Unit 3: An Appropriate Gift?

When you are invited to someone’s home in Korea, what is an appropriate gift to bring for your host? Is there any etiquette we should know about?

A bottle of wine for the host

A bottle of wine for the host

  74 comments for “Unit 3: An Appropriate Gift?

  1. Tk
    11 November 2016 at 18:01

    In korea, toilet paper has been a conventional gift for a long time. But nowdays fried chicken is a good gift for someone’s housewarming even people call it ‘Godchicken’.

    • Teacher
      Student1
      11 November 2016 at 18:04

      Americans will think toilet paper is a funny, even strange, gift. Why do Koreans give this and when. I am going to someone’s home for dinner next week. Should I bring toilet paper?

      • Tk
        11 November 2016 at 18:10

        I meant not dinner party but just case in housewarming. I don’t know why Korean has persented toilet paper from many years ago. I just picked that costom from adults when I was a child.

    • SuHyun03
      11 November 2016 at 18:08

      I think that toilet paper is common gifts too. but nowdays I like chicken very much. I’ll be very happy when someone give a chicken to me.

    • YoonJin03
      11 November 2016 at 18:15

      ‘Godchicken’ is a word I never heard. I learn a new thing. I will give fried chicken for host. yam

    • DongHo03
      11 November 2016 at 18:22

      Me too. I think chicken is a good gift nowadays.

  2. KyungOh03
    11 November 2016 at 18:03

    I think paper towels can be a good gift.
    Paper towel is very useful and common gift in korea. Also, You can buy easily near the supermarket. Price is also reasonable.

    • Teacher
      Student1
      11 November 2016 at 18:06

      That’s an interesting point! How much money should I spend for a gift? Is it better to spend a lot to impress the host or show my thanks for the invitation?

    • SuHyun03
      11 November 2016 at 18:11

      I think paper towel is very perfect for the gift. It is cheap and you can use in ordinary days. I thinkg it is goos because we can buy near our house

    • YeEun03
      11 November 2016 at 18:12

      Paper towels is good idea! I think that is the most famous item housewarming party’s gift. My mom loves that gift.

    • YoonJin03
      11 November 2016 at 18:26

      I think paper towel is good gift, too. When host cook for guest, It’s very useful.

  3. SuHyun03
    11 November 2016 at 18:03

    In Korea people usually buy a fruits when they are visit to someone’s house. I usually buy fruit for gift too. It’s common and not so expensive. but we have a problem that some people don’t like specific kinds of fruits. so before buy a fruits for gift, you have to know what fruits he/she likes. It will be better that buying a fruits that earn in that season. because fruits in season will be more fresh than the other fruits , and it can be more cheaper because they produce a lot.

    • Teacher
      Student1
      11 November 2016 at 18:07

      I think fruit is a great idea! But do I have to buy a gift set of fruit like the expensive kind I see at the department store? Or is fruit I buy on the street and bring in a black plastic bag okay?

      • SuHyun03
        11 November 2016 at 18:14

        It looks little bad when you put your fruits in black plastic bags. but nowdays in supermarket there is also lots of fruits which are wraped in boxes. if there is no box, there is a solution. you can buy a basket and put fruits in there. It will looks very pretty and home owners will be very happy.

    • Tk
      11 November 2016 at 18:29

      I think fruit for gift have 2advantages. First it is colorful, good to see. And it is a kind of food, there is less worry about leaving.

  4. YoonJin03
    11 November 2016 at 18:03

    When I invited to someone’s home, I bring a roll-cake. I think that Going empty-handed is rude behavior. Why is roll-cake, It is generally thing that people like.

    • Teacher
      Student1
      11 November 2016 at 18:13

      I think a roll cake would be a great idea, but a lot of them taste pretty bad. Can you recommend a good bakery for a roll cake? Even a chain bakery would be okay. Who makes good roll cake? And what kind?

    • SuHyun03
      11 November 2016 at 18:15

      I think that roll cake is a good gift for visiting. I also like roll cake very much

    • DoHee03
      11 November 2016 at 18:19

      I think a roll-cake is a good idea! Roll-cakes have many kinds of tastes, so you can bring various roll-cakes. If you also prepare fruit juice, that will be more great!

