Many Au Pairs worry about the gift for their host family. We created a gift list with ideas for your host family.
The gift for your host family can help break the ice after your arrival and your host family will probably be excited to get something from your country or to try something that is new to them. These gifts do not need to be anything massive or expensive, a small trinket or a typical food to share a bit of your culture goes a long way.
Think about what is typical for your home country and what cannot be bought in the host country. It is also always helpful to ask yourself "what did you like at that age" to get an idea for the gift for your host family and host children.
What to Keep in Mind!
There are a few things you need to keep in mind when trying to find a gift for your host family in order to find the right gift for them.
The gift for your host family shouldn't be too large or heavy and easy to take with you in your suitcase. Don't look for something that can break easily on the flight to your host country. The gift for your host family shouldn't be too expensive either. It is meant to establish a bond between your host family and yourself.
Therefore, it is always a good idea to bring something typical of your home country, something that really embraces your culture, something that has meaning to you and your life back home that you can share with them. If you decide to bring food, candy, or sweets - the same meaning should be behind it. If you are getting a sweet treat for the children, think "when I was their age what was my favorite?" and go with that! Sharing something that has meaning to you will have more meaning to your host family than something that you got because you felt you needed to.
Gift Ideas for your Host Parents
- A typical beverage from your home country (typical wine, beer, liquor etc.)
- Typical sweets from your home country (i.e. chocolate)
- Cookbook with recipes from your home country (in your host parents' language); you can also make it yourself with your favorite recipes and pictures
- Travel guide about your country
- Picture or book of your home town
- Something typical from your home town (mug with pictures, bag with your home town's emblem etc.)
- Decoration for the home (self-made or bought)
Gift Ideas for your Host Children
- Board games from your country
- Book with fairy tales from your country
- CD with typical children songs of your home country
- Typical sweets and candies
- Puzzle (with a photo of where you are from)
- Stuffed animals
- Key chain
- Play Dough
- Toys for outdoor activities
- Mug/glass with the host child's name