I was in Veradero, 2 years ago. We all took something different.
I had a whole bunch of Crayola Crayon 8 packs, some wonderfully fun Glow sticks, and glow in the dark necklaces and bracelets. I also brought glow in the dark lizards, and glow in the dark stars and planets that could be made into mobiles. I brought small samples of perfumes, body lotions, disposable razors, bandaids, feminine napkins, Baby powder, small glycerine beauty soaps and dove soap, purse sized packages of cleaning wipes such as lysol, Mr. clean kitchen wipes, baby wipes, nail polishes, glittery makeup - they seem to be into glitter makeup but that may have changed in the past 2 years. I also wish I had of brought more hats. I had a red "Canadian" beer hat and gave it to our dinner server guy. He wore it every day as he did garden work outside, and thumbs up every time I saw him. He loved it. It wasn't a baseball cap, it was a beach hat sorta hat with the "Canadian" beer logo embroidered on it. I left a couple of really nice cotton sweaters, and a couple of t-shirts. Some people were giving their rock concert
t-shirts that were in great condition.
We also brought Barbie dolls and clothes, colouring books, sticker books, sketch books, magic markers, laurentian coloured pencils, lots of fun chocolates, smarties, reeces, packages of werthers and other candy, red licorice sticks and rainbow licorice laces, small toothpastes, lozenges, aspirin, tylenol, small good named brand shampoo and conditioners, hand and body lotions, scented candles, and I also left some of my jewellery with some of my favourite people there.
I always gave to those people who took very good care of me in the hotel and throughout the resort I stayed at. I only gave money to some of the people at the washroom break areas on our bus trip to Habana. I was surprised to have given the washroom attendant 3 pesos, because she made sure my washroom stall was clean, and that I had toilet paper. She was ecstatic. I didn't think it was very much money but she was so excited. Make sure you take along a pocket size package of Lysol wipes to clean toilet seats if you are considering using some of the country amenities. It might be a good idea to keep some tissue of some sort in your pocket or purse.
I am certainly looking forward to heading back in May this year.