This post originally began as a post about Christmas gifts to buy each other when you’re about to emigrate. It was inspired by our last Christmas in the UK before we immigrated to Australia – it was SO difficult knowing what to buy as we knew whatever Christmas gifts we gave each other would need to come with us to Australia in our shipping container. Our family had trouble deciding what gifts to get us too – we ended up with mostly chocolates and booze as people knew we’d be able to consume those before we left the country.
A few months later came our leaving party and people really struggled to know what moving to Australia gifts to get us. We ended up with so many bottles of wine and boxes of chocolates as emigration gifts – we had a feast during our last few days in the country but we had to give away so much as we couldn’t finish it all.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve been asked the same questions many times: What to buy someone going to Australia? Do you have any gift ideas for someone emigrating to Australia? What bon voyage gifts do you wish you’d received before you moved to Australia? As I kept being asked for ideas about gifts for people moving to Australia over and over again, I decided to expand the post to make it about any gifts for someone going to Australia – whether that is as emigrating presents for their leaving party or Christmas or birthday gifts in the months before someone leaves the country. The post is aimed at you if you’re the one moving and trying to work out what to buy for each other for an upcoming event, or at your family members or friends who might be online Googling: ‘gifts for someone going to Australia’.
Don’t worry – I’ve got you covered. You don’t need to resort to food and drink emigrating gifts – there are lots of amazing, memorable gifts you can give to somebody moving to Australia.
To help you out, I’ve put together a gift guide/leaving gift guide to suit the whole family. This includes gifts for someone travelling to Australia and gifts for someone moving to Australia, no matter what their age or interests (if you’re looking at buying gifts in the UK for Australia based family members, I’ve got you covered in this separate post about online Australia gift ideas). There are so many gift ideas for someone emigrating to Australia to suit all budgets.
These are all emigration gifts that we’d have loved to have received. They’re gifts for someone leaving the country that don’t take up too much space and things that can be taken on future adventures – I’ve tried to make sure my emigration gift ideas were things people would treasure and get lots of use out of. You might also enjoy reading this guide to books about Australia too as some of those make incredible, inexpensive gifts for someone moving abroad too.
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Christmas gifts or leaving presents for someone moving to Australia
If you’re looking for a special emigration gift for someone moving to Australia, here are some moving to Australia gift ideas for grown-ups. Whether you’re looking for gifts for a friend leaving the country or for a family member who is leaving the country to travel or live abroad, this post is filled with ideas about what to get someone who is leaving as a bon voyage gift or special occasion gift.
Be sure to also check out this post about the best rucksacks for travelling – giving the gift of a new carry on bag is a really useful present to give to somebody who is moving or travelling to Australia soon!
Bon voyage Australia gifts for adults
Now on to my top picks of gift ideas for the grown ups who are emigrating to Australia or gifts for someone going travelling to Australia…
Bose Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
These Bose headphones are amazing (I was lucky enough to get a pair in my stocking one Christmas, so I speak from personal experience)! They are great for the plane, and they’re awesome for listening to music or podcasts (or even just to turn them to silent so you can get some peace and quiet – they definitely help me concentrate on work when all of the kids are at home making a lot of noise). They aren’t very big so are easy enough to take in your hand luggage. They’re a long-lasting, quality item and they make a great main Christmas gift, birthday gift or moving present for your other half.
They’re the kind of present for someone moving that will get continued use – if your family or friend is moving to Australia, they are likely to fly back for visits in future which means the headphones will always come in handy for future long haul flights. They’re also a good idea of what to buy for someone travelling to Australia as they’re small enough to pack in hand luggage and they come in handy for listening to music and podcasts.
This tough little GoPro camera is one of my favourite moving to Australia gifts as it will come in so handy for someone leaving to Australia to start a new life. It’s tiny, hard-wearing and great for taking into the water as you learn to surf or paddleboard. I have the Hero 4 but what I love about this one is it has a screen on the back so you can see what you’re filming (mine doesn’t have this so I had to buy a screen attachment for it). Then you can also add an accessory kit as a little extra and you have the perfect emigrating presents!
It’s a great gift for someone travelling to Australia or moving to Australia to capture those special moments in the surf. Personally, we’ve loved using ours to video our kids learning to swim in Australia.
I don’t know why but I’ve always wanted a luxury travel wallet. It’s not something I need so I’ve never bought one for myself, but then this is a luxury gift rather than a necessity! I love this dotty design. Somebody who is emigrating (or travelling) to Australia is going to do more travel in future (even if it’s just coming back for visits), so it’s a really practical emigrating present that will get plenty of ongoing use. It’s one of those gifts for someone emigrating that is luxurious AND practical.
Citizen Ladies Wristwatch
A watch is a lovely keepsake emigrating gift, and a good quality watch will last for years. I love this classic design with a bit of bling. I got a Citizen watch as my main Christmas gift from my husband just before we moved and I think it’s one of the best gifts for people emigrating – I still wear my watch every day and when I look at it it reminds me of that last Christmas with family. It is a portable gift, making it an ideal bon voyage gift for someone moving to Australia. A watch also makes a great leaving present in a work situation where a team club together to buy a present for a colleague who is leaving – it’s a lasting reminder that someone can keep forever.
Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch
Here is a stylish men’s equivalent.
Sony Compact Camera
Getting a compact camera as a present for someone emigrating is a great investment. It will inspire that person to share some of their photos when they land too! My husband and I invested in a new compact camera as a joint present for our final Christmas in the UK. It meant we had a way of capturing our leaving party too!
Getting a camera with wi-fi is really handy to allow you to easily share images too. Whether you’re buying it for your partner, yourself or you’re looking for a present for someone going to Australia – a camera is a really solid emigration gift that everyone will appreciate.
Australia guide bookLonely Planet Australia
Everyone needs a great guide book. Lonely Planet Australia helps people plan their future holidays within Australia. It makes a great gift for an Australia trip but is just as handy as a gift for someone emigrating permanently – I still often refer to my Australia travel books before we go on holiday here.
Australia language and customs book
Australian Language and Culture
Books about Australia are a fabulous gift to give as Christmas stocking fillers or as a moving present. They don’t take up much space and are a really useful present for someone going to Australia to live or travel. This book is one of the most popular item my readers buy through Amazon.
Selfie stickSmart Selfie Stick
A good selfie stick always comes in handy and this one has an extendable arm and bluetooth remote. It makes a great gift for someone travelling around Australia on their own backpacking as they will want to be in their own photos.
Electrical cable organiserWaterproof Travel Gear Organiser
Handy to keep all of your electrical gear in a safe place when travelling. It’s not the most exciting of moving gift ideas but, trust me, anyone leaving for Australia is going to have stacks of cables to take with them so it’s a really handy emigrating gift and one I’d have been happy to receive. It’s also super handy as a gift for someone travelling to Australia as it means as they move around they can keep their cables organised in their hand luggage. There is nothing worse than having a bag full of lose cables while backpacking around Australia (I speak from experience as I’ve done it!)
Because Kindles take up less space than a library of books they are the ultimate gifts for someone emigrating.
You can never have too many iPads when travelling, especially if travelling with young kids! It’s a portable gift for someone to take to Australia from the UK.
Image Skincare Daily Ultimate Protection Moisturiser SPF 50
A really good gift for someone moving abroad to a hot country like Australia is some high quality skincare products to protect skin from the sun’s rays. If you’re buying a sunscreen, look for UVA and UVB protection. Image sunscreen comes highly recommended by my hairdressers and beauty salon. You can also read this helpful post about zinc sunscreens to get some more ideas.
Skincare: Mineral powderCheck out prices on Amazon
I love my Youngblood mineral powder as it also gives me extra sun protection. Who knew that loose powder could give you such a flawless complexion too. This is now my go-to product to top up my sun protection when I go on the afternoon school run so I’m sure a lot of people would love to receive one of these as a moving abroad gift or in their Christmas stocking.
KAVKA Designs Round Beach Towel
A round beach towel might not sound like a very exciting gift for a friend moving abroad to Australia but, trust me, if you choose the right beach towel it makes a great leaving present and your friend will love you forever! It’s the kind of present for someone emigrating that will make them think of you every time the hit the beach!
A beach towel is the kind of item that will get so much use in Australia, and a top quality one will last for years and years. It’s a practical yet luxury gift for a friend leaving the country or a relative.
Moving gift ideas for kids emigrating to Australia
If you’re looking for moving to Australia gifts for kids for either Christmas presents, birthday gifts or bon voyage gifts, here are some ideas below. (If the kids are particularly obsessed with wildlife like mine are, then this post is worth a read too as it includes some wildlife-related books which make useful educational emigration gifts.)
Check out my top Christmas gifts for kids who are moving to Australia…
Crayola colouring setCrayola Travel Pack
Emigrating families want fun things for the kids to do during the long haul flight and this kit is perfect as it’s dry erase so mess-free and lightweight to pack. It’s an awesome gift idea for kids who are leaving for Australia soon.
Kids’ travel journalKids’ Travel Journal
Encourage kids to log their migration journey and keep track of their feelings in a travel journal. It’s a very practical gift for someone emigrating – it gives kids some control to write down what is going on in their lives, as well as giving them an outlet to explore how the whole move is making them feel. It’s a very useful leaving for Australia present that can really help young people deal with the emotions involved in emigrating.
Kids’ travel pillowKids’ Neck Pillow
Cute and practical – kids will love receiving this little travel neck pillow as a moving abroad gift. It will make the flight to Australia way more fun and comfortable for little ones so it makes a great travel gift idea.
Travel bag for gadgetsTravel Handbag
Handy for older kids to carry their own gadgets on the plane when travelling to Australia, a smart travel bag makes a great gift for travel to Australia.
Australia facts bookEverything you ever wanted to know about Australia
Kids who are moving abroad to Australia will love this book by Lonely Planet.
Australia activity bookPuzzle Activity Book
These activity books are an awesome way to keep young kids entertained on the plane making them perfect moving abroad presents.
