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From spending a year or so in Ireland as a student: Not much is "must buy" - it depends on who you are. I found my greatest "buys" in Ireland were experiences, rather than things. So here's my list: A ticket to see the Book of Kells at Trinity College in Dublin. For that matter, just wandering Dublin. A ticket to the Guinness Factory Tour. You said no ...


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You probably already noticed that Swedes love them candles, so a small candle holder might be a good idea. Here's a very typical Swedish design: These things run around 100-130 SEK (12-15 EUR) a pop -- not quite in your price range, but close. These are not very fragile and they'd stuff it with paper for you, so it's quite durable. If you want something ...


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Pepparkakor! Try to find a brand that is not in every Ikea store, though:


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This rather more than a "shopping answer", hopefully. How to determine if Jade is genuine: This webpage provides an excellent discussion of types of genuine jade and of non genuine alternatives. This page is also very useful Excellent characteristics table for Jade and other materials. A pocket spectrometer is possibly a really good tool. These are ...


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I am not sure if the machines still exist. But I have seen those being offered in Japanese Sex shops, for example in the Akihabara District in Tokyo. However, there is of course no telling if they are real. I can very well imagine that these are just normal panties, claimed to be used. For the vending machine itself, there are two things involved here: A ...


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I used to travel a lot I would say that you can also take: some handmade laces from Koniakow, what is a world known place with the tradition of over 200 years of lace making handmade christmas or eastern decorations made of straw - very light :D another option for you would be some amber. All thoses products you can find in "CEPELIA" in the shops ...


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If you want something different, Polish and light, it would be worth having a look at Polish paper cutting. A bunch of those will not weigh much and should definitely be a souvenir uniquely from Poland.


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You probably already took your trip, but for the benefit of others who may come along here are some addtions: For drinkers: Some variety of punsch, of which the Carlhamn's Flaggpunsch is probably the most common and recognizable variety. Can't miss its yellow color. A far more intriguing gift than Swedish vodka, which is easily found everywhere. Legendary ...


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The gift that to me would be most expressive of Sweden is the delahast, the little horse figurine. The advantage is that it's not edible, which is say that it is "durable." Here are some being made, the photo is from Wikipedia:


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Irish lace is pretty famous, and some curtains or doilies or the like would make a nice conversation piece. If you are a "world music" kind of person, there will undoubtedly be CDs you can get of music that you really can't get any other way. Irish cheese is quite famous, but you may or may not be able to import it to where you're headed (check in advance.) ...


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You risk significant penalties if you fail to declare items which you clearly know that you have in your baggage and which might even just possibly be covered by the rules. You clearly know you have the snakes and the sand, so you'd have no defence there. Sand MIGHT be deemed to be soil on a bad day in poor light by a customs officer with a hangover - and ...


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Generally speaking, if in doubt, you are supposed to declare the goods and ask customs officers, not assume it's OK until you get caught. Customs officers are not likely to look for pretexts to ignore the rules. Unless you are absolutely sure it's OK to import sand and bottled snakes in the EU, then you need to put it on any declaration form you have to ...


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You're affected by the laws of the country where you currently are. So if the country laws prohibit owning any specific flag - you'd better obey. Countries typically only care about their own flags. However the Wikipedia article you linked to describes use of flags and that doesn't include owning the flag. Common restrictions may include: prohibition of ...


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The first that comes to mind are the amazing ciders made in Sweden. The problem with liquor in general, is the weight of the bottles. The same could be said for the amazing Swedish jams. You would make me happy with something food related. Things like dried fruit, candy, dried sausages, or knackebrod comes to mind. Unfortunately for you, lakerol candy is ...


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A friend back from Ireland gave me a book. She stayed at Limerick. The book was a collection of limericks.



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