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Gift to Australia

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hespian Sun 04-Aug-13 21:31:58

I have just had a new grandchild born in Australia. We have sent money but would also like to send a small personal gift. We are finding it very dificult to find something appropriate and suitable. (No wood!!! Reasonable postage- not more than the gift itself is worth!!) Any ideas of what has been well received by others?

absent Sun 04-Aug-13 21:34:56

A light-weight money box (i.e. not china) to start off the savings habit? You could include some Oz dollars as well if you wanted to.

whenim64 Sun 04-Aug-13 22:01:47

Silver box for first tooth or first lock of hair to be cut? Birth certificate holder (tube shape). How about an heirloom shawl or a silver teething rattle?

Congratulations on the baby's arrival! smile

Faye Sun 04-Aug-13 22:15:12

Congratulations hespian on the birth of a new grandchild. flowers. I would send a gift that is very British, definitely not something you could buy in Australia.

Gally Sun 04-Aug-13 22:46:36

Congratulations on your new grandchild.
I have 4 gc's in Oz. I buy them Premium Bonds. Sending to Australia now is ridiculously expensive and most of the time the postage outweighs the value of the present! I usually wait until I am visiting and then take the things they can't get out there - mostly books which are prohibitive.

Aka Sun 04-Aug-13 22:54:38

Not a clue but 'Congratulations' anyway

seasider Sun 04-Aug-13 23:40:57

how about a Taggie which is a small blanket with little silky tags round the edge which babies seem to love when they get a bit older. Not very big so should not be too expensive to post. Congratulations! smile

Joan Sun 04-Aug-13 23:46:47

Re presents - baby clothes shouldn't cost too much in postage.

whenim64 Mon 05-Aug-13 00:41:16

Re:taggie blankets. This woman is good - she made taggies for my little grandaughters, personalised with their names embroidered on, and my choice of material.

Gally Mon 05-Aug-13 05:32:57

If you do go for a 'taggy'' can I suggest you get a duplicate or two. My GD goes nowhere without hers and 'Wabbit' has been lost more than once. DD managed to get a couple of (very expensive) replacements but it is now out of stock and only available on e-Bay for over £50 - I kid you not!! shock

JessM Mon 05-Aug-13 06:26:59

Yes it takes the shine out of sending things to Australia when they charge you £7 to send 2 comics doesn't it. Sending things via Amazon may be cheaper than buying and posting yourself and watch out for the "free shipping" offers on Tesco clothes - there are no cheap children's clothes or adult undies over there, so a shipment of socks or whatever may be handy in future.
We had the same problem with Lambie. Back up Lambie now doing good service 8 years later.
Check re this as sometimes mothers have already selected favourite comfort object.

Backagain Mon 05-Aug-13 16:15:14

Good old M&S periodically have free delivery to Australia - I've just checked and it is on at the moment. It is really good - my daughter spends many a happy hour at her laptop choosing what she would like me to send out for her little twins sad

Gally Mon 05-Aug-13 16:33:04

NEXT is free, but has to be ordered from Oz!

hespian Mon 05-Aug-13 18:47:14

Thank you all so much for your suggestions. I have looked at Australian websites to get something delivered from there but unfortunately I have not been inspired so far. I would like to send something "British", especially as mummy is Australian and I am sure they will get many gifts from her Australian family.

To be honest the only thing I want to give the baby is a cuddle but that isn't possible. Finding it very hard. sad

janeainsworth Mon 05-Aug-13 20:00:04

I sympathise Hespian on both counts - my first DGD was born and lives in the US. I miss her and her little brother greatly.
Will you be able to visit?
I agree with the Amazon suggestion, though I don't know if it works as well for Australia as it does for the States.
But congratulations anywaysunshine

hespian Tue 06-Aug-13 19:36:50

Does anyone know how you can be informed of "Free Shipping" by any of the companies mentioned? It makes an enormous difference especially when you just want to send a little something!

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Purpledaffodil Sun 24-Nov-13 19:33:55

Books from the Book depository? They are postage free all over the world.