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kingconquerer


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I'm not used to doing so, but could someone suggest any ideas on what to bring as a gift from the US to a Brazilian family I'll be staying with in about a month. For those who've done so before, share with me what you've brought if you don't mind.

Thanks...

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Macunaima


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Wherever I go, I usually like to bring people stuff they can't easily get in their countries. When I come back to Brazil from trips, that usually means books, CDs, bottles of wine, luxury foods, folk arts, cool t-shirts... Stuff like that.

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mooseboy84


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a bag full of cash.

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Macunaima


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That would also do very nicely, Mooseboy.

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kingconquerer


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Hey Mooseboy, if I bring a bag full of cash, best believe I'm leaving with that same bag of cash. LOL

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Popozuda



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I always make the same mstake when I go back to my family. I bring a lot of stuff that I usually paid good money for. The fact is they dont exspect you to bring a lot. So maybe for the wemon get some lotions and stuff that smells good like at Bath and Body Works and maybe some t-shirts that say USA on it. Also this is a good one.....
The new quarters with the back on them. Give them each one of your state or of New York. Because New York is famos . That is cheap and they will like it. Also maybe if you could find some watches that have floaty things in them... (water then something that floats..anything cute). ...... they LOVED that when I brought that. Also candy... everyone enjoys that. I just bought a bag at Costco of assorted candy. nothing fancy! They loved it
Good luck

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Patinho



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This more of a personalized gift because my freind works for her father's company. He distributes NESTLE products in the Nordeste, among other things. Anyway... I don't know if it's the same for all parts of the country, but my freinds can never get Hershey products where they live.  So I always bring thier favorite American goodies. My freind gets a bag of Hershey's Cookies & Cream candy bars, her sisiter gets Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, her brother gets a T-Shirt, her father a T-shirt also, and Godiva chocolates for her mother. The fact that her father sells NESTLE products and that thier favorite happens to be Hershey (which I bring) is always a funny topic of conversation.

Another idea is to cook a typical American meal for the family. When my freind was in America she loved chili and barbeque (which are separate food groups where I live.) So on my first trip I was asked to bring a can of chili for her and a bottle of bar-b-q sauce. Yea, well that was great... but canned chili? Kinda sucked right?
So before my next trip, I perfected one bar-b-q dish and learned to make some awesome chili. When I got there, my freind asked if I brought it... when I said "no" she was a little disappointed....until a couple of days later I made chili for the whole family and on the weekend I went to work on the grill with a good bottle of bar-b-q marinade. Both were a big hit (or maybe they just wanted me to feel good, lol).

Good luck.

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krista



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i'd suggest something more original...not just some generic stuff that everyone brings anyway.
What part of US are you from? Perhaps you could find something that's specific to your state? Think of something you would bring to a family on the other side of US... This would be so much more fun than just the first random thing you pick up from K-mart...
I'm in New England myself, and when I went for the first time, I asked the local people here, and they told me to bring maple syrup.. So I got this really cute bottle.. But really, every part of US is so special and different and you could make your gift so much more special just by choosing something more interesting.
good luck!!!
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patinho- I'm not a big fan of Hershey's at all...but I must agree with one thing you said - GODIVA!!! ahh...

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Boricua


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When I was 18 I did a similar thing with a family in Spain, it was sorta of a swapping. The girl of the family spent the summer in my parents summer home in the Hamptons and I spent the summer with her family in Barcelona.  It was exciting to say the least. I think she had a good time, anyways. She brought these pastas, and Spainard silver of some sort for my parents. I in turn just cooked Puerto Rican food and bought an "I love NY" shirt, the husband must've worn that shirt the entire summer. I had to beg my parents to go back to NYC where I had bought the original and send me 4 more shirts. I keep in contact with her and her family to this day, and just last year I sent her family some more shirts lol. I say be simple, simplicity seems to always work lol. Perhaps cook for them, maybe even bring them a cd that represents American music, like Jazz or something nothing hard though. Maybe some American brand of sandels or something sweet, simple, and memorable. But whatever you do let it be simple. No American flags lol. Just something symbolic perhaps of who you are, or where you come from city wise.

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