According to the 2016 census, there are over 232,386 Filipinos living in Australia. Even though Filipino culture is way different from Australian, many Filipinos choose to live and work down under because, why not?
Since Australia is a good country (has a rich history, nice weather, unique accents, and friendly people), many Filipinos settled and considered Australia as their second home.
And if you’re a Filipino who is currently living or working in Australia, for sure you want to share the Australian vibes by sending pasalubong/gifts to your family in the Philippines.
So, what are the must-buy pasalubong from Australia that you can give to your Pinoy family or friends in the Philippines? Here’s our list:
Camphor Cutting Board
Camphor cutting boards are usually handmade in Sydney. It’s not only a beautiful addition to your kitchen but the natural antimicrobial and antifungal properties make it one of the safest cutting boards to use.
The Wood Life, a boutique woodworking company in Sydney produces these beautiful kitchen essentials. They also produce other hand-crafted wooden homewares and accessories.
Price: from AU$ 35.00 to AU$ 129.00
Nope, it’s not the app on your phone. If you want a more traditional pasalubong from AU, a Boomerang is one of the must-buy items.
Boomerang was used for thousands of years as a hunting tools symbol of the aboriginal Australian culture. These boomerangs also have unique designs that will definitely give you Australian vibes and culture.
Price: AU$7.50 upward
Aboriginal Australian is a collective term for all the indigenous peoples from the Australian mainland and Tasmania. They have a rich artistic heritage that reflects on their contemporary and traditional artwork (most of their work is displayed at galleries in Sydney).
The aboriginal people use their art to tell stories about the land, its animal and plants, or the spiritual landscapes, called the Dreaming.
Aboriginal artworks are a true piece of Australia that you can give and take home to your loved ones.
Price: around AU$500 and above
Tim Tam is a brand of chocolate biscuit made by the Australian biscuit company Arnott’s. It consists of two malted biscuits separated by a light chocolate cream filling and coated in a thin layer of textured chocolate.
And as a Pinoy, we all know that chocolates are the most in-demand pasalubong of all time because we (obviously) love sweets.
These goodies come in different flavors so make sure that you get to try most if not all of them.
Price: from AU$1.80
Emu Oil Moisturiser
The emu is the second-largest living bird by height, after its ratite relative, the ostrich. It is found in Australia where it is the largest native bird.
Emu birds also had a huge role in Australia’s history because of the “Great Emu War” in 1932.
Emu oil is said to improve the aging condition of your skin and can prevent wrinkles, too. It is a rich moisturizer formulated with Emu Oil and Vitamin E, to help hydrate and soothe dry and overworked skin and to make skin feel fresher and smoother.
Price: From AU$8.50