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Secret Santa to Canada; suggestions please

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EdgarAllansPo Thu 01-Nov-12 19:24:51

I'm sending a Secret Santa gift to a man in SW Canada who I don't know, have never met, will never meet and have about around £10 to spend. I know he likes the outdoors and is ex-army.

I am a bit stuck on ideas of what to send. I could make a blanket, but not sure if it would be wanted and I don't want to spend a whole lot of time making something if it won't be wanted.

Can anyone tell me what kinds of things Canadians like from England that are not easy to get in Canada?

Oh, and he seems to have a pretty good sense of humour, too.

Or does anyone have any suggestions of what I could send (not too heavy).

nooka Sat 03-Nov-12 18:44:07

I drive a 'leaf' sounds very lentil weavery grin but then I never would have dreamed that I would ever be proud to own a bashed old half ton pick up truck!

Alligatorpie Sat 03-Nov-12 19:28:32

M&S biscuits, or Thornton's chocolates.

madwomanintheattic Sat 03-Nov-12 20:37:18

Ha. Dd1 will only wear lulu lemon or Aeropostale hoodies. grin well, she'd like to think so anyway, but it hasn't stopped her wearing the others that she has acquired along the way. I love prana. I should probably be about 30 pounds lighter to wear it, but hey ho. I like that they sell it at MEC alongside the canoes and backpacks. grin

If it is dh, could you send him a squirrel trap please? One appeared in our living room whilst I was watching tv the other night, and I'm still mighty nervy about what's going on during the silent hours if they have enough brass neck to watch 'the voice' over my shoulder. I came downstairs in the dark last night and decided I couldn't sit in the living room in case anything joined me...

Jacksmania Sat 03-Nov-12 21:02:13

Oh come on, squirrels are cute and cuddly nasty little fuckers grin

Jacksmania Sat 03-Nov-12 21:03:55

BTW is there still a Canadian MNers thread?

madwomanintheattic Sat 03-Nov-12 23:15:39

It resurrects periodically, but isn't vair busy. I occasionally veer by... Might try and dig it out later!

MrsTerryPratchett Sat 03-Nov-12 23:46:57

We call them Lulu lemmings <sniggers>. So, when are we all meeting for coffee or Silk Road tea for Jacks?

Jacksmania Sun 04-Nov-12 01:04:54

<snigger> at lulu lemmings and Silk Road tea grin

No thanks, I'll have coffee just like a normal person. I might love yoga but I don't have to be all fucking woo about it.

Seriously, a meet-up would be fab. D'you think it could be done some time?

SomewhereInCanada Sun 04-Nov-12 01:40:01

Ooh! Hello fellow Canayjuns! <waves>

nooka where are you? I haven't seen a Leaf here. It's all F150's and the like. I had a Fiat 500 back in the UK. I wouldn't dare drive one here. It would get squished!

Jacksmania Sun 04-Nov-12 01:50:02

Ok, roll call.
I'm just outside Vancouver, it would be about a half-hour, 45 min drive east to my house.

I think nooka is in the Interior of BC?
And I don't know where MrsTerry lives.

Who else do we have?

Jacksmania Sun 04-Nov-12 01:51:53

Madwoman? Where are you?

And I'd love a link to the Canadian thread. Or we could start a new one. Or even an FB group?

SomewhereInCanada Sun 04-Nov-12 01:57:52

<whispers quietly> I'm in Fort McMurray

SomewhereInCanada Sun 04-Nov-12 02:06:19

Have any of you tried the British Pantry? It stocks some M&S biscuits!

I miss English bacon and sausages too. I'd kill for a proper pork pie or scotch egg.

Kahu Sun 04-Nov-12 02:15:33

Me. I'm in Vancouver.

I went for a job interview years ago with Lululemon. Big mistake - they're a bit bonkers different.

I found proper Ayrshire bacon at the store the other day. It set my smoke alarm off & sent DD running out the door shouting "fire! earthquake! fire! get under the table!" but it was so good.

madwomanintheattic Sun 04-Nov-12 02:21:29

An hour outside of calgary in the touristy bit <tries to be all incognito and fails miserably>

Fort Mac? grin was it you I upset on the Canadian thread? Ah, no, it may have been Kamloops... <disclaimer - am going to Kamloops next year, and have a lot of friends in Fort Mac at the mo blush>

Will bump the cdn thread if I can find it...

Mm, bacon...

Jacksmania Sun 04-Nov-12 03:26:46

Is that Okotoks, madwoman? One of my friends used to live there, I've been there a few times.

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 04-Nov-12 03:30:52

I'm in the hell on earth which is Vancouver island. Please tell me I have to come to civilisation Vancouver for a meet up. We had a Scottish butcher but they are closing <weeps>

nooka Sun 04-Nov-12 03:32:28

I'm the Kamloopsian, and you didn't upset me grin

Isn't Fort McMurray the wild west? We've friends in Fort St John, which is something of the BC equivalent but they tell me it's quite civilised there so perhaps Fort McMurray is too?

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 04-Nov-12 03:34:25

Bump and link anyone who knows how.

Jacksmania Sun 04-Nov-12 03:41:15

Link to what, Mrs Terry?

And here's how to do links on an iPhone, courtesy of yours truly.

WestCoastWinnie Sun 04-Nov-12 03:41:47

Oooh! I am in Surrey - near White Rock. We have a British store for the essentials like Bisto, Walkers and Jaffa Cakes. Love mumsnet and tell all my Canadian mum friends to have a look smile

Jacksmania Sun 04-Nov-12 03:46:55

I started a Western Csnadian MNer meet-up thread here.

I have just enough iPhone battery left to check in once or twice but after that I'll have to check later or tomorrow. DH and I are at the Lions game in Vancouver tonight, and my poor old iPhone battery is crapping out.

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 04-Nov-12 03:47:05

iPhone <spits> Android here. Link to the original Canadian MN thread. I miss talking to people in the middle of the English night.

WestCoastWinnie Sun 04-Nov-12 03:51:30

Mrs TP - it does get quiet on here of an evening, doesn't it?
My other half is in the UK this week for MIL's birthday - bring back list is just general chocolate and weekend Guardian. After 20-odd years am even used to the beans. We used to bring suitcases full of stuff back from vacations.

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 04-Nov-12 03:53:51

The weekend papers. That is a good idea. We get proper beans, thank goodness. They cost a fortune!

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