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Customary Gift for host?

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Customary Gift for host?

During my upcoming visit to Thessaloniki, a long time friend (we've not seen each other in many years) has offered her home during our stay. Can anyone make some suggestions on general items that might be good to bring as gifts? I have heard that sweets and flowers are common, but these items won't make the long flight from the States. And don't really want to pick anything up at the airport (she'll be meeting us there, so no time to stop before I see her). Being from new Orleans, I have thought of Louisiana coffee, but I'm not sure how that stacks up to Greek coffee.


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1. Re: Customary Gift for host?

Hey and welcome Traci W:-) I dont think the coffee is a bad idea.. but bottom line, most perishables, whether food or flowers, won't last long;-) I'd look more into something long-lasting.. maybe a local/authentic tee-shirt.. something original from your neck of the woods?;-) Something she can look at for a long time and remind her of you;-o) Am sure you'll come up with something original! EnjoY!

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2. Re: Customary Gift for host?

Not very special, but let's not forget the ziplock bags- those seem to be a popular request!

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3. Re: Customary Gift for host?

Sweets and cakes will make it ok - I regularly take these items to friends in Australia. There they have to be in sealed packaging or customs won't allow them in. I'm not sure what Greece's restrictions are. Cheese in a vacuum pack and dried meats etc will also make the journey. Check if they're allowed. Don't forget that times are hard economically in Greece for everyone at the moment so anything you can do to help without it looking like charity will be I'm sure gratefully received.

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