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So I've got a bottle of Green Ant Gin for my sister and that's all I've come up with.

Any genius ideas for presents to take back for family, nieces and nephews? Maybe Aussie sports gear?

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Tim tams and cherry ripes. Lightfeet predator sports socks from Athletes Foot (standard request from my son). Australian hoodies and our local Aussie made shop has some amazing wild life t shirts. For women/girls, opals go a long way. Chocolate covered macadamias (the daughter in laws perennial request!) 

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Your question got me thinking DrDougster.   Aussie t shirts are a good idea but I’m not sure about food.   We’ve been back in the UK for almost a year and I can honestly say there’s nothing in the food line I miss at all.

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I've bought some nice gifts from Aboriginal artists and businesses lately, such as a necklace from Roots and Mirrigal, tea towels from Girrigun and balms from https://bushmedijina.com.au/

 

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How old are the children?  Aussie towels (we bought some on our first trip and lasted years), Australian art, you can pick up leather wallets/purses from tourist shops. agree with the cherry ripes and tim tams, vegemite


I just want PIO to be a happy place where people are nice to each other and unicorns poop rainbows

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The best thing you can take them is a litre of petrol, you'll be saving them a fortune...

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15 minutes ago, ali said:

How old are the children?  Aussie towels (we bought some on our first trip and lasted years), Australian art, you can pick up leather wallets/purses from tourist shops. agree with the cherry ripes and tim tams, vegemite

I honestly can't see the difference between timtams and penguins, if pushed I'd say penguins are marginally better.

Similarly marmite spanks vegemite's butt every day 

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50 odd years ago, I sent my brother an authentic didgeridoo, as opposed to one of the tourist types. Then I sent my eldest niece a kangaroo skin carpet and my sis in law a Coober Pedy opal that I had cut.

Cheers, Bobj.

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On 17/03/2022 at 19:36, Ausvisitor said:

I honestly can't see the difference between timtams and penguins, if pushed I'd say penguins are marginally better.

Similarly marmite spanks vegemite's butt every day 

I love vegemite and can't stand marmite lol.


I just want PIO to be a happy place where people are nice to each other and unicorns poop rainbows

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1 hour ago, ali said:

I love vegemite and can't stand marmite lol.

Same here.  Much prefer vegemite.  Funny though, I prefer penguins to Tim Tams.

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Being honest I can't stand the taste of either marmite or Vegemite, but at least the smell of marmite doesn't make me vomit, where as Vegemite is like kryptonite to me...

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Not a genius idea but to confirm your thinking, Sports shirts have always gone down really well with my friends and family (of all genders) particularly State Of Origin, Aussie Rules and those with indigenous influence. 🤓

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On 20/03/2022 at 03:51, EmilysDad said:

Not a genius idea but to confirm your thinking, Sports shirts have always gone down really well with my friends and family (of all genders) particularly State Of Origin, Aussie Rules and those with indigenous influence. 🤓

Yes, much better to carry than send.  I sent a used David Pocock Brumbies shirt that he'd signed and written a message on....a proper gift for a rugby fan to stick up on his rugby club wall.  The 'effin UK charged him 35 quid tax and handling to pick up from the post office. Never again.

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Why was tax charged on a second hand shirt?

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Not clear

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11 hours ago, Cup Final 1973 said:

Why was tax charged on a second hand shirt?

I wish you could tell me !  Handling fee was because they outsource it, then drop it at the post office for collection upon payment.

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I was sent something from Australia a few years ago and had to pay some duty tax at the post office too.  I’m not quite sure why the odd thing seems to get flagged for these charges but I know if you want your parcel you’ve got no choice but to pay up.  

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On 17/03/2022 at 22:36, Ausvisitor said:

I honestly can't see the difference between timtams and penguins, if pushed I'd say penguins are marginally better.

Similarly marmite spanks vegemite's butt every day 

It's what your tastebuds are used to.  The chocolate on everything is slightly different here. When I first arrived, I noticed it and didn't like it as much.  Nowadays, when I go back to the UK, I don't like the British version as much as the Australian one.  I loathe British fish and chips now, too, where I used to hanker for them. 

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14 hours ago, Cup Final 1973 said:

Why was tax charged on a second hand shirt?

If the sender had marked it as a second hand shirt, it wouldn't have been.  It depends what they wrote on the declaration.


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2 hours ago, Marisawright said:

It's what your tastebuds are used to.  The chocolate on everything is slightly different here. When I first arrived, I noticed it and didn't like it as much.  Nowadays, when I go back to the UK, I don't like the British version as much as the Australian one.  I loathe British fish and chips now, too, where I used to hanker for them. 

If you can, get some coral trout, or golden snapper, aka fingermark ( lutjanus johnii), but be prepared to pay! They make anything else look second rate. Most of the coral trout catch is exported to Japan,

Cheers, Bobj.

 

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On 24/03/2022 at 10:57, Marisawright said:

If the sender had marked it as a second hand shirt, it wouldn't have been.  It depends what they wrote on the declaration.

It was marked as personal birthday gift, as per the guidance.

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7 hours ago, beketamun said:

It was marked as personal birthday gift, as per the guidance.

Isn't it based on the valuation? I sent my sister some earrings and had to pay tax on them, they were sent direct from the shop so I wasn't able to change the valuation price.

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i think it's tax and duty free under 39 quid or something?  It was less than that.  I just don't bother, might as well carry stuff and send the rest via Amazon or Ebay, or just order from a UK site?

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1 hour ago, beketamun said:

might as well carry stuff and send the rest via Amazon or Ebay, or just order from a UK site?

I can't remember the last time I bought a gift and sent it from Australia.   "Fair dinkum Aussie" presents are a bit of fun for the first couple of years after you migrate, but after that they're just souvenir rubbish that's going to end up gathering dust somewhere. I order from UK sites.


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Well, my passport arrived!

We've got some TimTams, Brisbane Heat caps, the predictable Roxy bikinis and RipCurl swimmers. I think a couple of 100 Paracetamol and 96 'brufen packs and some Aussie chocolates would be good.

Really don't want to go. Going to be a lot of hard work.

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1 hour ago, DrDougster said:

Well, my passport arrived!

We've got some TimTams, Brisbane Heat caps, the predictable Roxy bikinis and RipCurl swimmers. I think a couple of 100 Paracetamol and 96 'brufen packs and some Aussie chocolates would be good.

Really don't want to go. Going to be a lot of hard work.

I’ve just returned home from a trip to Australia and bought back some Anzac biscuits to take into work.  My colleagues loved them and got through 2 packs in days.  A great small gift idea, especially for Brits who love a cuppa.  They are great dunking biscuits. 

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