When we go on a long flight, especially at some times of the year, we've brought something from home for the crew. On our trip MSY-iad-FCO, we brought king cake and some mardi gras beads - we happened to be go on Jan 6th/7th. Coming back, some chocolates and a few more beads. This costs almost nothing (king cake from Rouse's is excellent and $5.99 and for us beads are more a disposal problem than anything else). We've never expected anything in return - it was intended, and I hope received as a gesture of goodwill and appreciation for the (generally) hard working crew. Would appreciate hearing your views on this practice - giving something small, but related to your hometown to crew on flights. At times, my SO has felt uncomfortable, but I think its worth doing. (Would like to send some Mardi Gras loot to the HNL IK call center - those folks are great, when I can get them. If anybody is local there and can make good use of a middle size flat rate box of beads, please send a pm.) Would write more, but Allah starts in one hour, time to start drinking and get more beads.