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I am supposed to pack gifts, and I am having a harder time, because most of the stuff is already available in India, and the rule of thumb is gift them something that is not readily available there. I will be traveling in April, so chocolates and all would probably melt away in a few days. Any chocolates/food-stuff that can last for 10-20 days in indian heat?

Please be really specific, if possible. For example, if you say lotion, please do mention what kind. Herbal? Some specific big brands (the ones that are not readily acceptable in India)?

We have like 4 sets of joint families with around 15 women and 15 men and uncountable children. I am not even going to bother about giving gifts to men and children, but I do want to make sure all women receive gifts.

EDIT: I forgot to mention my budget. Well, I can spend like $20 per JOINT family on average, as it may vary depending on how many women are part of that joint family.

Edit: family background is moderately urban. They do not live in a metro city but visit metros often. It's a medium-sized city I guess?
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Gift ideas

I have spent a large amount of time mining India Mike for gift ideas possible suggestions I found:
-Postcards etc from your home state
-Pictures of your home, family etc [particulary since you are giving it to family]
-perfume/cologne [even just samples - nice token gift if you bring things for the kids]
-bath and body works type lotion sets
-makeup for women [my Indian female friends in Mumbai seem to consider Loreal/covergirl to be great brands]
-for men - maglite or similar flashlights; nice lighters
-kids: toys/clothes that are "american" - ie: Old Navy or the Gap t-shirts etc [difficult if you do not know how many kids, size etc] or school supplies that are different from local products [american flag pens, pencils etc/ large packs of crayola crayons or pencil crayons]
-if you are from Vermont or a similar area perhaps maple syrup hard candies

numerous threads are available on this issue - you may get better suggestions from them
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Perfume maybe? Don't know brands.
I like to receive perfumes
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I would not pack gifts, but buy gifts such as boxes of candy or flowers once you arrive. Food items such as nuts, dried fruit, and gift packages of an assortment of snacks would be good choices as well. These are items that I saw being given often, and seemed to be acceptable. I went to a lot of trouble to choose unique items, many were those already suggested. I can't honestly say that it seemed to make much difference, and local candy or flowers would be within your budget, plus a lot less hassle than taking gifts with you.
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Originally Posted by scullygirl View Post I would not pack gifts, but buy gifts such as boxes of candy or flowers once you arrive. Food items such as nuts, dried fruit, and gift packages of an assortment of snacks would be good choices as well. These are items that I saw being given often, and seemed to be acceptable. I went to a lot of trouble to choose unique items, many were those already suggested. I can't honestly say that it seemed to make much difference, and local candy or flowers would be within your budget, plus a lot less hassle than taking gifts with you.
no, these are the relatives that would openly ask me "What did you bring me from USA?", so it seems important I take something from here.
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These days most of the stuff which earlier used to be coveted from "foren" is available in India. Your relatives(if they live in a major metro) can shop for most of the things that you would get them at similar prices.

Even perfumes(expensive ones like chanel etc) or watches like G-shock or Citizen ecodrives etc are almost the same price. This items used to be highly coveted from a relative from abroad earlier.

The things you bring them will be prized based on the fact that you remembered them and took the trouble to shop and pack those things for them.

The following things seem to work well -
1. bath and body works lotions shampoos etc
2.small sized(30-50 ml)medium budget perfumes - tommy hilfinger, ralph lauren etc
3. Souvenir T-shirts for kids(Take the largest size if you dont know the size)
4. wall/desk calanders from a scenic place near your home
5. chocolates(Twix or Mars will do) - even if the same brand is available in India.
6. colourful beach bags
7. hannah montana pencil pouches etc for little girls
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hi friend,
you can give each family a cute shaped collage photos.
i think it will be in your budget and also they will remember this gift for a long time.
may be some money you can save and buy something more to give them...
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This question crops up very often. And yes every thing which were once coveted as Nayan says is now available. I bought a digital SLR from Bangkok in Jan and on return I found Canon has launched the same model and the price is Rs.2500/- less!!!!
The nature of gifts depend very much on the family back ground, so it is worth mentioning. Chocolates and ladies bond well, so this is a safe bet. Liquor chocolates are hard to find in India but again depends on the family back ground.
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Originally Posted by nayan View Post These days most of the stuff which earlier used to be coveted from "foren" is available in India. Your relatives(if they live in a major metro) can shop for most of the things that you would get them at similar prices.

