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Hostess gifts

Delavan, Illinois
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Hostess gifts

We are planning to visit our Turkish daughter who lived with us on an student exchange several years ago. That visit will include not only her but her family. Even though we won't be actually staying with her parents, we would still like to get them an appropriate gift as a way of thanking them for sharing their daughter with us when we were her host parents. The problem is that I am never creative or insightful about these things. I can't think of anything uniquely "American" other than tawdry souvernir junk and I want to honor them more than that. Any suggestions would be most welcome.

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Mount Dora, Florida
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This is an on-going issue for us as we continue to strive to discover gifts for our Turkish friends. I have now reached the point where I just ask people if they would like anything from the US.

I get some interesting requests including marshmallows and Peanut Butter cups. You can, however, buy peanut butter in Istanbul, just not the chocolate and peanut butter candy.

More unique are requests for vitamin and dietary substances such as Glucosamine and Fish Oil capsules. These are very personal requests, but I add them only to illustrate that people have very different ideas about things they would like to receive.

For young people, sports wear is exceptionally popular, and I have never made a mistake with a shirt or ball cap with a sports logo.

I like to take things that are unique to my location in the US. We take coffee table books of the southern US and unique candy made in Florida. If you have a photo of the daughter whom you share I would purchase a really nice frame and take it with me. As a parent I know I would appreciate a gift like this. You can find a unique photo frame here that you may not see in Istanbul.

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