Holiday Gift Guides Holiday Gift Guide for the Anglophile Jennifer Still

Let me guess – you love Britain, right? I know I do. Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to live there – and lucky me, I’ve got my wish as an adult, splitting my time between the UK and New York City. The best part is, living in England hasn’t dulled my love for the country (and its neighbours, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, of course!); in fact, it’s only made me love it more. If you love the UK as well, you’ll probably want Christmas gifts to reflect it. Here are the must-haves for the Anglophiles among us.

quality street

Quality Street Tin – $18.40 at Amazon

Sure, you can grab these for £5 (roughly $8) at ASDA, but if you were in the UK, you probably wouldn’t be an Anglophile, now would you? Instead, you’ll have to pay the export premium on this one, but I promise you it’ll be worth every penny. While everyone has at least one flavour they leave to rot (Strawberry Delight in the red wrapper over here), it’s still a classic and a must have for the Christmas season.

 

mince pies

Mr. Kipling’s mince pies – $6.99 at English Tea Store

Christmas isn’t Christmas in England without a mince pie or two. While they’re certainly not my first choice of Christmas treat, a warmed one with some cream or vanilla ice cream never did anyone any harm.

 

kate the future queen

Kate: The Future Queen by Katie Nicholl – $18.20 at Amazon

I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love Kate Middleton, and for good reason: she’s amazing. Kate: The Future Queen is a biography that traces the Duchess of Cambridge’s life, from her early years and throughout her long and sometimes rocky courtship with Prince William, all the way up to the couple’s wedding day. You’ll be glued to this – and simultaneously wish Kate – ahem, Catherine – was your best friend. With all the juicy details about her life (many of which have never before been revealed), maybe you can just pretend she is!

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yorkshire gold

Taylors of Harrogate Yorkshire Gold tea bags – $14.76 for 160 at Amazon

Brits love a proper cup of tea, and honestly, most of the stuff we sell here in the US is watered down and can hardly be considered tea. Yorkshire Gold is a bold blend that’ll definitely wake you up and really tastes delicious, as well. Add a little cream (and sugar, if you really must) and boiling water and you’re off!

 

tardis blanket

Doctor Who TARDIS throw blanket = $24.99 at ThinkGeek

If you’re an Anglophile and don’t watch Doctor Who, then I’m not quite sure what’s going on with your life. Do yourself a favour and catch up via Hulu Plus, Netflix, DVDs, SOMETHING! If you’re already a Who fan, then this item needs no introduction. It’s a TARDIS blanket, and it is the best. The end.

 

boots

Union Jack Wellies – $23.95 at Amazon

This gift is a two-for-one deal. First of all, there’s this stereotype about how it’s always raining in Britain, and I’ve gotta say… it’s true. If you’re living anywhere in the UK, really, wellies are a necessity. You most likely wouldn’t wear ones with union jack flags on them if you were there, but you’re not, so live it up and embrace your Anglophile tendencies.

keep calm and carry on decal

Keep Calm & Carry On Wall Decals – $14.38 at Wayfair.com

Is there anything more quintessentially British than the whole ‘keep calm and carry on’ thing which seems to have sprung back into popularity over the past couple of years? Well, now you can have a reminder on your wall every day, along with a crown, a red phone box, and a flag! Come on, you know you want to.

shakespeare socks

William Shakespeare Socks – $7.99 at Modcloth

Uh, WHAT? These are amazing. Shakespeare is obviously the most well-known, well-respected and all-around legendary English writers in history, and what’s better than wearing him on your feet?

christmas crackers

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Crackers – $29.95 at Williams-Sonoma

You can’t have a proper Christmas dinner without some crackers to go ’round. Wearing your paper crown is a necessity, and you never know what fun toy you might get in your half after pulling. Last year, I got a baby set of tweezers that were totally useless, but really cute.

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  1. Yeah, sorry. I am a Brit who lives in the USA and nope, no cream in tea… not even half and half. Just milk, please… and what brand is that?? Nope, give a Brit a cup of Tetley’s or PG Tips and you’ll have a friend for life…

    I have to agree about the mince pies… I haven’t had a British mince pie in years, but I do manage to make my own… speaking of which, I need to re-hydrate my mincemeat so it will be ready for mince pies in time for Christmas. Then I’ll put cream on them.

  2. Cream in tea ewww! Milk in tea… Cream on Scones!

    Orange creams are the best in Quality Street for me .. Strawberry Cream is the devil lol

    • Ha! In America, cream is like half & half/whole milk in texture, not like clotted/devon cream :) I was translating for an American audience here! LOL

  3. Add cream? To tea? No. That is not the British way.

  4. wow , i pity americans who crave brit food if thats the prices for mince pies and tea bags !!!! ouch

  5. I think those William Shakespeare socks are my favourite……