Updates October 12 2020

The Best Christmas Gifts to Send Overseas This Year

The Best Christmas Gifts to Send Overseas This Year

International gifting made easy

With Christmas just looming around the corner, you can feel the enthusiasm, excitement and goodwill building for our favourite holiday season.

Remove the stress of overseas gifting

For those of us who live overseas or who have loved ones abroad, gift-giving is an entirely new ball game.

That’s why we have put some extra effort into helping you shower your loved ones with some serious Santa magic delivered on Christmas morning.

Be inspired this year

Like Santa’s little helpers, our Gifting Owl elves have made a comprehensive guide on how to ensure Christmas gift-giving this year will be just as special as it always has been despite the distance between you and your family abroad and your overseas friends. 

How to send Christmas gifts to overseas friends & family?

At Gifting Owl, we know a thing or two about sending Christmas gifts overseas. After all, we've been doing it for years!

Here are some of our top tips on how to make sure your loved ones receive their gifts on time and in perfect condition.

Step 1: Find the perfect gift


With Christmas sometimes we can get a bit complacent with the gift-giving because usually, our presence is enough, after all, the holiday is truly about spending time with family and other loved ones.

Some of us even end up buying the same rounds of presents for everyone every year.

Socks and undies for dad, pyjamas for mum, gift cards for the siblings and you’d usually consider yourself sorted for the holiday.

Now that might be a bit of a generalisation but the point is; if you can’t actually be with some of the important people in your life for Christmas this year, a carefully considered personalised gift is the next best thing to brighten their day.

Why experience gifts are better than things:

What better way to show your loved ones how much you care than by giving them an experience gift card? Experiences make memories that will last a lifetime, and what could be more special than sharing those memories with the people you love?

One of the best things about giving experience gift cards as Christmas gifts is that they are far more personal than receiving a physical gift.

Memories shared between people are what matter most at Christmas time, and experience gifts create memories that will last a lifetime.

So whether you're looking for gift ideas for a travel junkie or if your expat friend, an experience gift is the best gift for your friends and family overseas.

After all, everyone is craving a bit of adventure and new experiences. Experience gift cards are a brilliant way to go, especially if you want to tell your loved ones that though you may not be able to be with them for this special time of year, you’d love to get out and share some incredible adventures with them all as soon as it's possible.

Christmas gift ideas for friends and family overseas:

If we've gone ahead and convinced you that experience gifts make the best Christmas presents, here are a list of some great gift ideas for your overseas family and friends:

A Mini-Vacay

Short hotel stays are a great way to get a feel for a city or town. You can explore more when your time is limited and you're not tied down to one place.

A lot of hotels offer packages that include breakfast, so you don't even have to worry about where you'll be eating!

Hotel getaways

A hotel gift card is the perfect solution for when you don't know what to get someone! We all have that one friend or family member who could use a little escape.

Another great perk? All Gifting Owl gift vouchers are easily convertible to any other experience or hotel stay. If the fortunate recipient would prefer, they can even select another location!

Give the gift of joy this holiday season with this easy and thoughtful idea.

Max relax gifts

Spa days are the best gifts for any occasion and are a no-brainer gift idea. If you're looking for the perfect way to show your gratitude this Christmas, a spa day is definitely the way to go.

Not only are they relaxing and pampering, but they're also a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Plus, they come in all sorts of different packages - from luxurious day spas to more budget-friendly options - so there's sure to be one that fits your needs and budget.

Spa day

A day at the spa is the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate both your body and mind.

Spa day packages typically include a variety of services such as a massage, facial, and mani/pedi. The combination of massages, facials, and other treatments can help to melt away the stresses of everyday life.

If you're looking for a gift that will please any recipient, a spa day package is the perfect option. It's sure to leave them feeling relaxed and refreshed, and is a great way to escape the stresses of everyday life.


A full body massage is the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate both your body and mind.

