BEST PRESENTS TO TAKE HOME: wooden coasters/mats
It´s always been quite a challenge recommending presents to take home from Cuba. You buy your rum and cigars but you´re also looking for some other little thing; something lovely, evocative of the island. Havana might now be able to offer you designer jewellry, lamps and T-shirts, but it’s still these very functional-yet-artistic pieces that most take my fancy.
US flyers (from the 30´s/40´s). A hard varnish finishes off the job and there you have it: a small artwork, something quirky/funny that you can put your drink on, stick on the fridge, or even hang on the wall. Those with Kindles won’t use them butreaders still dedicated to hard or paperbacks will also enjoy her small,delicate book marks (below) and at only 2 cucs (just over a pound) a piece.
Prices range from around 4-20 cucs depending on size. You can find Buby – a lovely woman and so always a pleasure – at the small, more intimate, craft market in Calle Obispo & Calle Aguacarte, Old Havana; Mon/Tues/Sun: 10am- 6pm.
If you are interested in exploring the city for presents to take home, be sure to check out our guide to shopping in Cuba as it can be a varying experience depending on where you are.