Even perfumes(expensive ones like chanel etc) or watches like G-shock or Citizen ecodrives etc are almost the same price. This items used to be highly coveted from a relative from abroad earlier.

The things you bring them will be prized based on the fact that you remembered them and took the trouble to shop and pack those things for them.

The following things seem to work well -
1. bath and body works lotions shampoos etc
2.small sized(30-50 ml)medium budget perfumes - tommy hilfinger, ralph lauren etc
3. Souvenir T-shirts for kids(Take the largest size if you dont know the size)
4. wall/desk calanders from a scenic place near your home
5. chocolates(Twix or Mars will do) - even if the same brand is available in India.
6. colourful beach bags
7. hannah montana pencil pouches etc for little girls
chocolates will melt away =/ do you know any chocolates that are extra hard or something?

do you know any dry fruits/nuts/etc that are not so expensive here but are way too expensive/unavailable in India?
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chocolate

Chocolates can be frozen, pull from the freezer moments before departure to the airport and packed in a cooler bag. At many of the large grocery stores here in Canada you will find insulated grocery bags in the freezer section, essentially they are a bag made of silver bubble wrap / that or a normal soft sided cooler should work. It will keep things in good shape for the flight and likely for the first family.

Instead of chocolate how about hard candies such as Werthers hard caramels or even tootsie rolls etc that do not melt - or M&M's (get soft inside but the candy coating keeps them intact)
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Lightbulb

This did just come up very recently and the person decided to bring a selection of lotions from Bath & Body Works. (Not my idea but I'm stealing it).

I think this is a very good idea because you can get the small 2 oz. size lotions and get them in a big variety of fragrances. They are good quality, nicely packaged and not too expensive. The shop is in just about every mall, large & small in the U.S. You might find a few other small but nice things that the women would like, fancy lip stuff with minty smells. They always have sales clerks that will help you also.

They are all nice things that any woman of any age would enjoy. Browse around the store. They also have soaps. Huge variety of nice things. If you buy any lotions, make sure they are inside plastic bags. I find that flying sometimes makes things squeeze out of bottles a bit.

You can find most fruits & nuts in India at a cheaper price than the U.S. I wouldn't bring them.
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Originally Posted by pearlish View Post do you know any dry fruits/nuts/etc that are not so expensive here but are way too expensive/unavailable in India?
Pecans! Hazelnuts! Those Spanish "Marcona" almonds you can buy at Costco (also the place to get pecans in big bags). Dried pears or nectarines, cherries or cranberries!

As far as I know, none of the above are available in India.

Dr. Bronner's peppermint (or lavender) soap might be a nice gift, too ... I like it better than most shower gels as it rinses off better and the scent of everything at Bath & Body Works makes me ill.
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Originally Posted by wonderwomanusa View Post Pecans! Hazelnuts! Those Spanish "Marcona" almonds you can buy at Costco (also the place to get pecans in big bags). Dried pears or nectarines, cherries or cranberries!As far as I know, none of the above are available in India.

Dr. Bronner's peppermint (or lavender) soap might be a nice gift, too ... I like it better than most shower gels as it rinses off better and the scent of everything at Bath & Body Works makes me ill.
Good idea to check out Costco, if you are a member.

Uh oh! My house will make you ill I have at least 3 different Bath & Body Works lotions! I'll put them away if you come visit. They also sell C.O. Bigalow products, which you might like, which are from a famous NYC Pharmacy in Greenwich Village. More lemon & Minty smells. Expensive, so I wait for them to go on sale.
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anybody knows how much pistachio costs per kg in India?

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