TRADITION: Bringing a Gift for your host while in china?!
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jan 26, 2013 7:41 AM Last Post By: SoloHobo
Jan 24, 2013 3:41 PM
TRADITION: Bringing a Gift for your host while in china?!So I read somewhere it's tradition that you should bring a small gift when you go to someone's house in China. We are going to be staying with two different friends while there and are brainstorming on what would be cool to bring them.
They actually bring us gifts whenever they come home and visit our home now too so I know they take it seriously.
We we're thinking maybe something that they can't get there that they miss from the United States.
Just for fun - does anyone have any clever ideas for these gifts? We are drawing a blank!
Jan 24, 2013 6:42 PM
1I don't think this is strictly a Chinese habit. You hopefully know what your friends would like. You main challenge will be to bring something not made in China. secondly, something not found in China is also good (but most things are found there). Some handicraft is an idea. I often gave "dreamcatchers".
Jan 25, 2013 8:53 AM
2It depends on the situation and the nature of your friendship with the person being visited. Since you seem to know the people, use the gifts they brought you as a sort of rough guide to type and cost. That said, local products from your home area might be appropriate. For example, dried fruit or nuts or if you're from Palo Alto, then an iPad (just joking) but you should get the sense of what I saying. It seems like almost everything is now available in China, so as always it's the thought/gesture that counts.
P.S. Another idea, something branded with your home area's name.
Jan 25, 2013 10:20 AM
Jan 25, 2013 10:23 AM
4Well its pretty much custom for Chinese to give gifts when they visit someone, and also picking up the tab for dinner when someone visits them, so keep this in mind, if you plan to take them to dinner, be very clear it is your treat, and keep eye on people going to bathroom behind your back and then they pay the bill why are yapping away...Chinese take this pretty serious, I have seen fights over checks, so go with the flow, or as I do, I pull the same trick on them. Just remember, for Chinese , its all about saving face, so dont put them on the spot, or embarrass them either, be polite, and dont argue about check too much, as they will just win no matter what...it sounds silly, but its not for them, its is their way of showing you the guest, and this is how they treat guest.
I loved living there, my wifes friends brought us more stuff to the house, just for drinks, it was like Xmas.
Jan 25, 2013 10:27 AM
5This would be nice, a great treat from a great city.
Chinese love sugar...
Jan 25, 2013 12:47 PM
6"Yeah - I am bringing him an IPhone because he isn't able to get one mailed to him there without astronomical fee's from the govt. but that is from his family here in the US."
iPhones are sold in China. Slightly more expensive than some other countries due to taxes but then there is the warranty issue. But make sure that the iPhone is not locked.
Jan 26, 2013 7:31 AM
Jan 26, 2013 7:41 AM
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