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30 Ripper Australian Gifts That Are Absolute Beauties
Who else but Aussies thinks an inflatable croc or shark makes a great Christmas pool toy? Only in Australia. It's our infamous Aussie sense of humour—and we bloody love it. Australian gifts, like us Aussies, embrace the great outdoors (and boy are the outdoors great down-under). Australian gifts are perfect for every Aussie, even the newborn—nothing’s more cuter and cuddlier than our toy koalas and soft kangas. Aussie presents are even perfect for your boss. If the boss has finally called it a day, Australian gifts are a perfect farewell gift. Really, for any occasion, give Australian gifts and she’ll be right mate!
Ready for a quick lesson in strine? We’ve got our own language in this land of sweeping plains. It’s not English, it’s Strine. And if you’ve got visitors coming from overseas, you can give them the heads up by sending Australian gifts in the shape of a poster, playing cards, or a talking button. Or even better—a guidebook to unravel the mystery. Now...
Here’re 10 Aussie phrases tourists need to survive down-under:
> G’day: Hello
> She’ll be right: everything’s fine
> Strewth: an exclamation of amazement
> Bugger me: another term for amazement - not to be taken literally
> Your shout: your turn to buy a round of drinks
> Fair Dinkum: is that true?
> Have a go, ya mug: at least try
> True Blue: a genuine person
> Have a good one: have a great day
> Yeah, nah: I understand, but disagree
That’s not all the strine a visitor needs to know. Here’re seven words your international visitors shouldn’t confuse:
> Thongs: footwear not underwear
> Bail: to not turn up. Not something you post at the police station after a big night out
> Budgie smugglers: A form of bathers for men. Wear only if you’re well endowed.
> Bastard: a term of endearment not an insult e.g. “g’day you old bastard”.
> Fanny: In Oz it does not mean bum. It’s another part of the anatomy. Be warned. Do not talk openly about your Fanny.
> Tinny: This is a beauty. It can mean you’re unusually lucky, a beer can or a small boat. If you’re sent to buy some tinnies don’t come back with a motorboat.
> Sickie: Taking the day off when you’re not actually sick. You are actually incredibly well.
But it’s not just their tongue that will get an education, their taste-buds will too. Tell them to look forward to; vegemite, milo, fairy bread, tim tams, chiko rolls, a pie floater, pavlova, and damper. The names alone will have their heads spinning.
Of course, Australian gifts celebrate the uniqueness and diversity of our wildlife. And they are unique, often not found anywhere else in the world. Everybody loves Australian gifts adorned with koalas, kangaroos, echidnas, emus, wombats, the platypus, and budgerigars. But it’s not just the unique characteristics of these creatures. They’re also incredibly cute. And cute always makes the perfect Australian gifts for a newborn, a little one or girlfriend.
An interesting aside here though is we’re the only country in the world that eats its Coat of Arms. Yep, we happily chomp down on kangaroo steaks and emu snags. Guess that’s just another example of our wacky sense of humour. That said, not all of our creatures are so adorable. If you take a visitor camping, a can of Dropbear Repellant is essential. Australia really is a fun country, which is why these present ideas are lots of fun too. It's not every nation that celebrates its outlaws like we celebrate Ned kelly. Perhaps we're a rebelious spirit at heart. But more than anything, Australia is a welcoming country filled with passionate people, delicious foods, a great outdoors, and a lively culture. And it's worth celebrating.
Australia is filled with a huge cariety of animals, people, landscapes, food, and art. There's something for everyone in this lucky land. And like Australia, among these Australiana gifts you're sure to find a spectacular present for everyone. From mugs to cuddly toys, we've got it all in the land down-under.