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Jun 9th, 2015, 06:48 AM
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Gift ide

Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on what gift(s) I could send to my German friend in Japan. I know it is a bit random, but I've read a lot of cool things that people have suggested for their family and friends overseas int his forum, so I wanted to know what ideas people had and what they suggest. All I know he is missing Ritter chocolate from Germany!

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Jun 9th, 2015, 08:16 AM
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Your title got truncated . . . Maybe try again w/ "gift Ideas" in the title . . .
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Jun 11th, 2015, 02:39 AM
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Beer or Mezzo Mix (or Schwip Schwap or Spezi) would be my suggestions but drinks would be expensive to ship because of the weight.

German cookies, chocolate, mustard, curry ketchup, and Haribo candies might be appreciated.

What part of Germany is your friend from?
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Jun 11th, 2015, 03:42 AM
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What would a German miss most?

Dark bread first of all (only the packed stuff would survive the long transport without going mouldy, though).
Nutella (heavy, though), gummi bears, chocolate, pack of small salted pretzels.
Paper handkerchiefs, the sturdier folded ones that come in packs of 10, not flimsy Kleenex. I hear that these are unavailable for example in the USA, not sure about Japan.
Linen shopping bag with a picture of his hometown.

Disclaimer: I have no idea whether Japan has any quarantine regulations and bans on importing food items! Meat products like Schinken are probably a no-go from the beginning.
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Jun 11th, 2015, 04:04 AM
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I hear that these are unavailable for example in the USA

They have them. I have seen them. They just do not enjoy the same popularity that they do in The Fatherland.
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Jun 11th, 2015, 06:05 AM
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Well, I hear of Germans living in the US who carry loads of them back home after every visit to Germany.
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Jun 11th, 2015, 06:09 AM
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I just saved those expat Germans space and weight in their luggage: http://amzn.to/1e5pOq7
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Jun 12th, 2015, 06:31 AM
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Great guys! thanks all for the tips.

He is from Stuttgart and I wanted to surprise him actually. I was also thinking about bread because that seems to be what he misses the most. but I checked customs and I cannot deliver bread

Quokka you have great ideas! I love the linen bag idea too.

I wanted to send him a small box of german confectionary (thought it'd be the easiest and best thing to do). Anyway I googled small german gift boxes and came across a site called, little german box. I'm sending him one if those. I think it's awesome! Also, it saves me time going to the shops and packing it myself!

Thanks everyone for the help!
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Jun 12th, 2015, 07:56 AM
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There is a German bakery in Tokyo.

https://leibspeise.wordpress.com/tag/japan/
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