Posted: 2005-12-23 20:26:00
You never mentioned how old the people you are buying gifts for, so I'll have to tell you what I took.
When I travelled to Japan, I brought things that were uniquely Canadian (maple syrup, smoked salmon, etc). I also took little Canada pins to give out, as well as things like shirts from my university, city, a hockey stick, hockey cards, etc. Basically, I brought stuff that was from Canada and wasn't perishable.
The dollar store at the mall likely has tons of great stuff, from coffee mugs/key chains/etc with your hometown's name on it.
My advice is to bring stuff that is a regional specialty, like California wine or salsa from the SW or maple syrup from New England...hope that helps. If you send me a detailed message, I'll be glad to offer up some more ideas.
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." – Mark Twain