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Present for the Host Family

Gifts for your Host Family are not a mandatory point on your pending tasks list, but it’s good to think of some small unique “thank you” gifts before you set off on a journey to your host country. It’s the best way to break the ice during your first meeting.
 
Presents for the Host Family may be hard to choose, but AuPair.com gathered for you a few gift ideas for the Host Family:

Remember that the gifts shouldn’t be heavy or big - you need to pack the presents in your suitcase to deliver them to the Host Family.
 
host family present
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
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