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Present ideas for friends in the US

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Present ideas for friends in the US

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Postby Scott0966 » July 26th, 2019, 3:52 pm

We're off to America next week (St Louis). We're staying with a couple of families who we hosted on trips they made to the UK over the past few years and I'm trying to think of interesting little gifts we can take with us. Can anyone suggest any ideas.
The obvious ones are things like Cadbury's chocolate and t-shirts, but I'm trying to think of something a bit more quirky.

I think the days are gone now where there are things that you just can't buy, as the likes of Amazon and other options on the internet mean you can buy even the most unusual things.

I'm originally from Sheffield so will be taking along a bottle of Henderson's Relish, but that's a suitable gift for most people anywhere given the lack of availability of the stuff outside Sheffield!

Anyone got any ideas?

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Re: Present ideas for friends in the US

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Postby Snorvey » July 26th, 2019, 4:12 pm

Cadbury is American btw.

Seriously though, for small stocking filler type gifts for our US cousins? Well you won't go far wrong with ammunition.

To avoid embarrassment, you might want to discreetly ask their friends what calibre they use and if they prefer cross cut or dumdum.

HTH

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Re: Present ideas for friends in the US

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Postby bungeejumper » July 26th, 2019, 4:18 pm

Cadburys chocolate is now made to an American recipe, which is why a crème egg tastes so sickly sweet. I gather it has been compared to a Hershey bar, not that I've ever tasted a Hershey bar. ;)

Something more wholesomely British, then. How about a pack of beef with no added growth hormones?

BJ

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Re: Present ideas for friends in the US

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Postby robbelg » July 26th, 2019, 4:54 pm

Kinder Eggs

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Re: Present ideas for friends in the US

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Postby ReformedCharacter » July 26th, 2019, 4:58 pm

A jar of Johnson's Brexit Pickle would be well received I'm sure.

RC

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Re: Present ideas for friends in the US

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Postby gryffron » July 26th, 2019, 5:17 pm

robbelg wrote:Kinder Eggs

Great idea. They'll be choked.

:lol:

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Re: Present ideas for friends in the US

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Postby AsleepInYorkshire » July 26th, 2019, 5:34 pm

Scott0966 wrote:We're off to America next week (St Louis). We're staying with a couple of families who we hosted on trips they made to the UK over the past few years and I'm trying to think of interesting little gifts we can take with us. Can anyone suggest any ideas.
The obvious ones are things like Cadbury's chocolate and t-shirts, but I'm trying to think of something a bit more quirky.

I think the days are gone now where there are things that you just can't buy, as the likes of Amazon and other options on the internet mean you can buy even the most unusual things.

I'm originally from Sheffield so will be taking along a bottle of Henderson's Relish, but that's a suitable gift for most people anywhere given the lack of availability of the stuff outside Sheffield!

Anyone got any ideas?


  1. Revels
  2. British style toiletries
  3. Tunnocks Milk Chocolate Tea Cakes
  4. Yorkshire Tea - the best in the world :roll:
  5. A cricket ball
  6. Chocolate London Guards - https://www.johnlewis.com/choc-on-choc- ... g/p1753543

AiY

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Re: Present ideas for friends in the US

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Postby scotia » July 26th, 2019, 6:31 pm

I don't know the US regulations on food imports, but if biscuits are allowed, Walkers (Scottish shortbread and biscuit manufacturer) produce various shaped Tins containing biscuits - e.g. a London Bus Tin, a Post Box Tin, a Scotty Dog Tin, and a Wobbly Piper Tin.

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Re: Present ideas for friends in the US

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Postby Lootman » July 26th, 2019, 6:58 pm

scotia wrote:I don't know the US regulations on food imports

I don't either but the only thing like that that I have been asked about at US immigration, more than once, is about meat products, along with questions about whether I have been on a farm in the UK. Evidently they still don't trust us on meat after the various problems a decade or so ago.

I've also been asked whether I am carrying bovine semen, so I'd rule that out as a gift :D

A lot of food is better in America than here, in my view. But two things that definitely are not are cheese and cream. I've been told this is because the US has stricter rules about dairy products. In any event those might make for good gifts other than that they are a pig to transport. Cream might go off or coagulate, whilst cheese might run and smell. But if you think you can mitigate those risks then I imagine that the average American would welcome seeing what those items should really taste like after the anaemic items sold in the US.

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Re: Present ideas for friends in the US

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Postby Snorvey » July 26th, 2019, 7:09 pm

A lot of food is better in America than here, in my view

Mmmm.... chlorine.

