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everything that could be cultural, educational, health : pens, books, postcards, photos of you and your family, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, etc ...
not presents but games : i was travelling with a kite and a freesbee / o-ring : very quiet and "peacefull" also, to play with the "locals" : i keep excellent souvenirs :-) sometimes, they hadn t seen one before. you make them happy, you create some interest. in some countries (pakistan, india), small kites or popular, but they only have one rope.
+ it s light and does not take a lot of weight in your luggage. a few times, some kids were taking plates to play with more "freesbees" and their parents had to say : "no no" :-)
i also had a little "fake" plastic camera : when you click on it, you can see the different views of paris : they loved it also. in mongolia, i remember one "local", when he saw the Eiffel Tower, telling me " tv antenna" and he was part right :-)
I take balloons for the children, round ones and long ones to make animal shapes. My friend in a 4x4 takes an instant camera (Polaroid), and gives them their own photo, but they are expensive to use and bulky.
[This message has been edited by Bill Holland (edited 05 June 2005).]
Coming from Israel, I took with me to Egypt some postcards of the holy mosque(El Akza) in Jerusalem. and gave them four times to people that were very kind to me, it was more than magic. one of them in Siwa oasis, insisted I will go to the local mosque with him to meet his kadi. Other presents were two pairs of reading glases , the cheap ones you buy in the pharmacy I carried with me.one was given to an old man that calld all his family to see the miracle. the second pair was handeld to a police officer leading us to a hospital we needed. And some ten lighters were given here and there.
My wife and I are the Aussies that took the toy Koala's, they worked well as gifts for kids and even with adults as a thankyou (in a light harted friendly joke way). Pens and pencils are also good. We will be taking all these when we travel again.
I like the postcards, coins & stickers idea too - thanks for the idea. We had postcards to show what our country and city looked like, but didn't think to have spares to give away.
However, what I would really have liked many more of was "Stubby Coolers", the neoprene (wetsuit type material). Is Aus the only place that uses these? Doesn't anyone else need to keep their cold? We travelled mostly in eastern europe and spain with our own cooler each (and a spare each). We could have given away or sold these hundreds of times over! We did give the spares away.
We went to the 2003 Hungarian F1 GP as our holiday treat when in Budapest. If I had only posted a few boxes of stubby coolers to Budapest, I could have sold them at some vastly inflated price and payed for my tickets! or maybe the whole trip! Seriously, hundreds of people asked which stall sold them. Unfortunately they are a little bulky, or I would take a few dozen of these on the next trip.
I helped a Dutch couple once and they gave us little wooden goodluck charmes with silk threaded tassels. They still adorne our travelling bike keys now. They are very special to us because of the lovely people they remind us of.
Hi Jacqui and Trent! Still in Oz? Haven't had any news for a while.
Lots of good ideas here. I think I'll stock up on pens and postcards.
France isn't really known for its frogs, more for snails. :0
I've never heard of a stubby cooler, but I noticed that our local plumbing store sells neoprene tubes in various diameters by the metre. You probably get 6 coolers per metre. From the offcut you cut round bits to glue into the bottom. Just and idea... But yes, bulky to carry.
Seanh is right. In every village we passed in Nepal all the kids could say was "Namasté!" and "Pen please!". Though, actually they do need pens, since cash is rare in the remote villages and the do need them for school.
Postcards showing villages from southern France will be appreciated, just so pics from thge Dalai Lama in buddhist areas.
Unless someone has helped you/been very kind then I am very much against this habit of giving gifts.
It seems a lot of people do it and it creates such a problem for the next traveller and the next one etc etc. I think it must make people feel really good giving things to people a lot poorer than themselves and I can understand that but I think the consequences need to be considered more seriously. It creates a begging culture, it means travellers get seen as 'potential gifts' rather than just a person travelling through, if you don't give then you have to deal with the guilt knowing that others have. Just a personal opinion that I have based on my own travels.
Hi gifts givers
I think that giving is something to do with being human. It can be sharing pita bread with a stranger on a trip stop, or helping other biker in need. or letting a (-can be a rich- kid to put my helmet on. it all has to do with nice things. I will be glad spreading pens all over the world. if that is the fee for getting kids happy, and my trip on.
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