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Author Topic: What would foreigners see as being typically English souvenirs?  (Read 7679 times)

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I always had a problem when taking gifts to people in France or Switzerland. I once bought shortbread in a lovely tin ... but actually that was Scottish, not English. Apart from all the naff stuff like model London buses or union flag undies, what is actually - and typically- English?

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Re: What would foreigners see as being typically English souvenirs?
« Reply #1 on: 11 April, 2009, 02:12:30 PM »
Probably an artifact of the place you are stopping at or a sweet or biscuit that is made in the vicinity you are residing in. Prints of the English heritage scenes or landscapes are now available to accommodate most pockets 

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Re: What would foreigners see as being typically English souvenirs?
« Reply #2 on: 11 April, 2009, 02:29:25 PM »
I suppose typically English might be anything to do with "taking tea".  Some Earl Grey perhaps, or a beautiful teapot?

Or something to do with Shakespeare maybe?

Failing that, just give 'em a bulldog and be done with it  ;)

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Re: What would foreigners see as being typically English souvenirs?
« Reply #3 on: 11 April, 2009, 02:55:18 PM »
Windsor Castle in a snowstorm bubble??
A bottle of Beefeater gin??
I can think of dozens!
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Re: What would foreigners see as being typically English souvenirs?
« Reply #4 on: 11 April, 2009, 04:53:30 PM »
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Cheese!

Stilton.

Cheddar.

More Stilton.

And a nice packet of Yorkshire Teabags.

Always goes down a treat.
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Re: What would foreigners see as being typically English souvenirs?
« Reply #5 on: 12 April, 2009, 08:11:21 AM »
My Nana had a little soldier with a red uniform and a drum and a bearskin hat, so I always think of that first.  Apart from that, I think of the architecture; Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, etc. I imagine there are all sorts of teapots, snowglobes, and money banks shaped like these things, although I have never seen them myself.

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Re: What would foreigners see as being typically English souvenirs?
« Reply #6 on: 12 April, 2009, 08:04:37 PM »
A bowler hat perhaps?
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Re: What would foreigners see as being typically English souvenirs?
« Reply #7 on: 14 April, 2009, 10:33:13 AM »
A miserable face and a council tax demand

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Re: What would foreigners see as being typically English souvenirs?
« Reply #8 on: 14 April, 2009, 01:33:59 PM »
Postcards of drunken hoodies mugging grannies?

A plastic copy of a pile of vomited kebab?

How about a set of too tight, too slutty clothes for their 10 year old?

Alternatively, do what my mother-in-law does (Portuguese) and collect little model cottages!

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Re: What would foreigners see as being typically English souvenirs?
« Reply #9 on: 15 April, 2009, 04:56:18 AM »
Well I'm foreign and the stuff I got as souvenirs were pretty standard; key chains/models etc of tower of london, big ben etc (you know the famous landmarks), some people like post cards or if you can get them commemoration stamps etc (if they collect that sort of thing). Someone once got me a palace guard doll. Food stuffs like cheese etc in boxes with these landmarks on them were also common. Tea was not bought cause it actually originates from where I'm from and is exported there so it would be redundant, but it would be ok for someone in another country.

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Re: What would foreigners see as being typically English souvenirs?
« Reply #10 on: 15 April, 2009, 09:48:11 AM »
Depends on the season but the Panto is typically British as we are the only ones in the world that have them. So maybe panto memorabilia would be good.
Also maybe a top London show memorabilia would be good.
When people think of London i would say that they think of things like Big Ben and the London Eye and Buckingham Palace so maybe little statuettes of those would be a nice gift.