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Homestay gifts

Today we’re bringing you some information on gifts for homestay families. It is highly recommended that you bring gifts for your families to show your appreciation and while it can be kind of tricky figuring out what to give someone you do not know yet, the gifts you give are truly an opportunity to give your host family deeper insight into who you are as a person and form strong connections by opening conversation.

In general, gifts should not be expensive. Rather, they should be meaningful and representative of you.

Here are some ideas:

  1. Photos of you, your family, and places that are important to you.
  2. If you do any visual arts, you could bring a small painting/sketch/carving for your family.
  3. Something unique to your state or hometown. Examples could be a craft sold at your local farmer’s market or or stickers that you can explain the significance of.
  4. Postcards of your hometown are a great way to write your family a note of gratitude.
  5. Small puzzles of famous places in your state that you could do together or games without a lot of language, like Set, Uno, etc.
  6. A collection of small posters of something you enjoy (like if you love visiting national parks, you could give posters of the parks you’ve been to).
  7. Interactive gifts that kids would enjoy, such as water colors, face paints, friendship bracelets or lanyard materials.
  8. Any other fun small items that start a conversation between you and your host family and represent something special and unique about you!

Note: Photos are always special and often a great parting gift as well. Whether you choose to give families photos or not, we encourage you to bring some to show them pieces of your daily life.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about what gifts might be appropriate.

Happy gifting!