Once word gets out about us back home, I don't think we're going to have any more visitors.
Since we have a good friend coming in on Friday, and then a couple weeks later my parents and grandparents are coming to pay a visit, we thought we'd ask them to bring us a few things we needed from the US. When they agreed to it, I'm not sure they knew exactly what they were getting themselves into though.
Our meager little list kept growing and growing as we thought of more things we needed, or um, wanted. Jumbo cookie sheet, jellyroll pan, chili powder, syrup, Gatorade powder, Miracle-Gro, blow dryer with diffuser, replacement filters for our Brita water system, ink cartridges for our printer, soap from the Antibacterial Collection at Bath & Body Works . . . oh the things you desire as an expat! (They're just lucky we're not asking for what we really want: an entire suitcase full of tortilla chips, or at least a year's supply of masa harina and a tortilla press. HA!)
I've tried to rationalize my requests by telling myself that this way they will be sure to have plenty of room for souvenirs on the return trip home. It really makes me feel better about the whole thing.