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Any ideas for a present for good friends emigrating?

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Rollergirl1 Sat 22-Feb-14 10:18:19

Dh's best friend and his family are moving to Melbourne, Oz. Wife and children have already gone and DH's bezzy mate is going next month. We want to get them a farewell gift but I really don't know what. Ideally something that will suit their new life in Oz. I was thinking something like a fancy picnic hamper but DH says it can't be too big as mate will have to take it out there with him (the rest of their stuff has already been shipped so missed the boat there).

Does anyone have any ideas what we can get that is thoughtful but will also be practical and that they will actually use? Was wondering if could buy something from a department store in Melbourne and get it delivered? Can people tell me decent stores in Melbourne along the lines of John Lewis or Selfridges?

Suggestions greatfully received!

Schoolparkingwoes Sat 22-Feb-14 18:32:40

Friends of ours moved to canada. We got them a lovely personalised map of the town we all live in in the uk. And it packs flat as it was unframed! They loved it and put it up in their new home to remind them of their old home! Try not on the high street for personalised maps.

blueberry2310 Wed 26-Feb-14 07:07:41

We live in melbourne and when we arrived someone bought us a zoo membership. Was a really great present but would depend on how old the children are.

The main department store here is David jones. It's quite average though. Have a look at temple and Webster and for nice picnicware. We are just coming in to autumn so may not be easy to find.

AmericasTorturedBrow Fri 28-Feb-14 13:53:28

I would have loved the map idea! Or anything else poster of London type thing

TBH the best present of all has been friends making the journey to come and see us

RaspberryRuffle Sat 01-Mar-14 18:27:22

M&S currently have free delivery to Australia when you spend over 30 pounds...not sure if all items are included, might be worth a look.
House of Fraser charge 10 pounds for standard delivery.
I like the zoo idea, that or maybe some other family activity.
I'd definitely get something delivered to them, when you just arrive and are registering with doctors, schools, banks, utilities it is so nice to get a delivery that is a treat and not another damn form to fill in!

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