When you go to visit someone, whether they’re friends or family, there’s some pressure to be appropriately grateful. They might be giving up some of their time to show you around, or even giving you somewhere to stay while you’re visiting. So you want to show them that you appreciate their help and hospitality. You might be a little unsure about what makes an appropriate gift for someone you’re visiting. How much they’re going to help you and be around will make a difference, but there are a few things everyone can consider taking as a gift when they visit someone.
Bring Something From Home
If you’re visiting someone far away, or even not all that far away, bringing something from home is often a great idea. It’s an even better idea if you’re visiting someone who is originally from where you live. There are sure to be some things they miss that they would love you to bring. But even if they’re not from your hometown, you can delight them with something that is. There might be an interesting food or drink you can take them, or perhaps you can look into local artisan or craft gifts that they might enjoy.
Surprise Them with Something Local
Here’s an interesting way to go, which could be a bit of risk. Don’t give them something from your home – give them something from theirs. Obviously, don’t get them something they could pick up from the nearest store any day of the week. Introduce them to something that they might not have discovered before. If you’re visiting friends or family in Japan, this Kikori review suggests it would be a great gift to take. Even if your hosts are whiskey lovers, they might not have explored Japanese whiskey before. If you’re visiting someone in London, get them some fancy tea they might not usually buy for themselves.
Give Them an Experience
Gifts don’t just have to be objects. They can be experiences too. If you want a great way to say “thank you,” taking people out for a meal, some drinks or an activity is fun. They might be showing you around town, but you could still treat them to dinner. Or you could take them to see a musical or even cook for them at home. Alternatively, give them a voucher for something they can do on their own, without you there.
Something for Pamper Time
Everyone likes to treat themselves sometimes. If you think your hosts could use some time to relax, especially after helping to look after you, you could get them a pampering gift. They might enjoy some bath products or scented candles to use at home. Or they might like something they can redeem at a spa or beauty salon. It’s the kind of gift they can keep for a while and use when they want to. However, not everyone would enjoy something like this.
If anyone is playing host for you when you visit them, or you’re just dropping by to say hello, a gift is sure to be appreciated.