Hiya. I live in BC, which is where I assume he lives (ish). If he loves the outdoors he will probably have everything and anything outdoorsy because they have everything here. The things my US friends and Canadian friends crave tend to all be food items. Walkers crisps, proper chocolate (Fruit and Nut is a fave). If he has a sense of humour you could try UK DVD stuff (Mighty Boosh went down well with friends here). Is he East or West Coast Canadian to begin with because East Coasters are far less easy to offend and have a more British sense of humour?
Do you think MrsTerryPratchett? We've found that in general BCers seem to cope pretty well with dh and my sarcky sense of humour. I'd say at least half of our friends have English roots.
I would agree with you on food, but avoid DVDs unless you are ordering them from a Canadian site (bloody expensive so I wouldn't recommend) as unless you have hacked your DVD player they won't accept UK DVDs.
Our friends have quite enjoyed silly tourist gifts from the UK, sticks of rock, union jack bling etc. You can get Cadburys chocolate here, likewise personally I think Lays are petty much the same as Walkers crisps - both are not quite the same but not radically different. Treacle toffee might work, or Kendall mint cake maybe - I've not seen anything similar here, and they are quite English I think.
Personally I only really miss English bacon and sausages, neither of which you could send
Yay, people replied! When I saw this thread sink last night, wasn't sure if that would be the last I'd see of it!
Thanks for the responses. It's someone on another forum, but if I asked on there, it would give the game away. I doubt very much if he's a MNetter (and I'm female, and married). I know nothing more about him, don't know if he is attached, or has a family, nothing.
So...Chocolate. Fruit & Nut. Can manage that, no trouble. There is also supposed to be a silly/fun element to this as well.
From what I've seen him post, he does seem to have a MN type of humour, though not sure how much he appreciates British humour. DVDs would be out because of the regions, but perhaps some music, or memorabilia would work, with a few silly union jack/rock/assorted daft stuff I find. I could send something related to the forum we're on as well, as there are a few in jokes (though not sure if he's been around there long enough to be in on them himself, but always nice to be included with that kind of thing.)
The island might be a bit more refined I guess. It tends to be where people retire to in my neck of the woods.
If I was going to send silly stuff to my family back home (not sure why I've not thought about it really) I might be inclined to send them some of the weird Old Dutch flavoured chips like All Dressed. So powerful!
My dh is from Croydon too. We fit in well here (although I am from Greenwich so obviously much more refined ). Our town is very blue collar, and most of my neighbours are truckers. We all have big bashed pick up trucks, and our lovely neightbours fix mine for me, last weekend my neighbour showed me how to change the tires and so I now feel both red neck and emowered I really enjoy living here.
Nothing wrong with either of those <twists self into revolved pigeon pose> I'd prefer a Nissan Leaf to the Prius, though. Prius is just kind of a stupid name. Sounds like a disease. "What do you drive?" "A Prius." "Oh, sorry to hear that."
Mmmmmmm... Galaxy chocolate with roasted caramelized hazelnuts... mmmmmm...
In fact I go out of my way not to wear that stuff. Can hardly bear to type it even. Their marketing is aggressive shit and their internal company policies stink to high heaven. I even had a thread once because I was in a complete quandary, a friend gave me a Lulu jacket and I just couldn't bring myself to wear it.
My yoga clothes tend to be from Prana and :be present:. Much nicer stuff anyway.