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#411372 - 07/07/11 11:11 PM Good gifts for native Belizians
howardv Offline
I will be visiting Belize for the first time - arriving July 12th. I am expecting to spend some time visiting local Belizians in Hope Creek (near Pomona) and was wondering if anyone has suggestions regarding what small gifts I could take with me that would be appreciated by locals? Would it look ridiculous if I gave them sugar? and if not, do Belizians prefer brown sugar or white sugar? How likely is it that the sugar "shortage" will still exist a week from now?

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#411541 - 07/11/11 04:18 AM Re: Good gifts for native Belizians [Re: howardv]
Cooper Offline
Simple things like reading glasses from the dollar store. You would be surprised how many people need a little help to see and read. You can buy unlocked cell phones in the U.S. for $25..here they are about $150. its not really a luxury if you are a fisherman or boat owner....
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#411546 - 07/11/11 01:38 PM Re: Good gifts for native Belizians [Re: howardv]
Diane Campbell Offline
Hi Howard - I wouldn't bring sugar.
T-shirts from your hometown in a variety of sizes is a sure thing - they are fun, they don't come off as condescending and they absolutely get worn.

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#411548 - 07/11/11 02:10 PM Re: Good gifts for native Belizians [Re: howardv]
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Flashlights and fish hooks also first aid kits are very expensive here.
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#411554 - 07/11/11 03:21 PM Re: Good gifts for native Belizians [Re: howardv]
Chica Blanca Offline
School supplies for the kids. Note books, pens, pencils, crayons, erasers, and children's coloring books. Reading books for a school library.
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#411682 - 07/13/11 06:14 PM Re: Good gifts for native Belizians [Re: Chica Blanca]
ColdwellBankerSP Offline
Jumbo bag of mixed candy!
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#411773 - 07/14/11 06:50 PM Re: Good gifts for native Belizians [Re: howardv]
Babsy Offline
Mike and I are going to CC in August. Where would we take items such as reading glasses?

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#411799 - 07/14/11 10:01 PM Re: Good gifts for native Belizians [Re: howardv]
Hon Offline
Bring candy for Chris if you want to but please, please don't bring it for the kids! School supplies, books, reading glasses, fish hooks, first aid kits are all great ideas. Me being me, I'll add soccer balls/footballs/rugby balls (w/inflation needles), kites, baseball gloves, frisbees or anything that helps keep kids active...but that's just me smile
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#411804 - 07/14/11 10:40 PM Re: Good gifts for native Belizians [Re: Babsy]
Diane Campbell Offline
Originally Posted By: Babsy
Mike and I are going to CC in August. Where would we take items such as reading glasses?


My t-shirt suggestion notwithstanding ...... IMHO probably the the best (and easiest for all concerned) thing to do is spend your money in legitimate businesses and allow the people you meet to earn a living. Tip well, go out to eat, snorkel, take tours, buy local crafts and art. Enable our tourism industry to grow - tell your friends about Belize - and come back again!!

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#411808 - 07/15/11 12:23 AM Re: Good gifts for native Belizians [Re: howardv]
Babsy Offline
Diane, we do plan to do all of that. But when I saw the suggestion for reading glasses I thought maybe a need for them was rising faster than obtaining the glasses.

Mike and I hope to retire there some day....(soon I hope) so we will be coming down often!

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