And I want to give him a gift. I have no idea where to begin.
Here’s the background:
My company is doing a major implementation of a new back-end system for one of our divisions. It’ll be worth ~$200 million by the time the dust settles. The company we’re getting the system from is based in the US, but has offices around the world.
One of the network resources I have been dealing with for the last 2 years was born in India (southern India I believe) but came to the US to go to University in California.
He works his ass off on this project (crazy hours, no overtime, very little vacation time, etc.) and is a great guy. Because he is being paid by the other company, there’s nothing we can do to change this (we’ve tried).
He just told me he’s getting married and will be going back to India for the wedding and will be gone for 5 weeks. I’m 99% sure this is an arranged marriage (What ev’s, it’s his culture. Who am I to argue!).
A coworker and I want to go together and get him (and his new wife) a decent wedding present. We’re probably willing to kick-in about ~$90US each (That’s about $100 CAN), but we have no idea what is appropriate to give (would he have a gift registry in North America?).
Is there a traditional wedding gift we should get? Can we give money (that’s easy but not very personable and I don’t want to insult him)? Will the answers here vary depending on what region he was originally from in India?
Any feedback would be appreciated.