Best gifts for sending overseas


If you’re reading this then no doubt you have friends or family living overseas. No doubt you want to send them a Christmas gift once in a while. No doubt you have tried to negotiate the massive hurdles that come with posting these jolly things! (Heh heh, see what I did there…)

Some things to keep in mind when shipping a gift overseas:

  • Check what can/can not be imported into the destination county. This information can generally be found on the destination country’s embassy or customs webpage. USPS seems to have a pretty comprehensive list available at this link.
  • When filling out the customs forms, make sure you indicate it is a gift and be as generically specific about the contents as you can. You don’t need to do into absolute detail, but simply writing “gift” as the contents may raise some flags by customs. Whereas, “books, toys, candy” will generally not cause problems.
  • The customs form will require you to write the monetary value of the contents, the higher the amount, the more likely your giftee is to be charged import fees.
  •  The customs form may require a phone number for the recipient, if that is the case, please message your giftee to get the information.
  • If possible, avoid using a courier service. (e.g. UPS, Fedex, and DHL) Many of them will charge your giftee a customs handling fee as well as any customs or import fees in order for them to receive their gift. Sometimes when using a courier service, they will also ask for passport information which may not be available. This varies from country to country. If you must use a courier service, you can consider sending your giftee money to cover the cost, or, at the very least give them a heads up.
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My absolute must do tip is WRAP YOUR PARCEL APPROPRIATELY. It has to survive many days and night by air or sea, and you want it to arrive in the best shape possible.

At Little Bellies, we’re packing veterans! No amount of bubble wrap is spared to ensure your gift arrives in great condition.

Here’s a great idea for overseas kiddies – a placemat and crayons set featuring Australian flora and fauna. Wipes clean after each use so it can be coloured again and again. Click on the image to see more designs.