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Old 08.03.2007, 21:52
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Giving gifts, buying gifts

Anything uniquely American that the Swiss might appreciate as a small gift?

Anything uniquely Swiss that I should bring back home?
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Old 08.03.2007, 21:59
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Re: Giving gifts, buying gifts

Who is the recipient?
I would suggest souvenirs or food that you can't get in Switzerland (eg. Maple Candy, Marshmallow Fluff, Maple Syrup, Peanut Butter, different typles of Candy Bars).
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Old 08.03.2007, 22:14
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Re: Giving gifts, buying gifts

How about a lump of Swiss earth?
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Old 08.03.2007, 22:19
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Re: Giving gifts, buying gifts

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How about a lump of Swiss earth?
That might be confiscated in customs....

How about a Swiss Army Knife? Chocolate?
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Re: Giving gifts, buying gifts

Dirt or anything from a farm would get you a lengthy interrogation at US customs.

Things like Lindt chocolate, Toblerone, and Swiss army knives are commonly available in the US. I suppose there are special chocolate brands not available in the US. I'll look for some.

Are small gifts for Swiss business associates customary, such as in Japan?
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Re: Giving gifts, buying gifts

When going to the U.S., I always take Ragusa, a typically Swiss type of nougat, and Kinder-Überraschungseier, i.e., chocolate eggs that contain a little plastic egg with a toy to put together. They are not available in the U.S. for liability reasons, and everyone loves them, children and adults alike.

The other way, I have very specific shopping orders or I bring practical things that one cannot get here.

I have never given or received any gifts in a business context.

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Re: Giving gifts, buying gifts

For colleagues at work: Depending on the time schedule / time between arrival and seeing the people, bring bagels or cookies. Or just ask the people whether there is something they would like from the U.S. / from Switzerland.

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