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Old December 3rd, 2012, 09:33 PM
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Question Christmas gifts for the crew?

We have been cruising for over 25 years and are about to go on our first holiday cruise. Do you bring small gifts for some of the crew, such as your room stewards or dining room wait staff (or favorite bartender)? If so, any suggestions? Are there some items that would really be appreciated? Thanks
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 09:37 PM
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Money. It's universal, always fits, and will fit into the limited living space the crew must deal with.

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Old December 3rd, 2012, 09:43 PM
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Any gift you give will be received with gratitude and smiles. How could it be otherwise? It is in their job description to be gracious.

It is only cash that will be truly appreciated. Their living space is very tight. There is nothing you can provide that is more welcomed than cash. Everything else is just "stuff."

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They really don't want trinkets, momentos from your home town, food/candy........ they really like cash. They can buy whatever it is they need or want, it doesn't take up a lot of space in their small cabins and doesn't make their luggage overweight when they fly home.

It's also helpful to keep in mind that not everyone celebrates Christmas.
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Smallish photos of Al Hamilton and Tom Jefferson.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 10:07 PM
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It's also helpful to keep in mind that not everyone celebrates Christmas.
I don't even consider that when I give a gift. I give a gift because I want to. The employees work hard and I celebrate Chrismas, therefore I give.
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As hopefully you have noticed from the several boards you have posted this question on, it is, at minimum, insensitive, to impose your idea of gifts on others from different cultures. Others have religious, cultural, dietary or other lifestyle restrictions that are incompatible with what you are proposing. Yes, you believe, according to American culture, you are giving thoughtfully and generously, and most would agree with you. But others don't always perceive it that way.

As someone said "Cash is king". And sincerely and thoughtfully mention their names on the evaluations on board. That will benefit them more than American style gifts.

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I agree with all of the above. Extra cash in the tip and mentioning by name on the cruise evaluations for good/great service received is much more meaningful to them - it will get them better assignments, promotions and pay.
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We have been cruising for over 25 years and are about to go on our first holiday cruise. Do you bring small gifts for some of the crew, such as your room stewards or dining room wait staff (or favorite bartender)? If so, any suggestions? Are there some items that would really be appreciated? Thanks

This one comes up once or twice a year.

You will not get consensus on this.

Some will say don't bring gifts.

Some will say bring gifts.

Some will say very nice.

Some will say not everyone celebrates Christmas.

We do both.

We tip and we also give a small gift to certain crew.

In the end, this is one to do what you want to do.

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Money is King!!

We prefer to give cash as gifts knowing that the crew can send that home to their families.
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Money is King!!

We prefer to give cash as gifts knowing that the crew can send that home to their families.
You are right on target here. If folks who cruise want to celebrate their holday they have every right to do so. If they want to give something to the crew, they have every right to do so. BUT as others have said, crew member space is limited, they may not want little knick knacks that you think are cute, they may not choose to eat sweets and foods that you like, but they do appreciate pieces of paper (really cloth) with pictures of dead presidents and those of our founding fathers!

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I will split the difference. I will bring a tiny little Christmas stocking, and stuff it with money, and a few little surprises. I make survival bracelets and will tuck in one or two. They can wear them or give them to friends. Maybe a few candy canes also. Mostly money for sure. I will be getting off the Fantasy on Christmas day, and it will make my day brighter knowing I've left something fun. It truly is a season of giving, money, gifts, hugs, or a combo. Just do it. Jesus is the reason.
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smallish photos of al hamilton and tom jefferson.
These photos don't need to be matted and framed.
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Old December 4th, 2012, 10:17 AM
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As hopefully you have noticed from the several boards you have posted this question on, it is, at minimum, insensitive, to impose your idea of gifts on others from different cultures. Others have religious, cultural, dietary or other lifestyle restrictions that are incompatible with what you are proposing. Yes, you believe, according to American culture, you are giving thoughtfully and generously, and most would agree with you. But others don't always perceive it that way.
As the OP of this thread, my question was does anyone give gifts and what might they be? I did not suggest that I would impose my idea of giving gifts to insult anyone’s culture. I simply asked for gift suggestions. Cash it is. I can give extra cash as a Christmas “gift” to anyone of any culture or religion without saying “Merry Christmas” and they and I will be happy.
Thank You for your suggestions and lectures.
P.S. I have even gifted ($$) my Jewish letter carrier durring the Christmas season and received a ‘thank you’ note the next day.

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We have been cruising for over 25 years and are about to go on our first holiday cruise. Do you bring small gifts for some of the crew, such as your room stewards or dining room wait staff (or favorite bartender)? If so, any suggestions? Are there some items that would really be appreciated? Thanks
money.


unless you have a long standing relationship with a specific crewmember and know for a fact what they like or don't, money.

biggest I am going to do is they will get their tips in a Holiday card as opposed to a plain envelope.
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OP - this question has been posted over and over and over again on this board. You can do a "search" and read all the many, many, many responses.

The crew will be polite and accept your gift. They will then do what I do with all the trinkets I receive over the year like party favors, gift bags, etc. Probably throw it away. You will feel good, but will have wasted time and money.

They want cash. When you give someone what you want to give them, not what they need or want, no one really feels "good" but you.

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P.S. I have even gifted ($$) my Jewish letter carrier durring the Christmas season and received a ‘thank you’ note the next day.
The USPS forbids mail carriers from accepting cash, and they are only allowed to receive gifts with a value under $20.

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OP - this question has been posted over and over and over again on this board. You can do a "search" and read all the many, many, many responses.

The crew will be polite and accept your gift. They will then do what I do with all the trinkets I receive over the year like party favors, gift bags, etc. Probably throw it away. You will feel good, but will have wasted time and money.

They want cash. When you give someone what you want to give them, not what they need or want, no one really feels "good" but you.
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The USPS forbids mail carriers from accepting cash, and they are only allowed to receive gifts with a value under $20.
BTW. I retired from the USPS after many years of delivering the mail. Durring the holidays, over the years, I (and my fellow carriers) have recieved thousands of $$, sometimes even a twenty dollar bill. I guess we should all go to jail. I think you need to go to the Complainers threads. This thread is about holiday giving.
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As the OP of this thread, my question was does anyone give gifts and what might they be? I did not suggest that I would impose my idea of giving gifts to insult anyone’s culture. I simply asked for gift suggestions. Cash it is. I can give extra cash as a Christmas “gift” to anyone of any culture or religion without saying “Merry Christmas” and they and I will be happy.
Thank You for your suggestions and lectures.
P.S. I have even gifted ($$) my Jewish letter carrier durring the Christmas season and received a ‘thank you’ note the next day.

Bon Voyage, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
You will note in my original post I said that people would give you a wide range of answers.

As I mentioned, we do both.

We try to give something that can be used on the ship or in port. This has included items such as phone cards and candy.

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