Monday, June 22, 2009

House gifts

Natasha asked me today about what to bring as gifts for the families with which we will be staying. Good question. It is not obligatory to bring a gift, but it is a nice way to thank people in advance for their generosity in taking you into their home, and to start things off on the right foot. I don't know the details about your homestays, so I don't know, for example, if there will be children in the family. If you are really eager to know, you can contact Lee Cridland ( at Bolivia Cultura for more information.

Some appropriate gifts might include:
• hand towels or bath towels
• kitchen items
• books and magazines in English
• small hand tools
• toys for children (even if none live in the house, they will know people who can use them)
• baby clothes
• clothes for adults 
• other small items for use around the house

Generally speaking, I am not the best person to give advice on being nice. Your mom might have additional insights into this topic.


Michelle said...

I think another option that may be useful is to just wait until you get there... that way you can find out what will be most useful for the family.

Daniel Goldstein said...

Yes, but people like to get stuff from the US. You can get them stuff when you're there in addition.