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PepeLePew Mon 09-Oct-17 12:12:21

I need to buy a gift for an elderly couple who live in Ontario. This is relevant because it could be a typically British gift. However, it needs to be (very) small as the person taking it will only have hand luggage, which also rules out chutney etc. They don't really want or need stuff...I have bought some Buckingham Palace china before but I think it probably got put in a cupboard. Budget up to £75. They like tv, bowling, coffee and the royal family. It gets cold in the winter; I was thinking a nice scarf each but seems a bit dull. I'd be eternally grateful for any suggestions that aren't quite so boring.

BernardsarenotalwaysSaints Mon 09-Oct-17 12:19:20

Hmm, size is the problem here as I can't think of anything small. Would it be a possibility to put it in the main suitcase? If so what about a nice woollen blanket, roll it rather than folding to save space.

TheWoollybacksWife Mon 09-Oct-17 12:37:51

This Liberty Christmas tree decoration? Under budget at £20. You could add a scarf each if you want to use up the rest of your funds.

MrsCrimbo74 Mon 09-Oct-17 12:43:49

How about a gift voucher for Afternoon Tea at the Ritz Hilton in Ontario, I've just looked online and they only have events up to December at the moment but if you can wait a bit longer until they release January's events, you could book a themed one, for instance in October they are doing a Great Gatsby one for £40 per person, slightly over budget but an easy option.

PepeLePew Mon 09-Oct-17 14:01:44

No hold luggage, unfortunately. So it has to be small. Afternoon tea vouchers are a nice idea or similar.

DonkeyOaty Mon 09-Oct-17 14:02:45

A string of bunting?

macnab Mon 09-Oct-17 14:29:12

I was going to suggest nice tree decorations too.

If you want something British, maybe something like these

John Lewis do nice 'British' themed baubles and other gifts too, and might even deliver to US? here

Or maybe a couple of nice mugs (could be "wrapped" in clothing in hand luggage and then dispensed into a gift bag?) - you could get the 3 for £20 Emma Bridgewater offer and keep one for yourself fgrin or a nice EB serving plate or something? link

Unicorn81 Mon 09-Oct-17 15:22:15

What about buying online and shipping direct, eg bath snd body works their stuff is amazing

DerelictWreck Mon 09-Oct-17 15:26:07

How are they flying to Canada with only hand luggage?? shock

noramum Mon 09-Oct-17 15:26:28

I would go for a afternoon tea voucher and a british-theme Christmas decoration.

BertrandRussell Mon 09-Oct-17 15:27:27

How old is elderly?

Somerville Mon 09-Oct-17 15:33:28

Get thee to Fortnum and Mason (or their website for something small but beautiful.

Annwithnoe Mon 09-Oct-17 16:38:15

I like your idea of a nice scarf, especially if you get a pure wool one from a woollen mill, or a nice cashmere/silk blend.
It's only boring if it's acrylic wink

BeaLola Mon 09-Oct-17 19:04:47

Cashmere scarfs or rug

Corgi from Buckingham Palace Shop

Emma Bridgwater Christmas mugs

user1471449805 Mon 09-Oct-17 20:56:32

Tweed? Cashmere? Try Brora or Anta.

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