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Present for the Host Family

There are a lot of things to keep in mind while packing the luggage for a year abroad. One of them is a present for the Host Family. Although it is not mandatory, most of the Au Pairs decide to bring a little something for their hosts.
 
We know it is not easy to come up with an idea for a present. Something associated with your home country is always well received. Nevertheless, here are some things you should consider when choosing the perfect gift:
  • Make sure it is not too big or too heavy so it can fit in your luggage.
  • Do not buy something you can get in your host country.
  • Buy something resistant. The present is going to travel thousands of kilometers and it could break in any second.
  • Buy something with a personal touch rather than something luxurious
  • Check the legal regulations in the host country to ensure you can pass the border control without any issues. 
  • Choose presents that represent your country. That way you can introduce your family to your culture.

Presents for the host parents

The host parents might not expect a gift from the Au Pair but they will be very glad to get one. It is a challenge to find something that would fit their personality. In any case, there are lots of great options that do not require a lot of effort.   Here are some ideas: 
  • A book with pictures from your home country
  • Cookbook with recipes from your home country (if possible in the host country’s language).
  • Small crafts from your homeland
  • Calendar with your photos and your home country
  • Candy from your home country (for example pralines, chocolate)
  • Spices kit from your home country
  • If they like sports, a souvenir from your local team (a scarf, a booklet or a cap)

Presents for the host kids

  • Board games
  • Books with stories and fairy tales from your home country if available in the language of your host country. 
  • CD with children´s songs from your home country
  • Candy from your home country
  • Puzzles
  • Coloring book with pencils or paint
  • Traditional Toys from your homeland (for example a traditional doll)
  • Cap or bag with the name of your host kid printed on it
For other questions, check our FAQ and Au Pair WIKI


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