In a few months, I'm going to France to visit Family. I'll be seeing my parents who have already given me a specific list of things they want me to bring back that they miss from USA, but I'll be seeing my aunt (husband+ 2 boys), and my grandma. I've Googled and searched TA high and low and keep seeing the same answers (peanut butter, California wine, Vermont syrup, and Cheddar, etc) make good gifts. However, I was wondering if anyone can tell me anything out of the box not available in France? I've read somewhere that there are no chocolate chips, parchment paper, vanilla extract, or heavy duty foil? (is that true?) All of my personal belongings are in my carry on and I'll be bringing 1 or 2 checked in bags for gifts.
Things I have on my to list:
Brown sugar (is it true this doesn't exist in France?)
Starbucks Coffee (Grandma requested this, no Starbucks in her area)
Chocolate Chips (will only bring if not available in France)
Cake Mixes (I read it's hard to find mixes in France-can anyone confirm that?)(Grandma loves to bake)
Chili packets (as per request of parents)
Milanios (not requested, but was my mom's favorites-do these exist there?)
Mac and Cheese (The Kraft kind? Thinking of bringing them for my aunt's kids)
Thousand Island (Does this exist in France?)
Heavy Duty Foil/Parchment Paper (do both exist and are available?)
Steamer Bags (Like what you would cook a turkey in)
Jack Daniel's/Famous Dave's BBQ sauce
Calenders (I hear that the French calenders are small compared to American calenders)
Good quality sheets (mom complains it's too pricey in Europe)
Holiday Decor (as requested per parents (things like window decals for Xmas))
Greeting Cards and Gift Bags (parents say the ones in USA are far "prettier")
My grandma complains a lot about lack of organization in her home and how she doesn't have a dryer so she has hangers all over the house at all times, I was thinking about bringing her those hangers with multiple hooks on them (like to hang ties, necklaces, or tank tops), but wasn't sure if that was available. I thought about space savers, but I don't think she has carpet so she wouldn't have a vacuum.
Anything else that may be useful that we often find in American homes? Also not sure what the kids would like other then clothes from my area/sports teams/etc.