I moved to the Netherlands from Ohio 1 1/2 years ago.
A friend of mine (from the States) is in Florence Italy with her husband and new baby for a semester.
My boyfriend and I have been offered a stay at their "pensione" (i.e. with them in their apartment)
I think we're going to go for about a week.
I suppose that we were invited so a hostess gift isn't "required" but they're saving us tons of money that we would have had to spend on a hotel (I've wanted to go back to Florence ever since WE studied there in college - so it's a trip we'd be making at some point anyhow)
I'd take food - but she's allergic to nuts and that's not always so well noted on labels here, and with the new baby she's being ultra careful, so she wouldn't eat anything "strange" anyhow. Otherwise I'd take fancy Dutch cookies . .. I searched hostess gift on here and did come up with a nice candle as a good suggestion, but most suggestions involve wine (they're living in ITALY land of great wine- don't think I'm importing wine) I'm sure they buy delicious bread from a bakery (we did and we were only students) and they'll be flying back to the States in June, so I don't want to burden them with extra stuff. I've also already (last summer) knit things for the baby. And all the pictures I've seen of the baby she's wearing something knit (from me, her mother, her grandma, other friends etc.)
So - I'm really drawing a blank. I have until April to come up with something. Does anyone have any ideas?
(oh - and if my friend reads this [she's crafty too] - she should tell me what she wants and then fess up so that I get all the embarrassment out of the way at once)