If you have friends or family living in Australia, the chances are you might need to send gifts to Australia sometimes for Christmas, Easter, birthdays, weddings and other special occasions. Or if you’re the one who has moved to Australia from another country, then maybe your family keeps asking you how they can send Christmas gifts to Australia from overseas through a reliable company without wasting money on postage (and oh my gosh they absolutely should order Australian gifts online from an Australian gift company rather than attempting to post gifts to Australia from the UK as international postage fees are crazy and we have some incredible Australia gifts companies here where things can be delivered quickly and easily without it taking forever!)

If you’re specifically looking for hamper gift ideas in Australia, check out this post all about the best Australian hampers. 

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Looking for gifts for a friend moving to Australia? Read this leaving gift guide.

What are the best Australian gifts to send overseas? 

Before I jump into this post full of ideas about gifts to send to Australia, I thought it was important to comment about the world situation at the moment and what things are like in Australia right now (I’m updating this post in September 2021). The reason for commenting on this is because this post is mostly going to be promoting ‘experience’ gifts – Australian gifts to order online to easily send to Australia from the UK (or where ever you are in the world) with free, instant email delivery. I understand that you might feel worried about the idea of sending experience gift vouchers to Australia in case the recipient isn’t going to be able to use them.

Some parts of Australia are currently in lockdown which means attractions and tours won’t be open. Not all of the country is though (I’m in Queensland and at the time of writing, we’re free to go out and about and do our usual activities, go to the zoo, theme parks etc.). The states and territories that are locked will be opening up as vaccinations hit their targets (and this is now moving quickly) so they won’t be closed forever. People living in those areas are desperately looking forward to getting out and about again, so sending experience gifts to Australia will give people something to look forward to. 

It has been a very strange 18 months for all of us. In Queensland, I’m really appreciating being able to go out to attractions and on tours so I think the best Australian gifts to send overseas are actually experience gifts that can be purchased online and redeemed for attraction or tour tickets when it suits the individual. 

What the current world situation has taught me is that I don’t need more ‘things’. I’m much less interested in physical things now – I would rather go somewhere and make some memories. Sending experience gifts to Australia is a great way to invite people to get out and enjoy their surroundings and also to support the Australian economy by encouraging people to go to tourist attractions that are struggling without international tourists.

Not only is it super easy to send online gifts for overseas friends (no wrapping or postage required!) but you’ll be giving the gift of an experience they can treasure and remember forever. I would, however, suggest that when sending gift vouchers to Australia (from the UK or elsewhere overseas) for experiences, attractions or tours that you consider a general gift voucher that can be redeemed for an activity of the recipient’s choice that way they can decide what to book based on what is available to them or what interests them. 

Send gifts to Australia from the UK or anywhere overseas

My family in the UK often pay money into my UK bank account for special occasions like last-minute birthday gifts and they usually tell me it is there the day before the event (or sometimes even a few days after!). Then I have to rush out to the shops to buy something with my own money for the kids, and transfer the money to Australia. It is really appreciated, but it can also be very stressful for me. Earlier this year, we had to rush to the shops with some Easter money to buy the kids some last-minute Easter gifts after finding out we’d received some unexpected Easter money. (If you need to move money over to Australia quickly, I can’t recommend Wise enough – it’s so fast and the rates are much better than banks. It’s so easy for those quick little money transfers!). But there are much better ways to buy gifts in Australia from the UK or other countries.

If you know you need to send gifts for Australian relatives, I think it’s a great idea to avoid causing them panic (gifts should be fun to receive, they shouldn’t cause stress and headaches!) by choosing to order and send gifts in Australia rather than sending money late so they have to go on a panicked shopping trip!

What do you do if you miss the Christmas post to Australia deadline? Don’t panic!

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Whether the occasion is Christmas, Easter or a birthday- we’ve all forgotten to get things in the post before the postage deadline (and let’s face it – when you post things to Australia, who knows how long it will take to arrive anyway, especially at the moment as things are taking much longer than usual to arrive at the time of writing this post).

If you want to send gifts to Australia from the UK or elsewhere, there is a solution that saves you stress and postage. Just buy Australia gifts from an Australian company. Then there is no need to worry about the Christmas to Australia postal costs, deadline dates, delays or lost packages! It takes a whole heap of stress out of the occasion of sending Christmas Australia gifts to your friends or family. You can even order your card online from a store like Moonpig so you don’t even need to post a card! 

