Far Away Friends: Buying Your Overseas Friend a Gift


It could be argued that the world is more global and connected than it ever was before. People travel more than ever and use the internet to meet people and make friends. That means a lot of people have friends and family overseas, some of whom they might never have met in person. If you know someone who lives in another country, you might sometimes want to buy them a gift. But before you do so, there are a few things you can think about to make sure that you get it right.

Discover What They Like

Of course, the most important thing to consider when you get someone a gift is their personal preference. You can think about what sort of things they enjoy and what presents they like to receive. If you don’t know, perhaps you can do some subtle investigating.

Consider Their Gift Etiquette

Sometimes it’s important to think about their culture and the way they give gifts. Before you send anything, check if there are any rules you should follow out of politeness.

Check Postage Rules

If you’re sending something from your country to theirs, make sure it’s going to get there. Be aware of any restricted items and try to make sure they won’t get hit with a customs charge.

Find Out What Sells

If you’re at a loss, perhaps because you don’t know your giftee well, have a look at what sells in their country. You might find that much of it is the same as everywhere else, but there can be a few surprises too.

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