When you're on vacation, buying souvenirs can be a fun part of the experience. When you're purchasing things to bring back, don't forget your house-sitter. Even if you trade house-sitting with a neighbor and they insist on not being paid, it never hurts to bring back a small gift to let them know how much you appreciate them.
The possibilities are endless, but here are three suggestions for house-sitter gifts:
Vase with Flowers - While flowers are always a nice gift, pairing them with a vase gives the recipient something that will last longer than the flowers. Look for a vase with some character that is locally made, or that somehow highlights the area you visited.
Picture Frame - A picture frame can be a fun gift that your house-sitter can personalize by adding their own photo. If you got a great shot of some beautiful scenery on your trip, you could put it into the frame before presenting it to the recipient. When choosing a frame, keep in mind the taste of your house-sitter, and if in doubt, choose something on the neutral side.
Christmas Ornament - Christmas ornaments are great gifts. Not only are they small and easy to pack, but they are also easy to customize to the person's tastes and preferences. Depending on what you think the recipient would appreciate, you can select an ornament that represents the place you visited, or just find a nice ornament that shows your appreciation.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. Whatever kind of gift you choose, your house-sitter will be happy to know you thought about them while you were gone.