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How to Send Gifts Overseas for Free

Updated on May 1, 2012
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Do you have friends or relatives overseas? Do you struggle to find gifts for their birthdays, anniversaries or other special occasions? I still remember the frustration every Christmas when I used to buy the lightest gifts I could find, pack them carefully in a box and take them to the post office, only to find that the cost of the postage far exceeded the value of the gifts! Not a satisfying experience for me or the recipients!

Fast forward to the online world. Now we can use the power of the internet to solve this age old problem. The secret is to buy the gift in the country where you are sending it so that the postage is less or, if you follow these tips, totally free!

Here are some of my favourite ideas:

  • Flowers: Simply locate a florist near the recipient or use one of the large international florists such as Interflora or FTD. Select from a wide range of floral arrangements, add accessories such as vases, balloons or cuddly toys and you have a great gift for any occasion!

Amazon Wish Lists

Amazon Wish Lists are a great shopping tool for keeping track of what you, or your friends, want -- even items that aren't listed on the website! You can create multiple Wish Lists for everyone in your family, for special events, or to keep track of things you want by category. Each list can have a different privacy setting to allow others to see what you want for birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays; while keeping other lists to yourself.

  • Amazon: Operating in many countries, Amazon is one of my favourite online retailers. Firstly, they offer free shipping on orders above a certain amount (just $25 in Canada and U.S.), and secondly they allow your friends and relatives to set up a wish list. When you live far away, it is difficult to know their interests, what they already own or don’t own. By having them set up a wish list, which they can easily e-mail to you, you can be sure that you’ll be buying them exactly what they want – very satisfying for all concerned! And I should mention that even with the free shipping option, they are still extremely fast!

  • Online Department Stores: Think of the major department stores in the country where you want to send your gift, and search online to see if they have an online presence. Once you find one or two, your gift giving problems will be over. Delivery costs are likely to be reasonable, or you may have the option of letting your friend pick up the gift at the store. Alternatively, there is always the option of getting a gift card for their local store.
  • Groceries: Not an obvious choice, but surprisingly satisfying. I have used home-delivered groceries in the U.K. from Tesco’s to send wine, spirits, birthday cakes, candies and other goodies, and the delivery charge is very low. Locate an online grocery store close to their home and in no time at all you can order a basket of your relative’s favourite comfort foods!

I hope this article on How To Send Gifts Overseas for Free has given you some ideas to improve your gift giving for your friends and relatives overseas. They’ll be glad you did! And, if you want them to reciprocate, send them this article today!

Thanks for visiting!



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      geoffclarke 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks Harry, There are quite a few companies offering this service now - I'm glad you found one that works for you! It's so nice to spend money on the gift rather than the postage!

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      Harry 6 years ago

      I found companies like really helpful. The parcel leaves from the destination country therefore you save money on postage.

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      geoffclarke 6 years ago from Canada

      Hi greatstuff, thanks for your comments. I like your profile photo, where was it taken?

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      Mazlan 6 years ago from Malaysia

      Interesting ideas..will definitely use it the next time I need to do something like this


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