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Taking things to our American friends


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#1 emily88

Posted 10 October 2012 - 02:50 PM

Funny or iconic things to take to our friends in America in their late 20's. So far have Vegemite, 'the castle' movie, Aussie lonely planet maybe? Ideas please, what's truely Aussie for a bit of a gag??

#2 UncommonSense

Posted 10 October 2012 - 02:54 PM

TimTams!

#3 CallMeFeral

Posted 10 October 2012 - 02:54 PM

A stuffed Koala made in China wink.gif

#4 Elippo

Posted 10 October 2012 - 02:54 PM

Tim Tams are always a hit! And maybe some Eucalyptus oil

#5 EsmeLennox

Posted 10 October 2012 - 02:55 PM

An esky.

Pavlova/lamingtons (or the recipes).

A toy koala/kangaroo.

A meat pie.

#6 SMforshort

Posted 10 October 2012 - 02:58 PM

The Australian Geographic shop sells some nice wooden drink coasters in the shapes of native animals.

#7 WYSIWYG

Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:03 PM

Didgeridoo
Boomerang
Australian Beer or Wine

#8 FeralFerretOfDoom

Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:07 PM

Lifesaver cap

Chesty Bond singlet

Hat with corks

#9 KT1978

Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:10 PM

Vb.

#10 ThatsNotMyName

Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:23 PM

Stubby coolers with Australiana motif?
Pavlova eggs?
Oz rock cd?


#11 Leafprincess

Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:29 PM

Double duty gift : Caramello koalas

1) only sold in Oz
2) it's a koala

Anything from National Geographic

#12 MrsLexiK

Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:31 PM

Just check the import rules for vegimite it was banned a little while ago.

#13 Zahhy

Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:34 PM

QUOTE (UncommonSense @ 10/10/2012, 03:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
TimTams!


Do they not have TimTams in other countries? ohmy.gif
The world is deprived!

Edited by Tonberry, 10 October 2012 - 03:34 PM.


#14 WhatWouldBuffyDo?

Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:37 PM

QUOTE (Tonberry @ 10/10/2012, 03:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Do they not have TimTams in other countries? ohmy.gif
The world is deprived!


Pepperidge Farm distibute Tim Tams in America, (i bought some at Target) but they are only for a few months of the year.

I can second the Tim Tams - the (mostly) Americans in a large online community I belong to LOVE Tim Tams when we bring/send them over.



#15 Danzie

Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:38 PM

I sent my Canadian cousin the tackiest, non-absorbent tea towel I picked up from a $2 shop with map of Australia and native animals etc all around the edge and she loved it and sent me a pic of it hanging in her kitchen.........or was she just being polite hmmmmm.....

#16 MissNess

Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:40 PM

We bought TimTams in Hawaii last year - they have them just not under the same makers name as us

How can you go past a good old Aussie themed tea-towel? Or for something a bit quirky there are a few sellers online that have made cushion covers out of original tea-towels from the 60's and 70's

#17 EsmeLennox

Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:50 PM

Or one of those tacky souvenir teaspoons.

#18 CallMeFeral

Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:57 PM

They don't have Cherry Ripes overseas I think - talk about losing out!

#19 YankDownUnder

Posted 10 October 2012 - 04:14 PM

QUOTE (Leafprincess @ 10/10/2012, 04:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Double duty gift : Caramello koalas

1) only sold in Oz
2) it's a koala

Absolutely this.  Not only is it unique, but yummy.  Americans have no idea what they're missing out on when it comes to Aussie chocolate.

Another thing that is so yummy and Aussie are those animal biscuits from Coles - the ones in Australian animal shapes.  I am seriously addicted to those and hope to bring back a case full when we return to the US.

Vegemite is always good for a gag (literally), but buy the smallest containers possible as your chance of finding an American who can stomach the stuff are next to nil. laughing2.gif

Non-food stuff is hard.  I guess any kitschy koala/kangaroo/wombat, etc. thingy will do.  That's sort of expected, though.  I did buy some copies each of illustrated children's books of "Waltzing Matilda" and "The Man From Snowy River" to give to people when we go back, but that's just because I love them and want to spread the word.

#20 aimayi

Posted 10 October 2012 - 04:18 PM

A kangaroo scrotum bottle opener.

#21 Ice Queen

Posted 10 October 2012 - 04:29 PM

Take them a packet of Allens Chico Men and watch their faces.   ohmy.gif  My brother lived in the Us and had a heap of Allens lollies that he brought back after a holiday.  His US friends sighted them and thought they were the most shocking things they had ever seen!!!  

Apparently black men are not made into lollies in the US....... unsure.gif

#22 bunnee

Posted 10 October 2012 - 04:30 PM

Nothing beats a good old Aussie Tea Towel
http://www.souvenirsaustralia.com/category13_1.htm

#23 FeralFerretOfDoom

Posted 10 October 2012 - 04:45 PM

Diary of a Wombat is a good book to give - it's always been well received by our friends / rellies.

#24 emily88

Posted 10 October 2012 - 04:49 PM

Wow thankyou so much everyone, I have sooo many ideas now. I had no idea tim tams and caramello koalas weren't in America..or chicos Tounge1.gif Is it true no twisties aswell?

#25 skylark

Posted 10 October 2012 - 04:58 PM

The Magic Pudding book is what I give. My husband does most of his business in the US, so I  had to come up with a "business gift".






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