AUSTRALIAN GIFTS TO TAKE OVERSEAS – YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE
Australian gifts to take overseas: So you’ve FINALLY renewed your passport and got it in time to take that trip overseas? Yes!
You've checked all the wonderful new and latest requirements for entering each country you're visiting; you've got your itinerary and where you’re going to stay sorted...
... and you've worked out the weather, exchange rates, and what you're going to wear ... plus what you're going to take with you like chargers, toiletries, visas, foreign money and roaming mobile phone/data plans?
But what about gifts for those people you were going to be staying with? Or souvenir presents for colleagues that you may meet?
As you haven't seen them in so long, you might want to get them something really nice, and perhaps think about if it can go in your hand luggage and is lightweight.
You definitely can’t leave empty-handed.
They have, after all, waited all this time to see you and are likely to show you incredible hospitality now you CAN actually travel again (fingers crossed)... and what about those colleagues or overseas business partners you may meet - you can give them a gift from Australia too so they remember you with a smile on their face!
Here we share our top 25 most popular Aussie gifts to take overseas to give you a few helpful ideas on what you can take with your or send.
Our criteria for our list is that these gifts must bethoughtful,beautiful,unique, Australiana themed, and light-weight to carryin your luggage (or send more cheaply!) where possible.
So without further ado…
(drum roll please….) if you can’t wait to scroll the full details below, here’s a summary of our top Australian gifts for overseas – click on your favourite for more info!
Yes, fine bone china mugs DO make great gifts for overseas VIPs.
“Won’t they break in my luggage though?” I hear you ask?
The answer is ‘it depends’ – we now only stock mugs that come in their own gift boxes. This is because the outer thick cardboard gift box not only looks great (like its own gift wrapping), but also protects the mugs from bumps and jolts en route. And let’s face it – these mugs are probably going to travel a long distance!
However, if you are travelling or posting a mug that doesn’t come in its own box, beware! For example a beautiful hand-made mug.
It may look beautiful, but trust us – even with heaps of bubble wrap, clothes-stuffing and careful consideration, it is 10 x more likely to get broken than a mug that comes in its own box.
So feel confident when choosing mugs from our collection that we’ve got you covered 😉.
Hand creams are another lovely Australian gift to take overseas. We recommend something made in Australia like this kakadu plum design by indigenous artist Alma Granites. Not only does it come in a beautiful box featuring the artwork of Alma Granites from her 'Seven Sisters Dreaming' work, but it’s under $20 and under 100mL so you can take it on the plane in hand-luggage to gift on arrival.
#3. AUSTRALIAN GIFTS TO TAKE OVERSEAS – CHOCOLATE TREATS YOU CAN ONLY GET IN AUSTRALIA
If you’re visiting Australian friends or family overseas it can be thoughtful to take them a few Australian childhood chocolates and treats that they will not be able to get elsewhere.
“Tim Tams are widely available in the USA, UK nowadays, and Vegemite can be bought in UK Supermarkets”
The classic isTim Tams, however they are generally available in the USA and UK so you might want to try a few other things that are ONLY available in Australia.
However, having said that, it is widely acknowledge that in the USA, tim tams are made there to a recipe that is sweeter than the original, designed to appeal more to the American palette. (so they WILL appreciate the originals from Down Under! :-)).
We recommend buying share packets of chocolates as it’s usually more fun for people to share with family and friends.
You should pack them separately in your check-in luggage. We have never experienced any problem through customs with these in any country.
#4. AUSTRALIAN GIFTS FOR OVERSEAS – 50 MUST READ AUSTRALIAN NOVELS
Okay they are not always THE lightest thing to carry in your luggage…
…but they are not as heavy as a bottle of wine and take up much less room.
If you are visiting a book-lover overseas, introducing a book they’ll love by an Australian Author they might not have heard of before is a great idea.
If you need some inspiration, why not check out the Australia’s Number one online bookstore – Booktopia. They’ve pulled together a great list of 50 must read Australian novels. There’s something for everyone in there ranging from Penguin Classics such as ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ to children’s classics such as ‘The Magic Pudding’; as well as modern favourites like Richard Flanagan’s ‘Narrow Road to the Deep North’, winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize.
A scarf makes a great gift to take overseas or give to an overseas VIP – especially when, like the one above by Western Australian Artist Shelley Barton of Silken Twine, it reflects the Australian landscape in some way.
TheAustralian Silk Scarves below make beautiful and lightweight gifts from Australia. These aboriginal ones in particular are also packaged with information about the artist, thier artwork and their community.
#9. AUSTRALIAN GIFTS FOR OVERSEAS – MAKE YOUR OWN HAMPER
Want to give an Australian gift that really has the ‘wow’ factor?
Why not get one of our signature keepsake gift boxes designed to make an Australian impression in a tasteful way, and fill it with the food and gifts you know they love?
Our signature gift boxes feature Australian natives like Banksias, cicadas, butterflies and more on premium card with gold foil highlights. They won’t help but be blown away at the quality of this gift box. And even better, the box can be kept for later to store all sorts of goodies (and hopefully memories of you?!).
