I think a whole lot depends on where you are and what they have. An example is that in the Tuamotus, there are no citrus grown. So, while in the Marquesas
, stock up on oranges and pomplemousse (huge delicious green fleshed grapefruits). They will be welcome in the Tuamotus, your next stop.
We also carried balloons for children
. Friends on another cruising boat knew how to make origami "balls", shaped sorta like a sea biscuit, and kids
played with them the same as the balloons.
Bluebooks and pens. We go into used clothing
stores and stock up on clothes for children
, as well as adults. Some places have a day of the week where you can fill a marketing
bag with clothes for a dollar or two. Most parents like getting clothes for their kids
from libraries' used books
Cigarettes are welcome many places. You get to choose if you feel okay about carrying them and disseminating them. We never have. Friends did.
hooks, light line and small yo-yo's.
When you're trading, after the trade
is done, add a little sweetener, an extra little something you think they might like. Chances are they will be able to gift it to someone else, and that's what you gave them, the opportunity to give a strategically important small gift.
Small bottles of cooking oil
as well as bags of flour are appreciated where the supply ship hardly ever comes. Small boxes of sugar cubes.
Small soaps and shampoos. If you have a friend in the hotel
industry, that kind and size make welcome gifts for people whose only soap is harsh and blue. Some places, colognes and perfumes are very hot items.