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Gifts from USA

I want to bring gifts to 3 adult women who will be hosting and traveling with me in England. Any suggestions will be very much appreciated.

Also, are Reese's pieces( like M&Ms) and Jelly Belly flavors available in England?

Thank you very much!


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1. Re: Gifts from USA


Either something's available in Britain (just about everything you can think of). Or it's not - which means the world's marketing gurus have decided there isn't a market for it here.

Reese's pieces are a good example: a handful of places catering for expatriate Americans sells a box or two to expatriate Americans every decade. No-one else wants to touch them, because to 99.999% of Britons, they're repulsive.

Those 99.999% might have poor palates, or your contacts might be in the other 0.0001%. But either way: bringing a present here you've chosen because far greater marketing minds than you or I have decided it's unsellable here is a really silly criterion.

Either get them something you know they'll like (which is what you'd do if you were visiting someone on he other side of your own country) or something that says something unexceptionable about you: a photo-album of flowers native to your state, for example.

And dismiss any American chiming in here to tell you we can't buy "good" maple syrup. To our palates, the phrase is a contradiction in terms.

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2. Re: Gifts from USA

Reeces pieces and Jelly Belly are available in various places. And not just specialised outlets.

Some supermarkets sell them.

Good maple syrup, being dismissed above for some unknown reason, is also available widely.

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The maple syrup available in the UK is terrible. Even the stuff marketed as "authentic Canadian maple syrup". British people I know who have been to America have never failed to enjoy maple syrup. So that might be something that people would enjoy.

I don't agree that just because something is not for sale in the UK it means no one here would like it. Chocolate covered pretzels have been available forever in the US but ony mainstream in the UK in the last year or so. They had some in a petrol station I was in earlier this week, so definitely not a niche product any more, but they have been 18 months ago. On the other hand, I once brought some saltwater taffy into the office after a New Jersey beach holiday and no one would touch it with a barge pole. (Saltwater taffy lasts minutes in an average American office.)

As for gifts, we were given a lovely hand-made pottery dish by an American woman who came here to stay with us. Local crafts are something that are never mass marketed and can represent the giver's location without causing offence.

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4. Re: Gifts from USA

$ 100 bills are often appreciated

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5. Re: Gifts from USA

I am not sure that 'candy' would be particularly appreciated by (middle aged??) women over here. In my experience most women do not eat sweets (as they are known here) as much as chocolates and/or are watching their weight.

As already suggested something that will last and has the personal touch (a photo of yourself, some little item from your home town or area etc) would be much more acceptable .

Will now retire into my bunker to avoid the flak from sugar-addicted fellow females.....

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Are you sure that they won't be embarrased by gifts given like this ? Maybe they'll feel bad because they won't have considered that gift-giving was appropriate in this situation ?

You know them rather better than me (!). But if it were me, I'd announce one lunchtime in the pub that today's meal will be on you, just to thank them for their kindness. Such simple gestures always seem to go down well, in my experience.


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Not sure Reese's or Jelly Belly sweets would go down a storm unless your hosts are sugar addicts. As an 'older' female I personally would go for the local craft gift!

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9. Re: Gifts from USA

A nice plant or bunch of flowers?

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flanneruk you really just made me laugh