The Best Australian Gifts to Take Overseas


Travelling overseas is an incredible privilege, but it does comes with certain responsibilities! Not least of those is the question of what gifts to buy for your hosts, colleagues, or whomever else may be lending you a hand during your visit. But it needn’t be a chore. At Australian Woodwork, our range of quality handmade products has something to suit everyone. Whether you’re after something beautiful, practical, or both, let us take the guesswork out of it with this guide to some uniquely Australian gifts that international friends and colleagues will treasure.

Make it unmistakably Australian.

If you’re buying for a VIP customer or client, you want to get them something that will make an impression and help them remember you. Your safest bet here is to focus on finding something uniquely Australian – something timeless and universal. And it doesn’t get much more Australian than Ancient Redgum!

Australian Ancient Redgum

This incredible hard wood is over 5000 years old, harking from a time before European settlement when Australia was rich with natural, untouched beauty. Until recently, the wood had lain undiscovered beneath the soil since the end of the last Ice Age, changing and evolving to become a dense, beautiful ebony coloured wood.

When you give someone an Ancient Redgum piece, you give them a slice of Australian history. Take a look at our Ancient Redgum letter opener, man size pen, slimline pen, and desk clock. Our little Ancient Redgum Bird is also a favourite.

Ancient Redgum Inlaid Letter OpenerAncient Redgum Man Size PenAncient Redgum Slimline Pen

Ancient Redgum Desk clockAncient Australian Redgum Bird

Take a look as well at our Dinkum Lorikeets, Fairy Wrens, Magpies, and Kookaburras, meticulously handcrafted from Hoop pine. They are the perfect addition to a mantelpiece or decorative shelf – and they are effectively unbreakable, making them perfect for travel.

Rainbow LorikeetsFairy Wrens

Australian Magpie WatchingLaughing Kookaburra

Pick something you know they’ll use.

When you don’t know the person you are buying for particularly well, keep it simple. Why not choose a gift they can use at home or in the kitchen? Not only are they practical, but the stunning natural wood grains of our kitchen and homewares range also provide perfect talking points for entertaining.

Check out our Huon Salad Hands, which pair perfectly with the Huon or Blackwood Salad Bowl. For the cheese lover, take a look at our Huon Cheese Rest with Mouse, Round Huon Cheeseboard, and Tubb Cheeseboard. Other popular items in our homewares range include knives, coasters, trivets, and drink trays in a range of captivating designs.

Huon Pine Salad HandsTurned Blackwood Salad BowlHuon Pine Cheese Knife & Cheese Rest with Mouse

Round Huon Pine Cheese BoardTubb Cheeseboard

On the other hand, if you feel you do have a bit of an idea as to the tastes of the person you are buying for, a piece of art or a one-of-a-kind ornament makes for a more personal gift. Our striking three-dimensional Outback Landscapes and Sydney Landscapes, made from sustainable Australian wood, feature movable components that can be rearranged and are a fun and attractive addition to a living room or child’s room. For the jewellery enthusiast, check out our range of elegant and stylish trinket boxes.

Australian Outback LandscapeSydneyscape

Make sure it will actually fit in your luggage!

Short on space or worried you’re going to overstep your baggage allowance? We’ve all been there! But as they say, the best things come in small packages. At only 50 grams, you can’t go past our Ancient Redgum Bird! But if you’re not after a statement gift, but just a little something to say thanks, our Banksia Nut Tea Light Candle Holders, No Worry Keyrings, and Mixed Timber Frames are perfect.

Ancient Australian Redgum BirdBanksia Nut Tea Lite Candle Holder

No Worry KeyringsStandard Mixed Timber Photo Frames

Before you decide…

It’s easy to get swept up and impulsively decide on a gift. But before you buy, take a look at our ‘Practical Considerations When Choosing a Gift to Send Overseas’. And if you’re still on the fence about what to buy, why not check out our guide to ‘Choosing an Australian Gift for that Special Occasion’.

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