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Swiss adult birthday party, i'm I expected to bring a gift ?

Dear all,

I have been invited to a birthday party of a swiss friend of mine (that i've got to know recently) and would like to ask if anyone knows whether I'm expected to bring a gift to the party? and if so whether it'd be ok at a level of a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates or is it supposed to be more than that ?

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Old 18.10.2015, 17:54
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Re: Swiss adult birthday party, i'm I expected to bring a gift ?

By definition, when you're invited to a birthday party you bring a gift, no?!
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Re: Swiss adult birthday party, i'm I expected to bring a gift ?

Even if it is a new friend / acquaintance, it's nice to bring a little gift. A box of chocolate sounds ok. Alternatively, you could ask him/her if you can contribute by bringing something to eat or drink.

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Dear all,

I have been invited to a birthday party of a swiss friend of mine (that i've got to know recently) and would like to ask if anyone knows whether I'm expected to bring a gift to the party? and if so whether it'd be ok at a level of a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates or is it supposed to be more than that ?

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Old 18.10.2015, 19:44
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Re: Swiss adult birthday party, i'm I expected to bring a gift ?

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Even if it is a new friend / acquaintance, it's nice to bring a little gift. A box of chocolate sounds ok. Alternatively, you could ask him/her if you can contribute by bringing something to eat or drink.

If it is an "adult" party then maybe something more risqué? Chocolate flavoured skin cream?
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Old 19.10.2015, 16:55
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Re: Swiss adult birthday party, i'm I expected to bring a gift ?

A nice bottle of wine always goes down well, especially if it is something more than just a bog-standard bottle of plonk.
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Re: Swiss adult birthday party, i'm I expected to bring a gift ?

Yep, Id go with the bottle of wine and ask can you bring along some finger food or a dessert.
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Old 19.10.2015, 17:05
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Re: Swiss adult birthday party, i'm I expected to bring a gift ?

If it is for a lady, I would take some good quality locally made chocolates and some expensive flowers, say about Fr 30,-- altogether.

For a male friend, Swiss chocolates and spirits or Swiss wine. Most people prefer red wine.
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A nice bottle of wine always goes down well, especially if it is something more than just a bog-standard bottle of plonk.
if the receiver drinks alcohol
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If it is for a lady, I would take some good quality locally made chocolates and some expensive flowers, say about Fr 30,-- altogether.
At best that covers the chocolates. A decent bouquet is going to cost double that alone. TIS

@Moab: If you were inviting someone to your birthday party what would you expect them to do?
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At best that covers the chocolates. A decent bouquet is going to cost double that alone. TIS

@Moab: If you were inviting someone to your birthday party what would you expect them to do?
True, flowers cost CHF 3-7 per piece when reasonably priced.

For gifts, here are some ideas:

- Voucher for a shop which you know the lady frequents and likes
- chocolates from a chocolatier (not Migros etc.)
- a small potted plant
- supplies for an activity she likes (e.g. if she likes to bake, get her a fun-shaped baking dish, decorating supplies, special-shaped cookie cutters or something like that)
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Re: Swiss adult birthday party, i'm I expected to bring a gift ?

If in doubt Penis Pasta is the default gift for a man or woman
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Re: Swiss adult birthday party, i'm I expected to bring a gift ?

Take your partner, it makes swapping so much more interesting don't you think?
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Re: Swiss adult birthday party, i'm I expected to bring a gift ?

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Take your partner, it makes swapping so much more interesting don't you think?
If you are worried about your first time at a "Swiss adult party" your best bet is to buy a 600chf mfk-failure on Autoscout - and 10chf fake Porsche key-fob off ebay.
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Re: Swiss adult birthday party, i'm I expected to bring a gift ?

Unusual choice, but here's the forum's advice

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Re: Swiss adult birthday party, i'm I expected to bring a gift ?

Wine is always good if the person drinks wine. Otherwise you can almost always pick up a big box of chocolates in Migro or Coop. They seem to always have these on sale.
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Re: Swiss adult birthday party, i'm I expected to bring a gift ?

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At best that covers the chocolates. A decent bouquet is going to cost double that alone. TIS

@Moab: If you were inviting someone to your birthday party what would you expect them to do?
believe it or not i would not expect people to bring gifts, I'd like it to be more casual as if I receive too many gifts I'd feel more pressure on myself as to how the event is going or it should have gone. I mean if I'm inviting 10 people or so and I get a cake or a box of chocolate (perhaps from people closer to me) altogether from everyone that'd be more than fine. but then thats just me.
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Re: Swiss adult birthday party, i'm I expected to bring a gift ?

Thanks everybody for all the advices. I went with a bottle wine and it turned out to be a good choice as all of the other gifts were at a more or less same level as well.

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