One of the upsides of being a homestay mum - presents!!!
We have received many presents over the years - chopsticks, games for the kids from different countries, food, expensive alcohol (!! whoops), pillow cases, stamps, gift photo books about countries, scarf, 3 sets of Kimonos, T shirts from students country, and the ever famous Japanese cookies/biscuits (each town in Japan has it's own cookie type treat) which are boxed soooo nicely... I have a metal tin from the north island of Japan Hokkaido which is just gorgeous.
I was thinking about this today as it is getting cold here I was wearing my beautiful silk scarf from Thailand given to me by a previous student. It reminded me to be grateful that this forced position I am in ( homestay for financial reasons)has benefits and my children have gifts from all over the world.