Australia gifts are easy to buy online here in Australia, but it is understandable that you feel nervous shopping with companies you don’t know and trust without having a recommendation. I’m an affiliate partner for Experience Oz and Gift It Now who I recommend in this post. I’ve used the sites myself to buying my own tickets and for sending gifts to Australia so I can speak from personal experience as a customer too.  

If you decide to shop online from some Australian stores, be aware that Australia gifts bought online in Australia can come with a hefty postage cost – this was something that really surprised me after moving from the UK where online gifts and online shopping often came with free delivery if you spent over a certain amount. Here, the more you order, the more you sometimes end up paying for delivery, so if you’re going to order a physical gift from one of the big stores in Australia then be sure to check postage costs before actually placing the order so you don’t get a shock at the checkout! (In my first year here, I spent an afternoon doing a big online toy order of Christmas gifts for my kids only to get to the checkout and find the postage cost more than my basket! It just wasn’t worth it so I cancelled the online gift order and drove to the shop instead!) The postage from online Australian shops will still be cheaper than posting the item internationally, but I personally hate wasting money on postage if there is a better way (and I think there is!). 

Wondering how people spend Christmas in Australia? Check out this post!

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Three kids feeding a kangaroo at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

To keep things simple for everybody, I always recommend giving experience gifts in Australia. Firstly, who needs more plastic junk that is going to go in the bin in a few days/weeks/months?! Australia has some incredible attractions, tours and day trips and these make much better Christmas gifts in Australia than stuff you don’t need. Experiences stay with you for a lifetime and they can have such a positive influence on your kids too.

If you are looking for Easter gifts in Australia, birthday gifts to send to Australia, Christmas gift ideas in Australia or wedding gifts in Australia, then giving the gift of an experience in Australia is much better because memories last much longer than chocolate, gift hampers flowers or wine. And the best part is that these online gift ideas in Australia come with instant free delivery as you can just send gift vouchers that can be redeemed towards the experience.

Looking for Father’s Day gifts in Australia? Have a read of this post!

Australia gifts website: Choose the perfect family gifts in Australia

I recommend two Australia gift websites for experience gifts, whether you are looking for gifts for individuals, couples, your partner or you’re looking for gifts for family in Australia or friends living overseas in Australia – there are so many amazing options that kids (and adults!) will love.

Order gifts online in Australia from Experience Oz for your household

If you’re in Australia and are looking for a fun way to spend your Easter money, Christmas money or birthday money from family overseas, then I highly recommend Experience Oz. You can book all kinds of tickets and attractions for your family, including Australia Zoo, hop on hop off bus tours and beach horse rides. 

Click here to visit Experience Oz now and check out their hot deals and special offers on attractions, tours and day trips that are local to you in Australia

The above site is awesome if you are in Australia and you are buying gifts with money you’ve been given, or you’re choosing activities to treat your kids for a special occasion or even if you’re just looking for fun things to do during the school holidays or for a day out in Australia. There are often hot deals on, so be sure to browse around for inspiration! This site is packed with fun things to do in Australia and has loads of choices of experiences. 

>> Visit Experience Oz here

Experience Oz is a great site to use to buy a gift in Australia for yourself, your partner or your kids. Gift In Now is the partner site that allows you to easily send presents to Australia or send gift vouchers to Australia to someone outside of your household – I’ll talk more about that below. 

For gifts to Australia from the UK or overseas visit Gift It Now

If you’re looking to send a gift to your family in Australia from overseas, the chances are you might not know which experience is best, plus you want the receipt to come to you but you want to be able to send the online gift voucher and a personalised message to the recipent. This is where Experience Oz’s partner site, Gift It Now, comes in. This allows you to send gifts to Australia from overseas. 

>> Visit Gift It Now

If you’re thinking of sending gift vouchers to Australia from the UK or overseas, Gift It Now makes sending a gift to Australia easy by letting you give the gift of Australia experiences, attractions and trips in the form of gift vouchers so the recipient can choose their own experience (or you can also opt to choose an experience for them if you’d prefer). It is super easy to use and you can instantly send gift vouchers to your loved ones in Australia which they can redeem for whatever they choose. Don’t just send the cash which easily gets spent and forgotten, giving the gift of experiences means you are giving memories for a lifetime. And by giving vouchers, your family can have a look and pick the experiences that they really want.

Gift It Now allows you to order an instant delivery gift voucher in Australia for your chosen value and have it delivered with a personal message from you. If you’ve been wondering how to buy gifts in Australia from the UK, then ordering presents for people in Australia through the site is fast, reliable and simple plus you’re only paying for the gift voucher and not for postage.

