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I did some searching in the forum to no avail... any suggestions on what kinds of things from the United States would make good gifts for our Swiss contacts who have been very helpful? There is one man and at least one woman for whom I would like to bring a gift. (Actually I will probably send it with my husband when he goes for a quick trip in July). I am thinking around USD $50 each. Easy-to-carry is going to be pretty essential, given that he will be bringing some of our stuff over with him when he goes (e.g. skis etc.).

In addition, it might be a good plan to have a few smaller items on hand for unforeseen gift-giving, as well as (very) small items such as pencils etc. for Swiss classmates of my children. So any ideas there as well would be appreciated.

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I should add that we live outside Detroit in Michigan, so I am thinking about:
* something Motown-related (but what? CDs just don't make good gifts anymore...)
* something auto-related (but what?)
* there's a special type of pottery that's made here.
* something like coasters or a vase that is locally-made by artisans
* a bottle of alcohol that is locally-produced (we have several excellent local vodka distilleries, for example)

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Re: Gifts from US for Swiss

That's a nice attention. Do you know if your swiss contacts have hobbies or passion ? It could be related to it.

Or perhaps a book about your town ? A german friend gave me once a book about her hometown and I found really nice to have such thing.
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Re: Gifts from US for Swiss

try to think of something Typical American. If you were my friend I would ask for US Denim Jeans, but obviously no good for work associate, as you would need to know size.

Pencils - with something like Disney themes on. Maybe US Cartoon books/ magazines helpful for learning English, albeit US English.

Hope someone else can help you with the adults.
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Re: Gifts from US for Swiss

Since you are moving to Fribourg where ice hockey is popular with the Gotteron team, you can bring anything related to your local team like a cap, jerseys, etc....
Other than that something that identifies you city or state like t-shirts or caps of local university or baseball team. Any local alcohol or syrup would be also appreciated.
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Re: Gifts from US for Swiss

Most people don't have such big houses/apartments here, so bringing a consumable item is a a good idea - you won't be potentially burdening your host with storing your well-intentioned but not-so-useful gift or feeling bad when they donate it to the thrift shop.

A bottle of good Kentucky bourbon?

A nice bottle of California wine?

A bottle of pure Vermont maple syrup?

A jar of real, natural peanut butter or almond butter?

mmm....cherry pie?

A big bag of brown sugar?

This post is making me hungry for US products. Have you got any spare room in your suitcase?
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Since you are moving to Fribourg where ice hockey is popular with the Gotteron team, you can bring anything related to your local team like a cap, jerseys, etc....
Other than that something that identifies you city or state like t-shirts or caps of local university or baseball team. Any local alcohol or syrup would be also appreciated.
Thank you all for the suggestions - do others agree about the local sports teams? That would be EASY then - Detroit is a big sports town (Redwings hockey, Tigers baseball, also but less so Lions football and Pistons basketball). We also have good alcohol (as mentioned) and maple syrup.

LOL about the food suggestions; we could certainly do at least some of that. Our male contact there we know from time spent together in Los Angeles, so there may very well be things that he misses from the U.S.!
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Re: Gifts from US for Swiss

This is really thoughtful, especially planning ahead like you do. I would believe this in itself will be highly appreciated no matter what you bring.

Here are the small things that I tend to bring for kids from the US:
- nice reward stickers for the classmates of your children - haven't found them here, yet
- Crystal Light (Swiss version is almost purely sugar)
- Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer (cannot get the fancy scents here - my friends' children love them)
- anti burp bottles for babies (my friends say those really helped better than what they got over here)
- pencils with a typical US design - e.g. with USD printed on, at Office Depot

As for the adults, most of my Swiss friends particularly enjoy good food, so if there is any local specialty, bring it. If you want to bring wine, though, check whether it is also sold in Switzerland; you can get Californian wine in any supermarket that sells wine.

And, most importantly: Welcome to Switzerland!
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Re: Gifts from US for Swiss

Maple syrup is available here too, roughly same price, and you must have grown up with it in order to be able to tell the difference, unless you can find some really home-made stuff, which can be way above the over-the-counter standards.

Fudge?

Michigan has lots of great photo books, typical coffee table style.
- Upper Peninsula (Pictured Rocks, for instance)
- Mackinac area (da Bridge, a.k.a the Big Mac, what a sight!)
- Leelanau (Sleeping Bear Dunes and the Manitous) and the whole "rest" around the Grand and Little Traverse Bays
- Lighthouses; after all, Michigan has about as many lighthouses as the other 49 states put together, and some of them are absolutely unique.

