Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 12-07-2010, 14:32   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Somewhere in the South Pacific
Boat: 1984 CS 36
Posts: 238
Giving Gifts

I just finished reading Dove and was intrigued by Robin Graham's mention of bringing a large stash of ball point pens to give away as gifts to the locals.

I'm guessing that in today's world, ball point pens aren't that much of a novelty....

I'm also guessing that booze/cigarettes would be appreciated, but I'd prefer to give something of a little more social value

I'm curious what you guys have found makes for good items for gift or trade with locals. Do you actually give forethought to this or just take it as it comes?
__________________

__________________
kb79 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-07-2010, 07:12   #2
Registered User
 
J Ventura's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Azores
Posts: 98
It depends a lot on what "locals" you have in mind....gifts that are crap in Mexico can bring out a smile in Tonga...
__________________

__________________
J Ventura is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-07-2010, 08:03   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 239
I think that you are talking about two very different issues. Gifts and Trading Goods.

As the previous poster indicated it really depends where you will be cruising as to what trading goods you wish to carry.We have not found a lot of opportunity to trade in the caribbean. Cash is king here and folding money is what most want.
The exceptions to that have been Cuba, where soap,spices,rum and cigarettes can be readily converted into lobster. And a few isolated fishing camps in Venezuela, reefs off Honduras, Nicaragua where cigarettes and booze are requested for fish.
Personally I am disinclined to supply alcohol in remote areas to strapping men who are likely to drink it all at once and then want to party....!

As to gifts, my personal opinion is that whilst it's great to say thank you for some kind of exceptional service the dubious actions of some cruisers in handing out 'goodies' to all and sundry is demeaning. If we are asked for a gift I always insist on some kind of trade. It may be a mango or even a seashell but that allows an exchange that at least attempts some kind of balance.EVERYONE has something to trade.

I get quite mad if we are following a group of boats who are handing out largesse through the islands, it really does no favors to any of us, cruisers or recipients.

As to gifts for exceptional service we carry a supply of t shirts with our boat name on and these are always valued as a thank you. And of course there is often an obvious need that you can fulfil from your ships stores. We have mended outboards, supplied hurricane lamps and provided supplies in a number of these situations.
__________________
annk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-07-2010, 08:06   #4
Registered User
 
Adax's Avatar

Join Date: May 2010
Location: By the River of Silver
Boat: FPD 1760 LCD 17"screen
Posts: 304
Kb, I canīt think of anything that would be a universally good gift either . Just a quick story . When still new here I walked into a store and people asked me if I was an Americana. I said,no,from Europe. The lady was amazed what I was doing so far from home and asked to see if I had a coin from there. I had a coin left from merry old England ,which I gave her to keep. No money value to her, but from the look on her face she treasured it and if I guess right it started her dreaming about travel there and then.

Even just for Mexico my answer would be different for just about every port,state even village. Also on a personal level I would not trade as the wanted doodad might not be the necessary doodad,i.e if I pay for what I want I give the freedom to my trade partner to get what he/she wants or needs rather than limiting the exchange, which I think is the best gift -equality.
__________________
Adax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-07-2010, 08:34   #5
Registered User
 
J Ventura's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Azores
Posts: 98
Quote:
Originally Posted by annk View Post
I get quite mad if we are following a group of boats who are handing out largesse through the islands, it really does no favors to any of us, cruisers or recipients.
.
This is a great point and maybe deserved a thread on it's own. That largesse goes beyond gifts or bartering for fish ( I'm thinking tips , for instance) and many times harms , in my view , the relationship between the visitors and the locals .
__________________
J Ventura is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Giving Up the Stink Pot COB590 Meets & Greets 4 29-06-2010 16:30
Considering Giving Up on Inflatable PFDs JamuJoe Health, Safety & Related Gear 4 07-09-2009 20:22
Giving Away My Charter Business - FREE to first person ssullivan Monohull Sailboats 3 24-07-2006 15:43



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 19:12.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.