No matter who you are buying for, you just can't go wrong with this experience gift idea. Massages help relieve stress and tension and of course help people feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

Perfect for busy parents who deserve to be pampered or graduates who finally finished their exams. Whoever the lucky recipient happens to be, they'll be thankful for the opportunity to switch off and enjoy some R&R.

Romantic experiences for two

If you're looking for a gift for the love birds in your life, why not consider giving them a gift voucher for a romantic experience for two? At Gifting Owl, we offer a range of different experiences that are just perfect for couples!

From wine tasting to hot air ballooning, there's something for every type of duo. Your experience gift will give the loved-up couple an excuse to try something new (you'll bonus points if they can leave the kids at home too!).

Hot air balloon

If you're looking for a unique and memorable experience gift for the love birds in your life, look no further than a hot air balloon ride! Our hot air ballooning experiences are perfect for couples, and provide the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time together.

You'll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside as you drift through the skies, and this is a gift that will be remembered for years to come.

So why not treat your loved ones to a romantic hot air balloon ride this Christmas?

Dinner Cruise

At Gifting Owl we are very enthusiastic about gifting.

Who wouldn't love to spend a night out on the town with a delicious dinner cruise? This year, give the gift of an unforgettable evening with a dinner cruise for two. Our dinner cruises come with everything you need for a perfect night out - from food to drinks to music and more.

You and your loved one will enjoy beautiful views of the city skyline as you sail by, and you'll be able to dance the night away to your favourite tunes. Plus, our dinner cruises are the perfect way to celebrate any special occasion.

If you're looking for a unique and memorable gift, look no further than a dinner cruise. Your loved ones will be sure to appreciate this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Vineyard tours

They'll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside as you stroll through the vines, and you'll be able to taste some of the best wine that the region has to offer. Plus, our vineyard tours are the perfect way to celebrate any special occasion.

Wet & wild water experiences

Water-based activities make the perfect Christmas presents for your fish-like friends! If they're currently travelling or living somewhere tropical, consider a scuba diving experience or a sailing trip!

If they would prefer something more action-packed, then a white water rafting tour or cage-diving experience should do the trick!

Water sports

Gifting kayaking, surfing and stand up paddleboarding experiences is the perfect way to show your friends and family how much you care about them. Not only are these activities great for getting some exercise, but they're also a ton of fun!

Plus, our kayaking, surfing and stand up paddleboarding experiences are the perfect way to spend a summer holiday!

White water rafting

Don't let the thought of white water rafting scare you off - it's an adrenaline-pumping experience that everyone should try at least once. With a gift voucher for a white water rafting adventure, you can overcome any fears and enjoy the thrills of braving the rapids.

No matter your level of experience, Gifting Owl has a tour for you. Whether you're a beginner looking to try the rapids or an experienced white water rafter, we have the perfect adventure for you.

Snorkelling & Scuba diving

Buying a Christmas gift for someone who loves the water? Why not get them a voucher for a snorkelling or scuba diving experience? This is the perfect way to help them explore the underwater world, and it's an experience that they'll never forget.

At Gifting Owl, we offer a range of mesmerising snorkelling and scuba diving experiences across the globe.

Bucket list tickets

Help them tick one off their list by grabbing them tickets to their dream attraction or event!

Whether they've always wanted to visit the Eiffel Tower, or see Wicked on broadway, this thoughtful gift will show them just how much you care.


Do you know someone who's always looking for the next big thrill?

Skydiving is hands down the ultimate bucket list thrill!

Give them an experience gift they'll never forget. With skydiving, they will face their fears head on or take the leap together! This is an incomparable experience that is sure to create lasting memories.

Tours & excursions

A day out exploring the local sights and attractions is the perfect way to create some unforgettable memories. At Gifting Owl, we offer a range of amazing tours and excursions around the world.

This travel gift is sure to delight any frequent flyer - even more than the selfie stick you gave them last year!

Walking food tours

If you know a food lover (and who doesn't right?) then look no further than a walking food tour to help them explore the culinary world around them.

