Here is another post you may not have read, I originally wrote this in January of 2013. I’m still home recovering and will have a new blog post for you the beginning of January!



Have you ever gone on vacation and told people you would bring gifts back then have no idea what to bring them? You don’t want to get them another key chain or a refrigerator magnet, and nothing else is really standing out to you so you spend lots of time trying to figure out what in the world to buy for this person.

I have found a gift that most people like!


Coffee is one of those things that most people like to drink, and getting a pack or two of coffee from a foreign country is always a treat. It’s something you can find in any grocery store in any city you travel to (I haven’t had any trouble finding coffee in any country I’ve visited) and anyone that I have brought back a pack of coffee for has always been very appreciative and happy.


The picture below is of two packs of coffee I got from Paris. They were very inexpensive, maybe 5 dollars a piece and very easy to pack. That’s another great thing about bringing coffee back in your suitcase or carry-on, I have always found a place for it, it doesn’t take much room and coffee is allowed through security.

Inexpensive gifts to give from your trip

I also got this bag from Paris but I wanted to show you that you can buy several different bags of coffee and they each can look completely different, so if you are bringing coffee back for the same group of friends or family, they can each get the same thing but in a completely different package.

Inexpensive gifts ideas

 This picture is of a bag of coffee I bought while I was in Russia. This is actually for my cousin, I was supposed to send this to her months ago. I went to Russia in August of 2012, and this bag of coffee has been set to send to her since then. I’m good at getting people gifts (I got her candy from Brazil) but sometimes it takes me a while to actually send them. (Cousin, you know who you are, if you’re reading this…sorry. You’ll get this soonish).


Most people have never seen a bag of coffee with Russian writing, and it’s always a treat (at least it is to me, am I alone here?) to see an everyday item in a different language.

Inexpensive way to give thoughtful gifts


Case in point, I recently gave a bag of French coffee (I usually have several bags of foreign coffee in my pantry) to a friend of mine because she and her husband did a very nice thing for me. They were very happy with the coffee, especially with all the French writing on the bag. She said (imagine this is a very slow,  gentile southern accent), “Roni, I just love this cawfee, I am so lookin’ forward to drinkin’ this. But can you tell me how do I prepare it cause I’m tryin to read the label but I don’t read French!”

So we laughed about that for a while and I explained how I prepare it and all was well. I think most people will be like my friend, very happy with the coffee and thrilled with the fact that you gave them something from another country. I hope you try it and if you do, please let me know!


Have you found any gifts that aren’t typically used as gifts?




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Some people travel. Roni IS travel. For over 20 years she has been traveling the world and now shares her unique insight with her worldwide audience on her blog, Whether you have never gotten on a plane or are a seasoned traveler, the expertise and insider knowledge she shares on her blog will help you make your travels an adventure. No where else can you find the uniquely helpful ins and out given to you by someone who has lived overseas for 4 years, speaks fluent English, French and Spanish, and works for a major airline. And guess what? She’s also a licensed elementary teacher and has an MBA.



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