(UPDATED November 27, 2015)
“What gift should I give?” It’s the number one question in my mailbag — and chances are, with the holidays coming, the number one thing on the minds of many readers.
To make your holiday to-do list a little easier (and, admittedly, give me a reprieve as I recharge my batteries after a long day of cooking Thanksgiving dinner) I’m rounding up all of my gift-giving advice in one easy post.
Giving Gifts to Your Chinese Family – A Modest Guide remains one of the top 10 posts for this site. It’s not exactly my favorite post of the bunch — which I guess is bound to happen when it’s your first stab on the subject.
Still, I feel this one does help on several counts. It’s not bad as an overview, and it offers great ideas for anyone doing their holiday gift shopping in China. So there you go. Read it, but remember it’s not my last word on gifts.
4 Tips for Giving Gift Baskets in China. What should I give to my loved ones/family in China? I’ve received hundreds of e-mails from people around the world, asking me for advice on this. Over the years I’ve discovered there can be a very simple answer to this question – the fruit basket, or even a well-chosen gift-basket.
Gifts to Buy Abroad for Chinese Family and Relatives. This post isn’t just for people with Chinese spouses/significant others and/or extended family on their list. It could be helpful for almost anyone doing their holiday shopping outside of China. When in doubt, stick with the more general suggestions such as chocolate or coffee (or see my final advice below).
Birthday Gifts for Chinese Men. What? Birthdays? Okay, the title sticks out — but the content fits right in. We could even rename this post “Christmas/Holiday gifts for Chinese boyfriends, husbands and other special men in your life.” In addition, some of the suggestions — such as the business card cases, briefcases/messenger bags, and unique electronic devices — could be great gifts for Chinese men and women who happen to be your China business associates.
UPDATE: Finally, A Taobao for Foreigners in China – Shoppinglu.com. I added this in light of a comment, which suggested that sometimes it’s much harder than you imagine to send things to China. If you cannot bring it over to China, then consider buying it through the China-based English website Shoppinglu.com, which can send gifts to your friends/family in China.
(UPDATE: Received an e-mail from a reader citing some serious customer service issues with Shoppinglu.com. I suggest you avoid making any purchases here until further notice. Instead, you might try Taobaofocus.com, where agents can make purchases for you on China’s Taobao.com for a small fee.)
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