Gift cards make the perfect gift when you still call Australia home

03 Nov, 19

Planning for a white Christmas? When you’re living overseas and enjoying December’s sub-zero temperatures, stay in touch with your Australian family who are planning Christmas at the beach! Save time and money by using Gift Card Store for all your Christmas gifts to friends and family back home.

Gift giving by Australians abroad

If you are one of the growing Australia diasporas in the UK, EU, USA or NZ^ you can avoid the hassle of choosing a gift plus the cost of parcel freight. Just order direct from Gift Card Store at giftcardstore.com.au.

The best gift is always the one you choose yourself, so give your nearest and dearest the opportunity to buy what they want with an Australian gift card that can be used in Australia. Your friends and family will thank you for it.

Reversing the seasons from summer to winter

While you’re experiencing snow on the other side of the world, choosing a gift for those back home is a reminder that they will be battling the heat and humidity that so often come with an Australian Christmas.

Remember when Christmas was at the beach or the family enjoying a backyard barbecue? While you’re shivering with the next snowfall, your family is wondering how to shoo the flies away from the ham and turkey.

The festivities may be the same – but the temperature will be the opposite.

Christmas Gift Cards make gift giving simple

Choose your card from the range of 36 Christmas-themed designs at Gift Card Store. From humorous Santa to cosy winter firesides or beach scenes, you’ll find one to suit at giftcardstore.com.au/occasions/christmas/.  It’s easy to order and send:

  1. Choose the design
  2. Select the amount you want to load on the card
  3. Compose a personal message
  4. Enter your address
  5. Enter the Australian address of the recipient
  6. Choose your delivery method – Australia Post or courier
  7. Pay by credit card
  8. Tick off your Christmas gift list!

Choose a selfie for DIY

For even more fun, you can do it yourself and design your own card at Gift Card Store giftcardstore.com.au/product/design-your-own-card/. You can take a selfie with a winter wonderland background and upload it online for your card to be truly individual and remind your family of the Christmas you are planning on the other side of the world.

Virtual Prepaid Mastercard makes giving easy

And if you do leave it to the week before Christmas, you can send a virtual card giftcardstore.com.au/product-category/virtual-mastercards/.

A Virtual Prepaid Mastercard can be used for shopping online or over the phone at any merchant around the world that accepts Mastercard for card-not-present transactions.  Your order must be placed before 1pm on a business day to be emailed same day. Orders placed after 1pm will be emailed the next business day, so ensure you leave enough time for the card to arrive before Christmas Day.

Check your time zones!

Make sure you have the time zones right as Australia is ahead of the northern hemisphere, so check the difference in times and days, or you may find your virtual Christmas gift card arrives on Boxing Day instead of Christmas Day.

Here’s a quick summary of the difference in time zones, so make a note in your diary to make sure your gift will arrive before Christmas Eve.

  • When it’s 8am on Christmas Day in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart, it’s Christmas Eve in New York (4pm), Los Angeles (1pm), London (9pm), Athens (11pm).
  • Christmas Day in the Southern Hemisphere is the same day in Hong Kong, Singapore or anywhere in Asia, where it is 5am when Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart are 8am.
  • Remember that New Zealand time is a couple of hours ahead of Australia and at 8am (Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart) it’s 10am there.
  • Other state capital comparative times are Brisbane (7am), Adelaide (7.30am), Darwin (6.30am) and Perth (5am).^^

To find out the time in your destination and compare it with your home state, go to timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Get in early for Christmas

Ordering your gift card before December will ensure your favourite people will have the opportunity to spend their card before the big day. Or suggest they wait until the Boxing Day sales to maximise the value on the card!

Then when you facetime the family on Christmas Day, you’ll be the star of the family get together while you still have Christmas dinner to come!

Go to giftcardstore.com.au and order now for Christmas.

References:

^Advance is a network of global Australians that reports NZ, the UK and the US remain the most popular countries of future residence for departing Aussies, followed by Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Japan and Thailand. Find out more: https://www.advance.org/diaspora

^^Time zones available from: https://www.timeanddate.com/

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