Post # 1
I could use a little advice Bees…
I will be meeting FI’s family for the first time next month and really want to make a good first impression. I would like to bring a gift but I am not sure what would be approrpiate. Any ideas?
FYI: They live in Mexico and we will be flying in from MA. This will be the first and only time I meet them before the wedding this spring.
Post # 3
you are getting married on my birthday! hooray! great choice because it often falls on a long weekend 😉
hmmm…when i was first introduce to FI’s parents i gave his mother one of those yankee tart warmers and some tarts…its my go to gift because who doesnt love them? im obsessed. as (1) of our wedding gifts i am giving them one of those letter art things..like this. i found this one on etsy, but i google searched the letters and made my own in powerpoint. (it says the williams – FAMILY (in picture art) and below, instead of names i put “the love of family is lifes greatest blessing) My dad owns a frame shop so i had him frame it, but im sure you could easily find a frame at target. It was cheaper for me to do it that way then to buy online.
Baked goods are always a great idea too…or if you dont bake you could look into edible arragements 😉
Post # 4
I really like the last name art idea! Thanks!
I would have normally brought baked goods but I am not 100% sure what I can bring to Mexico and would hate for it to get thrown away and then to show up empty handed.
Post # 5
@totheislnds: Really weird question, but just wanted to be sure: so you made that collage to give to your in-laws with their family name, and your name is amongst those at the bottom?
@inahat: You’re flying to Mexico and will have to go through customs. Hm. If you were driving it’s a different story but since you’re flying baked goods could be tricky. No matter what, you have to declare with customs what you’re bringing and as long as it’s not nuts or fruits, you’ll be ok. It is VERY likely that if you were to simply declare that you are bringing gifts and that they are food items, you would be allowed into the country no problems but times are changing.
On the American end, as long as the TSA allows it on the plane in Massachusetts you would be able to fly with it.
I honestly don’t think baked goods would be taken away from you, so you could bring something small and see what happens.
It’s so strange – I can’t find any advice to offer in terms of something else to bring, because my situation is backwards! My parents are Mexican and we were always worried what we could bring back from Mexico!
What always makes a very good impression is a VERY fine bottle of tequila. I don’t mean Jose Cuervo or Patron – find a very high-quality bottle from a liquor or wine store.
Post # 6
Hmm I was going to say a bottle of wine and a box of nice chocolates but with the TSA stuff I don’t know.
Like a PP said, yankee candles are always a great gift. Bath & body works stuff in a nice little basket is good too. But that’s more for his mom than his dad. Maybe find out a restaurant that they go to and get a gift card? It might be hard since it’s in Mexico. But I have done that before for family out of state. I pay over the phone with a CC and the restuarant mails me the gift card.
Post # 7
Something pretty for their home, like a nice serving platter. Your FI can give you some info on color/style preferences.
Post # 8
All good ideas! Thanks! I am going to look into the rules for things like wine/tequila on international flights now 🙂