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The Luxury Gift Guide: Inspired Gifts for Anglophiles

Is someone on your gift list an Anglophile? What are the best luxury British-inspired gifts for those on your list who can’t get enough of London and everything else that reflects English culture? Our intrepid correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has the answers. Here’s our luxury guide of inspired gifts for Anglophiles. And yes, self-gifting is totally allowed.

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Is someone in your life a die-hard Anglophile? We don’t blame them: the accents, the theatre, the pubs, the shopping, the museums

We’ve been fortunate enough to take many trips across the pond as college students partying our way through London’s club scene. And later, as proper and responsible adults on work trips. No matter the stage in life, London – even in its drizzly dark days – wraps its arms around you with a soothing cuppa and a dose of quirky, dry wit.

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Armchair travelers can relive the high points of their journeys to London by reading poetry, plays or a great book about the city.

But what if you have a gift recipient on your list who loves England, and you want to give them more than just a great read? Problem solved.

The Luxury Gift Guide: Inspired Gifts for Anglophiles

For those who really love London and British culture, we’ve rounded up some of the best iconic and luxurious gifts to bring some of the city’s spirit to that special someone. From over-the-top celebrations of the Royal Family and the Union Jack to a more subtle homage by way of fragrance, you’ll find something here for everyone on your list.

1. Glorious Reign Tea Pot and Crown Tea Bag Tidy from Halcyon Days

What better place to start our list of the best luxury British-inspired gifts than with a focus on tea and Royalty? What’s more quintessentially British than those?

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Combine these two icons of British culture with the ‘Glorious Reign’ tea pot, created by Halcyon Days’ artists to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen ($195). It is crafted from English fine bone china and hand gilded with liquid gold. We love the idea of gifting it with a tea bag tidy that features a charming regal crown illustration ($20). A truly luxurious tea drinking experience awaits your lucky gift recipient.

Halcyon Days Tea Set. Courtesy Photo.

2. Hamleys Plush Corgi and Accessories

The oldest and most famous toy store in London is the beloved Hamleys. If your Anglophile gift recipient is young – or young at heart – this is the perfect place to find an inspired gift.

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You could opt for an iconic red double-decker bus, or a signature black taxi. But if you ask us, the darling plush toy Charles the Corgi (£25) is irresistible. You can also find his visage on a shopping tote (£6), an A1 notebook (£10) and a mini-notebook (£4). We feel sure that the Queen and her corgis would approve.

best luxury British-inspired gifts

Hamleys soft toy corgi, shopper bag and A1 notebook. Courtesy Photos.

3. Delvaux “So British” Bag Charms

To celebrate the opening of two boutiques in London, Belgian luxury handbag maker Delvaux debuted an adorable series of four “So British” bag charms. These Miniatures are available only at the two London boutiques. So if you pass through town, you might want to pick one up. The Anglophile in your life is likely to happily sport one of these whimsical little attachments on a handbag, briefcase, messenger bag or gym bag.

The Delvaux “So British” collection of bag charms. Photo Courtesy Elle Magazine.

4. Satin Pajamas and Dress Shirt from Liberty London

In the 1920’s, Liberty began to produce miniature floral, paisley and abstract prints that became known as ‘Liberty Prints.’ Along with plaid, the prints are an integral part of British fashion consciousness.

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Ladies will adore this heritage Liberty artwork of azaleas, carnations and star-flowers printed on lustrous and soft silk satin. The pajamas ($475) are finished with shell buttons and elegant piping. For the gents, this refined dress shirt ($220) is tailored for a modern fit. It features ‘The Strawberry Thief,’ an original William Morris design from 1883. The shirt is made from Tana Lawn cotton, a soft and durable fabric which the brand has been perfecting for over 100 years.

best luxury British-inspired gifts

Liberty of London apparel. Courtesy Photos.

5. Grayson Perry Silk Scarf from Tate Modern

No trip to London is complete without a visit to Tate Modern. Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1900 to the present day, as well as international modern and contemporary art. Renowned artist and Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry has created this 100% silk square scarf exclusively for Tate.

