Australian Gifts to take Overseas – Your Ultimate Guide
Australian gifts to take overseas: So you’re FINALLY going on that trip overseas. Yay!
You’ve sorted your itinerary and where you’re going to stay.
You’ve checked the weather and exchange rates; packed the appropriate clothes; got your gadgets for the plane; your chargers; toiletries; visas, foreign money and sorted out your mobile phone roaming.
But what about gifts for those people you’re going to be staying with? Or colleagues you’re going to meet?
You want to get them something really nice, but let’s face it – it’s always a pain lugging around heavy wine bottles in your hand luggage and it’s not exactly an original, thoughtful gift these days.
You definitely can’t go empty-handed.
They are, after all, saving you a small fortune in hotel bills not to mention the hospitality they’re likely to show you. Or when you meet colleagues or overseas business partners for the first time it is often customary to bring a gift from home.
Here we share our top 20 most popular Aussie gifts to take overseas to give you a few helpful ideas on what to take.
Our criteria for our list is that these gifts must be thoughtful, beautiful, unique, Australiana themed, and light-weight to carry in your luggage.
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!
#1. Australian gifts for overseas – Hand creams
Hand creams are another lovely Australian gift to take overseas. We recommend something made in Australia like this Linen press Botanical Australian hand cream. Not only does it come in a beautiful box featuring Australian native flora like flannel flowers, banksia, and waratah; but it’s under $20 and under 100mL so you can take it on the plane in hand-luggage to gift on arrival.
Others we recommend would be these below: (click on image for more)
#2. Australian gifts for overseas – Australian mugs in a box
Yes, fine bone china cups.
“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 :-).
These are a great keepsake gift to remind them of your visit in an everyday way!
We love the collection that includes this G’day koala mug from our friends at LalaLand. See there full collection of your whimsical Aussie favourites here
#3. Australian Gifts to Take Overseas – Chocolate share packs
“Tim Tams are widely available in the USA, UK nowadays, and Vegemite can be bought in UK Supermarkets”
The classic is Tim 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.
And btw – If you are getting Tim Tams, don’t buy them at Australian airport duty free – as you can pay over $8.00 a packet.
Examples of other treats include many Arnott’s, Cadbury or Allen’s classics that just aren’t available anywhere else except Australia (or Australian themed shops overseas).
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.
#5. Australian gifts for Overseas – Tea Towel
While Tea Towels to some might not sound like the most exotic or exciting gift -they are perfect and very popular Australian gifts to take overseas.
This is because they are light weight and can be very fun or extremely beautiful, reflecting the stunning Aussie landscape we’ve come to know and love.
For example, one of Kirsten Haworth’s Aussie Slang Tea Towel.
It has lots of Aussie Slang terms with their translation underneath in small text including:
“G’Day Mate” : A universal greeting used any time of the day or night
“Ridgie Didge”: Original, Genuine, Reliable, Honest
“Strewth”: An exclamation used when surprised or in disbelief
“Fair Crack of the Whip”: Give me a fair go!
“Crikey” : Good grif! Fancy that I’ll be blowed! Holy smoke!
“Goodonya” : Good for you – well done
“Up Woop Woop” : The middle of nowhere. Very remote town or place
“Fair Dinkum” : True, Real, Genuine, The real thing
#6. Australian gifts for overseas – Native Australian Flowers (Artificial!)
While it’s not realistic to send ACTUAL native Australian flowers overseas, these are the next best thing – if not better!
These beautiful artificial arrangements from our friends at Floralistic are going to impress and make the perfect (and a little different) Australian souvenir gift to give.
Now all you have to do is decide which one you like best!
#7. Australian gifts for overseas – Scarves by Australian Artists
A scarf makes a great gift to take overseas or give to an overseas VIP – especially when, like the one above by indigenous artist Watson Robertson, it reflects the Australian landscape in some way. The Australian Silk Scarf above is also packaged with information about the artist and artwork. Watson Robertson comes from Warlukurlangu Artists, who are a not-for-profit Aboriginal-owned Artists Corporation established in 1985. It’s situated in the remote desert communities of Yuendumu and Nyirripi in Central Australia.
