Post # 1
My Fiance is off to Germany this coming weekend for business. I wanted to send with him some mini ‘Canadian’ items. They will be for approximately 8 persons. So I don’t want to do too much. It’s sort of like a “hello from Canada!” sort of thing.
So far, I can only come up with Maple syrup. (And that too, I have no idea where to get in the city. They have those in souvenir shops in Niagara which is F-A-R and super-expensive!) I am talking about the mini-bottles.
What else besides that can I send which speaks ‘Canada’?
Any Canadian bees to the rescue!? Or non-Canadian bees who’ve received Canadian gifts?
Post # 3
I think someone recently posted something similiar to this.
A few ideas that came up were maple syrup loli pops. I think you can go to china town (spadina area) and find a bunch of cool shops that have TONS of little nic naks.
Post # 4
Maybe little Canadian pins or flags? Smarties? I know in the US they don’t have them, not sure about Germany. The dollar store here, has a whole section of Canadian things. Like a ball with the Canadian flag on it, pencils, etc…
Here’s another post that may give you some ideas.
Post # 5
Oh may I add that it is all for men. (Yeah, the typical ‘boys club’)
Post # 6
@Sasha2011: oh men, ya don’t do lolli pops lol.
Post # 7
How about those maple cookies that are shaped like a maple leaf.
There are probably some convenience stores that have small souvenir items that you don’t even notice on a day to day basis. Especially right downtown by the CN tower etc.
Post # 8
Maybe a deck of cards with the maple leaf on them so they can have a poker night/your Fiance can teach them some Canadian/North American card games?
Post # 9
Shot glasses!? Lol guys do like to drink
Um I would definitely check out the dollar stores. But also check HBC stores like The Bay and Zellers for nice baseball caps or shirts. They are pretty good quality and don’t look like cheesy souvenir stuff.
Post # 10
ooo maybe mugs too! Everyone loves a mug!
Post # 11
I know that i have been to places that would sell mini maple syrup down town, but I dont remember where exactly they were. But I did find this place.
Hope that helps
Post # 12
Kraft peanut butter! It’s the best in the world and you can’t get it anywhere else! You could get one of the smaller jars of it.
Another thing that is common here but not elsewhere (well, maybe in the UK and Euro countries, I’m not sure)–Mr. Big bars and Wunderbars. Maybe you could focus on things that you can’t buy in other countries (not necessarily token Canada stuff.) Although if you did go the maple syrup route, you could get maple syrup flakes.
Post # 13
Does the Bay still have the Olympic mittens? There were some at mine a few weeks ago.
Post # 14
@azure6700: OMG do i ever miss me some Kraft peanut butter! i am living in the states for one year for internship and didn’t know certain common things were simply not available here! i grew up thinking the states had everything, LOL.
some dearly “Canadian” or perhaps Montreal things I miss are:
Kraft peanut butter
La Fontaine hummus
COFFEE CRISP – i freaked out Halloween when I couldn’t get any!
that’s all i got – probably not too helpful, sorry!
Post # 15
@dynamic_duo: I know! It’s so amazing that my fiance has to hide it from me! (I asked him to do this) My best friend ended up with a Canadian guy and it turns out that she makes him hide it from her, too!
We’re planning on eventually moving to the States, but when we do, we will for sure have to stock up on jars of it whenever we visit his family. No way can you go back to a lifetime of Skippy after tasting Kraft.