Planning ahead of time at Christmas helps to keeps the chaos under control. Expat gifts for friends and family who live overseas may need early planning. I like to book delivery as soon as I can to keep my stress levels down over the festive season.

If you take your time to work things out ahead of time. It gives you a chance to compare prices and hunt down discount codes too. You will need to allow for shipments to arrive before all the last minute posting dates. As I have family and close friends in the UK and in Spain. I love shopping online from companies in Spain and UK. Saving money as I get deliveries done direct.

I purchase the majority of gifts online while at home in Spain.Ordering 6 weeks before the date, this way I can check out discount or special promotions that may be coming up. (Black Friday – Cyber Monday deals?)

This also allows time for delays in delivery. All delivery companies tend to get busier around this time and unexpected delays are no problem when you schedule things with wriggle room.

In this Expat Gift Guide I have chosen three different themes

  • Expat Gifts and Friends and Family living abroad
  • Great ideas for Travellers
  • Gifts for those who love Spain and everything Spanish

Expat Gifts for Overseas Friends

Here are some of my Gift ideas for Expats and those who live abroad.

British Hamper Company Christmas Treats

Christmas Treats Hamper 2019

Festive Sharing Hamper

This year instead of an advent calendar. I decided to change it up and order a British Christmas Hamper to indulge myself in festive treats that remind me of home. This Christmas I won´t be travelling to England so I have got my treats sent over to me in Spain. The Food Hampers from the British Hamper Company are beautifully wrapped and packaged with a hand tied navy blue ribbon.

I love the British Hamper Company as it is a family business which delivers luxury British gift baskets & food hampers. Sourcing food from Britain’s best artisan food producers and many award winning companies. They offer delivery to Spain which takes as little as 2 working days.

On the video below you can see my Unbox and Review the Happy Christmas Hamper (Dec 2020). You can see all the items inside and how well it is packaged.

Gifts across the Miles

When people move abroad they really appreciate things from back home. This hamper makes a lovely gift for British people who are now living in another country. I certainly love it. Last year I picked the Festive Sharing Hamper which has Chocolate Santas, Christmas cake and lots of crackers and biscuits. Expat Gifts Luxury Christmas British Hamper

British Food Abroad

This is the list of all the treats in the Festive Sharing Hamper.

  • Simply Delicious Cake Co.´s Handmade Christmas Cake
  • Christmas Chutney by Hawks head Relish
  • Grate Britain – All British Cheddar Biscuits
  • Cranberry & Raisin Toast By Millers Toast
  • Tin of Yorkshire Crisps – Henderson’s Yorkshire Sauce flavour
  • Cocoa Loco – Milk Chocolate Christmas Santas
  • Teoni’s All Butter Shortbread Cookies
  •  Crumbly Fudge by the Cotswold Fudge Co
  • Perry Court Farm – Sweet Apple Crisps
  • Willie’s Cacao – Milk of the Gods Luxury Chocolate

The Festive Treats hamper was safely delivered to me in Spain and included melt in the mouth spiced biscuits from Devon; delicious handmade milk chocolate Christmas Santas and Chardonnay wine vinegar Yorkshire crisps.

British Hamper Christmas Food Gift

Flower Subscriptions + More Ideas

There are lots of subscription type gifts that are good ideas for those people who seem to have everything

  • Flower subscriptions  Send a bouquet every month for 3 months or 6 months. Arena Flowers are one of my favourites that offer this service. They also have an ethical business model and have ranked first 7 years in a row on the Ethical Company Index. As a trained florist this makes a huge difference to me.
  • Toy Subscription by Whirli from 9.99 per month get new toys and send back the ones you don´t love.
  • Amazon Music (online music streaming) annual subscription is a great gift for awkward teenagers particularly. Enjoy music on your smartphone or laptop without ads.

nordikas slippers spanish shoe brands

Gifts for Spain Lovers

Nordikas

Good quality slippers that I have been buying since I moved to Spain in 1998. They last ages and are really comfortable. You can get Nordika slippers from Howorths UK. Excellent quality hard-wearing Spanish slippers. Available in the UK & in Spain. They last several years and most people don´t want to change brands once they´ve tried them. Most good shoe shops in Spain sell them and you usually can find them in the Corte inglés too.

