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Apr 22, 2010 12:06 PM

Cheap Gifts-Undoubtedly Canadian

I'm headed to Mexico and like giving token gifts in addition to tips to resort staff as well as just all the nice folks we meet when we travel. I was thinking Hawkins Cheesies? (not even sure if they are Canadian?) I also have some Maple Syrup and Icewine Tea that I bought at Winners for $5/each. I would like the gifts to be around $2-5 each (the cheaper the better!) and easily packable. Any other ideas?

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  1. I brought maple sugar candy that I got from St. Lawrence Market to Peru and it went over pretty well. I'm looking for other ideas too though... thanks for posting this!

    St. Lawrence Market
    92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

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    1. re: Manybears

      Maple syrup candies...yes good one.

    2. Maple syrup products (sauces, glazes, cookies, but especially sugar candies) are definitely a great idea - bonus points if they're shaped like a maple leaf. If you can get smoked salmon across, that makes a nice host gift. For less perishable ideas, try things like first nations art prints, or bring a few loonies and toonies... the coins are popular with kids, and cheaper than maple syrup!

      This may sound unusual, but try bringing a few small Cadbury's milk chocolate bars. The formulations used in warmer climates are different (higher cocoa content, more powdery to deal with the heat and humidity), so we find that this is surprisingly popular. When I travel to warm places, I trade chocolate candy bars with the locals... grass is greener, I guess.

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      1. re: Underdog Rally

        I want to get Cadbury bars. I'm worried about the bus ride from the airport to the resort or under the plane. I might have some melty bars! But VERY good idea. I will have to risk it.

          1. re: magic

            this may sound like a stupid question but are smarties Canadian?

            1. re: food face

              Yes. "Smarties" in the US are like rocket candies.

              1. re: food face

                Unless I'm mistaken Smarties are not sold outside Canada.

                If I'm correct on this they might make an interesting and tasty gift that is uniquely Canadian.

                1. re: magic

                  When I grew up in HK, I have always had Smarties, the same ones as the ones in Canada.

                  But you are right that Smarties are not available in the US, don' t know about Mexico.

                  1. re: cecilia

                    Lots of places in the world sell Smarties, even if the US doesn't. Nestle is big in the Commonwealth.

              2. re: magic

                Smarties are a pretty brilliant suggestion, magic... inexpensive, minimally melty, and big fun-factor.

            2. This may sound weird but I have a friend who always gets requests for tins of Tim Horton's coffee when she travels, especially to Phillipines and Hong Kong. They like it even more than other things because they can keep these "Canadian" cans as souvenirs after the coffee is gone.

              The other thing that makes a great gift are those uniquely Canadian potato chip flavours, like ketchup and dill pickle.

              1. How about chocolate-coated blueberries? I just saw little bags of Brookside's going for $3.19 each at Loblaws.