What to give little Danish kids

Old Jul 28th, 2006, 04:56 AM
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What to give little Danish kids

What's a good inexpensive thing to bring from the US for a hand-out to little kids when we visit Denmark. I can always bring candy but I would appreciate other ideas you can offer.
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Old Jul 28th, 2006, 05:02 AM
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How about some picture books or T-shirts? Some character goods are unique to US and my kids liked things with Dora or Sesame Street characters. Age would be also helpful. As a parent of young children, I'm soooo against candies as gifts for small kids.
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Old Jul 28th, 2006, 05:11 AM
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Hi H,

I also would recommend against candy.

Little gifts with Sesame Street characters, etc would be very nice.

Also little books for kids in English.


My first run in with a Danish child was at a house party. A tiny thing came up to me and asked, "Wad heller du?".

I said, "I'm sorry, but I don't speak Danish. I'm sure that you don't understand me either".

To which she replied, "Oh, yes I do. I was asking you your name".

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Old Jul 28th, 2006, 07:17 AM
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My experience is that most European kids go crazy for American things so, candy (why not!)pens, pencils, colored paper notebooks, etc. How about postcards from your hometown,state etc.
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Old Jul 28th, 2006, 08:11 AM
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I'm curious who these little kids are. Are they the offspring of family you will be visiting. I could be way off base here, but surely you aren't caught up in the idea from old movies of wandering around offering things to the native children?
 
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Last year when I was in Scotland I brought back colored notebook paper and cute pencils from the Sainsbury's to give my little neices and nephews in the US! I also brought some little handmade wooden toys and puzzles. Cute socks are another idea - lightweight, nonbreakable.
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Old Jul 28th, 2006, 08:21 AM
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I am curious, too. The post specifies this is a "hand-out", not really charcaterized as "a gift". I would advice against "hand-outs"; kinda of hokey.

If this is a gift, how old are the children?
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Old Jul 28th, 2006, 08:39 AM
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Uh, that'd be "nieces" in my post...
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Old Jul 28th, 2006, 08:40 AM
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I think this is the idea of noblesse oblige -- wandering around bestowing the poor local street urchins with trinkets and candy. I don't think anyone should be giving children they don't know very well anything on the street or elswhere, particular something to be ingested. Giving any children gifts and candy you don't know is completely inappropriate, and well-trained children won't accept gifts from strangers. I hate it whenever I see those photos in the paper of the military wandering around giving candy to children in lands where they have invaded and killed people.
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Old Jul 28th, 2006, 08:42 AM
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Neopolitan ... I kind of got that image in my head as well!!!

My son(10) was at a birthday party yesterday and some of the things in his party bag that were a big hit:
-Poppers [ you pull a string on a little barrel and confetti comes out as well as making a loud POP.
-Little man with parachutes to throw out window , etc,..
- Unusual pencils
- key chains { you could buy american ones, ie Statue of Liberty or whereever you are from. Or just a good luck charm like a rabbits foot!

I guess it depends on your budget.

Go the The dollar store ot your local Party Store and grab hand fulls of STUFF,.

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Hokeypokey: <b>Please clarify</b> what the heck you mean. If it is for things to give to a host family or relatives that is one thing.

But if you mean handouts to &quot;cute little Danish kids&quot; you run into along the way - <b>What</b> are you thinking!?! A very, very bad idea.

Do you take little trinkets to give the natives when you visits New York or Seattle????
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Old Jul 28th, 2006, 05:10 PM
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Totally agree with janisj. Denmark has one of the highest standards of living in the world. Random little kids in the street certainly don;t need to collect junk from passing Americans - and I'm sure have been warned against strangers offering gifts (as are little kids everywhere).
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Old Jul 28th, 2006, 05:26 PM
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Here's an idea. Instead of giving them something, why not entertain them instead? You could put your right foot in, then your right foot out, then your right foot in and . . .
 
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...brought tears to my eyes, that is so funny, Neopolitan!
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HokeyPokey...if what I think you mean in your post is true (handing out little goodies to the poor native tykes) I'm appalled.
......only because I sure missed a bet during my childhood (7 decades ago)...in my hometown of Quincy, Massachusetts, we had many foreign visitors taking in the Adams Mansion and the birthplace salt-box homes of both John Adams and John Quincy Adams, all very cloe to where I lived.

Dang! I could have hung out there and gone home with pockets full of &quot;loot&quot; all summer long!!!

By the way, how come we haven't had a response from you, Hokey???

Stu T.
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...still laughing here. Sorry.

hokeypokey, please don't put little children in the position of taking gifts from a stranger. This may not be your intent, but it would be helpful if you could clarify.
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From the Ames, Arkansas News-Press, January 11, 1986:

&quot;This week the world lost a beloved figure. Arnold Twickham, the composer of the beloved HokeyPokey song died of natural causes at the age of 91. His life was celebrated in a beautiful memorial service attended by thousands of fans. Unfortunately there was a bit of confusion when they tried to close the coffin. It seems they'd put his right in. . .&quot;
 
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darn. Sorry for the misquote. That should be &quot;they'd put his right FOOT in. . .&quot;
 
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Speaking of candy, we have Danish friends and their idea of candy and our idea of candy are world's apart. They seem to prefer a very strong licorice, an overwhelming stuff that tastes vile to us. Also, Danes seem to like marzipan far more than we do.

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American parents teach their kids to never take candy from strangers. I've never been to Denmark but I'd be willing to bet it would be the same there.
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