Consider presenting a Ganesha, Rama or Hanuman as a thank you gift.
- An image of a Hindu god, is a thoughtful and more intimate gift for a traditional Indian friend.
Religious items are always well-received by Hindu friends and a copy of the Hindu holy book, the Bhagavad-gita, is a thoughtful gift for a traditionally religious East Indian friend. Whether you pick up an English translated copy, a beautifully illustrated book or a copy that includes discussion and interpretation, a Bhagavad-gita will touch the heart of the recipient and enhance understanding and acceptance between friends or business colleagues.
- Religious items are always well-received by Hindu friends and a copy of the Hindu holy book, the Bhagavad-gita, is a thoughtful gift for a traditionally religious East Indian friend.
Prayer beads, otherwise known as Malas, are another personal "thank you" gift idea that will be appreciated by a Hindu friend. Beautifully crafted in a variety of precious or semi-precious stones, the Mala is a lovely gesture to thank a host or hostess for generosity and time spent together.
Perfumed oil is used by Hindus when celebrating Diwali and is part of a ritual that pertains to wealth and prosperity. Presenting a friend with good quality perfumed oil is a thoughtful "thank you" gift that comes in especially handy during worship of Lakshmi.