Quintensential gifts from London?

Old Jun 26th, 2006, 07:55 AM
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Quintensential gifts from London?

I am sending a friend of mine something he wanted and I was able to find in the states. He wants to repay me, but I suggested him just sending me some things from London instead. Things that would always remind of me of my trips there.

Other than a British flag and a red phone booth souvenir, I can't think of what he should send me. I already have tons of tea, so that is not needed. And I am trying to avoid sweets.....I can't decide!

But the gifts need to be under 10 pounds. And no more than 2-3 pounds in weight.

Decisions...decisions...
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Old Jun 26th, 2006, 08:06 AM
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When I'm in London I always pick up some neat mustards with Guiness or port. I get them at Tescos.
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Old Jun 26th, 2006, 08:12 AM
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The english have hilariously flavored potato chips (they call them crisps). Pickle, Prawn and mayonnaise. Seriously. When in England we sent "joke" food baskets...full of oxtail soup, flavored crisps and especially disgusting TWIGLETS!
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Old Jun 26th, 2006, 08:13 AM
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>Quintensential gifts from London?

A dictionary?

HP sauce?




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Old Jun 26th, 2006, 08:14 AM
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hardy har, har Ira

no, I don't need a dictionary. I just need to write more.

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Old Jun 26th, 2006, 08:17 AM
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A Tube map mousepad? It comes in handy for trip planning.

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Old Jun 26th, 2006, 08:19 AM
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Indian spices?
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Old Jun 26th, 2006, 08:20 AM
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What about something from Fortnum and Mason ... like jam? I love that store, and it always reminds me of London.
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Old Jun 26th, 2006, 08:23 AM
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Items with Liberty of London prints... they have toiletry bags, lipstick holders, address books, etc. covered in lovely silk print fabric.
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Old Jun 26th, 2006, 08:26 AM
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Unless you have a Lush store near where you live, how about some nice products (soaps) from Lush?
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Old Jun 26th, 2006, 02:29 PM
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Anything w/ &quot;<b>mind the gap</b>&quot; on it -- T-shirt, tea towels, mouse pad, coffee mug, tea pot, umbrella, tote bag, etc. I've seen Mind the Gap on all those things and more.
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Old Jun 26th, 2006, 02:31 PM
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empty wallet?
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Old Jun 26th, 2006, 02:41 PM
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We collected tea towels on our trip to the UK and enjoy using them in the kitchen. I'm reminded of the trip every time I use one.

Inexpensive to buy and ship.

Tea = quintensential London
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Old Jun 26th, 2006, 02:46 PM
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My vote is for anything with &quot;Mind the Gap&quot; on it.

Twiglets are the absolute most disgusting thing EVER invented!!! One of my sons just loves them, however. Yuck!
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Old Jun 26th, 2006, 02:50 PM
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Little wellie boot soaps from National Trust properties. They are sold in all the gift shops for NT properties.

If you visit Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Palace tea towels and tea bags.
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There was quite a flap last month when I was in London. Seems HP sauce will now be manufactured in Amsterdam.

I'm a fan of the mustards, too. Too bad you're off sweets or he could bring Smarties. I have a friend I always have to bring mushy peas.
Others want the latest issues of Hello magazine &amp; the Daily Mail for gossip.

Were there any items you liked from Boots? I buy lots in there. Or how about a nice cup &amp; saucer from the china shops?

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the gentleman's relish from fortum and mason.
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Old Jun 26th, 2006, 07:37 PM
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I love something from Harrod's even if I have to buy it at the airport. It's a reminder of London. I have tea towels, a small bear, and a couple of oven mitts plus a key chain. But, I do like the idea of a &quot;mind the gap&quot; item altho' I never saw those.
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Old Jun 27th, 2006, 02:38 AM
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The London Transport Museum shop is still open in Covent Garden and sells all sorts of things &quot;branded&quot; with the Tube map and London Transport signs as well as old LT posters. A lot can be bought online as well, mind:
http://www.ltmuseumshop.co.uk/
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Old Jun 27th, 2006, 02:52 AM
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Tea in teabags. The basic, run-of-the-mill stuff is far more flavorful than the typical Lipton brand. That says British to me far more than a tchotchke would! Of course, I would also add dark chocolate digestive buiscuits, but you said you're off sweets.
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