See other scarves below that reflect the Australian landscape, sky-scape or natural flora and fauna. This is why, as well as being lightweight, they make terrific souvenirs.
#8. 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?! :-))
#9. Australian gifts for overseas – Games and Puzzles
#10. Australian gifts for overseas – Australian made gift hamper
If you have a full suitcase and couldn’t possibly fit another thing in, why not pre-send your overseas host an Australian Gift hamper?
The one shown here is very popular ‘thank-you’ gift that can be sent overseas from Australia with DHL express – usually arriving anywhere between 3 and 7 days from the date of sending it.
Especially if you are buying for a family or group of friends – a pack like this is perfect to share and enjoy the tastes of Australia.
And you don’t have to worry about customs or getting it squished between your toiletry bag and your hiking boots.
#11. 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.
#12. Australian Gifts for Overseas – Gift packaged chocolates like this Koala Chocolate Gift Tin
This is one of our most popular products and makes a great gift for overseas that will fit in your luggage and be great to share when you arrive at your destination.
At only $19.95 it won’t break the bank either.
What’s so great about it is not only the yummy individually wrapped koala chocolates, but the tin they come in can be re-used as a keepsake to store tea, coffee, or kid’s pencils and rubbers.
Here’s some other native choc covered macadamias and chocolate gift packs that also make a great Australian souvenir gift.
#13. Australian Gifts for Overseas luggage – Socks and Ties
They make a great gift that’s personal, without being too personal!
#14. Australian Gifts for Overseas – SUITCASE SCENT
This makes the #1 on our list because it is very small, great for the budget conscious, extremely light and such a great product!
It’s a small suitcase scent that is naturally scented with Australian native oils including Lemon Myrtle, Eucalyptus and Lemon Scented Gum.
It’s suitable for sleeping bags, camping gear, sports gear, handbags, shoes, quilts, blankets, linens, and luggage. Anything you can think of!
Not only does it smell amazing and make a sweet little gift, but it will make your luggage smell amazing too on the way over!
We are proudly certified by the Australian Made Campaign as Australian made Retail Supporters.
#15. Australian Gifts to take Overseas – Blue Wren Gifts
Trying to find an Australian gift for a bird lover? Why not browse our available selection of Blue Wren Gifts – one of Australia’s tiniest, and yet most celebrated birds?!
While there are many species of wren, this one native to Australia is called the Superb Fairy Wren.
It lives in backyards and any area mostly on the lower eastern side of the Australian coastline where there are plenty of scrubs and bushes to hide in.
#16. Australian Gifts for Overseas – Hand Towels
It’s going to take up hardly any room in your luggage and it weighs less than 100g.
If you’re gifting to a friend or acquaintance, they can pop it straight in their bathroom to bring a bit of Australia to their home (also perfect for homesick Aussie children!)….
If you have a business client – sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of personalisation in the work kitchen or bathroom.
This hand towel on the left features Australia’s native Crimson Rosella – a beautifully coloured bird that is one of the reasons foreigners think of Australia as such a vibrant, tropical place.
#17. Australian Gifts for Overseas – Coasters & Placemats
Coasters and Placemats are one of our most popular categories of Australian souvenir gifts – who doesn’t love a good coaster from Overseas?
The placemat shown here features a design by Meryl 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.
Here’s some images of our most popular Australian themed coasters and placemats. Generally the most popular ones feature Australian native plants and animals, or iconic building in Sydney or Melbourne like Flinders Street Station, or the Sydney Opera House & harbour.
#18. Australian Gifts for Overseas – 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 also don’t recommend 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.
#19. Australian gifts to take overseas – Koala Beach Collection
Nothing says Australia more than ‘beach’ and ‘koala’ – so this fun collection designed by Murilo Manzini for La La Land makes a fantastic gift for your overseas trip.
This set is complete with a surf-life-saving koala; a surfer koala; a mumma bathing koala and a young koala with a boogie board.
#20. Australian gifts to send overseas – Thermal Flask Koala Surfer Design
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.