If you ask a modern family where their relations are located, it’s just as likely they’ll have family living in Spain, northern France, Florida, New York and somewhere in the Caribbean. And that may cause a problem when it comes to special occasions like birthday or Christmas. How do you get the right gift from where you are to far-flung places? And what should you choose?
There is a temptation to send UK reminders as gifts to people living abroad. Whether it’s a small selection of their favourite strawberry and plum jam from your local store, or some great fitting underwear from M&S, you will need the services of a great courier company for your gift to arrive safely, securely and on time.
Why gifts are special for those living abroad
When you’re sending a gift abroad for a specific occasion or reason, it’s not the particular item you’re sending that is important. It’s the genuine love and attention and the thought that you care which stands out for people living thousands of miles away.
You don’t have to send gifts just for birthdays and Christmas. If a close relation is graduating from university, you would probably have sent them a small gift if they were living in the UK. Imagine their surprise and delight when they receive a gift from you when they are graduating from university in South Africa, Australia or China.
People have different needs
When people move abroad they miss particular items that they would regularly purchase when they lived in the UK. While it is easy to obtain typically British products in many areas of the world, there are still a great many places that still don’t stock your favourite brand of pickle.
In some areas of the world, certain products cost a lot of money because they have to travel a long way before being imported, so some people refuse to pay the price for items that they really want. As a gift giver, you can send that particular item, by courier, to the person and even if it doesn’t appear to be an expensive item to you, it will mean the world to them.
Missing out on important milestones
When your closest relations or friends move across the Atlantic or to the other side of the world, unless your budget includes regular flights to their destination, you’re going to miss out on sharing a number of important milestones with them. Some of these important events will only occur once in their lifetime. These could be a 50th wedding anniversary or the birth of a child. Perhaps your friend’s child is getting married, and the expense of flying there and staying is more than you are prepared to spend at that time. The thing is, if they lived in your town and you would have been invited to the wedding you would certainly have chosen a gift to take with you, so why not send one anyway?
Sending gifts to people abroad is extremely important for both the giver and the receiver. It means that people are not forgotten wherever they are and that people care enough to send a gift, whatever the value.