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Presents for Poles (I stay with them for a weekend)

hotcarl 2 | 2  
9 Nov 2009 /  #1

I'm staying at a Pole's house for a weekend and I wanted to give her a gift to thank her. but what should I give. She's young, and likes a drink amongst other things, but is giving a bottle of vodka a bit crude?

Any other ideas. Is it the done thing to give a gift in situations like this?
gumishu 13 | 6,144  
9 Nov 2009 /  #2
if she lives alone (not with her parents - or at least runs a separate household) then presenting her some nice bottle of some extraordinary booze is quite all right - but it should rather be some women's booze (maybe Baileys - I am not very knowledgeable in that field) - just get it nicely packed/adorned a bit and perhaps buy some modest flower/s to accompany it (a couple of gerberas should do)
1jola 14 | 1,879  
10 Nov 2009 /  #3
Flowers. Be tasteful.
MareGaea 29 | 2,752  
10 Nov 2009 /  #4
I usually give my hosts a voucher for some department store (depends a bit on what he or she likes) or a voucher to buy a cd or dvd or something. Flowers are nice, but if you give a voucher, you give them the opportunity to get something they really like or need. And it's a longer lasting thank you, if you catch my drift.


M-G (tiens)
1jola 14 | 1,879  
10 Nov 2009 /  #5

I wouldn't be surprised if gave Happy Meals to your hosts.
10 Nov 2009 /  #6
I have a good friend who has Polish roots but lives in Switzerland. I'm visiting Poland for a week before I stay with her in Switzerland so I'm going to bring back some King Sobieski vodka. I can't find it for sale anywhere else in Europe, including large liqour stores that aren't so far from the Polish border.
Bart1991 - | 5  
10 Nov 2009 /  #7
Womankind is same everywhere: buy her some good, expensive perfumes, booze and flowers are good too but its not very longstanding present.
If u want her to remember u for good ten give her something special and outstanding... i advice some souvenirs from special selling stores.
In town of mine 4 example prismatic statuettes and special wine glasses are very popular.
10 Nov 2009 /  #8
vodka for a girl sounds strange for me. but if she likes it...
i'd rather give a nice box of chocolates from your country or some Cd.
flowers will quickly wither
MareGaea 29 | 2,752  
10 Nov 2009 /  #9

The vouchers I give are usually for shopping at respected department stores :) However, when the host(s) have kids, I normally give those kids either a toy or gift-vouchers, or I let them pick something from a toyshop. The parents usually appreciate this more than when you give something to them themselves. Generally, it would be about 20 to 30 Euros, which I think seems reasonable. With toys it just depends on how much the toy costs.


M-G (is not the cheapskate you think he is)
10 Nov 2009 /  #10
A bottle of Baileys is certain to go down well.
OP hotcarl 2 | 2  
11 Nov 2009 /  #11

Thanks for your ideas.

I should state that we're not dating, just friends, and it is definitely staying that way and not going any further.

I think flowers and some kind of fancy spirit will do the trick.
McCoy 27 | 1,269  
11 Nov 2009 /  #12
Any other ideas. Is it the done thing to give a gift in situations like this?

a good book is always a great gift.
12 Nov 2009 /  #13
Perhaps use your brain and what you know about her.

The first gifts I gave to mine had a lot more meaning to it. She is half Swiss and born and raised in Switzerland, but I know she loves her Polish roots. She also loves history so I gave her coins from the Polish Empire around 1500. She is also interested in Indian culture and absolutely loves dogs so I gave her a hand-carved Indian dog made of stone that I got when I visited India.

The next gift was a hand-carved wooden sheep I got when I was in Slovakia.

They seem silly, but she loved them all a lot. I also sent her a birthday card because I was out of town for her birthday and simply having "Sto Lat" written on it made her happy. Honestly, use your brain! :P

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