ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Send Gifts Overseas for Free

Updated on May 1, 2012
Happy Anniversary!
Happy Anniversary! | Source

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 Amazon.com 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!

Geoff

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • geoffclarke profile image
      Author

      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!

    • profile image

      Harry 6 years ago

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

    • geoffclarke profile image
      Author

      geoffclarke 6 years ago from Canada

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

    • greatstuff profile image

      Mazlan 6 years ago from Malaysia

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

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)