Thai Gift Traditions ???
My husband and I are moving to Thailand in late May for his job. We have been told that his Thai employer has commissioned a 'huge' teak dragon statue for our home as a welcome gift. We are not sure if there is any kind of significant meaning behind this type of gift or if the dragon has any specific meaning but we were told by one person that the dragon in your home sends well wishes and sentiments of welcome and good luck. Can someone tell me if there is any cultural or specific meaning by this gesture.
Also, we in turn would like to reciprocate and bring he and his wife a gift from the US to thank them for all they have done to assist us with our move and to give well wishes for our future partnerhips. I am having a terrible time trying to think of what would have a nice sentimental and welcoming meaning to a Thai person that could be bought here in the US. I don't want it to be stars and stripes and the like, but something spirtual and meaningful if you know what I mean. Are there any Thai customs or any usual protocol any of you can tell me that might help me decide what to get?