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What's inexpensive that I can buy in London that I can't buy in America?

Going to London on a very quick and dirty business trip next week. I'd like to acomplish two things. 1) Bring my friend, a French foodie living in Brixton, something from America that she might find difficult or can't get there (value up to $50-$100) and 2) pick up some thing(s) for myself as a cool souvenir that I can't get over here. [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie on Oct 26, 2013 - 38 answers

Help me think of Baltimore-themed non-perishable food items

We live in and are getting married in Baltimore. Most folks will be coming from out-of-town (generally West Coast or Midwest), and we want to showcase our super cool city as best we can. As wedding favors, we plan to make gift bags of unique Baltimore food items. So far, we've got Zeke's coffee, Berger cookies, and Old Bay seasoning (not that anyone really wants Old Bay). We will serve pit beef and crab cakes at the wedding, but, for obvious reasons, can't include them in the gift bag. What are we missing?
posted by robot vacuum on Sep 20, 2013 - 15 answers

Should I just ask for a fake-Gucci purse or what?

My friend is going to Malaysia and the Phillipines for a business trip and wants to bring me back some souvenirs. Let's ignore what I might normally like and just phrase it as "What is some cool stuff that he could bring back?" [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Oct 8, 2012 - 10 answers

Need a Chicago Brick and Mortar Store with Obama Merchandise

Obama SWAG in Chicago---where can I get some fast and in person? Leaving for Ethiopia in a matter of days and I've received a request from someone there for anything "Obama"...t-shirt, pins, posters, etc. But I don't have much time and anything ordered from the campaign store online will not arrive in time (they don't have an option for faster shipping.) Are there any brick and mortar stores in Chicago where I can pick something up?
posted by jeanmari on Feb 22, 2012 - 14 answers

Not Marmite, we already have that

Gift/Souvenir ideas from the UK? [more inside]
posted by midnightbarber on Oct 6, 2011 - 12 answers

In France they kiss on Main Street

What should I ask for from Paris? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Aug 29, 2011 - 28 answers

Where can I find royal wedding mugs in London?

Where in London can I still find nice-ish but not super expensive Royal Wedding mugs? I need to bring back a few as souvenirs for some family members, but I don't have time to just stop in at every souvenir store in central London. [more inside]
posted by MadamM on Jun 16, 2011 - 10 answers

American equivalent of a royal wedding tea towel?

What tacky, uniquely American gifts/souvenirs should I bring from the US to the UK? [more inside]
posted by narcotizingdysfunction on Apr 2, 2011 - 24 answers

Given globalization, what are the very best souvenirs to bring back from abroad?

What are the very best things to bring back as souvenirs from outside the U.S.? It seems that the things I used to request from traveling friends (Petit Bateu shirts from Paris, weird candy from Japan, Elnett hairspray from Europe in general, etc.) are now just as easy to get in the U.S. as they are elsewhere, thanks to the internet/globalization/changing FDA regulations. But surely there must still be amazing things out there that are impossible to find stateside (or in the case of cosmetics, not FDA approved). What are they?
posted by hels on Mar 24, 2011 - 25 answers

London Tube buttons?

Does the London Underground have an equivalent souvenir product to the Toronto subway buttons? [more inside]
posted by Schlimmbesserung on Aug 30, 2010 - 7 answers

Souvenirs from Japan?

My dad is heading to Japan. I think he'll be in the Tokyo area. He's offered to try and find interesting stuff that's hard to get over here. Thing is, I'm not sure what to ask for or where to have him try and look… [more inside]
posted by caphector on Jul 19, 2010 - 23 answers

food souvenirs you can't get online

So remember when people used to travel they'd bring back native treats from the places they'd go as souvenirs? With the internet, it seems that many of these things are available online. So sad. Know any treats you still have to go and get? (USA only) [more inside]
posted by SarahWriter on Jul 6, 2010 - 50 answers

Gifts from Nara, Japan?

My husband is leaving for Japan today, staying in Nara and spending a bit of time in Tokyo. Any suggestions on interesting gifts for me and/or friends he could bring home (other than your normal Japanese souvenirs)?
posted by blake137 on Jun 4, 2010 - 14 answers

Cool things in Italy?

My folks have gone to Italy for vacation. What are some interesting, well-crafted things that I could ask them to bring back? [more inside]
posted by archagon on Apr 9, 2010 - 11 answers

What to buy in Montreal?

Hubby is spending a week in Montreal. What should he bring back to Italy (so me and the kids can forgive him for leaving us all alone in Valentine's day)? [more inside]
posted by uauage on Feb 14, 2010 - 25 answers

Good gifts from Boston?

Looking for ideas for interesting gifts/souvenirs/foods that I can buy in the Boston area and bring to friends and relatives in other parts of the country. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Jul 22, 2009 - 21 answers

My fish smells like fish!

How do I get my shells to stop smelling like fish? [more inside]
posted by dame on Mar 1, 2009 - 4 answers

Best Chicago Souvenirs

Can you recommend some good Chicago souvenirs? [more inside]
posted by tenaciousd on Aug 8, 2008 - 13 answers

I want to swap stuff

I would really really love to exchange souvenirs from all over the world. [more inside]
posted by leigh1 on Apr 12, 2008 - 11 answers

What cool things should I buy in New Orleans?

Going to be in New Orleans for the next 36 hours. Please recommend to me unique NOLA gifts I can bring back home to my friends and colleagues! [more inside]
posted by melorama on Apr 8, 2008 - 29 answers

Eat and drink Canada

What nummy items should I ask my SO to bring back from Canada? [more inside]
posted by jamaro on Oct 10, 2006 - 81 answers

Mom went to Alaska, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt!

My mother is going to Alaska and wants to being back unique "Alaskan" souvenirs for the family. [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel on May 24, 2006 - 16 answers

What souvenir should I ask for from Scotland/England?

SouvenirFilter: Sister-in-law and her husband are going to Scotland/England for a week. They asked what should they bring us (me and wife) back? any cool suggestions? Less then $10US and easy to find, but the more odd the better.
posted by ShawnString on Dec 12, 2004 - 14 answers

Where are the 'moon trees' located?

'Moon trees' were trees grown from seeds that orbited the moon onboard Apollo 14. Two trees were given to each US state to honor the bicentennial festivities in 1976 but no list of locations was kept. Now a NASA scientist is trying to track them down. I'd like to find one in Rhode Island but he's missing quite a few. Anyone know of one not on his list?
posted by jwells on Jul 7, 2004 - 11 answers

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