Gone are the days of buying cheap Australian gifts and souvenirs. I am still mystified as to why they became so popular, but in many countries souvenirs remain the only gift you can buy as a memento of your holiday.

I was an avid backpacker with a limited budget in my 20s, with price and limited space in the back of my mind. With this criteria, choosing the right souvenirs was very challenging. Now in my 40s, the travel experience is different. I have a bigger budget for gifts but luggage space can still be an issue.

The biggest challenge nowadays is finding a meaningful gift. No-one wants a tacky souvenir that the recipient will regift or store for years until the feelings guilt subside enough to throw it away. But, the term ‘souvenir’ still has a negative feel to it - something tacky and cheap.

Koh Living designs meaningful gifts, and our meaningful gifts are portrayals of beautiful art from Australia. You don’t have to be a tourist, or an Australian traveling overseas, to purchase these beautifully created Australian gifts. But, you must be someone who loves Australia, Australian art or Australian animals – and that encompasses nearly everyone!

Australia has so much to offer – and Koh Living is proud to be able to work with Australia´s cultural and contemporary artists. Finding an Australian gift is both challenging and rewarding. There is nothing more gratifying than than the expression of love and appreciation from the recipient of the gift that you have carefully chosen. The love and care you put into this choice of gift will generate a feeling of connection and a sense of belonging. Could there be anything more beautiful than that?

Beautiful gifts are amazing, but they are even more amazing when they are practical. I am jubilant when I see a gift that I have given someone being put to use. I know for a fact that when people see me using a gift they have given me, they have a sense of pride and satisfaction. There is nothing wrong with that; it makes us feel good about ourselves and the choice we made. We are glad to have contributed towards someone else´s happiness.

One of the Australian gifts that everyone is sure to use is one of our amazing water bottles. Not only are they beautiful, they are super practical. If you are using them in hot weather, they stay cool for 24hr and in cold weather your drinks will remain hot for up to 12hrs. They are made from double walled stainless steel and are BPA free and non-toxic.

It is a bonus when people discover that the artwork is original. All the designs come from the work of Australia’s most celebrated artist, Anna Blatman and each sale from her collection has a purpose. Koh Living is committed to raising $20,000 for The Smith Family to help Australian children living in disadvantage get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves.

Koh Living journals are a magical creation. Choose one of our wildlife journals featuring Anna Blatman´s much-loved Aussie animals and keep it on your desk at work or at home. Each design is a beautiful reproduction of Anna’s vibrant colourful art using a raised printing technique. As you turn the pages, take a journey into the artist’s world – peruse through her personal insights, quotes and drawings.

These unique journals are a true work of art – they are priceless. Pen your thoughts, plans and dreams in a Koh Living journal. They are the perfect choice for a beautiful, unique and practical Australian gift. I am struggling to get enough notebooks, especially now that journaling has become so popular; writing in a journal can also help reduce stress levels. \

Coasters are the number one most sold product at Koh Living. This means people love them and use them. We have four very popular themes – our Aboriginal, Australian Landmarks, Australian Wildflowers and Australian Animals range. There is something for everyone. No matter what their tastes, values, or home décor are, you will satisfy that need with the perfect coaster. The beautiful ceramic and cork workmanship ensures there is no damage to furniture. To view and shop our whole range of coasters, click here now.

Mugs are always an easy choice of gift as they are so popular. Mugs are probably one of the most practical Australian gifts you can get; we never have enough mugs in our home. If you are after something special, you cannot go past what we call our ‘story-telling’ mugs.

Aboriginal artwork is of outstanding beauty, but what’s even more beautiful are the sacred ageless stories represented in the artwork. Koh Living´s packaging has a story for each mug. But, we went one step further and added the story to the mug itself, as most people ultimately discard the packaging.

Tea-towels are also one of the most super practical Australian gifts - you can’t go wrong with a tea towel. Not only are they an extremely practical gift, they are lightweight and easy to transport – whether sending by post or taking on a trip with you, they are easy to work with.

Koh Living has a wonderful collection of tea towels with Aboriginal designs, Australian Wildflowers or Australian animal art. It is hard to choose a favourite, but I especially love our Aboriginal tea towels. The technology used to place the artwork onto the cotton is unique. Yes, all our tea towels are 100% cotton.

Remember that, once again, a portion from each sale goes back to the artists and their communities. Koh Living is also a proud member of the Indigenous Art Code. As a member of this professional body, our customers can rest assured that we are doing the right thing by the artist and their community.

Koh Living likes to do things differently – our gifts are unique. To view and shop the whole range click here now.

How many candle addicts do you think there are in the world? Most women LOVE candles, and for many it is truly an addiction. We know for a fact that many of our customers are candle holders collectors. If you know someone who loves candle products, you have stumbled on the right blog. We can guarantee you that if you purchase one of our many candle products, your gift will be remembered for a lifetime.

Look for them in the aboriginal and Australian Wildflower gift section. Click here to view and shop our full collection of candle products. Our glass candle holders and porcelain Minikin™ Lanterns will keep you mesmerized. We have spoken to many people over the years who fell in love with these items and ended up keeping them – they never quite made it to the intended recipient. However, if you do manage to get it to your loved ones, they think of you everytime they see or use this gift.

Whatever you choose, Koh Living ensures their gifts beautiful and meaningful, and above all, they are practical. There is nothing more heart warming that seeing our gifts being used. We feel a sense of pride and success. It makes us feel happy to have brightened a loved one’s day. The sense of connection and belonging that comes with the act of giving is in measurable. We cannot imagine having a more important goal than helping people connect through meaningful giving. Koh X