Do you have friends or family abroad who you’d like to send a wee Christmas treat to? These days, most of us have someone who’s left the country for work or an adventure. Surprise them with a British gift to remind them of home. Who knows, that might entice them to come back for good!
Buy local by supporting up and coming young designers. Visit graduate shows and keep up to date with fashion blogs. In the run up to Christmas, there could also be gift fairs and markets going on around town where many of these rising stars are likely to exhibit their crafts.
Alternatively, opt for traditional British fashions in fabrics such as tweed, cashmere and tartan. Country clothing and wellies are also great as presents. The selection in the UK is larger than elsewhere as outdoor clothing is worn more regularly, as opposed to places like mainland Europe where, often, fashion wins over practicality.
Kitchen shops in the UK are among the best with their ample selections of tools and gadgets to make cooking so much easier. See what’s new in the world of kitchen aids and get an innovative device that might not have reached foreign markets yet.
As cuisines vary, some items may never be available to buy all over the world. For example, the very simple poached egg is only common in some parts of the world so egg poachers might not be available for purchase in countries where this is a less popular way of preparing an egg!
One of the easiest ways of ensuring a truly British gift is by sending food. You just have to remember that some countries have strict customs regulations so don’t ignore these, otherwise you risk leaving your friends or family abroad gift-less this Christmas. These apply to countries outwith the European Union. Consult Post Office regulations for details.
A great place to stock up on local produce is your nearest farmers’ market. Here you’ll be able to purchase authentic British goods from farmers and local businesses, supporting your community. It’s almost guaranteed that these items aren’t available to buy in foreign countries.
Traditional British goodies include shortbread, malt loaf, cheddar, pies, tea, chocolate oranges, boiled sweets, oatcakes, chutneys, salt and vinegar crisps, haggis and more.
Struggling for time to buy individual gifts? A quick and easy option is ordering hampers. These can be ordered online and delivered directly to the recipient. Hampers are often themed so could feature a specific type of product, such as sweets, products of Scottish origin, or family-friendly items.