Katie (kaethe) wrote in thequestionclub,
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Gift-giving questions

Okay, TCQ, here's the situation. I have a friend who is visiting my state from Canada. She's going to be close enough that I can drive up and spent part of Saturday with her. She's traveling with a couple (as in husband and wife) who are friends of hers, but whom I have never met. I was thinking (um, just this evening, proving yet again that I'm socially slow) that it might be nice to give my friend a little "welcome" gift, something that is Texas-y, at least in the sense that it's from here and she couldn't get it elsewhere. There's a berry farm that I could stop at tomorrow that has various types of preserves, relishes, etc. that are made from their own produce or produce grown on other local farms.

Questions:
1. Would getting my friend a gift in general seem like a weird thing, or would it be as welcoming as I would hope? (Seriously, socially slow here.)
2. Would a jar of preserves or something similar make a good gift if you said "welcoming" to #1, or should I go for something else? Please leave ideas for the "something else".
3. Given that we're talking about a glass jar here of food-type stuff, is that going to be a problem for her flying back to Canada, either from Customs or from air pressure causing the jar to explode? Should I wrap it in a lovely Zip-loc gift wrap so as to confine any potential leakage?
4. Would you also give something to the friends of a friend that you'd never met, assuming you'd give something to the friend in the first place?
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