I have a quick question about host/hostess gifts. Later this year I'm taking a small group of kids to America as part of a school based program. During their stay they (and I) are going to be hosted by American families. I've told the kids they need to bring a gift for their hosts but I'm not sure about the following things (if you are staying with someone in Australia you might take them out to dinner or bring wine - neither of which I can ask 16 year olds to do).
So my questions are:
When is it culturally appropriate to give a gift to your hosts?
What should the kids bring as gifts (remember it's got to go through customs and spend 10 days in their suitcase...
Is there anything else that the kids should be aware of when it comes to this sort of thing?