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Mar 30, 2014 06:05 PM

Suggest a hostess gift for someone living in a small European city?

What would a frum host living in a small community on the continent appreciate my bringing? I'll be a dinner guest in their home between now and Pesach.

Possibly there is something Pesachdik that they would enjoy, but not be able to get in the small community (within the EU; they have the basics) where they live?

Or just something uniquely American, kosher and wonderful.

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  1. If your host is English speaking let me suggest Former UK Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks' New Haggadah.
    It will make an extremely educational and beautiful gift that will hopefully remind your host of you for many years to come.

    1. A nice bottle of wine would probably be appreciated. In college, there was one wine store in my city that carried a red by Yarden and that was it. The owner found the concept of Israeli wine but it didn't sell enough to carry more than a few bottles of that one type.

      There might have been a better selection in Amsterdam but the train ticket was too pricey to make it worth while.

        1. re: DeisCane

          Those almond kisses are only good for nostalgia's sake, if that. I bought them on sale last year, and I was far from impressed. They were definitely not the Barton's almond kisses of my youth.

          1. re: queenscook

            Sometimes, a person far from home needs nostalgia more than anything else.

            1. re: DeisCane

              I don't disagree. I even saved the tins to put other stuff in, again for nostalgia's sake.

              1. re: queenscook

                I use old Almond Kisses tins on several desks as pencil holders. My children and grand kids still want the almond kisses every year, usually at breakfast as they are dairy, but I agree they are not what they used to be when I was in charge of the Barton's candy sale at our shul maybe 30 years ago.

              2. re: DeisCane

                You're assuming the hosts are American, and that this would evoke memories for them. If they're not, then it would just be mediocre candy.

                1. re: zsero

                  No, zsero, I was speaking for myself.

          2. My hosts are Europeans, whom I have never met. American KLP chocolates do seem like a good idea. So, not Bartons? Which chocolates are good?

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            1. re: AdinaA

              Everyone always loves Viennese crunch

              1. re: AdinaA

                Carrying chocolate from America to Europe seems a bit like carrying coals to Newcastle. But if you'll be in a major European city with more kosher options before coming to this town, you might get something there. A nice wine, if nothing else looks good.

                1. re: zsero

                  I was thinking the same. If I buy eating chocolate at all on Pesach, it's Swiss. (I do buy American chocolate chips, though, if I need chips.)

                  1. re: queenscook

                    It's not always easy to find specialty KFP stuff (or K stuff for that matter!) when traveling, even in a "major European city."

              2. A box of assorted KFP spices maybe? If you can get it through customs. Maybe a box or two of quinoa??

                Seriously, we had a houseguest once who had a gourmet kosher spice company in her community and she brought us an assortment of their spices. (It was not Pesach.) It was lovely because it was from her city so it felt very personal.