Odd Gifts That You Bring

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  1. CrankyScott
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    Over the years I have grown a network of friends around the world that exceed those at home. From time to time they ask me to bring things that are not easily available in their homeland.

    My friends in Asia top the list in odd item requests. This was highlighted this week as I was carrying (10) ladies bras with some special support. In NRT I changed planes and Japanese "TSA" saw the bras. Awkward. The conversation was for sure lost in translation.

    Other gifts on past trips have included:
    • Bounce dryer sheets
    • Apple stuff
    • Pantyhose
    • Idaho potatoes
    • Teeth whitening strips
    • Maple Syrup
    • Female cosmetics
    • Various hot toys
    • Hair shampoo and conditioner
    • Febreze
    • Hot Sauce
    How about you?
     
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    Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies, the original hard ones, to a colleague in Rome. His family lived in the US for awhile and they still miss those cookies.
     
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    Hershey bars to a (French) colleague in Paris. Seriously.
     
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    I brought Hershey bar to a friend in Belgium - so I understand ;-)

    In the Philippines people love Hershey......its a mega popular gift to bring
     
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    A fella could have a pretty good weekend in LAS with all that stuff. :p:D
     
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    OY!
     
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    Once, a friend asked me to bring her Aquafresh Whitening toothpaste, as this wasn't available in Asia at that time. I bought about 10 of this in a local Target. When I was going to pay, the girl at the check-out counter said, " Are you looking to whiten your teeth Sir? I think they are white enough already!"

    :rolleyes:
     
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    Good Seasons Italian dressing mix - for friends in Italy.
     
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    While (in the '80s) a student in Paris, my landlady begged me to bring her back peanut butter from the states. Another friend from California convinced her parents to bring canned refried beans, taco shells and <gag> Marshmallow Fluff.
     
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    I lived in Asia when I was a kid. Whenever we annually traveled to the US, we bought Kool-Aid packets to last through the next year. I was always amazed at the length of the receipt when we bought about a 100 packets!
     
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    Agreed. I always hear people asking for peanut butter.
     
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    André Soltner used to pack a suitcase full of peanut butter when he
    revisited to France.
     
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    My friends were studying abroad in London and wanted Velveeta Shells and Cheese and Easy Mac so I brought a bunch over when I went to visit.
     
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    dixon ticonderoga #2 yellow pencils to my accountant cousin in Slovakia. Something about the erasers she claims.

    and for the return trip:

    Holy water for my mother from the church she was baptized in.
     
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