Granada Food Tour tapas walk

Spain Food Tour

A gift voucher for foodies. Spain Food Sherpas offer Food tours and Cooking Classes in Granada, Seville & Malaga. This experience would be a good idea for friends and family who live in Spain. Or if someone is planning to visit Andalusia. The Gift vouchers available on their website make a lovely gift for those travelling to Southern Spain. It is something to look forward to.  Purchase the gift voucher and its valid for 2 years from the purchase date. This is a good way to gift an experience for 2021.  There is even an option to enjoy a Food tour and Flamenco performance too.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Travellers Expats Abroad.

Spanish Food Hampers

There are also specialist gourmet shops offering delivery of Spanish hampers such as Spanish Passion Foods. Find carefully selected Spanish hampers can be delivered to UK addresses within a few days. Choose selections with Manchego cheese, Spanish wines and Olive oils. There are quite a few different options to choose from.

Cicerone Guidebook Walking Sierra Nevada Richard Hartley (5)

Cicerone Guides & Spain Books

Cicerone Press specialise in Books on Hiking around Spain & Portugal. These detailed guides are updated constantly and have extremely detailed information about the routes. Difficulty levels, where to stop for food, maps and the nature you can see along the way. They have most Spanish and Portuguese routes covered and their selection is vast. This gift idea is particularly good for birdwatchers and ramblers.

Spanish Books & Spain Themed Titles

I created a long list of Spain books + Novels which maybe useful to narrow down for someone who loves everything to do with Spain. On the list are Flamenco titles, food books, novels and non fiction. With over 50 suggestions there will be a title for your Hispanophile friend…

If you are sending to the UK or live there, check out Bookshop.org. Launched in Autumn 2020 and supporting independent bookstores across the United Kingdom. They have suggestions for titles to choose and are an excellent alternative to amazon.

Bubion with Rustical Travel Alpujarra house

Gift Ideas For Travellers

As a frequent traveller I have found several things that help me prepare for last minute stress free travel. Bach Rescue Remedies is one of them… ; )

Here are a few others..

Solid Shampoo

Solid Shampoo and Conditioner bars are so useful. These are long lasting, plastic free and very compact. I use them in my gym bag as well as for travelling. Lush have been making these for many years. I have a little tin to keep them in so that they stay in their original shape.

They may seem expensive to purchase but they last for a very long time and also done use any plastic packaging at all. Think of how many shampoo and conditioner bottles you can save. The fragrance of each one is fabulous. The Argan Oil shampoo bar works wonders on dry and frizzy hair. (shown below) But over the years I have tried most of them. I like to change it up and try all the different colours and fragrances.

Lush have lots of different gift sets which make gorgeous gifts. In Spain and UK they have online store and also shops in different cities.

Lush Solid Shampoo Conditioner

Decent Luggage

Maletia have a fabulous selection of luggage. Especially good choice for children and teenagers.  This specialist luggage website also sells Gladiator suitcases which are the ones I´ve been using for years. Made in Spain these lightweight cases are reasonably priced and are very hardwearing. The red Gladiator cabin size I have at the moment has been travelling with me since 2016 and is still going strong.

Language Course

Learning a new language is popular new years resolution, but also make a great Christmas gift. Online courses are great to do in you own time from your own home. (or office) The folks at I Will Teach You A Language have a very comprehensive course suitable for all ages and levels. These courses are different from standard language teaching as they show you how to Speak like a local.

How to create your ideal life with an exciting programme learning the right way. Its driven by the power of story! They have courses in many languages including Spanish, French, Japanese, Italian and German.

Spanish Like a Local

Their Spanish programme is structured into three different types. The most comprehensive course is the Spanish Uncovered Online Course. Allowing you to enjoy learning at your own pace. Replay the videos as many times as you want and review different exercises to learn as you go. Spanish Uncovered is perfect for beginners that want to learn Spanish.

I only wish that this had existed when I was struggling to learn Spanish back in 1999. I basically created my own way of immersion but it took much longer of course. If you already know some Spanish and need refreshing on grammar or improving your conversational Spanish they offer courses specifically for that too, without having to do the full Uncovered course.Expat Gifts for Friends Abroad
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All thoughts, feelings and opinions shared on this blog and in this post are my own. I was provided with a gift for honest review of some of the products mentioned above.

Expat Gifts and Festive Guide for Travellers