Mugs (lots of Michiganite themes).
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Re: Gifts from US for Swiss

Thank you for the suggestions! Very helpful. I have done some searching and can't seem to find the right answer to this class size question: about how many kids will be in my children's classes? They will attend state primary school. I know I won't get an exact answer, but it would be helpful to have a general guideline/average to plan how many gifts to bring. My boys are ages 9 and 11.

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Re: Gifts from US for Swiss

I imagine the classmates would be ecstatic, and you'd save yourself quite a bit of trouble, if you just sent your boys to school with a big plate of American style chocolate chip cookies.

Just don't forget to bring some ingredients that are not as easy to find/ are not as good quality here in CH - Toll House morsels, real vanilla extract (here they sell vanilla flavored sugar), and of course, the brown sugar...
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Re: Gifts from US for Swiss

That suggestion made me laugh and is a good one. You are right - I am probably overthinking this! (and I do make a great chocolate chip cookie!) ... it brings up another question: here in the U.S., there are so many kids with allergies (peanut, other nuts, dairy, etc.) that it is very restricted (at least in our school district) as to what food treats kids can bring in to share. Is there anything like that I need to be aware of in Fribourg/CH?
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Thank you for the suggestions! Very helpful. I have done some searching and can't seem to find the right answer to this class size question: about how many kids will be in my children's classes? They will attend state primary school. I know I won't get an exact answer, but it would be helpful to have a general guideline/average to plan how many gifts to bring. My boys are ages 9 and 11.

Thanks!
Class sizes are generally pretty small here, generally between 15 and 20. I'd be surprised if there were more than 20 kids in the class but maybe plan for up to 25 just in case.
The cookie idea sounds like it could be a good plan. ( or individual bags of mini cookies for each kid then it wouldn't matter if you bought a few extra as your kids could always eat them) Pencils is also a good idea and extras wouldn't matter too much either plus they don't take up much space in luggage.
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Maple syrup is available here too, roughly same price, and you must have grown up with it in order to be able to tell the difference, unless you can find some really home-made stuff, which can be way above the over-the-counter standards.

Fudge?

Michigan has lots of great photo books, typical coffee table style.
- Upper Peninsula (Pictured Rocks, for instance)
- Mackinac area (da Bridge, a.k.a the Big Mac, what a sight!)
- Leelanau (Sleeping Bear Dunes and the Manitous) and the whole "rest" around the Grand and Little Traverse Bays
- Lighthouses; after all, Michigan has about as many lighthouses as the other 49 states put together, and some of them are absolutely unique.

Mugs (lots of Michiganite themes).





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Toll House morsels, real vanilla extract (here they sell vanilla flavored sugar), and of course, the brown sugar...
Vanilla flavored sugar is used mainly for sprinkling over some kinds of cookies. In most other cases, real vanilla is used, not vanilla extract, mind you, but real vanilla, the stuff vanilla extract is made from.
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Re: Gifts from US for Swiss

if you go to target- you can get sparkly pencils or any special ones will do. depending on the age of the child classes can be from 15-30 kids- but those target packages are about a buck each and i take a ton of them to last a loooong time. otherwise, kids are usually happy with anything you give them so they'll be thrilled. i have a friend who gave me a big bag full of nypd stickets (), pba cards and i love new york condoms and all those things were a hit with their appropriate giftees. if the adults cook, a nice bottle of vanilla extract is a good discovery for those who don't know it here.

*edit- the vanilla extract, if it's a good one, should be real vanilla- no imitation. and it makes the goodies you cook taste very differently (imho) from the vanilla sugar.
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maple syrup is made in the u.s too. my cousins make it themselves (adirondacks) and it is gorgeous. you can certainly taste the difference from the stuff in the stores if you have ever tried the real stuff. heavenly...
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Must be hot in Buchs today The maple syrup
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Must be hot in Buchs today The maple syrup
The stuff from Vermont is better. Fact.

Anything Bill Laimbeer related would go over nicely here as well.
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Must be hot in Buchs today The maple syrup
We have about 150 sugar maple trees on our little property in Michigan. Canada is not alone in that field.

I agree with amaraya, no store-bought maple syrup can even remotely hold a candle to the home-made stuff.

Oh, and we have mulberries too. Delicious!

Another suggestion for the OP: wild rice. I mean pure black wild rice, not the mixtures you can buy here at cut-throat prices, consisting of 98 % ordinary rice and a few black grains in between.
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