    • Tk
      11 November 2016 at 18:23

      I think cake is a good gift because people buy a cake when they want to celebrate something.
      So I think the meaning of cake is very goood.
      Good opinion yoonjin!!

  5. YeongSeon03
    11 November 2016 at 18:04

    Whatever you will bring, the most important is your sincerity. Gift must be not too expensive, not too cheap.
    And you should think if the receiver will be cosent with that gift. You have to consider receiver’s favorite, preference and disliking.
    I think It is okay to bring interior adornment, which matches their house’s mood. For instance, a garland, a beautiful picture of frame, a air freshener or a wall clock.

    • JongHoon03
      11 November 2016 at 18:12

      Speak only as glossy. Have you ever really doing it?

      • Teacher
        Student1
        11 November 2016 at 18:15

        Jong Hoon makes a good point. The gift idea is good but sounds like a lot of work and even money.

      • YeongSeon03
        11 November 2016 at 18:17

        I did.
        You can say like that because you never did that and you wont ever do that.

    • SuHyun03
      11 November 2016 at 18:18

      I agree with your mention. expenisve or cheap gift is not matters.I have to consider home owner’s favorite.

  6. YeEun03
    11 November 2016 at 18:05

    When people are invited to someone’s home in korea, cake and cookies are good gift I think. They get along with something to drink. However, we should ask host’s food allergy.If host have some allergy, it can in trouble.

    • Teacher
      Student1
      11 November 2016 at 18:10

      These are all great suggestions! Is it common now for Koreans to ask ahead of time about food allergies?

      • YeEun03
        11 November 2016 at 18:18

        I think case by case. So most people buy safe thing.If there are some nuts,I asked them.

    • YeongSeon03
      11 November 2016 at 18:10

      I like cake and cookie. If i receive those things, Im very pleased with that

    • KyungOh03
      11 November 2016 at 18:15

      I don’t like cookies. But, I like cake.

    • SuHyun03
      11 November 2016 at 18:20

      I think cakes and cookies are goid gifts . I like then vefy much. It’s good thinking that we have to carefukl about host’s food allergy.

  7. JongHoon03
    11 November 2016 at 18:07

    When you go to someone’s house in korea. You should have some gift for owner’s invite. Like tissue,some drink,fruits etc. I think this situation is traditional.

    • Teacher
      Student1
      11 November 2016 at 18:16

      What kind of drink do you recommend? Should I bring a bottle of wine or a case of beer? Something like that?

    • YeongSeon03
      11 November 2016 at 18:21

      Please say in detail. It is so common idea that everyone shouldn’t think about it twice.

    • SuHyun03
      11 November 2016 at 18:22

      your examples are very good. tissues and drinks are very good.but I want to know about more details about each gifts.

  8. SuBin03
    11 November 2016 at 18:08

    As I know, when I was invited to someone’s home, an appropriate gift is tissue. Everyone has different tastes. So it’s hard to know what they want. But almost everybody need tissue. So I think tissue is good gift.

    • YeongSeon03
      11 November 2016 at 18:14

      Many people say an appropriate gift is tissue. I agree, but what if there is many tissues already?

      • SuBin03
        11 November 2016 at 18:27

        Hmm.. I think tissue is consumables. AlThough they have many tissue, they probably like the gift.

    • SuHyun03
      11 November 2016 at 18:24

      I also think tissue is good gift. It’s good reasons that everybody needs tissue .

    • YoungIn03
      11 November 2016 at 18:26

      Tissue always needs. So tissue as gift is good.

    • YeEun03
      11 November 2016 at 18:27

      Tissue is very good gift! Most people preper it. But sometimes giving a special gift is good way. If you know host’s tastes.

  9. YoungIn03
    11 November 2016 at 18:08

    Flowers made as soap. They smell good and are beautiful. This flowers don’t die because they’re made as soap. So people don’t need to worry about flowers fade away.

    • Teacher
      Student1
      11 November 2016 at 18:18

      Great idea! Not only is soap like this useful and attractive, it’s also natural. Many people like natural and organic products these days. Thanks for the suggestion!

    • MinJung03
      11 November 2016 at 18:18

      I think that is good gift. When I graduate the high school. My friend gives me that shop flower. That smells very good and keeps a long time.

