Thank-you gift for family moving to France?
August 11, 2014 4:34 PM Subscribe
I'm trying to think of a gift for a family that has generously offered my spouse and me the use of their house while they are abroad for the coming school year.
posted by ms.codex to Grab Bag (5 answers total)
This the house of my husband's work colleague. We'll be covering all utilities for the year but we're not paying them rent, at their kind insistence. We'll be living in their house a couple nights each week (we also have our own place, where the bulk of our stuff will be, but it's less conveniently located). The family consists of a college professor, a mobile self-employed businessperson, and their 6-year-old kid. They'll be living in France for the coming year for the professor to do professorly research at some libraries. I'd like to get them something special to express our thanks to present to them before they leave, when they meet with us to hand over the keys, but what?
*It should be useful to them-- so far I've only thought of impersonal travel-related tokens (nice new luggage tags?) but something especially well-suited to their situation would be even better.
*Ideally it would be compact/unobtrusive enough to be taken along. So a bottle of wine is out. Or it could be something for their house, but then they wouldn't be able to enjoy it right away, and besides, that's probably better saved for the time when we vacate the house and they return. Or I suppose it could be a service-- we'll mail you anything! we'll drive you to the airport!-- but that should be in addition to something tangible, right?
*The family's living logistics are mostly already taken care of-- they've lived in France before and already have an apartment, school arrangements for the kid, presumably a daily work routine, etc. I don't know them well enough to know their particular needs and tastes.
*I have access to shops in the northeastern US and in Germany.
*I'm happy to spend a substantial amount of money, but I don't want to embarrass them.
Ideas? Thanks in advance for your help.