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Bringing Gifts to Southeast Asia

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A friend and I are traveling to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand over Christmas and New Year. We would like to bring small gifts to give to locals we meet - candy, small toys for children, or anything else they might appreciate. It must be something relatively small, as we will carry multiples, and something that represents the United States. So:

1. Are there any customs I should keep in mind? Is there anything that is unacceptable/offensive to gift in Southeast Asia, or anything that is particularly appreciated?

2. Does anyone have experience with such gifts, and if so do you have any ideas?

Any input is much appreciated!

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