    • Bomi03
      11 November 2016 at 18:21

      I think the flower is good gift. It has high practicality to use and pretty too

    • SuBin03
      11 November 2016 at 18:22

      That’s a good idea. I like that. That’s funny and beautiful.

    • SuHyun03
      11 November 2016 at 18:28

      It’s very good to give flowers made as soap for gift .I really like your gift. It’s very good idea. I usually thought about tissue and fruits. but flowers made as soap is very great. it is not unusall.

  10. MinJung03
    11 November 2016 at 18:09

    I think fruit or dessert is good gift. Because people can eat together after dinner. But when you bring that you ask the host is better. Because the host already prepares that.

    • Teacher
      Student1
      11 November 2016 at 18:19

      That’s true! Asking the host beforehand is a good idea. You don’t want to have two of the same dessert. By the way, what do you think is a good dessert?

      • MinJung03
        11 November 2016 at 18:21

        Cake and icecream is good dessert. I like that.

    • KyungOh03
      11 November 2016 at 18:19

      It is wise idea to ask the host!

    • YoungIn03
      11 November 2016 at 18:21

      Eat something feels happy. Nobody hate eating. So I like desert and fruit as gift. New foods are better than overlapped food.

  11. DoHee03
    11 November 2016 at 18:09

    when we are invited to someone’s house, we prepare some gift for him. For exampl, Korean prepare presents which is useful in real life, like cups and tissues. when we see a main room, we are admitted and seat a bed.

  12. Bomi03
    11 November 2016 at 18:09

    In korea,people invite to friend’s new home, give diffuser to friend .Because diffuser’s scent is very nice.I think new house match good scent well.And it isn’t too expensive,so less burden of cost.

  13. JeongWoo03
    11 November 2016 at 18:13

    In korea people bring a wine. You can buy a bottle of wine from department store. Most people like wine. We need to wrap it up and take the price tag off.

    • Sena03
      11 November 2016 at 18:18

      That’s good idea!

      • JeongWoo03
        11 November 2016 at 18:22

        Thank you for agreeing on my opinion.

      • Sena03
        11 November 2016 at 18:24

        if I receive that gift I will feel so good! and maybe we can be more closer

    • JungHyun03
      11 November 2016 at 18:21

      But if people don’t like drink , wine is useless so i think that first ask people and then bring that

      • JeongWoo03
        11 November 2016 at 18:23

        I think you’re right.

  14. DongHo03
    11 November 2016 at 18:14

    I think chicken and beer is the good gift when you visiting someone’s home. You can have good time with eating chicken. In Korea, many people enjoy eating chicken. Chicken and beer is very good combination.

    • Teacher
      Student1
      11 November 2016 at 18:22

      Does it have to be a special kind of chicken? Can I just bring a box of fried chicken? It’s not too casual a gift?

      • DongHo03
        11 November 2016 at 18:26

        I think fried chicken is good. Many people like fried chicken.

  15. JungHyun03
    11 November 2016 at 18:14

    If i was invented someone’s home in korea i will bring aroma candle because in korea aroma candle means that always have a good smell at home so i think that aroma candle is a good gift

    • JungHyun03
      11 November 2016 at 18:17

      Invented (x) invited (o)

    • JeongWoo03
      11 November 2016 at 18:19

      Invented??? You invented someone’s home. Hahaha. I also like aroma candle. I think the recipient would like it.

      • JungHyun03
        11 November 2016 at 18:25

        Ha ha..my mistake.. ..thank you for your advice

  16. Sena03
    11 November 2016 at 18:15

    when I invited to someone’s home. I am going to buy toilet paper. Because it was always required.

    • JiSun03
      11 November 2016 at 18:29

      I think wet tissue is also good!

  17. JiSun03
    11 November 2016 at 18:16

    ι think candle is good for housewarming present. Because it is smells good and make a relaxed atmosphere. That are neither expensive nor cheap, so we can easily to buy.

    • YeEun03
      11 November 2016 at 18:21

      I love good scented candles! When I light it up, my feel better. There are 4 candles in my home.

    • KyungOh03
      11 November 2016 at 18:25

      It is a nice gift!! But choosing the color of the candle also becomes a problem.

    • DoHee03
      11 November 2016 at 18:28

      Your present is very fresh. If I received a candle as a present, I feel very thankful. And It is useful in a house.

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