Looking to come home from your trip to Cuba with some souvenirs to wow your friends and family? I want to help you come home with the best Cuban souvenirs possible, so here are 5 authentic souvenirs you should bring home with you.
Cuban cigars are the ultimate gift to bring back from Cuba.
You can pick up Cuban cigars at government stores across Cuba. However, the best place to get cigars is right from a tobacco farm. Since the Cuban government gets 90% of the tobacco grown on a farm, buying cigars from the farm you visit ensures the money stays with people that work on and at the farm. They often sell honey as well to dip the ends of the cigars in, which I LOVE! If you’re not in Cuba (or you’re really missing it like I am right now) Check out the Havana Candle from Waypoint Goods. It makes my house smell like the sweet honey I tasted in Cuba.
Before purchasing cigars check how many you can legally bring back home. Each country has different policies on how many you can bring home. Make sure you check your countries guidelines before brings home cigars.
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Handmade Cuban Souvenirs made from Recycled Materials
Cubans are resourceful in all aspects of their lives, and that goes for homemade souvenirs.
No matter where you go in Cuba you can find some really interesting souvenirs made by locals. A few of these souvenirs include:
- Baseball hats made out of Coke and beer cans
- Sandals made from scarp leather
- Handmade domino sets
- Toy cars and trucks made from Coke cans or wood
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Hand Embroidered Homegoods and Clothes
I’m not a huge souvenir person, but when I do get souvenirs they’re usually clothes and things I can display at home.
My personal favorite Cuban Souvenirs are are the hand-stitched table cloths and the crocheted clothes. Women take so much time and energy to make these gorgeous items.
The table clothes range in size from little table runners to large table cloths for dining rooms. The prices are reasonable too. I bought a small table cloth for a square side table for only $10!
If you’re looking to get some great Instagram shots, get a Cuban hat early on during your trip. They’re a bit touristy, but can be really fun.
The hats range in size, shape, and color. They can be purchased in shops and in street markets everywhere. Before buying a hat make sure you try them all. They come in different sizes, so make sure you get the right fit.
The size of the brim is different depending on the hat. These hats are all made of straw and range from the fashionable fedora to a wide-brimmed hat to protect from the sun.
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Turnabout Dolls make great gifts for the young people in your lives.
The story I was told while in Cuba was the African women slaves that took care of children on the sugarcane plantations would make these dolls. On one side the doll was white and on the other the doll was black. The children would play with the black doll, but when their mothers were around they would play with the white doll.
I see this souvenir as a way to start having a conversation about slavery with children. Conversations like this are difficult, but the earlier children learn about the horrors of the past the earlier they’ll start making positive changes for the future.