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Anyone have any ideas for guide gifts- besides cash tip??

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Aug 6th, 2005, 11:37 AM
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Anyone have any ideas for guide gifts- besides cash tip??

Hi All,

Well, I am preparing to leave (about 45 days- 1st safari), and I was wondering if any of you had any ideas for gift giving for the guides, maybe something thoughtful that they are not able to get while working? I was thinking of something like sunglass strings- but maybe more upto date?
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Aug 6th, 2005, 11:49 AM
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I've had guides eye my Timex watch that lights up with some lust in their eyes-- and it was only about $20.

If the guides are into photography--and many of them are--they also seem to appreciate high-quality films that are not available locally. (Now that most tourists have shifted to digital or video, they no longer get the leftover film they used to get!)

Books-- this may be more for the lodge as a whole, but good reading material, even current magazines from Europe or the US get devoured and passed around. (The managers/caterers/guides who are women really seem thrilled with new reading material.)

But these things really don't replace cash tips--cash still seems to be king. But these things are appreciated at nice extra gifts as an expression of thanks.
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Aug 6th, 2005, 12:04 PM
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Tashak- thanks that is exactly the information I was looking for!!!! Thank You!!!
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Aug 6th, 2005, 12:50 PM
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Sunglass straps are a great idea.

The actualy sunglasses have been appreciated too. I've given the $5.99 kind, nothing fancy, just what I wear. For one guide in Uganda, I offered the more feminine glasses I was wearing or some more masculine ones I was carrying. He selected the pair right off my head!

I gave one driver some Visine once.

If you have lapel pins that depict your state, city, or a local landmark, you can give those. Caps are also a hit.

If they have children, a small toy that packs easily can be offered, like stickers.

With pens in such short supply, a couple of nice pens ($1 or $2) work well.

But I'd agree with tashak that the gift is a supplement to any tip to show a more personal thank you.

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