24th Nov 2012 1:52pm | By Jade Bremner
Sending Christmas presents Down Under is easy and doesn’t need to cost a bomb. Here’s how...
You might be spending Christmas as an orphan in London, but that doesn’t mean you can forget about your family back home.
Unless you’re super-organised, posting gifts halfway around the world is out – miss the last mailing date and they might not arrive until next year. Instead, the internet is your shopping playground.
Don’t know where to start?
We’ve collated the best gifts from a bunch of top Aussies websites which will take the stress out of Christmas shopping while making sure a little part of you is with loved ones on the day.
What: Just because you can’t get merry with your rellies doesn’t mean you can’t get them sloshed. Trawl the bastion of warehouse booze shops Dan Murphy’s website for the bargains on your family’s favourite tipples.
It has great deals on wine across all varieties and in all price brackets, from a cheap six-pack of plonk to a special bottle of bubbles.
Click on “this week’s offers” to see what’s available for your home state. Or go for one of its top gift hampers from $29.90 (£19.50).
Delivery: Buy wine by the dozen and the delivery will be free – cases can include non-alcoholic drinks, too.
Delivery minimum is 10 days but depends on the address in Australia.
What: If you want to stitch up your bro’ or old man, pay the Gifts Australia site a visit.
Its Sydney-based warehouse is filled with hilarious gifts, such as “arse face” soap for $12.50 (£8.15) and bullshit buttons at $12.95 (£8.50).
We’re particularly impressed with the guitar-shaped BBQ rock spatulas at $22.95 (£15).
Cool grannies will also love the dunkin’ robot tea infusers costing $9.99 (£6.50).
Delivery: Allow five business days for remote areas. Deliveries cost $10.95 (£7.15), so sending multiple gifts to one place is best.
What: Shop for your mates this season at ASOS and get everything from playsuits from $32.50 (£21) to proper London-inspired Christmas party outfits.
For women, pick out Oasis leather-esque skirts from $76.50 (£49.90) and Warehouse maxi dresses from $29.75 (£19), or invest in men’s Cheap Monday skinny jeans for $83.30 (£54) and snap back caps at $20.40 (£16).
See “the outlet” section of the site for bargains of up to 70 per cent off marked prices.
Delivery: Free shipping to Australia on all orders (seven days) and there’s a deal of $10 (£6.50) on express shipping (two days).