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Gift for Friend? What does the US have that you don't?

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Hello all! Hoping you can help me out. My buddy moved back to New Zealand a few years ago, but her mom is back visiting and has offered to bring back some things to surprise her from her friends. Anything we have here that you don't?

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  1. On another thread, people suggested things from TJs which I thought was quite good.

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    1. re: c oliver

      TJ's... not sure we have that in Michigan.

      1. re: gastronomics

        They're in Ann Arbor, Royal Oak and Northville (I checked their site) but if it's not someplace your friend shopped, then it wouldn't work.

        1. re: c oliver

          Hmm... yeah. I'm in GR and that's where she lived too. :/

    2. Rye whiskey and bourbon are both much better in the states , and can be brought in ok.

      For a lot of foodstuffs you'll struggle with quarantine restrictions, but US candy - reeces pieces, cinnamon candy etc, should be fine and are hard to get.

      The range of hot sauces and liquid smokes is much better in the states, and dried mexican chiles are much more available at much better prices. Customs was fine with my bringing in unopened labelled packets of gaujillos, etc.

      Sorghum syrup is, to my knowledge ,completely unavailable in Aus, and might have made it to Michigan via the Ky connection.

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      1. re: lacemaker

        What food stuffs aren't allowed please?

        1. re: c oliver

          You will want to check NZ quarantine regulations specifically, and it will also depend on the attitude of the particular customs offices you get - best to declare everything and not to invest too much in anything you're uncertain about.

          Short version: you' can't bring in any fresh food of any kind, and for dried foods it's much better if they look commercially packaged and sealed. No fresh fruit or vegetables, no dairy, no meat.

          1. re: lacemaker

            Oh, I totally agree. I always do and so many people don't.