Gift plays an important part in the Vietnamese culture, it is a must part of developing relationships between you and your Vietnamese girlfriend as well as members of her family. The girlfriend will be happy if you buy something for her parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, nephews, or nieces. Prices of the gifts must not be high but they should be meaningful. There are some gifts you should never give Vietnamese people such as sharps items, shoes, watches (for the elderly). In this article, I would like to share with you the Top Gifts for Vietnamese Girlfriend’s Family, places to buy them in Vietnam and many other must-know things.
Read more about Vietnamese Gifts Etiquettes – the ultimate guide to gifting in Vietnam.
Gifts for the whole family
Sometimes you do not need to buy one gift for each member of the family. You just simply buy a gift for the whole family. Basket of fruits, gift combo, wine, coffee, tea, cakes, healthy foods such as honey, salangane nests, tea set, or even home appliances.
Basket of fruits
A basket of fruits is one of the top choices of Vietnamese people when they visit hosts or hostesses. When you come to your girlfriend home, you can bring a basket of fresh fruits. The number of kinds of fruits may vary. You can bring some kilograms of fruits, the basket can contain one type of fruits or a mix of many type of fruits. Vietnamese seasonal fruits (dragon fruits, mango fruits, pomelos, mangosteens), or imported fruits (apples, pears, grapes, melons). Big fruits or fruits with big thorns such as jackfruits, durians are not recommended. You can come to supermarkets, fruit stores on the streets or fruit stalls in local markets to buy fruits. Supermarkets in Vietnam are not specialized in selling fruits and packaging fruit baskets although they are the best places to buy safe fruits in the countries. Vendors and workers at fruit stalls in markets and fruit stores will help you to choose types of fruits, number of fruits and package them beautifully. If you gift someone mushy fruits, she/he is not happy with that. So that you must ensure that all the fruits are fresh. Some good fruit brands in Vietnam include Farmer’s Market, Klever Fruits, DP Fruits, Vita Fruits. If you do not have time to go anywhere except for supermarkets, you can buy some packages of fruits which look nice at a nearby supermarket.
The only minus of fruits is that they do not last for a long time. Dried fruits are good choices because they last for a long time. You can buy boxes of dried fruits at supermarkets, gift stores, dried food stores, and put them into a gift package.
Gift combo is a great choice to give your girlfriend’s family. It is easy to buy gift combos at gift stores, some convenience stores, local markets and supermarkets. At Tet festivals, gift combos are abundant at supermarkets and many stores in Vietnam. You can buy available packages or choose different items, then ask the workers to wrap them. In Vietnam, they usually arrange the gifts in baskets, wrap them with plastic sheets and decorate the gift combos with nice ribbons.
You can simply bring to her home at least one bottle of Vietnamese or imported wine to show you appreciate the whole family. It is easy to find a place to buy wines in Vietnam. You can come to supermarkets, wine stores, gift stores to choose good wines. However, you should not gift wines if no one in the family drink wines. Prices of wines vary, they cost from VND 100,000. You can buy a bottle of wine that costs up to VND 5,000,000.
A very small number of Vietnamese people do not drink coffee. Vietnam became a coffee giant so that you do not need to find imported coffee. There is a wide range of good Vietnamese coffee brands such as Trung Nguyen, Me Trang, Mr. Viet and many others. You should ask you girl friend about the favorite coffee of the family.
Tea is healthy and a favorite drink of Vietnamese people. It is also one of the most common gifts in the country. You can buy a dried tea leaf packaging or tea packs. You should know about her family’s favorite type of tea.
In fact, you can buy any kind of cakes to bring to her home. It is recommended to buy boxes of biscuits which look nice and taste good.
Foods, drinks and medicines from ginseng, sanlangane’ nests, lingzhi mushrooms and honey help you to deepen the relationship with her family.
A nice tea set is also a good idea. Tea sets are sold at supermarkets and dinnerware shops.
Gifts for Vietnamese girlfriend’s father and brother
It is easy to choose a tie for a man in her family. Shirts, trousers, suits are not bad ideas. You can come to fashion stores in shopping centers and on the streets.
Gifts for Vietnamese girlfriend’s mother and sister
There is a large number of choices when you find gifts for women in her family: Ao Dai fabric, clothes, accessories, cosmetics.
Ao Dai fabric
Scarfs, hat, bags, Purse
Gifts for Vietnamese girlfriend’s niece and nephew
Sweets, toys, books
You can buy chocolates, cakes, candies, balloons, dolls, cars, books for her nieces and nephews.
Where to buy Top Gifts for Vietnamese Girlfriend’s Family?
Gifts you should not give Vietnamese girlfriend’s family
Shoes, sharp items (knives, nail clippers, scissors, swords, razors), handkerchief, suitcase, underwear, rings, money, empty wallet, fish tank, God of Wealth statue, watch, umbrella, pear or plump, candle, fabric doll and mask, antique, pillow should not be gifted to anyone in Vietnam because they may bring bad luck or break the relationship between givers and receivers. Read more about 10+ Gifts You Should Never, Ever Give Vietnamese people to learn about why these gifts are not good choices in Vietnamese culture.
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