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 are 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.
I speak from experience as my family are always trying to post gifts over to us from the UK (which costs a small fortune!) but buying gifts in Australia from the UK online is a much better way to do it.
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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 writing this in November 2020). The reason for commenting on this is because this post is mostly going to be promoting ‘experience’ gifts – things you can order online and send to Australia from the UK or where ever you are in the world with free, instant delivery. I understand that you might feel worried about the idea of sending experience gift vouchers to Austalia in case the recipient isn’t going to be able to use them. The fact is that Australia is mostly open as usual for people living in Australia. Restrictions come and go in the different states and territories around the country in response to case spikes but, the majority of the country is open for business. To put cases in perspective here, as of today in Australia we have less than 100 active cases and the vast majority of those were caught in the quarantine hotels so they aren’t impacting the community.
It has been a very strange year 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. (At the time of writing this, South Australia has lockdowns in place, but it is likely to be short and sharp with things opening up again soon. Numbers are very low compared with most of the rest of the world.)
What the current world situation has taught me is that I don’t need ‘things’ anymore. I’m much less interested in physical things now – I would much 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 them a 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 either a general voucher that can be redeemed for an activity of the recipient’s choice, or that you choose an experience that is available in the state or territory where the person lives. This just means that any internal border closures aren’t going to impact on that person redeeming their online gifts. Australia borders between states and territories open and close depending on case numbers in different places, so sticking to activities in their state makes it much easier to redeem even if a bordering state locks down again.
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!). I then 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 Transferwise enough no matter if you’re sending a small or large amount – it’s so fast and the rates are much better than banks!). But there are 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 stress (gifts should be fun to receive, they shouldn’t cause panic and headaches!)
What do you do if you miss the Christmas post to Australia deadline? Don’t panic!
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.
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 for Experience Oz and Gift It Now who I recommend in this post and I have a personal contact there. If you have any questions or queries you can easily reach out to me so I can field it to them and get an answer for you. This provides you with an extra layer of customer support for sending gifts to Australia.
If you decide instead 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 something 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! (My first year here, I spent an afternoon doing a big online toy order of Christmas gifts only to get to the checkout and find the postage cost more than my basket!) The postage will still be cheaper than posting the item internationally, but I personally hate wasting money on postage if there is a better way.
Wondering how people spend Christmas in Australia? Check out this post!
Experience gifts Australia: Online gifts Australia free delivery
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 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 will love!
Order your own gifts online in Australia from Experience Oz
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.
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 are just looking for fun things to do during the school holidays or for a day out. 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.
Experience Oz can be used to send presents to Australia, if you know what experience the recipient is going to want. You just buy it online and send the details to the recipient. Experience Oz’s partner site, Gift It Now is set up more for sending gifts to Australia though so I recommend that when it comes to sending presents to Australia.
For Australia gift ideas visit Gift It Now
If you are looking to send a gift to your family in Australia from overseas, the chances are you might not know which experience is best. This is where Experience Oz’s partner site, Gift It Now, comes in. This allows you to send gifts to Australia from overseas.
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. 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.
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 earlier this year. You can book whale watching tours all over 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).
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!) 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).
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What an incredible day at @tangaloomaislandresort. We did the #desertsafari and sandboarded down a giant dune. We ate all the food at the beach bbq for lunch and had an amazing dinner at #fireandstone. We (well the kids) went in the heated outdoor pool and then we hit the beach. And our day ended with #wilddolphinfeeding. It was a whirlwind of a day but was just amazing. I can’t wait to go through my photos from the day. #hosted #travelwriter #famil #presstrip #AustraliaandNewZealandMagazine #tangalooma #tangaloomaislandresort #moretonisland #thisisqueensland #visitmoretonbayregion #visitbrisbane
>> 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!
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Look what happened on Sunday! This #wildlifemad boy got chosen to join in the seal show at @sealifesunshinecoast! He was so excited to get up close with the seals and give them a stroke. What an awesome day. The kids keep asking if we can go back again soon so we might need to get annual passes next. ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? #hosted #presstrip #sponsored #famil #visitsunshinecoast #sealifemooloolaba #sealifesunshinecoast #australiaandnewzealandmagazine #travelwriter
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).
Australia gifts and last-minute gifts in Australia
If you are looking for gift delivery in Australia, the above sites are reliable and super easy to navigate, and they make buying gifts online in Australia a breeze. They are also places to send online gifts in Australia with free delivery – don’t waste money on 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.
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 now.
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, and there are millions of products to choose from and there are many gifts with free 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.
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.
Edible Blooms chocolate hampers
Edible Blooms offers a range of beautifully presented chocolate hampers, again perfect for someone with a sweet tooth.
Offering a range of gourmet food and drink hampers, Gourmet Baskets offers hampers for all occasions!
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!
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!). You can easily order gifts online in Australia and your family in Australia will really appreciate the gesture too!