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Gifts for Children

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Gifts for Children

Hi everyone

We will be visiting Marrakesh next year and I was hoping for some advice regarding bringing gifts for the local children. When we were in Egypt we took pens and pencils, sweets etc and was wondering if this is the sort of thing which would be appreciated in Morocco? Happy to bring other items if no one wants pens!!


Vientiane, Laos
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1. Re: Gifts for Children

The three things children ask from tourists are: a dirham, a bonbon (sweet), or a steelo (pen). If you give them the dirham, they will simply go and buy one of the other two (my bet is on the bonbon). bring pens and sweets - you'll be very popular !

Marseille, France
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2. Re: Gifts for Children

Bring pens and pencils and forget the sweets. You'll just be contributing to their bad oral hygiene. When I travel here I regularly buy the multi packs of BIC pens and several boxes of pencils. At least are you are giving them encouragement to go to school. The dirham is definitely NOT a good idea. Fassia is exactly right -- they will go buy the sweets with it and you encourage them to beg. Stay with pens and pencils!!

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