I have heard to bring single dollars for tipping as we go. I am hoping to make this more personal by buying small gifts. I have heard that staff appriciate calling cards as they are often so far from home. Is this old fashioned since so many people have cell phones or do you thik they would appriciate calling cards as a small token gift?
What about specialty itens such as spa products or gourmet nuts or candies or Girredelli chocolates (we live in San Fran)?
Did you ever receive an unusual gift? Did you like it? Would you appriciate a gift such as those I listed?