Helen Geraghty, Copywriter   16 December 2019

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Even if you’re not spending Christmas with your family this year, you can still show them that you’re thinking about them. How? By sending them thoughtful Christmas gifts online.

Sending parcels internationally by post can be expensive and unreliable, so we’d like to help you by suggesting Christmas gifts you can send online. It’s so much more convenient than taking a trip to the post office.

1. Gift an experience

Ever feel like you’re buying a gift for the sake of it?

If you’re looking for last-minute online Christmas gift ideas, then buying someone an experience could be the perfect solution. It’s an excellent way of spoiling a loved one to a day or evening out, even when you can’t be there to share it with them.

This way you’ll be giving them an irreplaceable memory - one that will stay with them for a very long time.

Top experience gifts include:

Theatre tickets

If the stage adaptation of a family member’s favourite film or book is coming to the city they live in, giving theatre tickets to the event is a thoughtful and unique gift.

Restaurant gift card

Find out if your loved one’s favourite restaurant sells online gift cards or vouchers and treat them to an evening out being wined and dined.

Spa day or beauty treatment

If you know someone who loves to be pampered, then a spa day or a voucher for a beauty treatment can be an excellent way to show them that you care. It will help them to wind down and relax after Christmas.

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2. Subscription

A subscription is a gift that just keeps on giving. When you give a subscription, your loved one will have something to look forward to every month. Subscription gifts have become hugely popular over recent years and there really is something for everyone.

Magazine subscription

Give your recipient a subscription to their favourite magazine and they’ll think about you every time they pick it up during their tea or coffee break.

TV or music subscription

Television and music streaming packages can be a luxury, so why not give a subscription to Netflix to the movie buff in your family or Spotify for the music lover?

Subscription box

Subscription boxes come in all different shapes and sizes, from beauty products to coffee beans and Japanese snacks to socks, there’s something for both young and old.

3. Food hamper

Food and drink hampers are one of the best Christmas gifts to order online. Giving a hamper can ensure that your loved ones have a delicious festive spread on the table this Christmas. From basic Christmas hampers to baskets full of luxury artisan treats, there are food hampers to suit every taste.

4. Flowers

A beautiful bouquet of your loved one’s favourite festive blooms can brighten up their home this Christmas and express your affections even from so far away.

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5. Send money online

Sending money to family back home is one of the simplest and most appreciated gifts you can give. Whilst thoughtfully selected gifts can be touching to receive, the gift of money can help to ease stress during one of the most expensive times of the year.

The gift of cash also allows the recipient the freedom to use it to buy items that they really need and that will make the biggest difference to their Christmas.

Tips for sending money online this Christmas

If you’re going to be sending money to family living overseas this Christmas, we’ve put together some tips and advice to help you choose the right service and ensure that your transfer arrives safely.

Get the best deal

Transferring money abroad using your existing bank account and without shopping around may not be the best way. It could mean that the recipient of your generous transfer receives less of your hard-earned cash than you expected.

Always make sure that you fully understand all the fees associated with a service before you make a transfer. As well as upfront fees, keep your eyes peeled for ‘hidden fees’ charged by banks or transfer services offering poor exchange rates.

Be safe and check your recipient’s details

For many people, Christmas is the most hectic time of the year. When you’ve already got a lot on your plate, the last thing you need is for your money transfer to go missing. Save yourself a lot of time, stress and hassle this Christmas by simply taking a couple of minutes to double-check your recipient’s account details before you hit send.

Check the settlement times of your preferred service

Before making a money transfer abroad, make sure that you’ve double-checked how long it will take for the money to arrive with the recipient. Discovering that your loved one is not going to receive the funds before Christmas can be upsetting and disappointing for both parties.

Many international money transfer services offered by banks can take several days to reach the recipient. If you need money sent overseas quickly, then a specialist online money transfer service like the one we offer at WorldRemit will usually get the money to your loved one much quicker, sometimes even instantly.

Be exchange rate savvy

To make sure that you’re getting a good deal on your money transfer it’s important to understand exchange rates and what a good exchange rate looks like. Transferring money overseas using a service that offers poor exchange rates will mean that your recipient receives less.

Choose a reliable company

Always use a trusted and reputable company to ensure that your money is secure and arrives with the recipient promptly.

Our trusted online money transfer service is authorised by the FCA and has received over 120,000 5-star reviews from our satisfied customers. You can trust us to send your money quickly and securely this Christmas.

We’re even offering new customers their first three money transfers fee-free. So. sign up today to send money to your loved ones for free this Christmas.

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Christmas remittances

Every Christmas billions of dollars are transferred to family members back home by migrants living and working abroad. In fact, according to an article published in the Telegraph, around 40% of the remittances sent during December are declared as gifts.

The benefits of receiving the gift of money at Christmas

Receiving money from loved ones abroad helps people to afford those little extras that make Christmas special. After all, it’s an expensive time of year. So, whilst unwrapping gifts is fun, many people would prefer a little extra cash to spend during the festive season.

Giving money gifts for Christmas allows the recipient to buy themselves something that they really want, or to spend the money on festive food, drink and decorations.

The benefits of sending money as a gift

Sending a remittance instead of a physical gift has its benefits for the sender, too. Here’s how:

  • It’s usually more affordable to send money than it is to pay postage for a gift.

  • It avoids gifts getting lost in the post.

  • You’ll enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that your recipient can get something they really want or need.

Send remittances with WorldRemit this Christmas

At WorldRemit we provide secure, fast and affordable money transfer services to over 150 countries worldwide from over 50.

We make sending money back home this Christmas simple. All you need is an internet connection and a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Unlike most bank-to-bank transfers, we charge just one low-cost fee and provide good exchange rates.

When you download our app, you can even set up notifications to track exchange rates and discover the most cost-effective time to make your transfer.

We also offer a variety of pay-out options including bank transfer, mobile airtime, and cash pickup, allowing you to pick the option most convenient for the recipient.

Sign up and send money for free

If you want to get started sending money abroad, we’re here to make your WorldRemit registration as simple as possible. We’ve put together a quick how-to guide to the WorldRemit sign up process, so that you can send money abroad to loved ones quickly, easily and safely.