25 Unique Cuban Gifts That Will Transport You To Havana Instantly!

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Whether you’re hunting for the perfect gift for Cuban friends or simply want to indulge your love affair with all things Cuba, you’ve stumbled upon the right fiesta! Our 2023 lineup is hotter than a Cuban cigar on a Havana night – trust us, we’ve done the research, and the smoke signals are clear: these 25 Cuban gifts are smokin’!

From vintage-inspired coasters that pay homage to the island’s rich history to quirky, fun items that scream “Viva Cuba,” we’ve scoured every corner of the internet (and perhaps, a few Cuban alleyways) to curate this list. So, if you’ve ever dreamed of gifting someone a piece of Cuba without the TSA hassle, you’re in for a treat!

Are you short on time? Check out the editor’s top three gifts for Cubans and Cuba enthusiasts by budget.

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#1 Cuban rum

Bottle of Cuban rum
Photo courtesy of Drizly

Are you looking for tradional Cuba gift ideas? Then a bottle of Cuban rum is the perfect gift!

This Malecon rum is an 18-year-old-aged rum and is perfect for true rum lovers. I wouldn’t recommend buying this bottle for someone who is going to mix it into a Cuba Libre, because that would be a waste of such a great rum.


#2 Personalized map of Cuba

Map of Cuba
Photo courtesy of Not on the High Street

Are you on the hunt for a thoughtful and personalized gift for a Cuban friend?

Then check out this gorgeous map of Cuba on Not on the High Street!

Not only does it showcase their beloved homeland in all its glory, but it also adds a touch of nostalgia and pride. Plus, it’s the perfect guide for plotting their next epic adventure or reminiscing about their favorite spots over a cafecito.

And don’t worry if you don’t feel like personalizing this gift. You can also check out Etsy for Cuban maps of any style, color, size, and shape (well, it’s still the shape of the map of Cuba, but you get the point).


#3 Cuban coffee gifts

Cafe La Llave coffee from Cuba package
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Surprise the coffee lovers in your life with the best gifts: Cuban coffee gifts! Cuba has been producing Arabica coffee for over two centuries, and it’s coffee is typically known for its robust flavor.

And if you’re looking for a unique gift to accomany these coffee beans. Or if you want to help the recipient brewhe quintessential Cuban coffee, add a Moka pot too (check out gift #12).


#4 Cigar-label coasters

Set of four coasters from Cuba with a print from Cuban cigar labels
Photo courtesy of Coasters Di Fresco

Did you know that Cuba is the world’s second-largest cigar exporter (source)?

No wonder Cigars are such a classic Cuban tradition.

But hey, we’re not promoting smoking here, so how about grabbing some cigar label coasters as a quirky Cuban souvenir that won’t mess with anyone’s health?


#5 Cuban passport cover

A passport cover with the flag of Cuba
Photo courtesy of Inspiring Expeditions

Are you looking for practical Cuba gift ideas for travelers?

Then this cute Cuba-themed passport cover with the flag of the country is perfect!


#6 A trip to Cuba


If you are looking for the best Cuban gifts for people obsessed with Cuba, or for a Cuban who misses home, then here is the gift you need.

A trip to Cuba!

So if you have a large budget, head over to Skyscanner and book a flight and hotel.

And don’t worry if the recipient already has a ticket to Cuba. In that case, check out Tinggly and book one of the fun tours. For example, a walking tour in Havana, or horseback riding in the Vinales valley.

And lastly, if you want to go for the safe option. Buy the Tinggly gift card. This gift card gives the recipient the opportunity to choose from all Tinggly tours himself.


#7 Handmade Cuban art

A painting handmade in Cuba
Photo courtesy of NOVICA

Novica is a company that offers fair wages to local artists and supports local communities. Buying any products from this platform guarantees that the item is handmade and truly one-of-a-kind.

Take this painting, for instance, a creation of the talented Cuban artist Jose Salazar Vazques. He puts his spin on the Cuban woman with sharp lines and bold colors, turning it into a unique piece of art.

This oil painting will surely leave an impression and make an excellent gift from Cuba! (And don’t worry if this one’s gone, there’s plenty more on Novica to explore.)


