I live in Vancouver, Canada and will be travelling to London and Paris for several weeks in October. I will be using Airbnb and CouchSurfing. I would like to bring some small gifts for my hosts and any other people who are particularly helpful or kind during my travels.
Ideally, these gifts will be small, inexpensive (preferably under $10), travel well (won't get crushed in my bag or suitcase), useful/consumable (I don't want to just give "stuff" for the sake of giving something), and something that is either a) recognizably Canadian/British Columbian/from Vancouver, or b) unusual/unavailable/hard to find in the UK and France.
Ideas I have considered:
- Small bottles of maple syrup (maybe somewhat expensive?)
- Canada lapel pins (not exactly useful)
- Individual bags of ketchup or all dressed chips (almost certainly going to be crushed in transit)