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I can speak from experience, the French are confused by host/hostess gifts. They expect nothing
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Posted to Thread #29343 at 12:40 am on Jan 8, 2017
in exchange for their invitation except a future invitation on your part.
So, while the French wine would be appreciated, it is not necessary. Candles or something for the home would be more on point. And something totally American or even Hungarian might be best. Candles, chocolates, cookeis etc. are good. Anything self-contained and not requiring immediate attention
The thing is, don't bring anything you expect to be served that evening. They've got it totally covered, they're funny that way, and may not be open to an additional wine or dessert.
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- 29343. ISO French themed ideas for a gift for host / hostess. Our new friends invited us to - barb_b - 7:16pm on 01/07/17 (9)
- a bottle of Chartreuse for after dinner is always nice [NT] [LINK] [IMAGE] - pmassell_93 - 7:25pm on 01/07/17
- Pastis? - judy-mass - 8:09pm on 01/07/17
- Beautiful Coffee Table book such as: One Hundred Beautiful Towns In France [NT] [LINK] - GayR - 8:55pm on 01/07/17
- I can speak from experience, the French are confused by host/hostess gifts. They expect nothing - Joe - 12:40am on 01/08/17
- Excellent point, Joe. One would think you knew a Frenchman. - Michael in Sarasota - 8:26am on 01/09/17
- Miss Manners says the perfect hostess gift, if you must bring one, is a basket of homegrown tomatoes - Joe - 1:40pm on 01/09/17
- How about a beautiful small flower arrangement? Or something non-consumable - LisainLA - 11:31pm on 01/08/17
- If flowers, count 'em. ;) It has to be an odd number; even, bad luck. - ErininNY - 9:48pm on 01/13/17
- I've always heard this but I thought it was Asian. I guess it's just universal. [NT] - Michael in Sarasota - 6:43am on 01/17/17