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The scarf’s concept is based on the maps printed on silk and given to World War II pilots to help them escape, in the event they were shot down over enemy territory. Perry’s illustration is more a social and cultural map to aid aspiring artists in navigating the journey of becoming accepted by the art establishment ($107).

Grayson Perry Silk Scarf and The Tate Modern. Courtesy Photos.

6. The Fortnum Pantry Hamper from Fortnum & Mason

First founded in London’s Piccadilly in 1707, Fortnum & Mason is an essential destination for anyone in search of exemplary, traditional British gourmet foods. This hamper ($190) is packed with all the necessities found in a British pantry. There are variety of signature condiments and marmalade, plus famous tea blends, chocolates and biscuits. Everything is packaged inside of an iconic wicker hamper, stamped with the distinctive F & M logo.

Fortnum & Mason hamper. Courtesy Photos.

7. 1st Edition Books from Peter Harrington

London has inspired the setting of many novels written by British and non-British writers alike. With that in mind, consider gifting the special bookworm in your life a 1st edition book from Peter Harrington, who has been one of the leading rare book sellers in the world since 1969.

Among their acquisitions? Shakespeare’s first folio dated 1623 and Virginia Woolf’s pocket engagement diaries for eight years, including the final year of her life. They also have an extensive collection of rare finds from some of England’s most famous writers and luminaries: Agatha Christie, Charles Darwin, Arthur Conan Doyle, Beatrix Potter and Jane Austen.

inspired gifts for Anglophiles

Peter Harrington Rare Books in London. Courtesy Photo.

8. Banksy Print from MyArtBroker

On the list of inspired gifts for Anglophiles, London street art surely has a place. While no one knows exactly who the street artist Banksy is, we do know that he is British. For 20 years, this elusive artist has used the walls of cities around the world to turn political and social commentary into art.

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If your Anglophile is a rebel at heart, check out British based MyArtBroker – an “online introducer” that connects art buyers with art sellers. While Banksy is most famous for his high profile murals, he has been releasing limited edition prints for over 18 years. Included on the site are over 46 prints, most notably Girl With Balloon, Love Is In The Air and Napalm (price upon request).

best luxury British-inspired gifts

Print of Banksy Street Art in London

9. An umbrella from James Smith & Sons

The posh residents of London have entrusted the making of their umbrellas to James Smith & Sons for over 185 years. One of the best luxury British-inspired gifts this year could be a handmade brolly from this famous shop on New Oxford Street. They offer umbrellas for both ladies and gents, as well as walking sticks, shoehorns and cuff links. The London Umbrella ranges from £60-145, depending upon the handle you select.

inspired gifts for Anglophiles

James Smith & Sons “London” Umbrella. Courtesy Photo.

10. The Signature Chocolate Cabinet from Hotel Chocolat

You can never go wrong with chocolate. The Signature Chocolate Cabinet ($200) is a gift an entire family can enjoy, featuring over 100 chocolates in flavors ranging from the traditional (Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter and Praline) to British inspired (Eton Mess and Billionaire Shortbread). The lavish array of chocolates are presented in an eye-catching three-tiered box that will make any lucky recipient gasp in delight.

inspired gifts for Anglophiles

The Signature Chocolate Cabinet from Hotel Chocolat. Courtesy Photos.

11. Tom Dixon “London” Bath and Body 

The creamy and fragrant trio of  ‘London’ body wash ($45), body balm ($60), and hand balm ($75) are all part of Tom Dixon’s ‘Eclectic’ range, inspired by the fragrances of England’s capital. We love it as an inspired gift for the Anglophiles on your list. Each product is gentle on the skin and has notes of spicy Wood, Vetiver, Labdanum and Patchouli. Love the bronze detail on the packaging!

best luxury British-inspired gifts

Tom Dixon “London” Bath and Body products. Courtesy Photo.

12. The Smeg Union Jack Toaster

For happy authentic English breakfasts, what could be a better gift than this Smeg Union Jack toaster (£168.73)?

The Smeg Union Jack Toaster. Courtesy Photo.

inspired gifts for Anglophiles

There you have it. Our picks for some of the best luxury British-inspired gifts this year. We hope your lucky recipient will be chuffed to get any of these as a present.

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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, fitness and even investigating police misconduct. Julie lives in NYC where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing and spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.

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