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Looking for small gift ideas that are quintessentially British

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KP86 Fri 07-Oct-16 16:23:25

Travelling to the US in a couple of weeks and looking for some small gift ideas of 'British' things that I can take for a 15yo boy, 11yo girl and their parents. They love sweets, so along those lines would be fine, but I'm also happy for little trinket collectables.

Any ideas please? Not British myself so need a bit of help!

Thanks smile

cheapandcheerful Fri 07-Oct-16 16:25:26


OlennasWimple Fri 07-Oct-16 16:31:16

Cricket ball

Smarties (US Smarties are something very different!)

Mars Bar and Milky Way (have them in the US but they are called different things). Ditto Polos

Ilovewillow Fri 07-Oct-16 16:35:16

How about posh loose leaf tea, for the parents not the children! Scottish Shortbread!

NoCapes Fri 07-Oct-16 16:39:56

Scones with a mini pot of jam
Tea bags
Something with the queen on it?

grassroots Fri 07-Oct-16 16:47:16

How about the London Transport Museum shop? They do absolutely loads of stuff decorated in tube maps, London buses etc.

Or for the grown-ups, Chilgrove Gin Truffles from Noble and Stace?

ThinkPinkStink Fri 07-Oct-16 16:50:27

When I fly out of Heathrow I always pop into Harrods to buy some overpriced biscuits for our host. Very British.

herethereandeverywhere Fri 07-Oct-16 16:51:06

Teacup and saucer

Lunde Fri 07-Oct-16 16:51:50

Traditional British "sweet shop" sweets such as Kola cubes, sherbert lemons, rhubarb and custards etc.

imip Fri 07-Oct-16 16:52:52

In a very similar situation, I've taken over fancy Christmas decorations - glass type of post boxes, black cabs etc etc. I'm sure John Lewis do them and handily you can get them at Heathrow in duty free!!!

Lunde Fri 07-Oct-16 16:53:17

For parents perhaps shortbreads or cakes in a tin.

Allalonenow Fri 07-Oct-16 16:57:21

English lavender soap, Crabtree & Evelyn are sure to do this.
Selection of British sweets, mint humbugs, Pontefract cakes etc
Tunnocks teacakes
A mug with one of the royals on, and some Yorkshire tea.
Football club scarf

purpleleotard Fri 07-Oct-16 17:03:18

Seaside rock?

JamieFraserskneewarmer Fri 07-Oct-16 17:04:15

Williamsons do some lovely tea caddies elephant

Always great ideas at the London Transport shop - my cousins went back to the States laden down with mugs, tote bags and fridge magnets LT

British Museum shop was also a hit BM

They also got key rings in the shape of red phone boxes and old style letter boxes - you can get them online but I suspect theirs came from one of the multitudinous stalls around the tourist sites.

I love London Corgi? corgi

In terms of sweets, things like Sherbet Fountains, refreshers, jelly babies, and licorice allsorts were allegedly a revelation - mind you, so was the fact that purple means blackcurrant so maybe purple sweets too.

Mind you Etsy has a whole range of things relating to baked beans from Earrings to candles - they are quite British too I think!

KP86 Fri 07-Oct-16 18:07:01

Ooh, I love the Christmas decoration ideas, they are very much into that.

M&S had some half price choc truffles today which I just <had> to sample (sorry Slimming World) and buy, but I'll put those away and take with me instead of scoffing after dinner tonight. Or I'll still scoff them and go buy some more on Monday.

Thank you for the sweet names, now I know what to look for.

GenghisCalm Fri 07-Oct-16 18:14:15

My American friends always ask for kitkats, twix and Parma violets.

Dozer Fri 07-Oct-16 18:15:37


Dozer Fri 07-Oct-16 18:15:47


RueDeDay Fri 07-Oct-16 18:16:02

When I go home I'm asked for Percy Pig and Pal sweets from M&S!!

Dozer Fri 07-Oct-16 18:16:23

Not Cadburys - has been Americanised and now tastes shit.

LuckySantangelo1 Fri 07-Oct-16 18:16:53

Mince pies!

Chelsea26 Fri 07-Oct-16 18:21:07

If they are actually British this is a fun by-the-loo book

Mozismyhero Fri 07-Oct-16 18:27:15

Kendal mint cake mmmmmm

EllyMayClampett Fri 07-Oct-16 18:34:31

Hendriks gin.

EllyMayClampett Fri 07-Oct-16 18:34:45

Bottle of single malt Scotch.

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