Care package for a friend in Bahrain
I'd like to send a little care package/thank you to a Canadian friend in Bahrain. Any ideas?
I realize there's a similar thread going for a food package to Paris, but Bahrain is a little different. I have absolutely no idea what she might be missing there, aside from maple syrup. Anybody?
My parents live in Bahrain and I visit a couple of times a year. I can honestly say that there are very few things that you can't find there. Bahrain is home to the 5th fleet of the US Navy so there is an abundance of American products that are readily available, and many Canadian and European products are common too. I definitely agree with your suggestion to send real maple syrup, the kind found there is usually Mrs Butterworth's or similar.
If she has a favorite brand of cookies (homemade would be even better!) or candy it might be nice to send those as they travel well. All the regular supermarket candies are available over there, but really good quality chocolate (Teuscher, Vosges) might be harder to come by. Don't bother with Godiva, Leonidas etc, those are pretty common in the Gulf. If there is a Canadian snack or baked good she likes that won't suffer too long on the journey she'll probably enjoy it. Items with nostalgic or kitschy appeal would be nice as well.
In addition, some non food related items like toiletries would probably go down well. Even if you end up sending something she has access to, it's the thought that counts and I'm sure she'll be thrilled with anything you send.
Thanks for your response - it was really helpful! I suspected that she might have access to a lot over there. I think I'll go with some local products, and maybe some chocolate and more obscure candy. And good idea about the homemade cookies. I'll see what I can do. I also like your idea of toiletries. I think I'll throw in a local magazine or two as well.
I miss many Canadian things though some American versions are available. Here are my suggestions if the actual Canadian product isn't available over there:
any PC sauce
Ketchup and Dill Pickle chips, Hickory Sticks
Jergens non-scented lotion
Smarties (plain m&ms don't cut it)
Twizzlers (US version of Twizzlers and Red Vines are horrific)
My care packages from Toronto cost a mint to send to me in LA, so I can't imagine the cost to Bahrain - you're a great friend.