gift possibilities for couchsurfing hosts?

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1. Posted by iamjordan (Budding Member 7 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

would anyone happen to know of any items that can be bought in the US that are difficult to find overseas? I hear that oreos and american cigarettes would be good ideas, any other reccomendations?

2. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5078 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I would steer away from cigs . . . where are your couchsurfing hosts.

3. Posted by iamjordan (Budding Member 7 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

so far: iceland, london, paris. i plan to book a few more while im there, but i'll be visiting spain, portugal, italy, czech republic, sweden, etc.

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

It depends who your hosts are and where they are. Cigarettes etc are useful if you go to the UK or Scandinavia, especially. Ditto Alcohol. But that relies on you staying with a smoker/drinker. Oreos might be great for American hosts (or other American things), but for the average Europe they aren't going to be as special.

Sometimes i'll take booze/cigarettes (or Swedish specialities, often on request), but generally i'll just try and buy them dinner or a few drinks or something, and then send them a postcard after from some other foreign location. Allot of people seem to appreciate that greatly, so I try and make an effort to do it

5. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

why you dont wait till you meet the people and then decide what to give? flowers for the Lady of the house are never wrong,a bottle of wine to share?If the have kids some baseball caps or some stickers?
Or ask before what you could bring for them.
keep in mind that there are restrictions for your luggage,you dont will take the risiko that the booze will be confiscated before you enter your plane.
Also inform yourself about how much Alkohol,cigaretts,parfume may bring to the country you are visiting free of duty.

to many countris you are aloud only 200 cigaretts and 1 or 2 bottles of whiskey,so be careful,otherwise it will end up maybe very expensive depending how high the import taxes are.


6. Posted by bentivogli (Respected Member 2398 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Something from your place of origin is generally highly appreciated. Speaking for myself as a host, it's not the gift itself that is particularly important, but rather you taking the trouble of planning in advance, bringing something all the way along with you, etc.

7. Posted by starlight2 (Full Member 108 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I'd like to know what to bring my friends family.

My friend spent a year here in the USA and brought back her family things from Boston ... but I forget what exactly.

PS. They're Japanese.

[ Edit: Edited on May 24, 2007, at 4:37 PM by starlight2 ]

8. Posted by kalimero (Budding Member 50 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

i brought my host in sao paolo some maple syrup ..she really enjoyed it .. i also made dinner for her ...pork with maple syrup sauce ..she loved it ....... we also made pancakes ..always a winner ..

guess anything that is typical from your home country and its easy enough to carry .....

cheers, carol

9. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

American candy (candy bars) are serious luxury items in Japan. However, I'm not sure if this applies to Europe. Perhaps something from your hometown/region will suffice. Or just take them out for dinner or buy them a drink or two at a bar.