package ideas for a European
February 17, 2008 8:55 PM Subscribe
Help me think of interesting American things to send to my European friend!
posted by Mael Oui to Grab Bag (52 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
A close friend who is English/Finnish and I have been sending small packages to each other for a few years. She has sent me phenomenal packages filled with British comedy dvds (I don't have the technology to reciprocate.. and she's not too interested in American entertainment) and various European sweets, and I've felt that the packages I've sent to her have been far less exciting. Though she's pretty well-traveled, she has never been to America and has seemed interested in sampling quintessential American foods (namely, the sorts of things that can be mailed internationally). I've mostly sent US candies, snacks, and other sorts of sweet stuff (cookies, etc), but I'm running out of ideas (and my non-edible ideas have been even more pathetic!). I feel like I've sent her 'junkier' foods than she has sent me, as well. Also, I've never been totally clear on which American foods are widely available in Europe.
I'm wondering if there are any expats (or people who have traveled a lot) who would be able to suggest foods (or other items that might be considered interesting that would also do well in the post) that are fairly unique to the US. Is there anything you love/miss that could be easily mailed that you can't seem to find in Europe? Also, if you were putting together a similar package (US to UK), what would you be sure to include in it (both edible and non-edible items)? I'm in the Philadelphia area, if that makes any difference.