Seems as though we have run the gamut here in Macedonia from pictures of oneself to microwave ovens. Large, expensive gifts set a bad precedence that most volunteers can follow. If you think your host family will not flaunt your gift throughout the community you are mistaken, they get together and compare. My host family never missed an opportunity to let me know a previous volunteer who was medivaced early left them a TV, microwave, blankets, billows and just about anything else you could imagine that was needed to furnish his apartment. I felt really guilty when I left just leaving a book from Oregon. Keep it simple and inexpensive, it will be equally appreciated and remembered.