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Hostess Gift for family in Chile

marcée Oct 10, 2007 07:25 PM

I will be attending my daughters wedding in Chile soon. Her future husband is from chile. I'm wondering what would be an appropiate gift to take to his parents home while we wre there? Any help would be great!

  1. dagoose Oct 11, 2007 10:49 AM

    Chile is a pretty modern place, to be honest most stuff you can get here, you can get there (depending on where in Chile they live). I know Americans in south america often get cravings for Peanut butter, but chileans probably don't care for it.

    I would imagine anything extremely localized to where you are from would be the best, since that is not available everywhere (ie, I live in the PNW, get people salmon a lot).

    On non-food items--Electronics are the thing with the biggest price gap between there and here, so if you wanted to get them an ipod, or something of the sort...?

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      Gail Oct 11, 2007 01:41 PM

      This is a tough one. Why not check with your daughter and the future SIL?

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      1. re: Gail
        MMRuth Oct 11, 2007 03:41 PM

        Great idea. In my dealings in Latin America (my husband is Dominican), I don't recall seeing much in the way of hostess gifts - certainly not brought to dinner parties, as far as I can tell, though sometimes flowers are sent ahead of the party, or on the day after by way of thank you. The first time I went to the DR, I brought some lovely chocolates from my future MIL and they immediately made their way to her bedroom where she enjoyed them. At that time, I was a bit surprised that they were not offered to others! Since then, when we visit - and because it is usually around Christmas - I bring something for her home that I know she'd like, but that doesn't help you. I think the idea of bringing something from the area in the US that you are from is a nice one. Consulting with your SIL to be might help - though I know my husband wouldn't have been terribly helpful in the same situation! But if your daughter has spent time there, she may have more insight. The other good thing that I have learned is that my behaviour can be construed as different, rather than "good" or "bad", since I'm an American!

        Edit - I've just left a message for my mother in law to see what she has to contribute to this subject.

        1. re: MMRuth
          MMRuth Oct 11, 2007 04:20 PM

          I spoke to my MIL. She said that certainly a small gift would be appropriate, and agreed that something from your part of the world would be a nice gesture. For example, the DR has some lovely horn items - such as serving pieces, salad fork and spoon etc., that she often gives as gifts.

          1. re: MMRuth
            marcée Oct 11, 2007 06:42 PM

            Thanks for the great suggestions. I am leaning toward See's candy, I am comming from San Francisco. Also some realy nice teas (mighty leaf ) for some other relatives. I want to be carefull not to bring something too expensive so as not to offend by seeming arrogant

            1. re: marcée
              MMRuth Oct 11, 2007 07:10 PM

              Unless you know they like tea - I might not do that. The chocolates sound lovely though!

              1. re: marcée
                Gail Oct 11, 2007 07:13 PM

                Marcee, I didn't know you are from San Francisco. Don't bring See's when you can bring a nicely wrapped lovely Ghirardelli gift.

              2. re: MMRuth
                chow_gal Oct 12, 2007 05:30 AM

                "..they immediately made their way to her bedroom where she enjoyed them. At that time, I was a bit surprised that they were not offered to others! "

                Do you write 'at that time' because now you know that a HOSTESS gift is just that:a gift for the hostess and not to be served to the party guests?

                1. re: chow_gal
                  MMRuth Oct 12, 2007 05:33 AM

                  Exactly. This was a week long visit to the country where my soon to be in laws lived and I actually did not stay in their home. So, it was more a gift to my future mother in law, than a proper hostess gift and so, of course, they were hers to do with what she liked. In my home, though, if a relative (or soon to be relative) brought someone chocolates, they'd be put out for everyone to enjoy. I have since learned that she loves chocolate - and all food for that matter!

          2. lanersg Oct 11, 2007 08:05 PM

            I went to Chile two years ago to visit relatives and they all requested Peet's Coffee. It is really hard to find nice coffee there. I would also put together a gift basket with things that SF is known for or is made there. Pick up some palm honey while you're in Chile as well as Dulce de Leche. Yum!

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            1. re: lanersg
              marcée Oct 13, 2007 09:52 AM

              I love the idea of a basket of SF goodies, and you are right about the Ghirardelli chocolate. There are several young ones as well, nieces and nephews that will love small candies. Thanks you all .

              1. re: marcée
                MMRuth Oct 13, 2007 09:53 AM

                I agree - and had thought it would be nice to have things that might appeal to different age groups. You could even bring a bottle of nice wine, if you felt like dealing with packing it.

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