These also make great Welcome to Australia gifts, as we’ve sent them to many luxury hotels like the Sydney Shangri-la (for example). We liaise with any concierge to have the gift hamper in their room on arrival. Visitors love it! (who wouldn’t?! :-))
#12. AUSTRALIAN GIFTS FOR OVERSEAS – AUSTRALIAN SOAPS
Similar to hand creams, soaps are also a lovely gift for overseas because they are lightweight, have great Australian packaging, and smell divine! Many smell of the Australian bush which can evoke memories for home-sick Aussies overseas, or excite potential new visitors to the land down under.
We love these ones from Cloverfield. Not only do they smell divine – they are enriched with essential oils and extracts from Australian natives like lemon myrtle, quandong, kangaroo paw, lilli pilli and kakadu plum.
Also, we love their packaging. On the inside of the box featuring Australian plants is this lovely message…
Inside the soap gift box’s lid reads:
” Come, let us journey together through the Australian country, a land of exquisite natural beauty, wild and pure. We will run as far as the eye can see, over dusty plains shimmering with hidden gems, past Ghose Gums, Myrtles and crooked Banksia to the place where Kangaroo Paw grows glowing red against the seting sun.
Let us eat sweet Lilli Pilli and Quandong under the brilliant azure skies while listening to an orchestra of Cockatoos and Kookaburras chatter. Then, as the sun sinks low we will heed the call of the billabong letting the water cleanse us as we immerse ourselves deeper and deeper into this magical land we call home, Australia.”
Other soaps include these beautiful Goats milk & Shea butter soaps wrapped in luxury paper featuring artworks by indigenous Warlukurlangu Artists of Yuendumu and Sheryl J Burchill from North Queensland, Australia.
These stunning high quality silk or cotton ties feature authentic designs from Australia. There's quality Aboriginal designs, featuring artwork depicting Dreaming Stories; and also floral ties featuring wattle, eucalyptus gum, banksias and more.
They make a great gift that’s personal, without being too personal... plus they're small and lightweight to either send or pop in your luggage.
These beautiful Aboriginal silk ties feature authentic designs from Aboriginal Art Communities in Australia including the Warlukurlangu Artists, Munupi Artists and more. Profits from the sale of these products go to the artists and their communities.
T2 has fast become one of Australia’s iconic tea brands. And with their innovation in beautiful teas, it’s no wonder!
Tea makes a fantastic gift for overseas VIPs because; unlike the obsessed coffee nation that Australia can be; many countries in the world have tea as their preferred tipple. For instance, England and the UK in general for starters! And let’s not forget our Asian neighbours who are all obsessed with it -hot or cold.
Coasters and Placematsare one of our most popular categories of Australian souvenir gifts – who doesn’t love a good coaster from overseas to pull out for an afternoon coffee or after dinner drink?
The coasters shown above features a flowering eucalyptus design byMeryl Bell,an internationally recognised Botanical Artist from Western Australia. Inspired by the beautiful native Australian plants and insects that surrounded her, she would take up to 2 years to complete a work. One of her paintbrushes even had just one hair on it.
Needless to say, her works translate very well to Australian souvenirs. To see all of her available works on souvenirs see here.
While Meryl’s designs are very popular, many coasters and placemats are a great gift because they are small and light-weight to take in your luggage or post overseas.
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the authenticity of Aboriginal Gifts.
To make sure the gift you are giving is from an authentic indigenous source, and not exploiting the style of art most commonly produced by Australia’s indigenous artists; you need to make sure the product is clearly labeled, usually mentioning both the artist and the community that proceeds go back to.
The best packaging also includes information about the artist, the artwork, and its significance to country.
Contrary to popular thought, we alsodon’trecommend you buy traditional aboriginal gifts like a boomerang or didgeridoo.
Besides being very difficult to carry, what do you actually expect the recipient is going to do with that gift? Unless they have huge amounts of space in a work or home environment for art, it’s a little awkward!
Instead, if you want to be a thoughtful gift giver, we recommend you lean on the side of beauty plus practicality.
We find that hand creams; porcelain items like mugs & coasters; scarves; and tea-sets are all fantastic and well received gifts.
Because they also come with information about the artist and the meaning behind their work; they also share interesting information about the Australian landscape and those who are indigenous to it.
#23. AUSTRALIAN GIFTS TO SEND OVERSEAS – DRINK BOTTLES
This cute koala surfer flask makes a great gift for overseas VIPs because it’s environmentally friendly and a fun reminder of Australia. Click on the image to see the detail of the product and check out the cute design on the back that renders it an irresistable gift ;-).They’re going to love keeping their liquids hot or cold for at least 12 hours wherever they roam.
#24. AUSTRALIAN GIFTS TO SEND OVERSEAS – G’DAY DOORMAT
G’day! Is the thought of gifting thisG’day doormatto a homesick Aussie or lover of Australia overseas making you smile?
Imagine how much joy it’s going to bring them every day when they come home and wipe their troubles away with this bit of Australian humour and warmth crossing the threshold of their front door…
…and when they have guests over, they’ll feel that true-blue, fair dinkum Down Under hospitality they’ll experience inside with their first step.
These cute designs from our friends at Adoremat come in different fonts and if you get in touch with us, you can even customise your own! (You’re terrible Muriel / Made in Bondi / That’s not a knife – THIS is a knife!)
Click on the image to see the detail of the product for this quirky and fun true-blue-Aussie gift.
Aw. Who could resist a cute little souvenir Koala toy? There’s lots to choose from with different styles and sizes. They make the perfect souvenir gift for any age as they’re just so iconically Australian and sooooo cute!