Gifts for hotel staff
Posted 29 July 2009 - 06:45 PM
I always bring colorful clothing / accessories. They have limited access and ability to purchase clothing, purses, jewlery, etc. I always bring any purses (that aren't black or brown-- as colorful as possible, they love them) for the women on the resort, as well as lots of kids clothes.
Posted 29 July 2009 - 07:01 PM
Please keep in mind the other people on the resort, like the gardeners, etc..the maids and the wait staff get the best gifts, try to give them to the less obvious people as well. There are lots of trips to go into town and visit schools, if you can do that and save stuff for them its greatly appreciated.
The kids can't get candy there, so if you can bring candy, you will be very popular. Also, I brought a curling iron (it cost me $5) for the hairdresser and she literally cried, said it was the nicest thing anyone ever gave her. I also gave her all my left over hair clips and lots of nail polish and make-up because she was going to be doing her niece's hair and make-up for her wedding and the wedding party as well and they don't have access to many things there.
Hats, toiletries, any thing with sports teams (they love the Blue Jays) on it is really popular. Also stuff with Canada flags. Panty hose (because they have to wear them to work but pay a fortune for them), kids stuff, pencils, books, etc... I have a list somewhere that I got off a site from people who go there on a regular basis just to bring stuff to the poor people in Cuba, I will see if I can find it and post it here. Great thread.
Posted 29 July 2009 - 07:30 PM
Posted 05 August 2009 - 08:28 PM
-flip - flops (even really cheap)
Posted 05 August 2009 - 08:44 PM
Posted 05 August 2009 - 09:22 PM
Posted 06 August 2009 - 01:18 PM
Some also will only serve those who pay the most. I've stayed at a 5star resort where 5CUC at minimum a day would get a server's attention. Anything less and you can eat your meal with no water/drink refills. Some of them make as much in tips as servers in North America.
Posted 08 August 2009 - 06:10 PM
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