Where’s WallyWhere’s Wally Travel Set
My kids LOVED Where’s Wally when they were little – my four-year-old twins literally spent half of the flight over here reading Where’s Wally books.
Prodg Scooter suitcase
Kids will love whizzing around the airport on a scooter suitcase. A scooter suitcase would certainly make the journey overseas a lot more fun as well as being a useful leaving present for kids as they would be able to use it over and over again on their return visits. If my kids owned a scooter suitcase, I think they’d ask to leave the country all the time so they could use it!
Consumable gift ideas for someone who is moving to Australia
If you’re wondering what to get someone moving to Australia as a leaving present or Christmas or birthday gift and they have a some time before they jet off, food and drink can be a great option. Remember to only buy these as a leaving present for someone emigrating to Australia if they are going to have time to enjoy it though – there is nothing worse than being given yummy food and drink as emigrating gifts and then having to leave them behind as you don’t have time to finish them before you emigrate!
Don’t bother giving a boring box of chocolates as a moving to Australia leaving gift though – there are some incredible, thoughtful luxury gift hampers out there to choose from as a Christmas gift or a leaving present for someone emigrating to Australia:
Tea time treats hamperHay Hampers Traditional Tea Time Treats Hamper Box
Give something that can be enjoyed in the moment.
Gin tasting setTasting Gin Selection
A gin and tonic selection makes a great moving abroad present. Because who doesn’t love a gin & tonic?
Green and Blacks chocolate hamperGreen and Blacks Chocolate Lovers Hamper
Now this is something I’d be very happy to find under my Christmas tree (just remember that the wicker hamper won’t be able to travel to Australia due to shipping restrictions!)
Give the gift of experiences this Christmas
In my opinion, giving experiences as gifts is so much better than giving presents just for the sake of it. When we got married back in 2005, I devised an experience gift list before I even knew it was a thing! We took a Caribbean cruise for our honeymoon so I made up experiences people could buy for us (a beach picnic, cocktails on the deck at sunset, an island tour etc.) as I really didn’t want to end up with ten oven dishes and some crockery! Memories are everything to me.
Now that we’re in Australia, our family usually give us cash for Christmas and birthdays and they ask us to buy gifts for our kids from them (then I use Currency Fair to move the money over to Australia as cheaply as possible). If we still lived in the UK, the kids would end up swamped in plastic toys that would be broken by the end of the holidays. Now that we buy most of their gifts from people, we usually get the kids a few key presents and some stocking fillers and then put the rest of the money towards experiences like wildlife park passes or days out. But Gift It Now make it super easy for anyone to give the gift of experiences and Gift it Now vouchers make perfect gifts for someone moving abroad.
Our families don’t like shopping online in Australia from the UK – they don’t know the stores and aren’t sure about postage. Gift It Now is a site that I trust and I can share it with my family and they can shop for our gifts. This makes a huge difference to me as buying ALL THE GIFTS and wrapping them all usually falls on my shoulders every Christmas. That’s a lot of gifts (three kids each needing gifts from us and both sets of our parents plus aunts, uncles, grandparents etc. = a lot of shopping and wrapping for me!)
So whether want to send Christmas presents to Australia or you’re thinking about what to buy someone who is moving overseas to Australia, Gift It Now gift vouchers are a really practical idea as they can be used towards all kinds of experiences that will create amazing memories.
Buy tour gifts Australia
With Gift It Now, you can buy specific experiences or tour or attraction tickets in a specific city or you can buy you gift vouchers that can be used towards an experience. Ideas for gifts include a Brisbane Story Bridge Climb, a day trip to Taronga Zoo or on a Mornington Peninsula Horse Ride – there are so many options! Gift It Now is also awesome if you’re looking for gifts for someone going travelling to Australia as it means you can buy them something special to do when they get to Australia. I know when we were backpacking in Australia we were on a tight budget so we’d have loved it if somebody had bought us some gift experiences or tour tickets in Australia.
Visit the Gift It Now website now and narrow down the options by region to plan your tour gifts in Australia. If you are the one who is moving, make sure you share the site with your relatives!
Leaving presents for someone emigrating to Australia
There are so many gifts for people moving to Australia – from designer sunglasses to snazzy beach rugs, from Saltwater Sandals (I own some in yellow and in red – they are super comfortable and I want to add some other colours to my collection next!) to buying your other half a Kindle Unlimited subscription to give them an endless catalogue of ebooks on their Kindle. There are SO MANY IDEAS that won’t take up space in the moving container, so please don’t feel you have to give cash or chocolates!
Whether you’re looking for Christmas gifts for anyone, or you’re shopping for a leaving party gift for someone moving abroad, there are loads of ideas out there. Most of these are also great gift ideas for someone travelling to Australia too as they are all portable gifts that will fit in a backpack. I hope this article has helped you to think outside the box when it comes to gifts for someone who is leaving the country.
If you think these suggestions are helpful gift ideas for someone emigrating to Australia, it would be great if you’d give the post a share. Buying gifts for people moving to Australia is really tough, so give your family and friends a hand otherwise you might end up with lots of boxes of chocolates!
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