Gifts from USA

Jul 27th, 2007, 06:42 PM
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Gifts from USA

I am traveling from NY to Paris to meet some friends that I met online. I am a 43yo woman, and they are two 20something men and a 20something woman.

Does anyone have any idea what kind of small gift I could bring from NY that they might appreciate?

All of us get along really well online, on the phone and IMing each other. However, it is difficult for me as the only older one, to know what they might appreciate.

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Jul 27th, 2007, 06:51 PM
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I asked what I should bring to someone and they said those wood gum massages that are not available here but they were expats, so I still say ASK.
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Jul 27th, 2007, 07:26 PM
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Bring something that says NY on it. I once went to the kentucky derby and was staying with clients of my husbands that I had never met. Since I am from VA, I brought all VA items with me, a bottle of Va wine, a coffee mug with Virginia Tech college on it, a variety of virginia peanuts, etc..
You can do the same with items from NY. It can be as simple or as extravagent as you want. Ex, a christmas ornament of a famous NY place, a book with different pictures of NY, three coffee mugs from a famous NY place, etc..
Hope this helps.
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Jul 27th, 2007, 09:32 PM
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I would forget the idea of coffee mugs. The French do not drink coffee the same way as North Americans.
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Jul 27th, 2007, 10:31 PM
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I agree with Kerouac - no mugs. If there's some sort of fashion trend that's sweeping NY (you'll see it on 20-somethings on the street... maybe pins, hats, iPod covers, scarves, etc.), bring that.

Cool NY/Big Apple T-shirts might work, or NY bagels & cream cheese packed in dry ice (very kitschy - I brought this to a friend once via plane).

Or better yet, go to a great shop that only the east has... like Cooper Hewitt (http://www.cooperhewittshop.org/) or some funky shop in the Village populated by 20-somethings. 20-somethings don't bite... ask any of them in those shops what they'd like and they'll think you're great for asking.
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Jul 27th, 2007, 10:43 PM
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p.s. 43go, what are you going to do with your username when you turn 44? ;-)
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Jul 27th, 2007, 11:07 PM
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You could bring a New York state wine from Long Island, Hudson Valley or Finger Lakes regions.
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Jul 28th, 2007, 06:53 AM
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thank you for the helpful replies.

and when I turn 44...um I think I will decide to remain 43. : )

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Jul 28th, 2007, 08:01 AM
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I would bring a New York City trinket, like mini flash light, key chains or pens with the Empire State building or Statue of Liberty for each person. Then ask if they will let you treat them all for dinner one night, or buy a few bottles of wine for their apartments once you are arrive and see what they like.
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Jul 28th, 2007, 08:41 AM
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But all of the New York City trinkets are made in China!
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Jul 28th, 2007, 08:42 AM
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That's the spirit, 43go! My mom has been 35 for decades now, and somehow I think it actually works.
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Jul 28th, 2007, 08:44 AM
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Point is ;-)
I like gifts that the recipeints doesn't have to pretend to like if they don't. Just a little diddy to show you were thinking of them ahead of time.
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