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Which gift to take for your hosts?

It's the first time we're visiting some hosts of Warmshowers. All reponded so welcoming. I want to take a small token to say thank you but i'm not sure what. What do you take as a gift for the people who are so kind to host you?
Thank you for answering!


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I am currently on tour and

I am currently on tour and afterwards I plan on sending out thank-you cards to my hosts with a photo of my tour on the front and a silly rhyming poem on the back with a stanza or line about each host. I'm a bit artsy so this works for me. I have talked to other people who are sending photo montages or something similar. One person I met had made a stamp of a bicycle and was hand-pressing the stamp onto blank postcards. Whatever works for you.

While actually on tour, I don't think gifts are necessary. Raised as a "proper gentlemen" it's hard to say that out loud, but I think 95% of hosts understand that carrying trinkets or anything else that's not food, a tent, or a sleeping bag can be incredibly difficult. It seems to me that being good company and promising to pass on the goodness is "thank you" enough.

Just my $0.02.

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No Gifts needed

As a long ago traveler and now primarily as a host, no gifts are needed or expected. Weight and space is a premium on a bike so no need to carry extra stuff. I see this as a "pay it forward" endeavor - hosts provide warm assistance to travelers who need it, and the positive memories stimulate travelers to host later in life when that fits. In this way we save the world :-)

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First I think: The guest is the most important gift.

Also I bring with me some different picture postcards of my hometown. The host can elect and take that one, what 's the most interesting card for him. I did it some times, it's a great fun for me and them. Sorry my English.

Regards Sebastian

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House Gift

I watch for street vendors so I might pick up some vegetables or fruit. A bottle of wine isn't out of the question, either.
Give them your business card with all your contact info.
Later, I get back in contact so that they might follow the ride. I also send them copies of photos taken at their home. Always have a photo session with everyone in it.
Then a card when the ride is over.
>Upload all contacts electronically. A storm once erased my notes for a whole 2 months.

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Host gifts

Most host, us included, do not expect anything but good manners and light conversation. Then it's a win-win.

I have left fruit from a vendor, wine and cheese, gift cards, and paid for meals out. Usually when on a 2 night stay. Always a recommendation on WS. A hand written thank you, mailed when you get home, would really be special. I've never done that. Never gotten one either.

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Which gift to take for your hosts?

As most have written below, it's very difficult / impossible / not expected that you carry extra gifts. When hosting, I certainly don't expect a gift, especially if someone has been on the road

What I have done at the beginning of a W/S trip is give each of my first 2 or 3 hosts a small momento from Scotland, a minature bottle of Malt Whisky. They were never refused..........
Later into the trip, I have treated them to a meal out, especially if I stay more than one night

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Hi Blance, this has been

Hi Blance,

this has been covered at length on a separate thread, see:

I don't expect anything, but many guests spring for beers / wine. On my profile page I do mention that I have a cycling 6 year old daughter whose affections are easily won with some token sweets.

If you are in Europe and a repeat visitor, doing something for the hosts can be appreciated. If you are staying more than a day and have access to a flower shop, a simple bouquet is rather customary here in Poland, but no means mandatory, especially for younger hosts.

We hosted a repeat guest who spent in total nearly three weeks spread in 5 visits. To date, he sponsored a single beer because the waitress delivered the goods when I strategically retreated to the restroom. When we were invited to a friends dinner party, I gave him a bottle of wine to present to the an American it doesn't really bother me, but my Polish wife considers it a bit gauche to always arrive with empty hands and leave with a full belly, washed clothes and clean bike. Granted, most of you will not have this problem, but if my buddy is out there reading this, you're always welcomed...but....

Jary Poland via Spokane USA

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Thanxs for the asnwers. As a

Thanxs for the asnwers. As a host i also don't expect annything. Well then we we won't stock up our panniers with heavy dutch Cheese. Just be a good guest who does the dishes and comes along with a bottle of wine and some good conversation. Thank you!

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gifts for hosts

It will often depend on where we are in the world. Sometimes we will pick up something sweet - jelly, jam or honey. Or a bag of specialty candies made in that area. Or a good loaf of bread/sweet bread or a small basket of in-season fruit. If they have pets/dogs we may bring a couple of dog treats. Sometimes it's all dependent on what you can find along the route. And there have been times we've arrived without gifts but we then usually get something for them during our stay there to thank them.

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Which gifts to take for your hosts?

I have had various thank you gifts left by cyclists, which have been very much appreciated, but I think that gifting is completely unnecessary.
Long distance travelers staying with Warmshowers hosts generally are on tight budgets, which would mean that leaving a gift every day or so would be a burden on most people that might considerably cut into their rather large calorie requirements, and Warmshowers hosts are very much aware of the fact. Of course, cooking an occasional meal and being generally polite, friendly and clean goes a long way to making one thought highly of—that's not to say the occasional bottle of not-too-expensive wine (assuming your host imbibes) or indeed any token of your appreciation will be regarded highly, but as I have indicated, is really unnecessary.

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I stayed with four

I stayed with four WarmShowers hosts during my four-week tour this September, but only brought gifts to the second two. (Honestly, I hadn't even thought of bringing gifts at first.) One was a quart of local apple cider, the other was a small (6" diameter) store-bought cake. It CAN be a challenge to try and find room in the panniers, so I would usually look for something as close as possible to where my host lived. I do want to do something for my other two hosts though, so now that I am back home I will be sending thank-you cards with pictures and some home-made "buckeye" candies, because I am from Ohio. (I think something regional, something from home makes it just a little more special.)

If you can't bring anything, I wouldn't worry because I don't think most people expect you to anyway--you could still offer to help out in some way. Although, in my experience, most people won't let you help them with dishes--they just say they'll take care of it later.

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Showing appreciation

I have tried to show my appreciation for hospitality with engagement, appreciation, conversation and cooperation. If I can do anything by way of wine or cheese or whatever, I will, but I think that being the most considerate and appreciative guest you can possibly be is better than all these; it is what I will expect when I host, and hence what I recommend

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Guardian Angels

When I go touring, I take little key ring pendants along (make them myself from beads in form of angels), they are easy to carry and make a nice little gift- not only for hosts but for helpful people on the way or anyone who seems to be in need of an angel ;-).

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