Tips And Ideas For When Your Shopping For Relatives Living Overseas

You never realize how close you are to someone until they pack up and move overseas. You never realize how far away a person is until you learn to work around time differences and air fares. And as much as we hate it, despite knowing that things will never be the same once they move overseas, we can’t really stop them from doing so; not if it means their happiness lies in it.

With the holiday season coming around, and you having to shop for gifts for your loved ones, we’re sure you’re missing your relatives living overseas a little more than usual. If you’ve been meaning to buy them gifts, yet don’t know how to do so, then here are our suggestions and tips for you.

Make use of the technology
Really, what’s the point in having the internet if you can’t use it to reach out to your loved ones. We know that physically shopping and wrapping the gift you select for your loved ones can be the best part for most of you. But sometimes, that’s just not possible. Shopping online can be just as fun; and delivery takes less time. If you have to shop for kids, then check out an online kids store in Singapore that has a wrapping and delivering to the doorstep option. We know that adults won’t mind their gifts not being wrapped, but for children, the wrapping just adds to the fun and excitement.

Make it lightweight
Unless you’re prepared to spend a fortune on airmail, it’s always wise to go for gifts that are light weight. This is of course if the toy shop and other online stores you found doesn’t have what you want. If you’re planning on shipping something delicate to them, and have to pack it carefully, opt for bubble wrap. This minimalizes damage, keeps water out, and is still light as well; making sure your packaging doesn’t add weigh and cost you more.

The cards and the vouchers
Are you used to giving gift cards and vouchers to your friends and family? Do you think you can’t do so, now that they live overseas? Here’s where you’re wrong. Gift cards and vouchers make great gifts for your overseas relatives, as it gives them the option of selecting their own gift. Search the net for restaurants near their home, or in their home town. Most of them can be reserved in advance, and have gift vouchers as well. Remember those online stores you found? Most of them offer gift cards and vouchers as well. Perhaps your relatives will have better luck with them?

And if all fails
Then opt for what people have been giving their relatives living overseas all throughout the ages; money, of course! Only difference is, you need not wire it or post it—not with today’s technology! Money makes a great gift, as moving overseas and settling in a completely new place can be a little tiring and confusing. With your gift, they can take a day off the cooking, visit somewhere new, take their new friends out for dinner or even buy something they’ve been wanting for a while now. Don’t feel bad that this is all you can do…after all, it’s the thought that counts!