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Need some authentic English souvenir ideas

Auburn, Maine
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Need some authentic English souvenir ideas

I'm visiting England next month and need some souvenir ideas for gifts to bring back home. My primary requirements are as follows:

- Easily packed in a suitcase without being damaged

- Can be found in central London or along the Coast to Coast track

- Made in England and, ideally, unique to England

- Not a knickknack; something genuinely useful or consumable

I'm interested in any ideas that fit the bill. I have any number of people that I can bring back gifts for, so suggestions can be for a man or woman, young or old. I would especially like to find something suitable for my newborn niece if possible. Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Need some authentic English souvenir ideas

royalcollection.org.uk/visit/queensgallerylo…

This shop is on the left hand side of Buckingham Palace and has jams , shortbreads, and lots more good quality gifts.

Or on Piccadilly try Fortnum and Mason for a big range of consumables too.

Southampton, UK
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2. Re: Need some authentic English souvenir ideas

The major museums have shops. While I cannot say where the items are made, there should be items to please all ages and many tastes.

www.britishmuseumshoponline.org/

www.nhmshop.co.uk/

www.sciencemuseumshop.co.uk/

www.vandashop.com/

www.iwmshop.org.uk/

www.iwmshop.org.uk/category/1011/Gifts?__utma=1.869452941.1397075875.1397078434.1397629203.3&__utmb=1.1.10.1397629203&__utmc=1&__utmx=-&__utmz=1.1397629203.3.3.utmcsr=google|utmccn=%28organic%29|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=%28not%20provided%29&__utmv=-&__utmk=76827541

Vail, Colorado
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3. Re: Need some authentic English souvenir ideas

I like the museum gift shops as well. British museum has a huge gift shop with unique items. Harrods also has their gift section that has everything harrods on it. If all else fails there are tons of shops at the airport. Tea towels are very British and I have brought many of those back to the states.

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4. Re: Need some authentic English souvenir ideas

Umbrellas are very British, given our climate. Depending on how much use you would get from them when returning home (and I'm imagining Maine is not the Sonoran Desert), then how about some Burberry umbrellas? You might need a slightly larger suitcase, as they are long and elegant, but very pricy......

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5. Re: Need some authentic English souvenir ideas

Buy an Ordnance Survey Map of the areas you visited.

The symbols, landmarks, rivers, contours and colouring and style are quite classy and iconic

Then when you get home buy a suitable sized picture frame and cut or fold the map to fit

Then you will have a permanent stylish reminder of your favourite area that you visited.

Useful whilst you are here , decorative when you get home.

ordnancesurvey.co.uk/education-research/reso…

Bingley, United...
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6. Re: Need some authentic English souvenir ideas

Tea towels would be the ideal option - though finding one "Made in England" might be difficult.

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7. Re: Need some authentic English souvenir ideas

You won't always be able to tell whether things are made in England or not. EU labelling rules mean that they can simply say that it is made somewhere in the EU.

The things which my ex-patriot brother always asks me to take out to him are:

PG Tips tea bags (obviously the tea isn't grown in England)

Frank Coopers Oxford marmalade

Bottled ale (bitter)

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8. Re: Need some authentic English souvenir ideas

Depending on how deep your pockets are perhaps something small from Radley.

http://www.radley.co.uk/

Which Coast to Coast are you doing as there may be an outlet shop en-route

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9. Re: Need some authentic English souvenir ideas

Most souvenirs in my experience just get thrown out, and are simply a waste of resources and creator of waste needing disposal. Food or drink always seems the best bet to me.

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10. Re: Need some authentic English souvenir ideas

"EU labelling rules mean that they can simply say that it is made somewhere in the EU."

Not quite the case.

Depends a bit on the product category, but as a general rule in Britain goods need to carry country of origin labelling only if there's a reasonable likelihood the consumer will be misled if they don't. Since few Britons care about such absurdities, even that legal requirement is rarely enforced. What "EU labelling rules" actually say at present for most products is that if a product does carry origin labelling, it usually can't refer to one specific EU country, but must say "made in the EU", though in practice those rules are often ignored and not enforced.

Getting het up over where something is made gets American politicians headlines. It really has hardly ever mattered here, and origin labels are rare. Most artefacts sold in museum shops are made by specialists in Asia. The detailed rules about what terms like "Irish linen" actually mean are usually precisely the opposite of what casual buyers imagine.

It's very kind of you to bring American delusions about the importance of a domestic manufacturing industry here - but you're a couple of hundred years too late. Even at the height of the industrial revolution, all those textile factories used American cotton, Australian wool and Central European or Belgian flax.