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Hello Him B,

We have had some questions about homestay gifts and here we give you information on gifts for homestay families. You will stay in two homestays – one urban and one rural, and it would be really sweet for you to bring small gifts for each of them to show your appreciation. While it can be kind of tricky figuring out what to give someone you do not know yet, the gifts you give are truly an opportunity to give your host family deeper insight into who you are as a person and form strong connections by opening conversation.

In general, gifts should not be expensive. Rather, they should be meaningful and representative of you.

Some ideas:

  • Photos of you, your family, and places that are important to you. A cool extension of this is to take a photo with your family and have it printed for them or to document your time with them and make a small photo album.
  • Visual arts, you could bring a small painting/sketch/carving for your family
  • Craft and art supplies
  • Postcards
  • Puzzles
  • A journal of pictures of places
  • A collection of small posters of something you enjoy
  • Any other fun small items that start a conversation
  • Friendship bracelets, you can bring string and show your host sisters/brothers how to make it, even when you are still learning how to make them, you can learn together, will be a good bonding moment with family.

Photos are always special and make a great parting gift as well. Whether you choose to give families photos or not, bring some to show them pieces of your daily life. Just be mindful to bring/show pictures that are culturally appropriate for Nepal (meaning that you please be mindful of the clothing people are wearing in the photo; choose photos without swimsuits or low cut tank tops, for example). Also getting photographs printed is very easy and inexpensive here in Nepal.

Excited to meet you soon!