Unique gifts from the Caribbean?

Jul 18th, 2006, 10:02 AM
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Unique gifts from the Caribbean?

So the question is always asked,

"What kinds of gifts shall I take back home from xxxxxx for my friends and family? We want something that is unique."

So o.k. all you well traveled Island experts, what kind of gifts did you take back home for family & friends from the Caribbean ?

I once took a little bottle of sand & bottled "Caribbean Sea" for a cousin who lives in Canada. I was visiting her in winter. She still has those two bottles to this day!



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Jul 18th, 2006, 11:18 AM
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Rum, of course.
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Jul 18th, 2006, 12:24 PM
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Rum Cake from Tortuga Rum Co. in Grand Cayman - but also found it in Turks and Caicos as well.
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Jul 18th, 2006, 12:33 PM
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From Jamaica :
Walkerswood Jerk seasoning. They now have a Rum Jerk Seasoning.

Anything by "Starfish" - starapple, mango, tangerine scented soaps.

Blue Mountain coffee candles. They smell soooo good!

Tia Maria coffee Liqueur.

Those Rum cakes (so neatly packaged for travel) and of course...Jablum (Blue Mountain) coffee.

Anything from Wassi art pottery.
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Jul 18th, 2006, 12:53 PM
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Another vote for rum cakes! Yummm! =9

Rum balls from USVI

Susie's Hot Sauce from Antigua
Gilly Gobinet art prints from Antigua

Sea glass jewelry from Anna's Art Gallery in T&C
Turks & Caicos roasted coffee
Hand-woven baskets from Middle Caicos
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Jul 18th, 2006, 02:01 PM
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Cruzan Rum and the Hook bracelets are great...shop around to get a good price. I wear mine all the time!
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Jul 18th, 2006, 02:27 PM
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Boring ol' us.....t-shirts and rum!
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Jul 18th, 2006, 02:46 PM
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Where I live in the States, Appleton Rums are only 25-50 cents more in price than Jamaica, so not worth brining back. Instead: Handmade tin nutmeg graters and whole nutmegs with the mace still on -- less than US$1. Logwood honey, passionfruit syrup from local supermarkets, freshly-parched coffee beans from local growers hit the spot for friends. I buy good non-touristic art, paintings and carvings, often commissioned sicne most sources on island are tourist-carvings and paintings and ,tho I can rarely find, 19th cen.Jamaican furniture. Framed photos often also make the best gifts/memories.
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Jul 18th, 2006, 02:57 PM
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jamaican blue mountain coffee and cuban cigars (i know it's illegal, so it makes it that more meaningful to certain friends 8-))
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Jul 18th, 2006, 06:03 PM
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Well, considering how often I'm in Cuba, my best gift for friends is some nice Cuban Cigars.

We sit around the backyard and enjoy one of life's great pleasures. A fine cigar, a drink and some great conversation.
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Jul 18th, 2006, 06:21 PM
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hey canuck,

Your Cuba expertise is needed on the Caribbean thread : "Weather between Xmas and New Years and a few more ???"
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Jul 20th, 2006, 07:14 PM
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What about Guavaberry liquor from St Martin?
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Jul 20th, 2006, 07:28 PM
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nutmeg graters...hmmmm...never thought of that one Tiverton.

I have a friend that can't get enough bottles of "Ting" soda. Everytime I visit her I'm compelled to take a couple bottles.
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Jul 21st, 2006, 04:01 AM
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Erica's Hotsauce
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Jul 21st, 2006, 08:37 AM
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In St. Kitts you must purchase batik and Brinley Gold Mango Rum!

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Jul 22nd, 2006, 09:24 AM
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We always buy locally crafted gifts from island artists and craftspeople.

They preserve the culture.

Check out this lifestyle and culture site for info and ideas
www.virginvoices.com
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Jul 22nd, 2006, 09:46 AM
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Bahamian baskets.
Nevis straw rugs.
Grenada spices.
CD's from island musicians.
Local hot sauce.
Artwork!
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Jul 22nd, 2006, 02:30 PM
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joan, how do you pack those straw rugs?
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Jul 23rd, 2006, 10:39 AM
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We stayed at the Turks and Caicos CLub on Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (the main island) and brought home really pretty conch bowls with spoons.
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Jul 23rd, 2006, 02:02 PM
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My neice brought me one of those conch bowls with a spoon! I think she got it on a cruise to the Bahamas.
On STJ, I always stop by Freebird, great jewelry and great prices. A stop at St. John Spice and some Blind Betty's hot sauce. Got a local painting from this sort of homeless artist in Coral Bay. Pretty funny story I will tell sometime.

But the most original thing I found was a keychain in Vieques. Someone took beer caps and filled them with resin and put these colorful sequins and a medal of St.Christopher (the patron of travel) inside! I bought one and everyone at home had to have one!!!
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