10 AUSTRALIAN GIFT IDEAS that aren't NAFF
For my whole life I have had most of my family overseas. Cousins, uncles, aunts and now the next generation of kids. When a birthday came around, or when we were lucky enough to go for a visit, I would spend hours searching for gifts that weren't.....well, weren't NAFF.
What is NAFF? NAFF is the gifts that you give and then no-one uses. The 6th set of coasters, or a t-shirt that says I ❤️ AUS, that is always the wrong size.
Thankfully, long gone are the days of stuffed koalas made in China. Well, when I say long gone, they are still about I'm sure, but we now have so many other fabulous gifts to offer.
I'm happy to share this fabulous collection of Australian toys. We are sure that you there is something for everyone here.
Let's check them out:
1 - MAKE ME ICONIC
Make me Iconic have turned the Australian souvenir on it's head. Focussing on gorgeous toys which also happen to be Australian icons.
Whether you are from Melbourne, are a sunny Sydney sider or live out at the beach, Make Me Iconic has a toy that suits your style.
From the Iconic Post Box to the Classic Aussie Ute, or even a tin of Iconic Bikkies, these toys are fun!
Check out the new range - simply stunning!
2 - AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS ALPHABET MATCH
26 Australian Animals. Times that by 2.
There is an Australian animal for each letter in the alphabet, and two of each makes it a great game of match.
3 - AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS BOOK
Learn all about animals that live Down Under with this Alphaprints book of Australian Animals.
4 - TINTA CRAYONS
Not only do Tinta Crayons have a gorgeous Australian collection, their crayons are HAND MADE in Australia. so you are buying an Australian product.
Learn more about Tinta over at the blog where we go behind the scenes at their workshop in Melbourne.
5 - Milton Ashby
The designs might not be Australian themed, but these beautiful Australian Made wooden toys are a great gifts to give. Support a local business and give a beautiful gift. Presented in a tin box, they look and feel special.
6 - Have a Nice Day
With a business name like Have a Nice Day this team were always going to be making fabulous fun toys. Beautifully simple and tough enough to stand the kid love. Made in Queensland.
7 - Sweet Aussie Animals
A cuddly soft toy Kangaroo named Kylie, Eddie the Emu or maybe your favourite is Keith the Koala. Soft toys that are perfect for cuddles. Soft baby rattles too.
8 - A map of Australia where you will see it!
A storage bag that holds all their toys, easy to pack up and easy to play. One side is covered in Kangaroos, the other is a map of Australia.
9 - Hand Painted BEEP Bicycle Bells
These stunning bicycle bells are designed, hand-painted and shipped out of Newcastle, Australia. Love them. Ding Ding.
And there are Australian animal designs too!
10 - Anything from these fab companies.
Thanks for playing with us.
Helle is the owner and head toy lover at Lucas loves cars. She has been playing with toys for over 5 years, and still hasn't got it quite right, so will continue to play for a while yet.
- Helle Warming