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Would not want to offend....

Winnipeg, Canada
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Would not want to offend....

I plan on bringing 'thank you' items for our hotel staff. I know that children's school supplies are appreciated (which I will bring) but I have lots of womens makeup and toiletries such as foundation, lipstick, nail polish, hand lotions etc. which admittedly have been opened but barely used. I know hygiene is a big issue with us 'northerners' but would items such as these be appreciated by the female staff or would they find this offensive?

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1. Re: Would not want to offend....

I would think since used it would not be a good thing. But that is my opinion

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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2. Re: Would not want to offend....

I agree if it has been used I would not bring it.......

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3. Re: Would not want to offend....

Dont worry about dragging all that crap down there. Just go and enjoy your vacation.

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4. Re: Would not want to offend....

Hi ZekesterMon. Jamaicans are offended by bringing used items. Just leave a good tip when you go. That will make them smile.

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5. Re: Would not want to offend....

yes, used items are cast-offs, not a good thing for gifts. But --- even taking 'offend' out of the equation -- it's just unsanitary/unhygeinic to ever share personal care items like lipstick or cosmetics etc. in the first place; so another vote for not bringing.

if you'd like to bring gifts like this, get new ones. places like Target & K-mart have very nice small 'gift sets' with lotion, cologne & bath gel, etc.; very affordable.

Edited: 18 February 2011, 04:52
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6. Re: Would not want to offend....

Cash, not cast offs :)

Bodega, California
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7. Re: Would not want to offend....

Unopened makeup, toiletries, etc. are fine but a Jamaican will not use anything that has been opened for hygenic reasons (think about it - would YOU use a "barely used" lipstick? Ew.)

When we return to the states we leave our "leftover" soaps, shampoos, sunscreens and bug sprays with our expat friends. Leftover food items such as spices, veg, frozen food we leave with our yard man.

Edited: 18 February 2011, 15:34
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8. Re: Would not want to offend....

I always think it's best show your appreciation with a generous cash tip (daily). Definetly no used cosmetics.

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If you bring your own lotions & colognes& shampoos to use while there I think what you have not used would be well appreciated by the housekeepers if you left them in your room for them when you leave, but to bring "barely used" cosmetics as an actual tip or gift, is inappropriate

Cash is always the best tip, although I think ladies might appreciate un-opened skin lotion or nice shampoo & conditioner or cologne.

Edited: 18 February 2011, 16:14
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10. Re: Would not want to offend....

I was about to post a question about tips, but since it's kind of being addressed here, what is a customary amount to leave the maid? In Mexico we always leave $5 a day per couple, is that about normal in Jamaica also?