>>> Click here to check out Gift It Now’s experience and gift voucher options

Wondering what kinds of travel, tour and day trip experiences are available in Australia?

So you’ve decided that you like the idea of buying presents for family in Australia through an experience website but aren’t sure what exactly to buy? Here is some inspiration so you can buy a gift in Australia as an e-gift that can be redeemed for an Australia experience day, attraction ticket or tour.

Read all about whale watching in Australia in this post and see a photo of my son’s grinning face below as I took him on his first whale watching trip. You can book whale watching tours in lots of locations in Australia through Experience Oz just like this one with Brisbane Whale Watching.  (You can do whale watching trips from June – November – but you can buy the vouchers year-round and then redeem them during the next season. Just be sure to check where your relative or friend lives to make sure whale watching is available in their part of the country).

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>> Visit Gift It Now to buy gift vouchers here

Find out about day trips to Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island in this post. Take a look at that idyllic photo below of my kids playing in the ocean til the sun went down (after an exciting day of sand boarding down a giant dune and eating ice cream!) You can book a Tangalooma day trip with sandboarding and wild dolphin feeding here on Experience Oz (there are also other day trip options to choose from too).

>> Book a Tangalooma day trip with sandboarding and wild dolphin feeding here on Experience Oz

And what about a day trip to the Sea Life Sunshine Coast? My son couldn’t take that smile off his face after being invited to join the seal show!

>> Get your Sea Life Sunshine Coast tickets here.

Get your Sea Life Sunshine Coast tickets here.

These activities are all available as gift vouchers in Australia, and experiences like this have honestly shaped our kids in so many ways. I now have three wildlife-mad kids who respect the environment, love animals and who are growing into passionate little travellers (this sits so well with me as you can see from my values and vision here).

>> Check out these activities and more on Experience Oz

>> Explore what experience gift vouchers you can buy on Gift It Now and view them by region

Australia gifts and last-minute gifts in Australia

If you’re looking for gift delivery in Australia to buy experience gifts, the above sites are reliable and super easy to navigate, and they make buying gifts online in Australia a breeze. They are also plenty of places to send online gifts in Australia with free or low delivery – please don’t waste money on international postage!

Buying a present for someone in Australia doesn’t need to be a headache. You can send presents to Australia instantly by ordering online gifts.

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Don’t panic about missing the Christmas post to Australia date anymore. Forgotten to send Easter gifts to Australia? Left it too late for a birthday in Australia? Worried about ordering last-minute Christmas gifts in Australia? Need gifts for friends in Australia quickly? You can send last-minute gifts to Australia for your family by checking out the Australia gift website Gift It Now and order your instant e-vouchers.

If you are interested in more gift ideas, be sure to check out this post about gifts for people moving to Australia and this post about inspiring Australia books.

Order online gifts on Amazon Australia

Have a bit of time to play with? If you aren’t in a rush for buying a gift online in Australia, it’s still not worth looking for gift ideas to post to Australia as you’ll waste too much money on the postage. Instead, why not order gifts for Australian relatives from Amazon Australia? It’s a brand you know you can trust with great customer service, and there are millions of products to choose from and there are many gifts with free or low cost postage.

A perfect gift for a family living in Australia is a beach wagon (you can read this post about buying the best beach wagon or beach cart here or browse beach carts on Amazon directly here) or you can find all kinds of beach gear or things perfect for the outdoor lifestyle that your friends or family will love.

You can also send Amazon gift vouchers to Australia. Amazon gift vouchers are an instant gift that everyone will appreciate. I often send Amazon gift vouchers to friends and family in other countries – it’s such an easy gift and then they can buy whatever they like from you. >> Visit Amazon Australia here

Hampers in Australia

If you want to send something special that isn’t an experience or a gift voucher, your other option is sending hampers in Australia. There are all kinds of luxury gift hampers in Australia to choose from whether that is Christmas hampers, Easter hampers, chocolate hampers or even pamper hampers! 

Dessert Boxes gift hampers

For someone who loves their cakes and sweets, you can get dessert hampers in Australia from Dessert Boxes. (Be aware there is some swearing on the site and some of the products are more adult in nature, but if that’s not for you there are plenty of regular options – I just wanted to make you aware before you click though!)

>>Shop on Dessert Boxes for gift boxes and hampers in Australia

Gourmet Baskets 

Offering a range of gourmet food and drink hampers, Gourmet Baskets offers hampers for all occasions! 

