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Date: 11/13/11 6:30 PM

Hi All, I need some advice. My son and his wife will be celebrating Christmas in Okinawa this year(he's in the Air Force). They have a house on base, but it is very limited on space. They have both told me not to send "dust catchers" and knick knacks. I'm trying to pack things they can use up(Hickory Farms smokey Bar, son's favorite BBQ sauce). I need more suggestions and ideas. I have a 10X10 box that I'm going to mail. Only have the two items so far. Can anyone help me come up with some things that will be useful on the island. I have to have it all ready for the mail by Thanksgiving.

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Date: 11/13/11 6:45 PM

How about some pillow cases? If they are into sports, maybe their favorite team. I've been making pillowcases as Christmas presents for quite a while, and they pack nice.

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Date: 11/13/11 7:11 PM


You are on the right track.. nothing that would have to be shipped back to the states..
I just remember socks being hard to find.. also at the time.. chicken.. so maybe canned chicken or other meat.. like...... SPAM..
That was years ago.. maybe now meats are easier to find.. You know the Japanese are more into veggies and fish.. so getting meat on the local market is hard.. BBQ sauce..thats brilliant. Any local foods from your area he has been raised on.. I remember craving Whataburgers whenever we were out of the state of TX..

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Date: 11/13/11 7:53 PM

When my sister was in the Peace Corps-- albeit Haiti, not Japan--she craved cinnamon, maple syrup, Twizzlers, Oreos, and popcorn. hth!

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Date: 11/13/11 8:01 PM

Okinawa in the military? Those houses aren't that small! HAHHA. I lived in one and they aren't huge, but you can have all the usual stuff. Most people just load up the excess when they go back to the States and take it to the thrift shop or have a yard sale.

But these days I would probably send an AMAZON gift certificate, then a goodie box with fun stuff like candy, tea, cookies and books in paperback if they like that sort of thing. Books don't have to come back - they can be passed on. And I would be sure and use the USPS Flat rate mailing boxes! The money I save with those is incredible.
-- Edited on 11/13/11 8:03 PM --

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Date: 11/13/11 8:27 PM

ask them what non-perishible item they are missing and send it to them. Amazon gift card is good. Don't send expensive stuff through the mail and don't go cheap on shipping.

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Date: 11/13/11 9:05 PM

I think you are on the right track. Also, any treats that were favorites when they were growing up. Favorite recipes along with the things to make them that you might not be able to find on base. Favorite soaps, dryer sheets, etc. We had a friend once that when away sent word that they needed/wanted lavendar fabric softener because they only had the regular scent. I think she probably got a lifetime supply :)

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Date: 11/13/11 9:07 PM

I left Okinawa in October 2009. Meat is not at all hard to find. I think gift cards to online merchants is a good idea. Or simply ask them what they miss the most from the US. It could be that the BX or Commissary simply doesn't carry their favorite brand of something. A new, large BX opened right before I left and they carry a lot of the comforts of home (the same stuff we get here, not Japanese stuff). Our first tour in Okinawa was in the 90s and I missed Pizza Hut more than anything. They have that now. Our last 6 years in Okinawa, I missed Arbys. Not much you can do about that. My grandmother sent her Holiday baked goods to us every year which made Christmas feel more like Christmas.

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Date: 11/13/11 9:56 PM


Back when.. the entrance to the Commissary looked like Walmart on Black Friday when the chicken came in.. Good to know they are doing better now with supplies.
How funny.. Pizza.. funny what we really find we miss the most..

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Date: 11/14/11 0:22 AM

A Netflix subscription if they don't have it already and broadband is decent?

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