For the friends and families of the 1.4 million Brits and 70,000 Americans living in Australia, celebrating the holidays can be a never-ending round of post office queues, missing parcels, massive postage costs, import taxes and pre-December posting deadlines. This Christmas, an innovative new website promises to increase the festive cheer and reduce the stress for anyone with loved ones Down Under.
Re-launched earlier this month just in time for the holidays, AustralianGiftsOnline.com.au makes overseas gift giving quick and easy. Personal, convenient and cost-effective, sending presents to Australia is the work of minutes rather than weeks. Simply pick a present, add the delivery address and the site will take care of the rest. With low cost flat rate shipping anywhere in Australia for $6.95 and free shipping on orders over $80, budgets can be easily controlled whether the sender is located in New York or Nottingham.
Jill Leach, director of the site said, “For some, shopping online can seem a little impersonal particularly at this time of year. And, with forced registrations or compulsory newsletter sign ups before you can check out, almost as much trouble as facing the heaving high street and post office. Our brand new design puts paid to these reservations, prioritising efficiency and convenience and offering a lux boutique feel.
“We have arranged items into categories such as gifts for men and gifts for women making it easy for the reluctant shopper to find what they need. We have added interest groups too, so if you don’t know quite what to send but know that your uncle in Adelaide has a great sense of humour, you can head straight to the men’s novelty gifts area.”
The site is overflowing with unusual finds, gorgeous homewares and thoughtful keepsakes as well as high-end grooming products, games and travel accessories. Unlike some gift giving portals, AustralianGiftsOnline finely controls each aspect of the gift giving process, from stocking all products in a dedicated warehouse to packing, wrapping and dispatching from the same facility. The packing team will even gift wrap each item and add a gift card for free. Ms Leach added, “We know that many families really feel the distance at this time of year so keeping on top of stock levels, offering same day dispatching and taking care to gift wrap each order provides peace of mind.”