>> Shop for gourmet food hampers in Australia at Gourmet Baskets

Brewquets Beer Hampers

For the beer lover in your life, you can send a beer hamper with Brewquets beer hampers. With drink hampers for all occasions, you can say it with a beer hamper! 

>> Shop for beer hampers in Australia with Brewquets

Order online gifts Australia

I hope this post has given you inspiration about how to send gifts to Australia and showed you that you don’t need to send presents to Australia in a panic anymore (or pay the crazy postage to send gifts to Australian relatives in the post!). You can easily order gifts online in Australia and your family in Australia will really appreciate the gesture too!

Get started buying presents in Australia from the UK or abroad here…

>> Visit Experience Oz

>> Visit Gift It Now 

>> Visit Amazon Australia

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  1. Janet Ellithorn

    Hi not sure how to gift it now im in england and want to zend my son a stand up paddle board experience on brisbaine river at kangaroo point i think?.
    I dont un derstand what an e ticket is

    • KarenB

      Hi Janet, Thanks for your comment. Here is my affiliate link to that experience: https://smartstepstoaus.giftitnow.com.au/en/brisbane/stand-up-paddle-board-adventure/stand-up-paddleboard-lesson-and-adventure

      You click to purchase and then go to the checkout. Here you add in the name of who you want to send this to, write a personalised message to them and write who it is from, then enter your contact details and payment details as the purchaser. You will then get to add the recipient’s contact details so you can have the experience sent to your son. An e-ticket is something that he will be able to print off or show on his phone when he is ready to redeem the experience voucher. Hope that helps!

  2. Nick

    Hi, Thanks for your information about gifting to someone in Australia from the UK. I want to be able to gift a phone, what would be the best way of doing that?

    • KarenB

      Hi, You can buy phones from lots of shops online including: jbhifi.com.au, officeworks.com.au, dicksmith.com.au, ebay.com.au or Amazon.com.au. Or you can buy from the Australian phone stores like Apple etc. All of these are reliable retailers to order from. Hope that helps.

  3. Nick Tanna

    Hi, Thanks for your information about gifting to someone in Australia from the UK. I want to be able to gift a phone, what would be the best way of doing that?

  4. Claire

    Hey! Am I able to purchase a food takeaway on something like menulog to be delivered to my friend in WA even if I’m in the uk? Thanks for a really useful blog about gifts!

    • KarenB

      Hi Claire, Thanks a lot! Yes you can do this. I just did a quick Google search and found a few options for gift cards for things like Menulog, Doordash and Ubereats – or for meal services like Marley Spoon or Dinnerly etc. The thing to check is that it operates in the area of the person you’re ordering for (as I know Ubereats aren’t available everywhere in Australia.) Woolworths is one of our main supermarket chains and they also sell giftcards for lots of brands so that’s worth checking out.

  5. Christina Ballard

    Hi Karen I am in the UK but have family living in Queensland. Is there a way for me to gift cinema trips preferably as e tickets/gift cards for my children to use? Also is it possible to put credit on Kindle accounts to purchase books using Amazon Aus? 7I would be buying from the UK for use in Australia.
    Really hoping you can help me with this.

    Thanks for all the other very useful information in your blog, Chris

    • KarenB

      Hi Christina, Thanks for the questions. You can absolutely buy cinema gift cards in Australia from another country. Search online to find which chain of cinema is closest to where your children live. I’m on the northside of Brisbane and we have Event Cinemas and Hoyts close by so you could try by Googling those first. When you found one close by, you’ll find they have a gift area on their site to buy vouchers and you should be able to just buy them and use your UK address as your billing address for it. Make sure you look for evouchers if you don’t want to have them delivered by post.

      Woolworths is one of our main supermarkets here and they also have a gift card shop too: https://giftcards.woolworths.com.au/ so there are loads of options through that where you can choose eGift cards (they also have cinema gift cards on there).

      With Amazon, you can buy regular egift vouchers on the amazon.com.au site which I believe they can then use to buy ebooks (I couldn’t find anything saying otherwise on Amazon). If your family moved from the UK they might still have their Kindle associated with Amazon.co.uk though and the voucher needs to be from the associated country. It is possible to change the country on a Kindle but I believe you can only change it back if you have a valid payment method for that original country. Just something to be aware of so you can make sure you buy evouchers for the country they prefer.

      I hope that helps! Glad you found the guide useful.


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