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6 Fantastic Gift Ideas You Can Find in an Australian Souvenir Shop

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We once heard a story of someone who, during their younger years, felt a light tap on their shoulder while waiting for the afternoon bus. It came from a blonde lady with a noticeable Eastern European accent — and her fashion was unmistakably chic. Pearl earrings and a bright, frilly dress splashed in pure ochre in the business district. A tourist.

To cut things short, she asked if she could be taken to a few touristy places. Our friend at the bus stop complied, and the two became quick friends. They even met during their spare time — days later — and both enjoyed a  full-on Aussie trip around Sydney.

Years later, they still keep in touch and send gifts constantly. Their annual gift-giving became a tradition of sorts, and we’re told it felt sublime opening different cultural artifacts every year. They’ve learned loads about different Australian cities along the way, too.

If you want to know some of these fantastic gifts, browse through this great list for some Aussie souvenirs for your friends and loved ones.

Australian Gifts From a Gift Shop

Women’s Socks From Melbourne

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Melbourne Tram socks

Product Description:

  • Premium Quality Combed Cotton socks.
  • Made in Australia
  • Contents: 75% Combed Cotton. 25% Elastane/Nylon
  • Warm Machine wash
  • Do not bleach, iron, or tumble dry

Enjoy the warm, fuzzy embrace of Australia’s second most populated city. These socks sport vibrant aquamarine colours that are reminiscent of Melbourne’s very own trams. 

If your recipient misses the tram that runs along the city day in and day out, this souvenir can give her a warm feeling of home and nostalgia that would remind her of this marvellous city.

So get out there, knock their socks off, and get ‘em these new ones. These socks are 100% Australian-made and are produced with premium quality cotton. 

Interested to find other gifts? Click Melbourne Gifts to browse through more amazing Melbourne gifts.

Sydney Opera House Paper Nano

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Sydney Opera House Paper Nano

Product Description:

  • Suitable for boys and girls 12+
  • Loved by teenagers and adults up to 80 years old
  • Required tools not included: hobby knife, tweezers, glue for papercraft & cutting mat

If you’re looking for a gift that reminds the recipient of Sydney, we have one question for you:

Why not buy Sydney’s most iconic opera house from a gift shop straight from a Paper Nano collection?

For those unfamiliar, a Paper Nano is a small-scale, highly detailed papercraft that replicates marvels from all around the world. This Sydney Opera House Paper Nano, in particular, is one of these souvenirs made with laser-cut precision and immense detail. And to top it all off, there are many other architectural feats that can sit alongside this one on top of shelves. 

This gift is both a nostalgic souvenir for Australians abroad and a fun Australian gift for international friends. Whoever you’ll give this souvenir to, they’ll be sure to spend plenty of fun hours constructing this tiny model of the Sydney Opera House.

Want something other than Sydney’s white house? Look here for more nostalgic Sydney Gifts.

Protea Tie 

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Protea tie

Product Description:

  • Designed in Australia
  • One Size Fits All

Did you know? The name “protea” took inspiration from the Greek goddess “Proteas”, who was a sea goddess that could change to many forms. Pretty neat fact for a flower that’s lived on the planet for millions of years!

The Protea plant grows exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere, so northerners willhave no chance of finding this exotic beauty in the wilderness anytime soon. Luckily, there’s a way to circumvent such unfortunate circumstances.

The next best thing is to find this exotic flower in man-made cloth — and boy, do we have just the clothing article for you!

This stylish tie features the popular Australian flower and its stems on a navy background. It would make a great finishing touch on any fine gentleman’s clothing, spicing it up by deviating away from dull, singular colour schemes.

Get clothing and more Australian Gifts for Him in our online gift shop or souvenir shop today.

Koala Toy — Koala Bickie

Koala toy - Koala Bickie
Koala toy - KoalaBickie

Product Description:

  • Tenderly handcrafted from 100% woolen sheepskin
  • Made in Australia
  • 45 × 30 × 3 cm

Let’s be real here. No great souvenir list from Australia would fail to pay homage to one of the most iconic animals of the land.

The Koala Bickie is a gorgeous, flat-styled bear with white and fluffy inner ears, perfect for cuddling and having by your bedside.

It makes an amazing souvenir gift for babies —  one they’ll be sure to cherish for many years of their life. And aside from that, it can act as a substitute for pets too. This makes it the perfect souvenir gift for families who want a cuddly friend.

And if you want to give this cute little souvenir to your grown adult friend, too, hey, no judgment here. Share the koala love with any of your friends abroad, and they’ll be sure to appreciate the gesture.

The Koala Bickie selection comes with one out of three different coloured bows: blue, silver, or pink.

Find more Australian Gifts from $50-100 in our gift shop today.

Waratah Men’s Underwear

Waratah Mens Underwear
Waratah Mens Underwear

Product Description

  • 95% bamboo; 5% spandex
  • Soft, breathable, durable, odour resistant and biodegradable
  • Sizes Small to XL

If you reckon your recipient prefers a gift that’s both functional and stylish, then Waratah Men’s underwear could be the perfect souvenir for them.

Did you know? These garments are inspired by the New South Wales (NSW) floral emblem, which the Eora Aboriginal people call the Waratah or red flowering tree. The Waratah spreads across the underwear on top of a purple background, which is based on art by Peggy and Finn.

This gift also comes in a super lightweight box — which makes it great and highly convenient to just package and ship. Give your guy friends one of these souvenirs and let them wear a piece of Australia everywhere they go.

Discover more Australian Gifts from $20-50 here.

Australian Animal Earbuds

Australian Animal Earbuds
Australian Animal Earbuds

Product Description:

  • Plug: 3.5mm
  • Speaker diameter: 10mm
  • Cord length: 1.2m
  • Frequency range: 20hz – 20khz
  • Max. input power: 30mw or iPhone 7 or above use the lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter, supplied with your phone. 

For just under $20, you can gift your special friend these animal earbuds that can act as the perfect Aussie souvenirs! Turn up your jamming sessions with tunes blasted from the mouths of outback animals. (that should definitely be a band name)

This lightweight gift allows you to pick between four Aussie animals: koalas, kangaroos, sharks, or cockatoos. 

This gift hits all the right marks to cap off the list as one of the best Australian souvenirs you could find. It’s adorable, economical, functional, and lightweight. What more can you ask for?

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More Australian Gifts

At I Still Call Australia Home, we promote the best goods that all of Australia has to offer.

From mugs and snacks to everything in between — we feature amazing gift items in our catalogue to cater to a wide range of individuals.

Browse through our affordable rotating collection to get a taste of what Australia is all about.

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