Your Holiday Gift Guide for 2017

Last month, I received my first-ever gift of Dior perfume from an unlikely source – the wife of one of my closest friends here in China. He is strictly middle-class. Yet for him and his wife, my move to Beijing warranted some luxury fragrances and, somehow, they put together the money to make it happen.

(Their gift to my husband? Two bottles of red wine imported from France that looked just as upscale as the perfume set I received.)

The experience was yet another reminder to me that, in China, gift-giving is serious business.

Since the holiday season is upon us, which means plenty of shopping and plenty of gift-giving, it’s also time for me to once again dust off my advice for gift-giving in China. Whether you’re buying for your Chinese boyfriend or girlfriend, your Chinese in-laws, or even a Chinese host family, I’ve got you covered, as always.

I’m a big believer in keeping it simple. And here’s the thing – you don’t have to shell out for Dior to leave a good impression with your loved ones, family or friends in China.

If you’re stressing about just what to give, I highly recommend giving my Huffington Post article titled The Top 6 Gifts Sure To Please Your Chinese Family a read. It’s a rundown of the best, most straightforward advice I have on this topic. (If you want to view the post that first inspired it, which is a little longer and more involved, see Giving Gifts to your Chinese family – A Modest Guide.)

Now, I know a lot of you out there aren’t doing your shopping in China or Asia. No problem – please see my post titled Gifts to Buy Abroad for Chinese Family and Relatives.

Do you have a Chinese friend or loved one who happens to be a dog in the Chinese zodiac, which is the zodiac sign for 2018? I’m sure they would be delighted and touched if you gave them a gift that will bring them good luck in the coming year. See my post Great Gifts For Your Chinese Zodiac Year (Ben Ming Nian).

Still not sure about the perfect gift? Then why not choose my go-to gift that’s sure to please anyone in China – the fruit basket. Read my 4 Tips for Giving Gift Baskets in China.

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who reads this blog! Wishing you all a very happy holiday season!

P.S.: If you would like to show your support for Speaking of China this holiday season – at NO additional cost to you – while you shop for gifts, here’s how:

Wishing you all a great start to your holiday season! And thank you for your support!

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