For the 2016-2017 academic year, I'm studying abroad in Europe (Bordeaux, France and Oxford, England). This post is part of a series to help make the experience more manageable and fulfilling for future study abroad students.
Well, it's unique to my home state, but customs might not like that, and neither might my host family.
Superhero film? Pop CD?
Nope, not personal enough, and maybe nothing special since American culture is so pervasive.
Humans of New York Stories book?
Better, but way too heavy for my already-stuffed suitcases.
Before I left for my semester in France, I struggled to settle on a host family gift that was both meaningful and portable. I finally settled on instagram print magnets from Sticky9, a London-based site that turns your insta photos into personalized gifts. As a disclaimer, this post isn't in partnership with Sticky9--I just had a good experience with the company, and wanted to help make the gift search easier!
Sticky9 offers posters, phone cases, photo books, square prints, magnets, greeting cards and the like. I ultimately settled on their set of nine 5cm x 5cm fridge magnets--it was something everyone in the family could enjoy. The sets begin at $16 (though check for coupon codes on retailmenot, or feel free to use my 15% off referral code: FRIEND15X56), and international shipping is free. For the US, the matte magnet set is guaranteed within 9 days--my order came within a week.