Every year around this time I am informed that I again failed at holiday gift giving. The informant is not so blunt. But the message is there.
People who receive dried snacks or exotic wooden carved images that I discovered in Chinatown sigh in wonder over the possibility that they could have received something more New Yorkish rather than something imported into New York. The same goes for exotic oils and sauces from Italy and France. Oh, you couldn't find anything from New York, I hear echoing in the faint thanks.
I refuse to buy NYC icon trinkets. Great apes on tall building and uplifted torches. Besides, I once sent someone something made of plastic representing a US icon which turned out to be made in a factory only a few miles from the person I sent it to in China. But the thought is what counts, they laughingly said as the told me of warehouses filled with boxes of trinkets bound for our shore.
OK, for next year I want to be ready. Something that would be in stores in Oct/Nov and can be reasonably packed for shipping to other countries.
What do you suggest?
PS: I have already wore out sending apple cider spices (no appropriate apple juice to put the spice in in Japan) and apple butter. In fact the only thing I have come up with that is sorta USofA is jellies and jams and honeys. I hear they have them still sitting in the cabinets and fridge, crystalizing.
Help me be a better gift giver.