Bringing gifts for friends, family and relatives have been one of the age old traditions still existing among most of the families in Bhutan. Usually gifts are brought by friends, coworkers or families in general and given them if they come from overseas holiday, from tour aboard or from place somewhere new to them. This was practiced to remember those who are close to their hearts, to make them feel they are remembered and important persons.
Tips and Gifts are not compulsory in Bhutan but it can greatly change the feeling and multiply the happiness of receivers. Therefore this is still practiced and recommended way of getting close to any families in Bhutan.
As such there is no particular demand or proper ratio for tipping, so anything you think and can afford to offer is good. For general understanding of large sections of people who might involve during your tour in Bhutan are as under.
Bhutanese Local Families:
No matter how expensive or cheapest, most families love to receive any basic necessity like head wear, upper body wear, lower body wears, foot wears etc. This will not only help them to save their little saving but will also be able to show their friends and family for longer period of time. If not giving out small amount of money to the head of the family makes them feel happy and remember gifts and tips are always given on the last meet or during departure.
Any books or school items would be very good idea to present in the school.
Please no money and no sweets. You might give pens, pencils, note pad or sweets.
Please no money to beggar. As such, there is no beggar in Bhutan. The beggar you might come across are not needy people.
Nice way of tipping guide is USD 20/day
Good amount of tipping driver is USD 15/day
Any amount you want.