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« on: July 31, 2005 02:21:05 PM »

Hey there.  I have a friend who is moving to Germany next year and I'm making her a going away package.  I was wondering what kind of things I could include (gift cards or recommendations for places to check out [stores, restaurants, etc.], stuff that you look for in America that you can't get in Germany, basically necessities and other cool things).  I was also wondering if someone could buy me some stamps and various other things from Germany and I can pay for them.  Thanks!
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2005 11:11:11 PM »

To which city/region is your friend moving? That would help a lot with gathering useful information.
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2005 06:36:23 AM »

It's been 4 years since I lived in Germany, but here are a few things we couldn't get readily that she might miss from the U.S.:

- Ranch dressing (mix packets are good)
- Good tortilla chips + salsa, Mexican specialties in general
- Chocolate chips for baking cookies

A useful thing you could include if she likes to cook or bake is a cookbook with typical American recipes and a set of US measuring spoons and cups. (Believe me, trying to convert those recipes to metric is a pain.) It's fun to make stuff from "back home" for European friends. They were mystified by my jello mold...(which I don't even eat when in the U.S., by the way!)

Another idea - if she has a favorite craft, buy her a set of supplies. Chances are that they will be more expensive in Europe.
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2005 03:30:51 PM »

If she has a sweet tooth she might miss things like Reese's Cups, pop tarts etc.
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2005 11:33:55 AM »

It's fun to make stuff from "back home" for European friends. They were mystified by my jello mold...(which I don't even eat when in the U.S., by the way!)

I've also enjoyed making stuff from home.  Her new German friends will love it if she bakes them something typically 'american'.

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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2005 05:54:01 AM »

I've never been sick as often in my life as I've been since moving to Berlin. I had my mom send me 4 packs of Emergen-C!!!
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2006 08:02:12 AM »

well, if your friend is moving over here with the military, then there'll be american stores on base that have the american food you can't find on the economy. as for places to go, it depends on where in germany the friend is moving to

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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2008 04:40:32 AM »

If I came to Germany (actually I am from here) I would miss Hot white chocolate, you can't buy that here. And the tourists guides here are crap. I think the take themselves too serious.

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