For Anglophiles

British Gifts in the USA

Since moving from England to California, I’ve noticed a steady increase in the number of British companies whose products are available in the USA (and possibly Canada, too). If you’re located west of the pond but would like to include some Anglophile influences in your gift shopping this year, I’ve created a Pinterest board with some tempting options:

British brands in the USAbove, and on the Pinterest board, you’ll find products from:

  • The BBC : Mostly DVDs, but some gifts themed around popular shows like Downton Abbey too.
  • Emma Bridgewater : Lovely ranges of china and household items.
  • The Bees Knees British Imports : Gifts and household items, including a wonderful choice of mugs.
  • Whittard : Tea, coffee and everything you need to put it in.
  • Hotel Chocolat : Quality chocolates at a premium price.
  • Boden : Clothing and accessories, often with a retro twist.
  • Marks and Spencer : A British high street giant, offering overseas delivery for clothing and household items.
  • John Lewis : Possibly the best department store in the world. Sigh.
  • White Stuff : Clothing and accessories; fun fabrics and prints.
  • Pure Collection : Mostly cashmere, and priced accordingly.
  • Jo Malone : Simple, sumptuous fragrances.
  • Molton Brown : Beauty, bath and body.

Boden, Jo Malone and Hotel Chocolat are all on my wish list this year, and I’ll be doing my own reconnaissance of John Lewis, Marks and Spencer and White Stuff during an upcoming trip to England.

Lastly, a quick reminder that a signed paperback by a British author makes a lovely gift!

With the exception of my book(!), I’m not receiving any compensation for promoting the brands on this page.


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4 Comment

  1. Reply
    Diane Mannion
    December 3, 2014 at 12:23 am

    What a lovely seasonal blog post Pauline. I hope you enjoy your upcoming trip to England and have fun visiting all your relatives and friends. 🙂

  2. Reply
    Lucinda Sears
    December 3, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Hi Pauline,
    Thanks so much for including The Bee’s Knees in your list! We appreciate it 🙂
    Have a great December,
    Lucinda

  3. Reply
    Martina
    December 4, 2014 at 2:31 am

    What a great list, Pauline. I agree with you on the fact that John Lewis is the best department store in the world. I think it has a kind of magnetic force that pulls me into it every time I pass by, and I simply can’t resist.

    Its store in Oxford Street in London is wonderful, and I can spend hours there, especially in the homeware department. And now with the Christmas decorations, it’s simply magic. But don’t lose hope, everyone who is not in Britain, you can still order lots of these goodies online, and when the sales are on, you can get some real bargains!

  4. Reply
    Pauline Wiles
    December 5, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Martina, How lovely that you feel the same about John Lewis! I used to live close to their branch in Kingston on Thames and that’s a lovely one, too: right by the river. I used to fantasise about arriving by boat to do my shopping!
    Thank you, as always, for stopping by.

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