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Host gifts for challenging hosts

cresyd | Mar 23, 201508:27 AM     54

I recently visited some family in a situation where I knew that showing up with a gift would be challenging (they have very lofty standards regarding food and design in terms of what is/isn't ok) and that they'd never let me pay for a meal (as a 'child' in my 30's....). Over the course of the visit there was interest mentioned in the Jerusalem cookbook, so after the visit I've ordered it for them and included a thank you note.

While I think (hope) that this will work in the scheme of greater family issues, I was wondering if others have ideas on how to navigate hosting gifts in situations that are a bit challenging. In general, I'm a believer of such gifts being about the 'thought that counts' - but in situations where crossing a slightly higher bar is important - what do you do?

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