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Gifts from US

Coming from USA to visit a friend I have not seen in 30+ years, also staying with her for 2 weeks. What is a good gift idea to bring from US?

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1. Re: Gifts from US

Ask your friend what she likes most about the USA and try to find something she mentions. When I was visiting Vienna and a friend I hadn't seen in 15+ years, I asked him what he'd like and he wanted a Washington Redskins football jersey (American Football). Not something I would have thought about so it's best to ask. You may end up getting her something she will todd in the closet never to be seen again.

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Hi Pat

I've brought small desk calendars (e.g., Ansel Adams, Sierra Club) and books that show either the US as a whole or the particular region that I lived in at the time. On my very first trip overseas to Japan, I brought a book of Norman Rockwell prints to give them a glimpse into quintessential Americana. Perhaps your friend has a favorite artist.

Calendars are perhaps a bit more practical (but your friend will have to get used to the week starting on Sunday instead of Monday, as most European calendars do), plus they're very easy to throw in a suitcase without taking up much room or adding much weight.

Not sure if that helps or not... Enjoy your visit (that will be the best gift of all for your friend!).


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I bought a friend who I hadn't t seen for ages a Tiffany bowl from Tiffany s. it was less than $100

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better ask it is much easier for both of you ;)

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I'd want a cheesesteak or a Tastykake butterscotch krimpet.

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If they are wine lovers, a bottle of wine from one of the US wine regions (California and Oregon both have many world-class wines of all price points) might be something to consider. Since you would have to pack the wine well to survive the trip, you would most likely have a carrier or padded sleeve to bring back some of the great local wines, so your gift would serve double duty, :-)

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If your friend celebrates Christmas, perhaps the White House Christmas tree ornaments (issued annually) would be appropriate. The White House Historical Society also sells books, "signed" Presidential Easter eggs and lots of other patriotic items.

Also, if you have an old photo of you and friend, frame and deliver it with a message of remembrance.

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A box of local chocolates.

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For my Austrian friends, I bring over items made by Native Americans which I buy at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian to guarantee authenticity; vintage quilts (bulky but lightweight); peanut candy; Kona coffee; and CDs of American music like Charles Ives or Bruce Springsteen. Tiffany is also a good idea but remember not to put crystal items in your carry-on luggage because it will be unwrapped by the TSA. For some reason, good crystal creates a "black spot" on the x-ray screen.

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I think that the present that your friend will appreciate most, is yourself!

but why not take a pile of digital photos of you, your friends and the local area, have them put in a photo book and bring that?