Whenever we do overseas house sitting and pet sitting I always like to take a gift from Australia, especially when long term house sitting. Here are 7 Awesome Aussie Gift Ideas for your Pet Sitting Family that won’t break the bank or result in you paying excess luggage fees.
Some people might think a gift for dog and house sitting isn’t necessary as both parties are providing a service to each other. You are providing a reliable pet sitting service and they are providing free rent for pet sitting. I am certainly not aware of any secret house sitting payment etiquette that requires you to provide a gift in exchange for in home pet care. But it is a lovely way to say thank you to someone for welcoming you into their home.
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Gift idea #1 – Iconic Aussie Food
There’s nothing quite like a gift basket of treats from Australia to let an international house sitting family know that they are appreciated. Who could say no to Milo, Tim Tams or even Caramello Koalas?
Below is a list of some popular Aussie food-related gifts for pet lovers. If you don’t have time to pack your own gift basket the Down Under Box could put one together for you.
- Tim Tams
- Macadamia Nuts
- Allens Red Frogs
- Tiny Teddies
- Caramello Koalas
- Freddo Frogs
- Cherry Ripe
- Violet Crumble
- Eucalyptus Drops
- Wagon Wheel
- Anzac Biscuits
- Scotch finger biscuits
- Iced Vovo biscuits
- Mint Slice
- Pizza Shapes
- Chicken Salt
Gift idea #2 – Aussie T-Towels
A few Aussie themed t-towels will make awesome gift ideas for your pet sitting family as they will sit flat in your suitcase and not take up a lot of room. T-towels also guarantee that your house sitting and pet minding services will be remembered for years to come.
Every time your pet sitting family stand at the kitchen sink to do the washing up they’ll think of you and thank you for watching over their beloved pets.
Gift idea #3 – Aussie Themed Drink Coasters
These Fauna of Australia Coasters by Ashdene would make a memorable gifts for pet lovers and would sit perfectly on the coffee table of your pet sitting family.
Gift idea #4 – Aussie Themed Coffee Mugs
Australian wildlife coffee mugs would make awesome Aussie Gift Ideas for your Pet Sitting Family. Every time they have a cup of tea they can talk about how much they enjoyed meeting their Aussie house sitters and how much they appreciated your pet care services.
These Fauna of Australia mugs by Ashdene would go perfectly with the matching drink coasters.
Gift idea #5 – Re-usable Aussie Shopping Bag
Rather than wrapping up your gift for your house and pet sitting family with wrapping paper, put your gift in a re-usable Aussie shopping bag like the one below from Ashdene.
Not only are you helping to save the planet but you are guaranteeing that your pet sitting family will think of their Aussie house sitters and remember your pet sitting services every time they go shopping.
Gift idea #6 – Clip on Koalas
Clip on koalas are popular pet sitter gift ideas and come in a variety of sizes. You could give your overseas house sitting family the whole packet or pop one of them in with another gift.
Gift idea #7 – Dog Gift Ideas
If you are looking for gift ideas for dog lovers then a few packets of Roo Tails are the perfect dog themed gifts from Australia
If you still aren’t sure which of the above gift ideas is best for your pet sitting family then I recommend that you pick out a combination of the above.
I like to buy a re-usable Aussie shopping bag for my pet sitting family and fill it with a t-towel from my home town plus a few of my favourite Aussie snacks. To round it all off I use a clip-on koala to hold the bag closed.
This is the perfect gift for pet lovers and has never failed to impress one of our international house sitting family’s!
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