House guest gifts?

@olisaur (1932)
United States
June 17, 2010 4:49pm CST
I am going to visit a lot of old friends this summer. You might say I'm going to be couch hopping [until I move into my apartment in Septmeber] at a lot of good, home-town friends and their families' houses. I really don't want to be a bother or a liability, and want to take care of myself as much as I can. I also want to take somesort of small, family-style present to some of the people but I can't decide what to get. I thought about a box of candy or something, but being that it's in southrn california [where I'll be driving around a lot] it'll probably melt. I also thought about some specialy teas or baking mixes. Flowers, too but I don't think that would be suitable. I would appreciate and advice/feeback from you all? Thanks ^o^
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@cicisnana (776)
• United States
18 Jun 10
These ideas are good that have been given to you, and I have another, one that will come to them at various points in the month and usually for a year, and can be as cheaper than a gift basket and maybe cheaper than a candle, depending on which kind you buy. How about a magazine subscription? Are any of them new parents? Parents magazine is 4 or 5 dollars at the stand, but you can get a subscription for right around 12. Good Housekeeping is even cheaper. Just an idea, and good luck with your summer escursion.
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@sathya264 (174)
• India
17 Jun 10
yes try this one if possible to you make an your own art.its better to give a memorable greeting card.dont be treat it as only a card.The matter in that is very important.selecting the greeting card is very important.so becareful that you have to select a card that must show ur feeling upon to whome you giving.Another one is you have to make friendship (ship) with ice if possible to you.i have made it for at my childish girl friend.so let keep it up all above. and all the best be a success.enjoy alot with your friends my friend.thank you
@olisaur (1932)
• United States
17 Jun 10
Actually, I am somewhat of an artist and I have a ton of watercolor paintings. I've always been unsure of giving them away, though...plus, they're all unframed. Thanks for the response, though.
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
26 Jun 10
Depending on their garden or their skills, how about a potted plant and a big bag of chocolate chip cookies as well?
@dragon54u (31609)
• United States
18 Jun 10
I think the tea or coffee would be very nice. You're right about the chocolate although it would make a very nice gift. Just about any gift of food would be hard to store in the car. If you want to present it when you arrive, you could stop and get it before you go to the house. Maybe some fruit? Exotic stuff like star fruit, pomegranates, those tiny little banana-type things, etc. would be a nice gift.
@sid556 (31006)
• United States
18 Jun 10
Hi Olisaur, I would suggest that you not bring anything. Instead, while you are there, you will see a need or a preference and the perfect gift will just jump right out at you. I recently had a guest stay with us for a little over a week. He was awesome to have around. One day, he announced that he was going to fix us all dinner. He bought all the ingredients and fixed us a delicious dinner. And he cleaned up afterwards. Now that is way better than flowers or candy. He did a lot of little things while here to be helpful and to fit in with us as a family. They day he left I came home to a card with a very sweet note thanking me for letting him stay here. He was fun and we all enjoyed having him here.
@med889 (5958)
18 Jun 10
I think food is most appreciated while visiting someone in another place, as we can share our cultures too. Then chocolates are also a good idea to provide. Some statues or rare pieces of decorations are worthy too.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
17 Jun 10
I think this is a wonderful thing that you want to do. How about homemade giftbaskets. If one friend is into teas a basket of teas with a cup. If a friend is into candles a basket of different scents candles with a candle holder inside. If you have someone into cooking or baking then a basket of different bakery items that can always be used. I think homemade gift baskets are such a beautiful way of showing you care especially when given with items that people really like and will use. I hope this helps in some way. Good luck to you.