Cubans warmly welcome gifts however small. Everything you contribute is an overture of friendship – and a great ice-breaker. Cubans lack many basic items we in North America take for granted.
We suggest giving your donations to Cuban Non Governmental Organizations, schools, clinics and community organizations. This way many Cuban families and communities benefit from your generosity.
Gift giving to your new island friends is a most wonderful gesture. Go for it!
Donations for schools. Most needed items are pens, pencils, erasers, memory sticks, calculators, flashlights, markers, note pads, stuffed animals, games, dolls, toy trucks and cars. Also appreciated is toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo and good quality used clothing and shoes. Baseball bats, balls and gloves are very popular.
Personal gifts. During your excursions you’ll make many new friends. Consider small gifts such as aspirin, multivitamins, makeup, manicure and sewing kits, perfume, chocolate, watches, wallets, keychains, purses, scarves, jewelry, pen sets, flash drives, and other things you’d like to receive.
Bringing donations to Cuba. Luggage inspections rarely happen unless you bring excessive amounts of baggage or prohibited items. Cuba allows you to bring 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of medicines and medical items as gifts without duty.
Do not bring these items to Cuba