Host Family Gifts? I need ideas, please.
Posted 03 June 2008 - 07:40 PM
Posted 03 June 2008 - 07:57 PM
Where are you from? A gift from your local town or state would probably go over well. Or something uniquely American.
Just don't get them liquor. My family made that mistake in Germany. You'd think that the Germans would enjoy a good drink, but people in the Rheinland just weren't used to tequila.
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Posted 03 June 2008 - 08:03 PM
Maybe some Wisconsin souvenirs, then--or cheese, if it'll keep until then.
I'm expecting a phone call from a buddy of mine, who's also from Wisconsin and went to Japan for a few months. I'll ask him what he gave his host family.
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Posted 03 June 2008 - 08:05 PM
Posted 03 June 2008 - 08:12 PM
Oh, and thank you, sentinal28a, for asking!
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Posted 04 June 2008 - 07:50 PM
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Posted 04 June 2008 - 08:59 PM
I actually know a TON of girls in Chicago who love the Cubs and wear Cubs jerseys on a regular basis. Same for girls who like the Bears. Jerseys aren't just a guy thing anymore.
They do make women's cut jerseys these days as well as guy cut ones.
What about some sort of candy we have but they don't have?
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Posted 04 June 2008 - 09:17 PM
As for gifts, your best bet is to get something from your area. For example, I got some gifts from a local country-ish store since I'm from Indiana, lol. I got them one of those stained glass window decorations, and they liked that. (I forget what else...it was a while ago, lol) Anything that they couldn't get in Japan will make for a nice gift though. They really like stuff like that. So think America-only and something you think would appeal to their ages, and I'm sure they'll love it. And maybe you can even find something that would allow you to tell some back-story to explain why it's popular or why it's famous etc. Makes for an ice-breaker.
Posted 04 June 2008 - 09:58 PM
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Posted 08 June 2008 - 07:19 PM
Like most ppl are saying, souvenirs from your hometown are great and are usually the first choice. Most ppl in the group I traveled with were from Michigan (me included) so we gave them things like mini photo-albums showing our hometowns or landmarks like the Mackinaw Bridge, or those tourist-y shirts with "Michigan" all over it or something like that. For some reason, I also gave scented candles; my family loved those.
Some other tips (though you may already know):
--Don't give any gifts that come in four-packs; 4 is an unlucky number in Japan.
--They may give gifts to YOU, as just the whole idea of gift-giving in Japan is a big deal. I REALLY didn't expect anything, and yet I got two fans (one a wooden one with the Japan flag on it (they told me it was good luck))and three pairs of chopsticks. O.o
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Posted 08 June 2008 - 09:10 PM
But yeah, good luck with your gift-hunting, and most importantly, take a ton of pictures and have fun!!
(My suggestion - bring them a cheese head! LOL xD)
Posted 16 June 2008 - 03:43 PM
when my japanese teacher hosted a teacher from japan the teacher from japan wanted to bring them a gift and my teacher asked for a book off the japanese bestseller list. (they ended up with 4)
that is a truly american gift, and it would be quite easy to buy.
but i like the idea of something from where you live.
maybe a cheese head hat?
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Posted 16 June 2008 - 10:16 PM
I'd say get something nice for the house for the parents. And for the girl, maybe something cutesy, like a stuffed animal or something. I don't think they have a Build A Bear workshop in Japan. Can't go wrong with a teddy bear, no matter what age they are.
Posted 17 June 2008 - 11:57 AM
I had more things with me that I brought but I saved some of those for other occasions. I was able to get a nice t-shirt from my University for $7.
If you are in College then I think items from there making really good gifts. If you aren't than just something special to your area is always nice. Maybe a mug with your city on it or something like that.
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Posted 17 June 2008 - 03:58 PM
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