#8 Cuban-themed sweatshirt

A red sweatshirt with "Cubana" written 5 times
Photo courtesy of Sabor Latinx

This sweatshirt is an aweonse gift for Cubans who moved abroad and miss home. They can use it as a fun and unique way for them to show their Cuban pride!

Of course, it’s a practical item too that will keep them comfy and warm. And for more colors and designs, head over to Etsy.


Cuban gifts for mid budgets

#9 Guayabera shirt

White Guayabera shirt
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Looking to score some traditional Cuban gifts for the guys?

You can’t go wrong with an authentic guayabera shirt! These shirts are a common sight all across Cuba.

What sets them apart are those two stylish vertical lines (known as alforzas) and those handy front pockets. Usually, you’ll find four or two patch pockets sporting those cool alforzas.

These shirts are super comfy for those hot and muggy days. That’s why they’re a go-to choice in Caribbean hotspots like Cuba, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.


#10 Cuban cookbooks

Book cover of 'The Cuban Table: a celebration of food, flavors, and history'
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The Cuban Table: a celebration of food, flavors, and history

Are you looking for Cuban souvenirs for people who love to cook? Then a Cuban cookbook is a perfect gift. The Cuban Table includes over 110 traditional Cuban recipes to try at home.


Book cover of 'Cuban flavor: exploring the island's unique places, people, and cuisine'
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Cuban flavor: exploring the island’s unique places, people, and cuisine

Cuban Flavor is more than just a cookbook with traditional recipes. It includes the stories and the history behind Cuba’s traditional dishes. It’s one of the best Cuban gift ideas for people who are interested in more than just delicious food.


Book cover of 'A taste of Cuba: a journey through Cuba and its savory cuisine'
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A taste of Cuba: a journey through Cuba and its savory cuisine

This is one of the best Cuba gift ideas for people who love learning from the best. The book includes 75 Cuban recipes. However, not just regular recipes, but recipes from Cuban master chefs!


#11 Dominoes game set

Cuba-themed Dominoes set
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Are you looking for Cuban gift ideas for people who love games? How about a dominoes set with the flag of Cuba?

Dominoes is one of the most popular games across the island, making it a fun and traditional gift.

For more travel-themed games, check out these 25 board games for travel lovers!


#12 Cuban Moka pot

Blue Moka pot to make Cuban coffee
Photo courtesy of Amazon

If you are looking for more gifts for coffee lovers, this Cuban-style coffeemaker is perfect.

The Moka pot or Bialetti is also a typical Italian stovetop coffeemaker.

Coffee from a Moka pot is typically stronger than regular filter coffee, which is why it’s sometimes also called an espresso maker. Though technically it’s not the same as espresso. And I am sure that coffee lovers will taste the difference.

Either way, coffee made from Cuban coffee beans in a Moka pot is by far the best Cuban gift for coffee snobs!


#13 Books about Cuba

Book cover of 'History of Cuba: A captivating guide to Cuban history, starting from Christopher Colombus' arrival to Fidel Castro'
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History of Cuba: A captivating guide to Cuban history, starting from Christopher Colombus’ arrival to Fidel Castro

This is one of the best Cuban gift ideas for people who are interested in history. The Captivating History series includes fascinating and in-depth history books, including this one about Cuba.


Book cover of 'The most beautiful girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton'
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The most beautiful girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

Are you looking for Cuba gift ideas for people who love to read? Then a novel that’s set in Cuba is perfect. ‘The most beautiful girl in Cuba’ is about three women and their roles during Cuba’s fight for independence from Spain.


Book cover of 'Everyday Cuba for non-Cubans: beyond the resort cliché'
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Everyday Cuba for non-Cubans: beyond the resort cliché

Are you looking for Cuban gifts for people who want to learn more about the country in a fun and entertaining way? Then this book that gives insight into Cuba and Cuban society is perfect.


#14 Cuban gifts for her: necklace

Silver map of Cuba pendant
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Are you looking for cute Cuban gifts for her? Then this necklace in the shape of the map of Cuba is perfect!


#15 Cuba travel guides

Book cover of 'DK Eyewitness Cuba'
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DK Eyewitness Cuba

Are you looking for Cuban gift ideas for people who are traveling to Cuba soon? Then a Cuba travel guide is the perfect gift. DK Eyewitness guidebooks are great for all types of travelers.


