Top gift ideas for American expats

Do you have a friend or family member that has recently moved away from America, and want to send them a little piece of home? Do you have an American expat friend that is feeling a little homesick and wants to know how to cheer them up?

Life as an expat can be fun and exciting, but it can also get a bit lonely. Americans have an affinity for shopping, and the US caters to this affinity with a lot of different choices and options.

Some things may be difficult to find in the country American expats are staying in, and this is where online shopping comes in handy. Shipping services like MyUs make online shopping a breeze, as they ship from US shops to the UK and other many parts of the world, so it’s very convenient to use and you can get many US products your American expat friends would love.

Here is a list of items that any American expat would love to get.

Easy-to-cook items

First up on our list of gifts for American expats, is easy-to-cook items. When living abroad, oftentimes expats will find themselves staying in hotels or hostels that have small kitchens or even nothing at all.

For those who don’t want to eat every meal at a restaurant, a great substitute or replacement for this is something that is quick and easy to cook, or can even be cooked in a microwave.

America has made plenty of these types of meals, with the most popular being that of Kraft Mac & cheese. Having a few boxes of this orange cheesy goodness is something that your friends and family will find themselves craving after a while.

It is a simple yet very thoughtful gift for those who are living abroad.

Amazon Gift Cards

Amazon is one of the biggest companies in the world, and something that almost every American has used at least once, if not rely on, every month. This online store has anything and everything you could want to buy.

As an expat, receiving amazon gift cards is a blessing in disguise. Not only does it allow them to buy what they want, but it is also a great way for them to get a little piece of home.

A gift card can be any amount you want it to be, meaning this could be something that is very affordable or something you can spoil your friends or family with.


Next up on our list, we have clothing. America has taken the clothing game to the next level. With all the big brands such as Nike and Levi being available online, ordering some clothing for a US expat is a dream.

These stores can often be very pricey when it comes to those outside America. You can even find outlets in other countries, but these are also expensive. As a gift, this would be very appreciated.

Another thing to take note of is that America caters to bigger sizes as needed, while other countries typically mainly have smaller sizes. Sometimes it can be tricky to find clothes that fit well or are comfortable. Buying them something you know they will like, is the best bet.

Sports items

Last but not least, we have some sports items for those who are a bit more athletically inclined. As Americans, there are all sorts of sports items that sports fans or athletes would appreciate getting as a gift.

If you know someone that enjoys hockey, you could send them a hockey stick and puck. Hockey isn’t very big in most places around the world meaning it might be hard for them to find it wherever they are.

For those who enjoy throwing a pigskin around, you could send a good old American football. For those who aren’t athletes but enjoy sports, you could send them sports jerseys, a banner, or even a hat.

Many of these sports aren’t popular outside of the US and finding these items can be difficult when abroad. So why not treat your friend abroad to some of their favorite sports items, or even some of their favorite tastes from home, just to curb the homesickness a little and to make them feel like home isn’t too far away.

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