2020 British Christmas Gift Guide

Many of us have had to put our travel plans on hold this year, but we can all still dream of future trips. The festive season is a magical time to visit Britain, and we know there will be many people unable to travel, wishing they could be exploring England’s Christmas markets, drinking whisky by the fire in Scotland, or enjoying sparkling lights and decorations in Wales. 

Although we may have to wait to welcome you in person, there are plenty of British products (available in or can be shipped to Australia) you can gift this festive season to bring the travel experience right to you and your loved ones, inspiring plans for your trip to Britain next year. 

1. Clothing and accessories

Christmas lights above traffic on Regent Street, London, England.

Facemasks are not going anywhere, so why not get them one they love and order the beautiful fabric of Liberty London print accessories, which they can use as scarves, bags and facemasks ($82 for set of 5). 

A Classic Tartan Cashmere Stole ($785) from Johnstons of Elgin. Woven from the finest of cashmere fibres, this stole is renowned for its extreme softness, warmth and lustrous quality, equipped with the ripple hand-finish and signature cashmere yarns, which is spun at their Elgin mill.

For the leather fanatics, they will swoon over an Ettinger leather flask with cups (£135) or the Smythson Panama Travel Wallet ($725). Both perfect to bring on their next trip to Britain, the soft leather on the flask will keep their fingers protected from the cold metal while they enjoy a cuppa on the road, and the travel wallet features five card slots and two slip pockets, perfect for organizing tickets, currencies and keeping all their documents safe.

For more than 150 years, Penhaligons has dazzled the darlings of society with delightful concoctions with not one but three royal warrants to their name. Their fun and engaging online fragrance profiling will ensure you come away with the perfect scent. 

2. Home

Stay warm through winter with a gorgeous wool blanket or throw (starting from £55) from Melin Tregwynt. This small, charming mill has been owned by the same family since 1912, and proudly uses the finest Welsh wool and traditional designs to create top-quality blankets, clothing, bags and accessories that are both useful and beautiful to look at. 

Limited edition Floral & Citrus Christmas Cracker ($34) from Molton Brown. This luxury fragrance gift set features everything you need for an indulgent and relaxing bath or shower. 

A cozy Harris Tweed accessory or piece of furniture. Harris Tweed® cloth must, by law, be made in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland using 100% pure virgin wool. The iconic cloth is handwoven by skilled island weavers at their homes and finished at one of three mills on the Isle of Lewis, ready to be transformed into a forever-lasting Harris Tweed® garment, a statement piece of furniture or a small token accessory. 

3. Food and Drink

Watch with Whisky: Scottish Whisky Pairings with Iconic Movie Experiences. Luxury Scottish travel providers Away from the Ordinary have launched an innovative new series designed to take would-be-travellers on an immersive cinematic journey directly to Scotland, from the comfort of their home. The Watch with Whisky series allows attendees to gain a deeper and more meaningful connection to classic Scottish films, by carefully pairing exciting whiskies with relevant key cinematic scenes. The box (£102 per box) includes five curated whiskies with instructions of when to drink the whiskies during the film. 

A bottle of Brut NV English Sparkling Wine from Chapel Down (starting from $48 per bottle and available for shipping worldwide). Yes, you heard that right. The south of England is coming on the map as wine destination with many new vineyards producing award winning sparkling varieties. Chapel Down is England’s leading wine producer, and their Brut NV is an elegant sparkling wine with aromas of red apple, lemongrass and freshly baked bread together with hints of strawberry and quince on the palate. The fresh, vibrant wines are perfect to pair with a homemade British Christmas dinner, or to add to their bottle collection. 

A bottle of Portobello Road No. 171 London Dry Gin (starting from £25, available in Australia). This classic take on a London Dry Gin is named for the famous road in Notting Hill where four friends decided to open a unique distillery and gin experience in 2011. Offering a characteristic blend of juniper, citrus, liquorice and nutmeg, this traditional London Dry Gin is recommended to serve with tonic and a twist of pink grapefruit. 

If you are gifting a foodie, let them enjoy all the classic British favourites with Fortnum & Mason. Ensuring they have the sweetest holiday season, the selection available includes their world-famous biscuits, cakes, chocolates, jars of lemon curd and jams, and, of course, tea, all wrapped in a beautiful signature packaging.

4. Stocking stuffers

 Signage at Christmas market

A puzzle! If your loved one has taken up a new puzzle hobby during their time at home, why not put something together that can inspire a future trip? This Gibsons Best of Britain puzzle ($120) showcases a map of Britain jam-packed with landmarks, buildings, food and people that make up each region of the country.  

If they can’t put down their books, luckily there are plenty of British novels, coffee table books and cookbooks they will fancy. Great British Baking Show fanatics will love “The Book of Amazing Cakes” ($49.39) with recipes from the show, or opt for “The Other Side of the Coin” ($15.99) for those obsessed with the royals, the official book with never-before-seen photos of The Queen, her wardrobe and her jewels. 

If British movies and TV are more of interest, subscribe them to a year subscription of BritBox, the digital streaming service created by BBC and ITV, so they can binge their favorite British content; from original mysteries & drama to new comedies, as well as the classics. ($89.99 for 1 year subscription).

If your international trips were cancelled this year and you are resorting to a road trip like many others, don’t fret. Order the Scottish Road Trip in a Box (£55 plus shipping). Included is everything you need to experience the sounds and senses of Scotland, from wherever you are in the world. The box includes a curated collection of tales, songs and music to play in the car, Scottish scented car freshener, handmade soap, artisan Scottish mementos, traditional Scottish tea and snacks for 2 people and more.

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Season's Greetings!

09 Dec 2020(last updated)