Bringing gifts?

#1 Jan 16th, 2013, 01:54
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Hi Everyone!

I just bought a ticket to spend February and March in south India! I was thinking it would be nice to bring some gifts to give away in Mumbai when I land. I'll have plenty of room in my pack. I know this is a contentious topic, but I am looking for thoughts on things I could bring and an organization to give them to. I was thinking children's books (in English) could be a nice gift for a school or other non-profit. I work with kids and teenagers at home so I'd love to do more of that while traveling. Any reputable organizations I could contact? Ideas for useful gifts for an organization or for individual kids (other than money)?

#2 Jan 16th, 2013, 10:57
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Kids like chocklate. Lot of stuff on sale right now.
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#3 Jan 17th, 2013, 19:29
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Clothes and sweets went down well for me, but pretty much anything and everything that could be considered a gift is welcomed.

I have just come back from a month volunteering. I might be able to find out from the coordinators if they know of any organisations in that area if you want?
#4 Jan 18th, 2013, 12:36
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That would be great! Please let me know. I work with kids and teenagers at home, so I'd love to spend a day or two there helping out as well.
#5 Jan 28th, 2013, 10:07
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Hi we just got back from 5 weeks in India and I took loads of clothing I didn't want/need anymore and they were welcome gifts. Also pens, kids love to get a pen!
#6 Feb 14th, 2013, 18:28
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Books are cheaper in India and quantity would be a hassle in terms of weight. I would say - shop in Staples for some stationary - Pens, crayons and stuff like that....there are some great sales. Also markers come in handy.
Post Valentine day, there would be candy sales and they would come in handy as well.
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#7 Jul 9th, 2013, 17:58
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Don't think sweets or chocolate are good to give to children, I am sure the children would enjoy them but please think about their teeth. How often do you think the average Indian goes to the dentist? I have seen so many who just leave their teeth rotting. Fruit is also sweet but less damaging and has natural sugars and vitamins - Balloons also go a long way. Clothes are good but it can be difficult to give out due to giving the correct size to the correct child. Not sure how useful a pen would be to a child, unless they were attending school, toothpaste, soap are simple things but they will sue them correctly and they will be used and not wasted.
#8 Jul 9th, 2013, 22:15
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As far as gifts for the children are concerned, i would advise you to go for crayons, drawing books(if weight permits), pens and books (again if weight permits) through schools/NGOs. lf you are planning to directly gift to the children then choclates/sweets may be a good idea.
#9 Jul 9th, 2013, 22:46
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I think the OP has finished his trip

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