Gift of thanks for their hospitality

Oct 13th, 2005, 07:29 AM
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I think I posted this in response to another query. I like to take something regional but especially if it's something that can be compared to a similar item where I'm travelling. For example, our friends who live in wine country in California are always interested in trying whatever is new in wine here. We often take ice wine because it's only made in Ontario and Germany (I think).


If this is a family that regularly hosts visitors from other places, you could take an attractive blank-page journal where visitors can write their impressions of their visit and ideas for the next person. A house we once rented had such a journal and we found it helpful to read and nice to write in as well. We recently bought a beautiful leather one for our hosts in Italy and I printed and pasted a nice quotation about hosts/guests on the flyleaf. They seemed quite pleased with it because they had one for their own apartment but not for the apartment they rented out.

And finally,

I'm not sure from your post whether your hosts are members of your extended family but if they are, you could make up a photo album of family pictures -- people they'd be related to as well -- including some of the very old ones of grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. You could just have copies made of your own pics and put them in a really pretty album. Or get them made into a 2006 calendar (perfect time of year for this) by Kinko's or a similar place.
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Oct 13th, 2005, 11:51 AM
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Sorry, I just saw your post where you said they weren't family so scratch that photo album idea.
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Oct 13th, 2005, 12:02 PM
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Definitely flowers. Our French friends always love getting a nice bouquet.
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Oct 13th, 2005, 03:22 PM
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I know in Italy that flowers or a lovely package of chocolates beautifully wrapped always seem to please those that you visit that you do not know at all or barely know. That is what I do when friends take me to their friends or relatives homes that I have never met before.

I did not understand at first that this is a family that you did not know. So for me flowers or chocolates, or of course a nice bottle of wine, seems to be the best idea. Best wishes to you and enjoy your time in Vienna.
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Oct 14th, 2005, 12:09 AM
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Sorry I didn't want it to come across as though I was selling my charms. Actually if you are not a Jaycee or JCI Senator you would not understand the symbol on the charm.

We are traveling to Vienna for our World Congress conference. We will be visiting the home of a Jaycee or JCI Senator and even though we don't know the person we are not strangers. We will get to see how their daily lives are different from ours.

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Oct 14th, 2005, 12:27 AM
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hello wifist, my late husband was President of the Jaycee's in our area years ago. It is a fantastic organization. He had (which I still have) some kind of a "retired rooster" pin that was given to all past presidents. Maybe that is not exactly the correct term, it was sort of a joke in a way. You probably know what I mean. Or maybe that was just a local thing. Do enjoy your time in Vienna, and knowing what the situation is I think the charm will be well accepted. Sometimes an original post doesn't give all the details so we all blather on trying to help when in fact we aren't. I for one thought you would be visiting a family that you had some sort of contact with because they were distant family members or friends of friends for example.

Anyway, do enjoy your time in Vienna and with your host family!!! I hope you can give us a trip report after you return home. Best wishes to you.
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