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What would be a good gift to bring from the USA to Finland?

Post by Meeowie » Thu May 07, 2009 9:50 pm

Just a little hello gift to my hosts whom I will be staying with for a night. Any ideas?



What would be a good gift to bring from the USA to Finland?

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Re: What would be a good gift to bring from the USA to Finland?

Post by pseudo » Thu May 07, 2009 10:50 pm

Meeowie wrote:Just a little hello gift to my hosts whom I will be staying with for a night. Any ideas?
Bring an American coffee that should do. For a hint, a couple of euros costing coffee below.
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Re: What would be a good gift to bring from the USA to Finland?

Post by raamv » Thu May 07, 2009 10:58 pm

Depends on your hosts tastes and what you perceive of them:
Good Californian wine
Some good electronics items
Good Chocolates
souvenir from where you come from
Starbucks to go "mugs"
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Re: What would be a good gift to bring from the USA to Finland?

Post by Pursuivant » Thu May 07, 2009 11:08 pm

Fudge :lol: I was going to suggest something exotic candy like Reese's Peanutbutter Cups. We really don't have that kind of candy here. Peanutbutter... yeah, but like I buy it only to make satay sauce. The coffee mugs are an idea... theres never one too many...
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Re: What would be a good gift to bring from the USA to Finland?

Post by pseudo » Thu May 07, 2009 11:25 pm

David Rönnqvist wrote:I would not buy coffee. They have coffee in Finland. It is a basic foodstuff, and so it would strike me as insulting to come with a famine bag of basic foodstuffs.
Coffee as a gift to a host family in Finland is quite common (or a custom?) AFAIK. So, this host family might as well be delighted that a foreigner knows their custom :idea:

On a second thought, Raamv's suggestions do sound swell!
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Re: What would be a good gift to bring from the USA to Finland?

Post by pres589 » Thu May 07, 2009 11:27 pm

Last time I went, this past New Year's, I brought a couple 1 pound bags of beef jerky. Pretty standard stuff, not the cheap garbage you get from gas stations or an average grocery store, just ordered from Amazon. I also brought a new Zippo lighter. The lighter was for a father & mother of a friend that I had stayed with the previous trip and then a night this time as well. They seemed to like that alright. The beef jerky? They got a bag and seemed ecstatic. I gave the other bag to a friend who let me stay in his apartment for about a week and a half of my trip. He ate the entire contents in a 24 hour period, aside from giving his girlfriend a single piece (she didn't care for the stuff). Everyone that tried it save for her thought it was some kind of amazing invention.


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Re: What would be a good gift to bring from the USA to Finland?

Post by Pursuivant » Thu May 07, 2009 11:30 pm

I remember giggling myself silly back when I was working at the hotel, there was this tiny pink-haired lady from US coming from touring Russia with a huge suitcase - it bursted open and it was filled with bogrolls.

But yeah, the coffee is "different" in the USA. Something like Blue Mountain isn't that obtainable here - problem is though you need to remember we either boil in a pot - but not many have coffee pots any more, or then make filter coffee.
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Re: What would be a good gift to bring from the USA to Finland?

Post by Argentiinalainen » Thu May 07, 2009 11:32 pm

What about peanut butter?
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Post by Pursuivant » Thu May 07, 2009 11:34 pm

Naah - that we got. Nobody buys it tho.
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Re: What would be a good gift to bring from the USA to Finland?

Post by Argentiinalainen » Thu May 07, 2009 11:36 pm

Pursuivant wrote:I remember giggling myself silly back when I was working at the hotel, there was this tiny pink-haired lady from US coming from touring Russia with a huge suitcase - it bursted open and it was filled with bogrolls.

But yeah, the coffee is "different" in the USA. Something like Blue Mountain isn't that obtainable here - problem is though you need to remember we either boil in a pot - but not many have coffee pots any more, or then make filter coffee.

Bogrolls? Yummy yummy!!!!What is that? Some kind of puff-pastry appetizer like Croissants ??? I want the recipe!!! i can't imagine how delicious is a bogroll!!!
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Re: What would be a good gift to bring from the USA to Finland?

Post by pseudo » Thu May 07, 2009 11:39 pm

Argentiinalainen wrote: Bogrolls? Yummy yummy!!!!What is that? Some kind of puff-pastry appetizer like Croissants ??? I want the recipe!!! i can't imagine how delicious is a bogroll!!!
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Re: What would be a good gift to bring from the USA to Finland?

Post by Pursuivant » Thu May 07, 2009 11:40 pm

Bog, British slang for toilet :roll:
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Post by Argentiinalainen » Thu May 07, 2009 11:43 pm

......... :oops:

oops.... I take back what I said!!!!!! :?
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Re: What would be a good gift to bring from the USA to Finland?

Post by Pursuivant » Fri May 08, 2009 12:03 am

Someone will take that as a signature :lol:
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Re: What would be a good gift to bring from the USA to Finland?

Post by Argentiinalainen » Fri May 08, 2009 1:05 am

David Rönnqvist wrote:Don't worry, Argie, there is nothing to stop you using bogroll as an ingredient in cakes.
When I read bogrolls I envisioned something like this:

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Yummy!
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