Hosting a French exchange student can be a great experience. As a thank you for having them share their culture with you, consider giving them something to take back that will remind them of their experience in the States. There are different approaches you can take when choosing a gift, depending on the personality of the exchange student and how close you two are.
Chances are your exchange student has touched a lot of lives since he or she has been here. Ask everyone that has spent time with the exchange student to donate a picture of them together, or a funny or sweet memory. Take the pictures and memories and create a scrapbook. The scrapbook will put together all of the fun times the exchange student had while here, and will also give them a great keepsake to look back on whenever they choose.
A gift doesn't always have to be a tangible thing. Consider taking your exchange student on a fun adventure as a way to really get the most out of his or her visit. There are different online companies that offer unique gifts such as skydiving certificates or NASCAR car racing lessons in different areas throughout the U.S. Check out excite.com or cloud9living.com to see what is available near you to set up a fun day-trip.
The flight from the U.S. to France can be a daunting task. Take your exchange student on a spa day the night before or morning of the flight to keep them relaxed. You can get them a massage or a facial, or anything that they think would relax them for the long trip ahead. Call your local spa ahead of time to make sure there are openings for pampering.