Whether you’re shopping for an Australian abroad, need a souvenir for a visiting relative or are simply looking for a present for that Aussie-obsessed mate of yours, these 15 gifts will put a smile on their face come Christmas.
In 1978, a young Aussie surfer founded a brand of sheepskin boots that would go on to become an iconic piece of Australian footwear. As the Northern Hemisphere heads into winter, a pair of UGG Boots is the perfect gift to keep your feet warm, and they’ve even been approved by Oprah, appearing on her ‘Favourite Things’ list.
Australians are obsessed with AFL, and no fan’s wardrobe is complete without a team Guernsey. There are 18 teams to choose from, and each has their own unique design and colour scheme. There are also children’s sizes available for young football fans.
By adopting a cuddly koala, you will be helping to care for these gentle creatures. When you adopt a joey, adult, wild koala or mum and joey, you will receive a personalised certificate, a photo of your koala, stickers and more. Plus, if you’re ever in the area, you can drop by and visit your koala.
Do you have a friend or relative living overseas who is craving Vegemite, Milo, and Tim Tams? If so, send them a Down Under Box packed with all of their favourite Aussie treats. Choose between Aussie Chocolate Lovers Box, Aussie Classics Box or Build Your Own Taste Of Home.
Roll the dice past Queen Victoria Market, Shrine of Remembrance, Etihad Stadium, St Kilda beach and the Arts Centre in the Melbourne Edition of Monopoly. In this version, the MCG has been given the coveted Mayfair position, and you’ll be set back three places when ‘A Fitzroy hipster takes too long ordering a half strength, decaf, soy-mocha frappuccino.’
Dress up as Australia’s favourite housewife Dame Edna Everage with a pair of flamboyant glasses. The character, made famous by comedian Barry Humphries, was first introduced in 1955 and has since become an icon of Australia, hosting her own talk shows and productions on Broadway and the West End.
There are thousands of Australian guidebooks offering the same information, but Bill Bryson’s In a Sunburned Country differs in that it provides a quirky and humorous guide that is both informative and entertaining. This book is a must-read for anyone travelling to and around Australia.
If you know someone who’s struggling to communicate with local Australians, then the gift of this language tool is the perfect choice to help them learn Australian English. With less than 15 minutes of practice a day, they will be on their way to learning the Aussie accent and communicating more clearly with native speakers.
Pay homage to the late Steve Irwin with a khaki shirt from Australia Zoo that will make your friends say ‘Crikey!’ The shirt features ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ logo and is the perfect gift for any wildlife warrior. There are also kid’s sizes available.
Get ready for summer with this Australian Flag Beach Towel, printed proudly in red, blue and white with the Southern Cross. The towel is 100 percent cotton and is 60 by 30 inches. Whether you plan to sunbake on Bondi, Surfers Paradise or internationally, no one will ever question your heritage again.
These hand-blown, double-insulated longneck beer glasses are the perfect addition to any home bar. They can keep up to 16 ounces of beer or ale cool without sweating and feature an attractive design. Invite your mates over and enjoy your favourite brew from one of these Australian Beer Glasses.
Buy an original piece of Aboriginal art from an ethical source such as Tangentyere Gallery and add native Australian life to the walls of your home or office. Learn more about ethical art purchases in this article.
Pre-order the second edition of Yorro Yorro: Original Creation and the Renewal of Nature: Rock Art and Stories from the Australian Kimberley by Aboriginal elder David Mowaljarlai and photographer Jutta Malnic. Trace the story of the Wandjina creation spirits back 60,000 years to the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia.
If you’re looking for a stocking filler that won’t break the bank, then these Aussie Slang Mini Fridge Magnets are perfect. With 40 phrases including strweth, fair dinkum, deadset, larikin and G’day mate, anyone can pick up the Aussie lingo in no time.
Boomerangs have been used by Aboriginals for ten thousand years and are an iconic Australian symbol, making this hand-painted gift the perfect souvenir. Each authentic boomerang differs in design as they are hand-painted by Aboriginal families and come with a gift box and stand. All profits support Aboriginal people.