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Old 05.12.2007, 19:15
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Ideas for Swiss presents/souvenirs in bulk?

Good evening forumers,

Sooooooooo, the story is that in a few weeks I'll be heading back to Canada. More specifically, I'll be heading back to the small fishing village where I grew up. I haven't been there since before I moved to Switzerland (which is already a few years ago), and during my two-week stay, I'm basically obligated to visit everyone within about 50 km of my parent's house.

I'm actually really looking forward to catching up with everyone because I do, in fact, know just about every person who lives within a 50km radius of my parents' house, even though I moved away more than a decade ago. The slight downside is that I'm also essentially obliged to bring everyone a little souvenir of Switzerland. It doesn't really matter if they all get the same thing; the main point is that they all get something that is "Swiss".

My original idea was to buy everyone fridge magnets, but I was horrified to discover that these go for 8.- CHF a pop in Lausanne. Second thought was bringing everyone a Swiss Christmas ornament, but these turned out to be even more expensive. I'm looking to buy a bare minimum of 40 items, but at 10.- CHF per piece, things start to get expensive pretty quickly.

I know this perhaps asking a bit of a tall order, but does anyone have any ideas as to what I could buy to bring home to give to everyone that won't cost me an arm and a leg? Alternatively, if anyone knows of a purveyor of cheap (i.e. a few francs per piece) Swiss souvenirs anywhere in the country, I'd be pleased to know. (I have a GA and I'm not afraid to use it! )

The only thing I've found so far that is cost-effective is to buy Swiss chocolate in bulk, but I'd much prefer to purchase something a bit more, shall we say "lasting". Given that my original idea was to purchase fridge magnets, you can see that obviously it needn't be anything fancy. This is definitely a case of "it's the thought that counts."

Anywho. If anyone has ANY ideas whatsoever, I'd greatly, GREATLY appreciate it. Depending on where you live, I might event be able to repay good ideas with beer.

HeatherM

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I always have trouble thinking what i can give to family and friends at christmas or as gifts when i go back to England for a visit then one year i made a load of Amaretti cookies from betty bossi (but i dont follow the exact receipt and everybody loves them) its hard work but cheap and everybody loves them more because you have made an effort and its something personal from you
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Sorry i know they will not last forever but its the thought that counts and also nobody i know in England had every heard or tasted something like them before i brought them over so for me and my family they are from Switzerland.

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Thanks very much for your help Nathu! I've already used ifolor to get some things printed to take home, and have been very pleased with their service. The magnets from supermagnete.ch are just the type of thing I've been looking for.

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Great ideas Nathu! Sounds like you're sorted Heather!

On a similar note, I thought it would be nice to pop a little Swiss chocolate or two inside the Christmas cards that I'm sending to friends that live abroad. In Globus, I found these chocolates:



Inside the box there are around 40 individually wrapped pieces of chocolate. They're like the neopolitan chocolates that you get given in cafés with your coffee, only a bit nicer. I'm hoping that they'll be small enough to go unnoticed in the envelopes by customs and/or hungry/thieving postmen!
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Thanks for the thanks everybody.

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On a similar note, I thought it would be nice to pop a little Swiss chocolate or two inside the Christmas cards that I'm sending to friends that live abroad. In Globus, I found these chocolates
Sweets in a tin can are a good christmas present I think! But there's nothing cheaper than 10 Fr. (except the mentioned Ricolas ). Besides Globus, there are some other shops selling them:

Läckerli-Huus for the traditional Basel cookies
Sprüngli for chocolate and pastries of all kinds

Not a tin can but the Lindor chocolate balls are in high demand here, during christmas (17 Fr. a box in Coop).
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Swiss German Jass card deck with cross on the back 25 Fr./10 sets (I'm sure you can print out some instructions that you'll find on the web, too )

Avid jasser here i can try and write some english rules but i only know Schieber( mit Weis) Coiffeur and einzelschieber but if it helps................
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