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Topic: Visiting friends in the USA, what would be a cool gift to take from the UK?!  (Read 637 times)
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« on: May 25, 2008 10:21:10 AM »

I know there are lots of things you can get in the UK but not the US, and vice versa, but I'm not sure what those things are! So what sort of things would be a cool gift for a crafty American lady, that I can take over from the UK? Supplies? sweets? help!!!!

Thank you xxx  Cheesy

« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2008 02:13:53 PM »

I just sent my first craft swap package and my American partner requested Cadbury Flakes, as you can't buy them over there.

As far as crafty things go, I don't think there are many brands available here but not in America, so how about something from a specific UK area like Shetland Island wool? Depending on where you live, there's likely a local supplier of fabric, glass/metal beads etc.

You might get some more ideas here

Hope that helps a little!  Smiley

« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2008 03:18:26 PM »

Depending on what crafts she is into, what about some magazines that are published here?  Simply Knitting springs to mind but there are loads of card making/scrapbooking ones that I've seen in the newsagent (can't think of the names as I don't buy those, but there are lots).  And cross stitch too.  Also craft books, there are probably some UK ones that aren't published in the US she might not have seen.  When I go on holiday anywhere, books and magazines are what I always want to search for.

If she likes knitting or crochet, some lovely UK yarn like Rowan or Louisa Harding? 

Chocolate is always a winner! 

« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2008 11:35:45 AM »

I personnally lived in Lakenheath in Suffolk, UK for about 3 years...
I am american, and was stationed there at RAF Lakenheath.

the best gift ideas we (my wife and I) came up with were Cadbury's choclates, (obviously  Wink )
and scottish wool. 

My mother is quite crafty, (sculpting, painting, drawing, candle moulding, ceramics, etc...) she requested some shells and such from the different beaches, particularly from newquay, and cornwall, and from around lands end.  I realize this might be a bit of a stretch as with rising petrol prices and such, a "quick trip" to gather shells might not be very economical.  I am just trying to be helpful...
In my opinion,  some of the best candles in the world (that I have found to date) were handmade in Lavenham (you know, the crooked village)  very interesting village. 

well to keep from wasting any more time,  I will say one more thing and then sit down and be quiet...


One of the most requested items from friends stateside, were the british coins, and/or paper notes (in small amounts, obviously,  as this has the potential  to become quite expensive)

I will now say good bye, and happy searching,  and may you have a safe trip. 
God speed
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2008 11:41:44 AM »

Oh, what about some UK stamps?  Sometimes they bring out special editions to commemorate various things.  I don't know if there is anything good around right now though but you could ask in the post office.

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