Flying to the United States may be a problem if you are bringing liquids. If you check your liquids, no problem getting them through, but I would not expect to bring them in carry on luggage. See
for alternatives to liquids.
For first-timers, seriously I wouldn't worry about bringing gifts. Just show up and wander around taking in as much as you can. If people give you things, say thanks and accept the gift - no return gift is required or expected. If you want to give things out, I'd suggest considering
glow sticks (some object to them, but if you see a darkwad, give her a glow stick)
small containers of hand lotion
moistened towlettes in little foil packs
small bottles of hand sanitizer
tampons - you'd be shocked at how many people need tampons
more tampons - really
henna for playa tattoos
Pubic hair dye http://www.bettybeauty.com/
(stop by with dyed pubes and we'll take your picture)
Get your safe sex license http://www.stfree.com/
and offer free sex
for all sorts of small stuff, but shipping is in the US - you'll get ideas though. Often US drugstores have 'travel-sized' containers of deodorant, lotion, and such that you can buy in Reno if you have time.
for other items you can give away that offer care and comfort on the playa - this stuff will be available in US drugstores.
If you're going to have time to shop in Reno, drop by Louise's pages at
for places, locations, and hours of operation.
Again, though, let me say don't worry about it. As others have said, being there is your best gift. On your first Burn, be there for yourself first. You'll learn more that way and do it better next year.[/s]