Book cover of 'Lonely Planet: Cuba'
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Lonely Planet: Cuba

Do you need Cuba gift ideas for backpackers? Then the Lonely Planet is the gift you need. This is the best guidebook for budget travelers!


Book cover of 'The rough guide to Cuba'
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The rough guide to Cuba

The last guidebook on this list is one of the best Cuban gifts for adventurous travelers who have a bit more to spend than backpackers.


#16 Cuban travel poster

Vintage travel poster of Cuba
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Do you need gifts for Cuban friends who would love to decorate their entire home in Cuban style?

Then this vintage travel poster of Varadero is a great piece of wall art for them!


#17 Cuban-themed tote bags

Tote bag with Cuba libre
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Are you looking for Cuba gift ideas for sustainable travelers?

Then tote bags in Cuba-theme are perfect!

You can find over 300 different Cuban-themed bags on Zazzle. Or go for the bag with the most famous Cuban cocktail; Cuba libre.


Cuban gifts for small budgets

#18 Cuba coloring book for adults

Cuba coloring book for adults
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Do you need Cuba gift ideas for someone who seems a bit stressed out?

Then a Cuba-themed coloring book is perfect!

Coloring books for adults help to reduce stress and anxiety, especially if it’s a coloring book about their favorite country!


#19 Cuba-themed socks

Havana socks
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Socks are great small gifts for Cuban friends. For example, these cute Havana socks for women. For men’s socks or other designs, check out Amazon.


#20 Cuba Royal eau the toilette

Perfume in a Cuban cigar shape
Photo courtesy of Amazon

If you are looking for funny Cuban gifts for men, then this Eau the toilette in the shape of a cigar is perfect!

Cuban cigars are one of the most typical gifts from Cuba, but I don’t really want to promote smoking on this blog. So I figured this perfume was the next best thing.

And don’t worry, it doesn’t actually smell like cigars. It has a leather and orange smell, with some hints of mint, roses, and grapefruits.


#21 Havana-scented candle

A candle with a label from Havana, Cuba
Photo courtesy of Dio Candle Company

If you’re looking for gifts for Cuban friends who are feeling homesick and missing home, this gift will surely cheer them up!

This scented candle smells like spicy citrus, tobacco, and musk – the scent of Cuba and Havana.

The smell carries a wave of nostalgia that will undoubtedly transport them back to their home country.


#22 Cuban Spanish book

Cuban Spanish book
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Are you looking for Cuban gift ideas for someone who loves learning new languages? Or for someone who wants to be able to connect with locals?

In that case, a Spanish course is a great gift. And it’s even better if it’s a Spanish course that’s specific to Cuban Spanish, such as this Cuban Spanish 101 book!


#23 Cuba shirt

Cuba shirt
Photo courtesy of Amazon

This tank top with the flag of Cuba is one of the cool Cuba gift ideas for women who want to show their love for Cuba to everyone!


#24 Luggage tags

Luggage tag with map of Cuba
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Do you need more practical gifts for Cuban friends who love to travel? Check out the 120 different Cuban-themed luggage tags on Zazzle!

I quite liked the one with the map of Cuba, and since travelers love maps, I am sure that travel lovers will love this tag too!


#25 Tostones maker

A wooden tostone maker from Cuba
Photo courtesy of Amazon

If you are looking for Cuban souvenirs for people who love to cook, this tostonera is the perfect gift.

But first thing first. What is a tostonera?

This wooden device is used in many Latin American countries to make a delicious snack called tostones. Hence the name tostonera (tostone maker).

Tostones are smashed plantains that are then twice-fried. Not quite the most healthy snack, but definitely one of the most popular Cuban snacks!


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Final note on Cuba gift ideas

Alright, if you are still reading this post, I will assume you haven’t decided which gift to buy yet. So maybe I can help you out.

These are my personal top three Cuban gift ideas by budget:

AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Lara, a 30-year-old travel-lover (but who’s not these days?). I love reading, puzzling, world-heritage sites, researching, and making lists, which comes in quite handy when you’re making lists of travel gift ideas!