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Re: Present ideas for friends in the US

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Postby Leothebear » July 26th, 2019, 9:40 pm

English mustard - make their eyes water.
English sparkling wine - bit pricey but has beaten Champagne in competition.
A recording of some outrageous British TV - comedy like 'Mock the week' or '8 out of ten cats do Countdown'.
A photo of BoJo with caption 'See we're as dumb as you...'
Maltesers.

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Re: Present ideas for friends in the US

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Postby PinkDalek » July 26th, 2019, 11:58 pm


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Re: Present ideas for friends in the US

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Postby PinkDalek » July 27th, 2019, 12:57 am

Better still, this is the one I was thinking of:

https://www.zazzle.co.uk/make_america_g ... 7072329688

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Re: Present ideas for friends in the US

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Postby zico » July 28th, 2019, 5:25 pm

Bassett's Allsorts goes down well with a cousin from California.
For a proper British present, how about Yorkshire Tea. You can spend a pleasant half-hour describing to Americans how the locals in Batley wear clogs when on the Yorkshire tea plantations, using their whippets to smell out the very finest tea leaves.

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Re: Present ideas for friends in the US

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Postby vrdiver » July 28th, 2019, 6:01 pm

Marmite.
A teapot (with instructions - seriously, having had tea made in a pan of boiling water when visiting friends...)
A cricket bat
Anything in a Harrods bag (maybe a tea caddy with tea)
Gordon's Gin (if they are interested in alcohol)
A themed tea towel
A dvd of a British sitcom or comedien
Britsh cider
An English-American dictionary
An English recipe cookbook
Anything they liked from their stay whilst over here? (any biscuits, beers, foods etc.)

Have a good trip.

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Re: Present ideas for friends in the US

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Postby Lootman » July 28th, 2019, 6:37 pm

vrdiver wrote:Gordon's Gin (if they are interested in alcohol)

Gordon's is widely available in the US. For something more eclectic, you could choose this gin from Cornwall that won the silver in the world gin awards last year:

http://www.worldginawards.com/winner/si ... wards-2018

https://www.trevethandistillery.com/

Couple with Fevertree tonic, also British, although widely available in the U.S.

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Re: Present ideas for friends in the US

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Postby yorkshirelad1 » July 29th, 2019, 10:12 am

Scott0966 wrote:We're off to America next week (St Louis). We're staying with a couple of families who we hosted on trips they made to the UK over the past few years and I'm trying to think of interesting little gifts we can take with us. Can anyone suggest any ideas.
The obvious ones are things like Cadbury's chocolate and t-shirts, but I'm trying to think of something a bit more quirky.

I think the days are gone now where there are things that you just can't buy, as the likes of Amazon and other options on the internet mean you can buy even the most unusual things.

I'm originally from Sheffield so will be taking along a bottle of Henderson's Relish, but that's a suitable gift for most people anywhere given the lack of availability of the stuff outside Sheffield!

Anyone got any ideas?


As others have mentioned, check out the US customs etc regulations on what you can take in, particularly food and liquids.

I've been going to US for 30+ years on an annual basis and staying with friends/relatives.
I tend to go for small, individually produced (think craftsmen) hand-made items that indicate locally-produced (so have a story), don't weigh a lot (for luggage), medium value (don't attract the attention of customs).
Not that I'm trying to punt them, but I live near the Lake District, and the slate coasters (and other products) from the mine shop at Honister are interesting and seem to go down quite well. Maybe there's something similar in the Peak District or something elegant steel-related (Sheffield): cutlery?
I've also taken products (scarf etc) made from local (Herdwick) sheep which are interesting.
I also found a local potter who made some wonderful interesting small jugs (size similar to cream/milk jug) that were a hit with my cousin (now in Ohio) when it turned out the potter was from the same small village that my cousin was born in.

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Re: Present ideas for friends in the US

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Postby Scott0966 » July 29th, 2019, 2:14 pm

Thank you everyone for the suggestions and a few chuckles along the way.

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Re: Present ideas for friends in the US

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Postby Urbandreamer » July 29th, 2019, 3:29 pm

How about a knife, provided that you don't have any superstitions about gifting a knife.

Something by Taylers eye witness or A.Wright & Son?

Though I confess that you can obtain such things outside of Sheffield and that there are many respected US manufacturers.

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Re: Present ideas for friends in the US

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Postby kiloran » July 29th, 2019, 3:48 pm

I've always found that a Quaich makes a well-received gift https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaich, though it's scottish rather than from Sheffield

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