gifts to give to locals?

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1. Posted by mick110971 (Budding Member 8 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,
i was just going through the travel guide on this site as what to pack when travelling overseas and someone suggested to take some gifts to give. What sort of things would be cheap and appropriate? I be travelling to laos.

2. Posted by s_hoot (Full Member 497 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

key chains are always good, ones from your hometown, then when the person gets asked by others about his or her keychain they have a story to go along with it.

3. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

i have allways little freebes with me.
small,not expensiv is the best,like pens with advertising printet on in a language the cant read,Baseballcaps,anything that shows it is from far away for them.
I carry some fotos from my country with me and some of the tourist magazins to give away,because very seldom the people know much about your country.
When I tell the people that I live in Bonaire the think I come from Buenos Aires.So it makes it easy for me when I show them this little magazin or a little map.
Also small coins are interesting for many people.
When I went at the border from Chile to Argentina to te Bathroom I had not the change to open the door.The young man sitting there asked me if I have maby a coin from my country.I searched my bag and yes there was one cent coin,I gave it to him and he opend the door for me.Since then I carry allways some small coins with me.

4. Posted by LauraMC (Inactive 30 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

If you're going to be spending time with locals for more than a few minutes, an idea I thought that was neat was just bringing toothpaste or candy from home (I say more than a few minutes... as it is a pain to haul around heavy toothpaste to distribute to the masses). I think if you're travelling in a non-english speaking country they'll be amused by the novelty of english on say, Crest or Colgate toothpaste.

5. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Obviously depending on where you are going, but my boyfriend was travelling through lots of little indigenous tribes in South America and he just handed out balloons to all the kids. They are cheap, very light and take up no room at all. The kids had days of fun with them.

6. Posted by mally (Respected Member 199 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

i always take pencils and paper. t'shirts and make up come in handy perfume is always welcome when saying bye or thank you

7. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I don't have the habit of bringing gifts for locals, but what my tour guide did for me in Japan was to offer some traditional sweets from her hometown. They were very popular with our group and it was even a topic of conversation.

So maybe bring along a small bag of sweets or local snacks from your country to share around.

8. Posted by mim (Respected Member 1276 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

colouring pencils and stickers! I'd be happy with that