Studies show that you become 110% more likable to someone after giving them a gift.
If you are living abroad for a few months with a host family it is nice gesture to bring a small gift to thank them for their hospitality. After visiting loved ones across different countries I can now share with you guys some of the gifts I have given along the years! When preparing to move to Germany for a few months with a host family I remember struggling to find something useful that wouldn’t take too much space on my luggage. My best advice is to always buy something -hopefully useful- that represents or reminds them of your home country.
Here are a few ideas:
Typical alcoholic beverage from your country
Since you can’t exactly sneak it in your checked baggage, it is better to wait and buy it at your local airport!#braziliantip: Compre uma garrafa de cachaça ou um kit de caipirinha para surpreender sua família com caipirinhas no almoço.
Shot glasses with the name of your city
Soccer jersey from your local team
A photography/history book about your town
Clothing from your favorite store
Think of a store that sell items that show the local fashion in your city/country!
#braziliantip: Lojas como a Farm, Maria Filó, entre outras lojas locais tendem a mostrar a típica moda do Rio de Janeiro!