When I was living in England I found myself decorating my room with all my overseas travels. Now I’m living in America, I can’t help but feel comfort in having little bits of ‘home’ surrounding me! Here are some gift ideas that are inspired by the UK!
Post Box and Phone Booth Salt and Pepper Pots
Me and the Husband were bought these as a wedding gift from a family friend who said ‘You need a bit of England in America’. I agree! They sit on our kitchen window sill and they look so cute!
London Wall Art
Again, we were given a set of 6 London canvas’ as a gift. The walls of our living room are red and this particular black & white style print with the splash of red looks really great! I can’t find the exact set we have but the print below is the same image on one of the canvas’! A good ole red London Double Decker bus, driving over Westminster Bridge with Big Ben in the background!
We had something similar as our top table centre piece at our wedding. The one we have has a third flag, the Stars and Stripes and Union Jack represent our nationalities and then we have the Jamaica flag as that’s where we met. The flags now sit on the dining room window sill, they brighten up the room lovely! (Other country combinations are available!)
Where it All Began Map Wall Art
This one is a little more expensive because of the amount of personalisation on it! I have 2 pieces of Wall Art like this, one in the bedroom and one in the living room and I love them! One map is where we met (Ocho Rios, Jamaica), the 2nd map is where we got married (Essex, England) and the 3rd is where we live (Iowa, USA). It works well with our situation but there are so many different combinations such as long distance sisters, long distance friends and then the wedding options!
Family Photo Frames
I have loads of pictures on display of my family. I find being away from them the hardest thing about living overseas. My sister had bought me a frame one year for christmas and she thought it’d be something I wouldn’t bother to ship over with me but it was ALWAYS on my packing list because I love it and I love it even more now.
I Was Here Travel Journal
Another gift from my sister! I had been ‘sitting’ on it for a while waiting for the perfect time to get the best use out of it and now I’m living in a new country, that time has come! It’s got sections about the people you meet, restaurants you visit, places you’ve been, conversations you overhear, cool ways to explore your new surroundings, experiencing different brand names and loads more! I felt I was never in one place long enough to make full use of it but now I live overseas I can document things properly!
Harry Potter Water Bottle
I bought this for myself when I first arrived in the USA! I know Harry Potter is worldwide but it started in the UK! It’s nice to have a proper solid water bottle rather than refilling plastic ones. Water bottles and reusable coffee cups are really popular in America and as it’s safe to drink the tap water here, it’s perfect! I love the loop at the top, I carry it with my thumb when I go for walks!
Laptop (MacBook Air) External CD Drive
I wanted to bring some of my UK DVDs with me to the States, but I knew that depending on the disc’s region, they won’t play on certain players. Usually on laptop, you get the chance to change your computers region up to 3 times (I believe…but it’s not many). I wanted a MacBook as it’s lightweight and easy to travel with, but doesn’t have a CD slot. I bought an external CD drive and plan to only use my Mac to play British DVDs. I refuse to re-buy Harry Potter and have it called the Sorcerers Stone…
Time Zone Clocks
I’ve got used to working out the time zones between the UK and USA but I love the fact that in my living room, above the TV, I have 2 clocks…one with Iowa time and one with UK time. It’s just a quick reminder of the time back home!
A British Subscription Box
www.thelittlecarepackage.com will send a whole box of British goodies each month for $39! A single box can be gifted or it can be a rolling subscription. My review of what I received in mine can be read HERE. It’s JAMMED full of food and keepsakes!
The following items are on my ‘Expat Wish List’!
A Biscuit/Cookie Tin
Brits love tea and a biscuit tin just seems to be a staple in British life! Over here in America, it seems IMPOSSIBLE to buy just one pack of biscuits. Things like Oreos have the equivalent of 4 packs of biscuits and once you open them up, the whole lot is destined for staleness…especially when it’s only me that’d be eating them! Therefore I need a biscuit tin, they seem to stay fresher in a tin than just left in their plastic wrapper. I found this one on Amazon…it’s British styled AND comes with tea and biscuits…win win!
I had a globe at home for YEARS. It was a plastic light up one and I was gutted I had to leave it behind. I always said I’d love a fancy looking expensive globe one day and I found an AMAZING one that’s magnetic and even has little markers to record the countries visited! One day, one day!
I really want one that says London, England and one that says Chicago, USA…they are my 2 local airports now, it’s just another way to link my life here to home!
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Do you have a favourite British gift that reminds you of home?