Captainlarry has a great idea. Of course, the chocolate from Europe, any of the countries on the Rhine and Danube, Mosel rivers, have great chocolate. But, Hersheys does have a distinct flavor than European chocolate. Homemade fudge might be good as well. For people going to Asia, having lived there for 13 years, plus 3 more earlier, I can tell you that Asians love US chocolate. The Whitman's sampler (it does come in a very small box), Russel Stover, Hersheys, all are welcome by the Asians, especially Japan. And they all come in smaller boxes or pouches. I agree with captainlarry that dishtowels, calendars, picture frames, etc. can get a bit much for the hostess when she/he hosts quite a few meals. Being from Arizona, I could bring a small jar of cactus jelly or candy. It would be my luck the hostess or family used it and got sick or rashes. I'm allergic to a lot of things in the desert, not sure I'm allergic to cactus candy or jelly but I wouldn't try it because of the allergies. I can't imagine anyone being allergic to salt water taffy, but could imagine being allergic to maple syrup/candy, since I am allergic to many trees (not maple though), but someone could be allergic. They can always give chocolate away, or someone else in the family could partake if the host/ess is allergic to chocolate. I have found when I bring something, I'm one of 1 or 2 people who do, the rest don't. I hate to leave without giving something, but I'm wondering since so many GCT guests don't bring gifts, is it expected, or not. One other person said it didn't matter, that she brings a hostess gift back home, as I do. But, sometimes small trinkets, towels, etc., can be too much from so many guests. I also agree with the captain that if the place is a country style restaurant, or agribusiness, or like the lodge at the Reindeer Park with dinner hosted by a Sami family(Norway and Lapland). These places, I wouldn't give a gift. They are actually businesses.