Ask the Yangxifu: Holiday Gift Roundup for Chinese Friends & Loved Ones | Speaking of China

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  1. Sveta
    Sveta November 25, 2011 at 2:12 am | | Reply

    Although I doubt I’ll need it, but thank you.

  2. ordinary malaysian
    ordinary malaysian November 25, 2011 at 10:23 am | | Reply

    Obviously, I am out of my league here. But it looks like you have pretty well covered the subject. Happy thanksgiving!

  3. Claire
    Claire November 26, 2011 at 10:02 am | | Reply

    These gift articles are so handy – gift buying can be stressful even when you know someone well.

    Something my boyfriend absolutely loves is his Swiss army knife, I’m not sure if this was bought as a present or not though… He has told me several times how useful it is and has trawled around looking for replacement parts. I have seen snazzy ‘credit card’ styles that are available as well now.

    Another thing that might be popular amongst smokers are Zippo lighters – I have seen these in China but don’t know if they have taken off.

  4. evian
    evian November 26, 2011 at 8:59 pm | | Reply

    try getting a watch for the special him. of cos you dont start with high end watches if you have little knowledge about watches. Try getting him a affordable one , that way you wont waste your cash on items that you will regret on.

    and affordable meaning less than $150.
    Invicta watch ship from amazon isnt that bad.

  5. Robin Shaw
    Robin Shaw November 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm | | Reply

    Hi: We’ve had a terrible time with this! My son is studying abroad in China for the year and needs hostess gifts for two families he is staying with over the intersession. We followed your advice and went with high-end chocolates and Wisconsin Ginseng; lovely gift bags and baskets in red and gold. When we went to our local shipper, we were told everything would be unwrapped and taken apart by customs checking for drugs (and I suspect the ginseng would not have been allowed as it’s part of traditional Chinese medicine which is not allowed). Everything would have arrived in a jumbled mess! Plus the shipping charges were over $300! She then gently suggested I order the chocolates online from amazon or I found them, but none were able to be shipped to China!!! Our last plan is to send him money and have him buy gifts in Beijing (the big city) for these families that live more rurally. I’m sorry but this has just been a mess!

  6. Chris
    Chris December 7, 2011 at 1:39 am | | Reply

    Thanks for the post!. Even I (a Chinese) learned a lot about how to choose a gift.

  7. Andreas
    Andreas November 13, 2013 at 9:01 am | | Reply

    I work at a Chinese language school and we have a lot of students coming from abroad whom we place to live with a Chinese family. The same questions comes all the time: what to bring as a present. After ten years in China, I yet have to discover a good reply to this. Chinese are notoriously hard to buy for. I just say buy something from your home country that you cannot get in China. That way it is special. However, with international shops and chains now everywhere in China, it is pretty hard to get anything abroad you cant get here.
    If anyone discovers the equivalent of “a bottle of wine” in China – please post here. I still have not!

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