It doesn't matter in which foreign city (or state) your friends and relatives live or visit.
There's ALWAYS something that they can get where they are or where they're visiting that you CANNOT get where you are and that is faaaaar superior to any comparable product in your locale.
I've sent family and friends for chewing gum (England), face cream (England), burn cream, chocolate and marzipan (all Switzerland). Don't even get me started on Israel....
I've shlepped back for others ginger ale from South Bend, Indiana, seltzer and candy from London and various medicinals from Zurich. (Why do I always seem to get stuck with the liquids??). Oh, and I've also carted peanut butter - and if you've never done the same, it may interest you to know that peanut butter has been known to show up as explosives in TSA scans...
What is it about the unattainable product? The very same things that we crave are the things that our foreign counterparts seek to replace with our versions. And yet, there is that excitement of snagging that just out of reach item once in a while.
Look at these cool socks that I cajoled my dear friend Sharon into bringing back for me from Marks & Spencer in London. They were my Chanukah present to Avram and I couldn't find them anywhere in America. They remind me so much of him. They APPEAR plain and classic on the outside, but you never know what hides just out of sight ;) .
What do YOU send friends and family for - and from where?
What have you been asked to bring over - or bring back?