We have two nieces that live interstate that I have to buy Christmas presents for each year. It can be a lot of fun buying gifts for kids, other than your own, but I’m often mindful of the postage costs because depending on how bulky the present is, it can cost as much as the gift itself.
Over the years I have chosen gifts that can easily fit into a satchel and items that won’t require extra packaging as they could get broken.
The key to keeping the postage costs down are choosing gifts that are fairly flat or can be packed and folded into a small parcel.
If you have interstate nieces or nephews or children that you buy for who live interstate, here are some gift ideas to keep the postage costs down. I’ve used all these tricks to save on expensive postage costs.
Babies and Toddlers
- Story Books
- Baby Shoes/Thongs
- New Outfit
- Water crayons (non-toxic)
- Colouring in Books and crayons/pencils
- Water painting books
Pre-school and Primary Aged Kids
- Story Books
- Flat-pack craft supplies
- Colouring in Book packs
- Swimwear (a new rashie is always a great gift)
- Blow up beach or balloon ball
- Card games
- Small box of Lego
- Collectible toys like Shopkins that are in small, flat packages
Tweens and Teens
- Gift vouchers. It’s virtual money that they can spend on what they’d like.
- Craft Sets
- Movie Vouchers.
- Stationery – think Smiggle and Kikki K
- iPad – Just kidding!
Some things my parents did with us as kids when family lived interstate
If you really want to buys something particular that can’t be packaged to send by post, why not purchase the item online and pay the shipping to be sent your child recipient? This saves having to go to the shops to buy the said present and working out how to courier it to the receiver.
Another alternative for interstate grandparents is for them to send money to the parent and the parent purchases the gift, wraps and puts it under the tree labeled from them. It may not work for all families, but I know that this has worked well for others.
At the end of the day, it’s not the size of the gift that matters, but the heart behind the gift. I like to buy one practical gift and one fun gift for my nieces. I always stick to a budget and the postage costs are always added on top for what I’ve budgeted for.
What kind of gifts do you send interstate to kids? What presents have/haven’t worked?
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