No Barbies, No Prawns, No Corks: Looking For A Fun And Original Australian Gift

Cute Koalas From Australia

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Sometimes it's hard to choose a present, even when you know the person you're buying for intimately well. What most of us do – if we're not going to go the voucher / chocolates / perfume / socks route, and display the fact that we've made no effort and used up no braincells in thought whatsoever – is to look for clues in what we know of the individual we're buying a gift for. It should help, in theory! However, you do get the odd awkward customer. Someone whose tastes are just so damn obscure that, even if you already know lots and lots about them, it's still terribly difficult to work out quite what to buy for them.



Now, if someone you need to buy a present for has a crush, a fixation, an obsession if you will, with a single vacation destination, then you'd think that would make the path smooth and the way easy, right? Coffeetable books, personalised mementoes, travel guides, gifts that are emblematic of the country they adore. (Wine for France? Little china bulls for Spain?) Maybe when the holiday spot or location on the map is fairly obscure, that works to a degree. What about when the place they love is well-worn and familiar, and any habitual associations you have with it are so hackneyed as to be embarrassing?



How about if it's Australia? Lovely, beautiful, fascinating Australia, I'm not knocking it. The only trouble with buying a pressie that's reminiscent of all things Australian: how do you avoid all of the cliches? No, you can't buy a stuffed toy koala. No, I won't let you. No, again, you can't buy a toy stuffed kangaroo. Nor a hat with corks hanging from the brim. Nor a rubber 'croc'. Nor a selection of 'barbie' barbeque equipment.



Actually, if you're buying for me, you can. I rather fancy that. I officially give you permission to buy a new barbeque set.


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