Australian Novelty Gifts

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Australian Novelty Gifts
Many Australian novelty gifts incorporate aspects of the Australian outdoors (koala image by Gerd Reiber from Fotolia.com)

Giving a novelty item as a gift is an inexpensive way to put a smile on anyone's face. Australia has a rich culture and many novelty items that are distinctly "Aussie." These often incorporate aspects of the Australian outdoors, such as koala bears and eucalyptus, as well as items associated with Aboriginal Australians, like boomerangs. Visitors to Australia will find a wonderful selection of novelty items at open-air markets like Paddy's Market in Sydney and Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne. Online Australian gift stores also contain many novelty gifts.

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Clinging Koalas

Small stuffed koala bears with hands that press together make excellent small gifts. These koalas can hold onto pens, mug handles and any number of other things. Clinging koalas are at any place that sells Australian gifts and often include little flags or boomerangs.

Opal Key Chains

Opals are precious stones and generally part of expensive jewellery. Australia is the home of more than 95 per cent of the opals in the world. Key chains with real opal chips make fun novelty gifts and have a variety of shapes such as kangaroos and Australian maps.

Eucalyptus Soap

Eucalyptus trees are native to Australia. Manufacturers use eucalyptus oil in many bath and body products and it has a pleasant, stimulating smell. Whether you select small bars of eucalyptus hand soap or liquid soap, recipients will love indulging in this refreshing gift from the Australian Bush. You will find eucalyptus gift soaps at any store selling souvenirs.

Jar of Vegemite

No Australian household is complete without a jar of Vegemite. Australians spread this dark, savoury substance on buttered toast and sandwiches. It is one of the world's richest natural sources of vitamin B, according to the label. Vegemite is certainly an acquired taste and most Australian children grow up eating it. First-time Vegemite tasters usually put on far too much and find the taste overpowering. When giving novelty-size jars of Vegemite as gifts, let recipients know that a little goes a long way.

Kangaroo Crossing Signs

If you travel outside of the major Australian cities, chances are high you will come across a kangaroo crossing sign. These signs feature a silhouette of a leaping kangaroo on a yellow diamond. They are available with suction cups for mounting on windows, or hang them from a hook or pin. Kangaroo crossing signs are fun novelty gifts and easy to pack and ship.

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