Iran: Presents for Dinner/Tea Hosts - What to Bring?
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Aug 30, 2012 7:36 AM Last Post By: Henrik2000
Aug 27, 2012 4:11 PM
Iran: Presents for Dinner/Tea Hosts - What to Bring?Hi. It might get invited a few times to Iranian houses for tea or dinner. I have already made a few aquaintances online. I will go there as an individual tourist on the usual trail, staying in midrange hotels throughout, starting in Tehran.
Do you have a suggestion on what gift to bring from Europe for prospective hosts? Obviously, it cannot be heavy, perishable, fragile. How about small glasses of good honey or marmelade, probably coupled with flowers or another souvenir bought in Iran itself? Should I bring something special for kids, like bizarre balloons or glamorous pens? USB sticks as key tags, filled with music?
What has worked for you, or not?
I understand, when eating out, it may be difficult to be allowed to pick up the tab. Any strategies here?
Thanks for all your suggestions and experiences!
If I wear a black jacket, do I look hezbollahi? I might wear a black trousers at the same time (but no beard). Would a blue or light gray jacket make a difference? Thanks.
Aug 27, 2012 7:41 PM
It totally depends on who is inviting you. I think honey or marmalade is not a good idea as Iran has best ones and they are also heavy and fragile.
USB stick is not bad idea.
I can offer you to buy something individual souvenir in your country (except beverages)
It is almost impossible to pick up the tab (as you said) if you were eating.You are
About wearing black suits and jacket do not worry , your manner and attitude will show that you are not hezbollahi.
Aug 28, 2012 12:42 AM
Aug 28, 2012 12:49 AM
3You are welcome Henrik ,
I think you are from Germany if so I think chocolate is also good.
Aug 28, 2012 12:52 AM
4Reza, thanks, yes, i had thought about chocolate, i just worry i cannot carry it for a long time (even though arriving IKA at night is helpful).
Would you suggest chocolate rather bitter or rather sweet? Unusual kinds like white chocolate or yoghurt chocolate or well-known like chocolade with nuts and nothing else. Anyway, i will certainly get it from a specialty store, not from a supermarket.
Aug 28, 2012 2:21 AM
It depends on your friend's taste.I prefer bitter taste but others usually prefer sweet in Iran.
Now it is time to choose ... :)
Aug 28, 2012 2:24 AM
Aug 28, 2012 2:31 AM
Aug 28, 2012 4:09 AM
8I brought a couple of ciggie lighters to Iran last time I was there- the ones ones with naked ladies on them.
Did they ever go down a treat!!!
Aug 28, 2012 8:32 AM
Aug 29, 2012 2:40 AM
10I bought chocolate in Iran when I was invited.
Just to say, when you are out of presents there are options in Iran as well :)
Aug 29, 2012 12:07 PM
11Danios, thanks for reassuring :)
I have no doubt at all that Iran has nice souvenirs to bring to an invitation. Still it would be special to bring something from your Euro home, wouldn't it?
On the other hand, bringing home Iranian specialties for friends and family in Europe is another thing to consider a little later.
Aug 30, 2012 3:50 AM
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