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I've heard that leaving little gifts for the maids is much appreciated. i have a slight obsession with bath and body works and was thinking of taking some of my stock lol such as hand sanitizers and lotions to leave for the maids. Would this be appropriate?

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In addition to a cash tip, of course. Instead of cash, not so much. Hard to feed a family and keep the lights on, with body lotion.

Very generous gesture.

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You can, but people in DR have access to anything they need/want, so cash is always suggested.

Happy travels.

Edited: 17 January 2013, 14:49
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We always tip with money and also small gifts.

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Dominicans are very polite and would demonstrate appreciation of the gift. That said life in the DR is pretty tough for most people, and hence a cash tip to help pay the electricity bill or other is more useful,

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Yes I was thinking in addition to a cash tip. Thanks everyone!

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It's a nice thought, but...

You might have different maids during your stay, or possibly even on the same day, if there's turn down service. Also, there will be different people stocking your fridge, snacks, etc.

Also, it could be that they pool the tips by sections, or among all the maid service people.

Each of them will service many rooms each day. If lots of people leave gifts, they'd end up with a lot of bathroom products each week.

If you want to give a gift to a particular individual, then I think you should personally hand it to them rather than leaving it for them.

But monetary tips would be preferred, I think.


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