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    TheRascal
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    Hi everyone!

    My sister-in-law will be sworn in as a US citizen this Friday. On Sunday, my brother is hosting a surprise BBQ to celebrate. We’ll have cherry pie, Budweiser, various other “American” things (I’m wearing flag leggings and an eagle-face tank and my bro is going to wear a mullet).

    All jokes aside, I’d also really love to give her a gift, perhaps around $50. I’m stumped, though! I could go the route of getting her something locally made, like nice soap and a candle, but wanted something that says “America,” but not outright (ie, not an Old Navy Flag shirt).

    Can anyone think of any ideas? Or do you think a nice candle and soap would do the trick?

    Thanks, all!

    #697105 Reply
    Copa
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    Not sure if this is along the lines of what you’re looking for, but I was a bit older when my mom became a citizen and I bought her a passport holder. Doesn’t really scream “America,” but seemed appropriate. I think a gift is nice, but not required.

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    Fyodor

    Congratulations to your friend!

    1. Passport holder.
    2. Voter registration forms prepared and ready-to-sign.
    3. Copy of the constitution.
    4. Itunes copy of Neil Diamond’s “Coming to America”

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    TheRascal
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    Thanks Copa and Fyodor. I think my brother might be getting her a passport holder but if not, I’m all game for that.

    Fyodor, #4 is perfection!

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    LisforLeslie

    I was surprised that Peanut Butter/ Grape Jelly and chocolate chip cookies were in the “American” food section of the grocery store. In fact the cookies were called “American Cookies”. Oh and popcorn. Popcorn is really American. And root beer.

    Congrats to your SIL!

    #697201 Reply
    Copa
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    You could put together a gift basket of “all American” things. You could include the soap/candle, but could also throw things that are stereotypically American. The things that immediately come to mind are silly, but could be fun in a gift basket: Cracker Jacks and a baseball cap. My company is HQ-ed in Springfield, IL, where they’re obsessed with Abe Lincoln — I wish I could give you my Abe Lincoln Post-Its to gift her. 🙂

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    Ange

    Not sure if this is something she’d be into but when my Canadian friend got her citizenship we got her a native wattle plant as a nice little keepsake that could be a sort of marker of her time here. Australian native plants are notoriously hardy though so if your SIL isn’t a plant person it might not work.

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    SmileRhode

    An American flag that has been flown over the US capitol! I’ve given this as a gift before to a new citizen, and he cried, so I’d say it was a successful gift. You can request them from your US representative or senator. Super easy to find on their website: there’s usually an easy button to find for “flag requests.” And the price is really reasonable: I think the smallest size flag (2ftx3ft) is maybe $25ish.

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    TheRascal
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    Thank you, everyone! These are great ideas!

    I like the gift basket of American things, Copa. That way, I can include some funny things, too, like maybe a plush hotdog.

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