California gift for British friend?

Dec 27th, 2001, 08:46 AM
Monica Richards
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California gift for British friend?

I am meeting a guy in London who I've known through work for over seven years but never yet met, and I'd like to bring him something California as a gift. I'd love to bring my favorite wine, Yorkville Petit Verdot, but unfortunately I don't think I'll be able to carry it (got the baby stuff for my daughter taking up all luggage space). What else would be a good gift? He's 32 and single, with a girlfriend of 8 years and a house of his own.
Dec 27th, 2001, 10:19 AM
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So whatever you take has to be smaller than a bottle of wine? That is pretty limiting. I can't think of anything that pertains to calif. that is small and unusual. Maybe a gift from the calif. redwoods. where do you live?
Dec 27th, 2001, 02:46 PM
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Monica, how about a book with gorgeous pictures, either of the state generally or of the area in which you live. It doesn't have to be huge.
Dec 27th, 2001, 06:20 PM
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If a book is too heavy, how about a calendar with 12 beautiful views of California?
Dec 27th, 2001, 07:22 PM
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Ghiradelli chocolate and cocoa.
Dec 27th, 2001, 08:32 PM
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Cool California state flag (bear, red star, "California Republic")

Dodgers, Giants or 49ers (or USC or Berkeley or UCLA) caps or jersies? Fresh tortillas? Trashy Hollywood T-shirts? Cool sunglasses from Venice Beach? Mexican hot chocolate? How about taking a copy of Sunset magazine and offering them a subscription if they like it (I did that for some British friends and they got a kick out of it.)

Good luck!
Dec 27th, 2001, 09:50 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions. I think the calendar idea will work best. It's such a bummer about the wine but carrying something fragile and heavy for a week doesn't seem like the smartest idea. So a wine country calendar will have to suffice.
Dec 27th, 2001, 11:44 PM
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sunshine, the weather in London is dreary and grey at best!!

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