all means, take some. Cubans have nothing yet they will
offer you a gift, be it an orange from their garden
or a cup of coffee. We had more stuff in our little
guests room than an entire village. The only word of
caution is what to take. They need clothes, shoes, books,
medicine (like Tylenol), fishing gear (nothing fancy),
dishes, all the basic necessities of life. It's also
nice to have some luxuries.An nice scotch will be a
big hit. Kids need toys but be careful. Some friends
took crayons and pencils which seemed like great gifts,
but they're not much use to kids who have no paper.
in Vedado, Havana
Take them some notebooks.
Basic learn to speak english books are really appreciated. cubans love magazines. Everybody
will want your baseball hats, and t-shirts with anything
in english on them. Also Toys for kids,Samples
of perfume or after shave fragrances, Soap, shampoo,
toothpaste, Chewing gum, sweets, toothbrushes, hair
accessories, tampons (very much appreciated by the
ladies), Multivitamins & vitamins with added Calcium
since milk is in short supply and the state only supplies
milk to children under age 7. Also Aspirins &
general drugs are welcomed.
the end of your trip just leave the clothes and shoes that
you don't like any more, you can be sure that they will be
using this for years. In cuba is very difficult to find any
kind of clothes in the regular market in cuban Pesos
you want to send a gift to a cuban relative or friend you
can visit www.gifts2cuba.com
this website is intended to do this service. if you want to
send money yo cuba to a friend or a relative you can use www.cash2cuba.com
and if you want to send letters, postcards or telegrams there
is also a website for this with fast delivery system all across
we strongly recommend this 3 websites as the best for this
endings in cuba.
this is just a hint
abut what you can bring as a gift but essentially you can
bring anything, Do not give money to cubans when Cubans do
something nice for you. Giving money only encourages begging.
The exception to the 'no money' rule would be for friends
or if it's legitimate business such as tipping a cab driver
or a restaurant or bar server.
So bring small gifts
with you before you fly to Cuba as they basically have nothing
by way of material possessions; anything that you can leave
behind they will appreciate .All that we find 'normal' in
our lives they appreciate very much!
PLEASE do not pass out 'gifts' on the streets. The kids love
it, but all you will get is a bunch of little persistent beggars,
constantly following you and the tourists with hands out.
you're willing to take a bit more, check out www.kidsea.com,
a private nonprofit organization which helps facilitate donations
of basic learning supplies to needy schools.