I'd like to take some gifts with me. What are the best items to take?

During the course of your stay in Cuba you will have many opportunities to meet with the locals who are very friendly and hospitable. The economic situation is very difficult and there are shortages of many everyday items, therefore it can be a great gesture to take a small number of presents to give to the Cubans that you meet. Such items as nicely wrapped toiletries (particularly soap), pens, pencils, chocolates, candies, writing paper or t-shirts make great presents.