As we draw closer to the Christmas holidays, festive gifting becomes the ultimate consumer dilemma. Each year, we have to continually come up with more unique and personal gifts for family and friends, which can leave us feeling that our choices aren’t always quite up to par. We know how important it is to choose carefully and it shouldn’t be a chore, it should be fun. Our London homes are conveniently based close to the main shopping areas, so we decided to pick some quintessentially British items that make perfect Christmas presents or souvenirs from your trip.
Shopping for adults or children? Be it a zesty fragrance from Jo Malone, a classic Barbour jacket or the cutest Paddington Bear, there are plenty of choices when looking for something uniquely British. Read on for our five best gifts – we’ve got it covered.
Speciality tea from Fortnum & Mason
A trip to Fortnum & Mason has to include perusing their ground floor tea emporium: it’s a whole new world of tea. This British brand is one of the UK’s most prestigious and beloved stores. In their long history, they have even supplied their quality goods to the royal household.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift, we think one of their beautifully packaged teas would make the ideal Christmas treat. The Fortnum’s tea specialists are even on hand to help you select the best blend. We personally love their Breakfast Blend as well as the classic, Earl Grey. If you’re looking for something a little different, try their fragrant, Iron Goddess Oolong.
The perfect fragrance from Jo Malone
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Their signature cream-colored box is what the fragrance house, Jo Malone, has become famous for. This now iconic British brand was founded back in the 1990’s with an emphasis on quality ingredients, only introducing a bespoke number of scents. The company has grown significantly since its inception but has always developed the finest fragrances for the most discerning customers.
We are huge fans of their zesty, signature scent, Lime, Basil & Mandarin which has become a true, modern classic. If you’re gifting your mom, we think the sweet smell of Peony & Blush Suede, oozes sophistication and glamour. For the gentleman in your life, we recommend the spicy, Amber and Lavender. The beauty of all the fragrances is that they’re suited to be worn together, so ask to find the right, fragrance match.
A winter coat from Barbour
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Barbour is known as the UK brand of choice for the ultimate in quality outerwear. This highly respected company was founded back in 1894 and have since become iconic for their instantly recognizable jackets, knitwear and wellington boots. If you’re going to be spending time in the countryside this festive season, you’ll definitely need to be kitted out with the Barbour essentials.
We think a jacket makes a lovely gift, particularly their stylish Rivington Waterproof Jacket that will keep the lucky recipient warm and protected from the elements. You will also need a pair of warm, winter wellies for those long walks in the countryside, so invest in their classic Tempest Wellington Boots. The enduring quality of this brand will have you looking your very best this festive season.
A classic Paddington Bear from Harrods
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A trip to Harrods should be on all shoppers itinerary for its glittering window displays, and seven floors of the finest fashion, beauty, food, and homewares – the ultimate shopping paradise. It’s also the best store to visit with your little ones for its abundant selection of toys. This November, Paddington 2, was released in the cinemas and this delightful, family film had us all wanting our very own little bear to take home with us.
We think Harrods should be your first stop, as the children will be delighted to see whole displays dedicated to this lovable bear. This adorable cuddly teddy comes specially embroidered with the P.B. initials. We have a sneaky feeling your shopping basket will include Paddington.
A stylish handbag from Lulu Guinness
We’re just a little obsessed with the gorgeous and unique designs of Lulu Guinness. They set off any ensemble and are perfect for day or night. Just check out this stunning Red Cupid’s Bow Carlotta, which is bound to grab attention.
Or, if you looking for a more demure look, we think the Mini Daphne is fabulous for work, meetings, or just lunch with the ladies. Best of all, there’s currently up to 50% off all designs. Now, there’s the perfect excuse to go shopping!
Read more on Christmas in London on our blog.