When you send your chosen one on a tour of the most beloved local eateries, they'll get to sample delectable dishes, try new cooking techniques, and uncover the culinary secrets of cultural cuisine.

No matter where your foodie travels next, Gifting Owl has a tour waiting that will tantalize their taste buds. Food experiences never fail!

Culture & history tours

If you're looking for a Christmas gift that will educate and entertain, then look no further than a culture or history tour.

Gifting Owl offers a range of tours that focus on the local culture and history of a destination. These tours are led by knowledgeable guides who are passionate about sharing their culture with others.

Adrenaline gifts

If you're looking to buy gifts for an adrenaline junkie, why not say 'Merry Christmas' with a heart racing experience from our adrenaline category?

These tours are perfect for those who want an adventure that will get their heart pumping. From white water rafting to skydiving, there's something for everyone.

Jet boating

A jet boating gift voucher is perfect for the adrenaline junkie in your life. With high-speed drifting and advanced manoeuvring, they'll be able to explore some of the most incredible beaches and cityscapes.

A Gifting Owl jetboating voucher will let your loved ones experience nature in a way they've never done before. They'll zip along the waterways with the wind whipping through their hair, an adrenaline-pumping rush, and a feeling of pure freedom.

Bungee jumping

Bungee jumping is one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have, and it's the perfect Christmas gift for those who love a thrill.

At Gifting Owl, we offer a range of bungee jumping experiences across the globe. So whether your loved one wants to jump off a bridge, cliff, or even a hot air balloon, we can make it happen.

Gift cards

With a plethora of unique experiences from around the world, your loved ones will be absolutely spoilt for choice with options that are perfectly tailored to them.

From exhilarating adrenaline thrills to mouthwatering food, indulgent health and beauty experiences to spectacular outdoor adventures, Gifting Owl has something for everyone. 

Flexible gifting

At Gifting Owl, we offer highly flexible gift cards that are 100% interchangeable and have a whopping 3-year validity making it a foolproof gift.

Simply choose the amount you want to spend and write a personalised message to your gift receiver and Bob's your uncle

Step 2: Research your delivery options


Now for those who need to post a personal physical gift this year, you may need to do some quick enquiries with your local post office to ensure your gift reaches your loved ones living abroad just in time for Christmas Day. If international shipping dates aren't working out in your favour, consider buying gifts online so that your package will reach your overseas friends and family sooner.

If you've left your Christmas gift shopping to the last minute, or are still worried about late delivery, a Gifting Owl experience gift is only a few clicks away. With free instant delivery via email or sms, sending gifts abroad has never been so easy!

Step 3: Send your gift in time!


With Gifting Owl, upon finding the perfect gift all you need to do is send a gift voucher overseas via email or SMS to the recipient instantly.

Another alternative is to purchase their experience gift in advance and choose to schedule the delivery for first thing on Christmas morning!

With all the uncertainty surrounding shipping at Christmas time, the ability to send last-minute gifts is an absolute lifesaver.

You’ll never have to worry about late gifts ever again with this sneaky trick up your pocket. You could literally watch netflix whilst buying unforgettable gifts - it's that easy!

Opt for experience gifts this year!

When it comes to overseas Christmas gifts, most people think of buying traditional presents like clothes, toys or gadgets. However, there is another option that is becoming increasingly popular – experience gifts.

The great thing about experience gifts is that they are unique and memorable. They also tend not to be as expensive as material gifts, which can often end up being forgotten about and are very expensive to ship overseas.

Choose something they'll never forget!

So if you’re looking for something different this year, why not consider buying an experience gift for your friends or family? You won’t regret it!

No matter where they may be located, no matter what they love doing the most, there will be some incredible gift ideas for your overseas friends and any family overseas you may have. It's really that simple!

We sincerely wish everyone this year a fantastic holiday and we hope that our guide has helped some of you navigate all the stress of the holiday season!

Good luck & merry Christmas!

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