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Cheap Gifts-Undoubtedly Canadian

food face Apr 22, 2010 12:06 PM

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?

  1. Manybears Apr 22, 2010 01:08 PM

    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
      food face Apr 22, 2010 02:14 PM

      Maple syrup candies...yes good one.

    2. Underdog Rally Apr 22, 2010 02:48 PM

      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
        food face Apr 22, 2010 06:43 PM

        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: Underdog Rally
          magic Apr 22, 2010 10:43 PM

          Yeah maybe Smarties??

          1. re: magic
            food face Apr 23, 2010 01:58 AM

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

            1. re: food face
              cheesymama Apr 23, 2010 03:35 AM

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

              1. re: food face
                magic Apr 23, 2010 05:26 AM

                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
                  cecilia Apr 23, 2010 10:04 AM

                  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
                    morefoodplz Apr 23, 2010 06:02 PM

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

              2. re: magic
                Rabbit Apr 23, 2010 05:56 AM

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

                1. re: Rabbit
                  magic Apr 23, 2010 08:55 AM

                  thank ya!

            2. t
              Toronto Fastfoodie Apr 23, 2010 10:55 AM

              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. JamieK Apr 26, 2010 08:07 AM

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

                1. chef_vegabond Apr 26, 2010 08:13 AM

                  coffee crisp

                  1. l
                    lilaki Apr 26, 2010 09:13 AM

                    i brought clodhoppers (amongst other things) to my friend in LA. when she came up to visit, the first thing she asked for was "to be taken to the place that sells those cookie/chocolate thingys you brought for me".

                    here's my thread from last year: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5908...

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