Souvenirs from the United Kingdom
Visitors to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are always looking for the best British souvenirs to purchase for friends and family. Some of the traditional pieces of memorabilia are royal commemorative pieces, hailing a wedding or birth in plates, water globes, key chains, or fashion dolls. Flags of Union Jack, refrigerator magnets of the red phone booths and double decker buses, or postcards of Buckingham Palace all have their place in a tourist's suitcase, but those seeking truly memorable souvenirs from the United Kingdom might want to take a look at the local food markets. Tea is an English pastime, and you will find many lovely ways to enjoy a cup upon your return home, such as mugs, strainers, tea cozies and tea pots. You could accompany your tea with a slice of toast or a muffin slathered with jams, jellies and marmalades made from Olde English recipes.
Handmade sweaters, made from English wool, are fantastically designed and incredibly soft, perfect for enjoying on colder days. For those who prefer historical tales of Britain's seafaring days should take a look in antique shops for authentic sailing maps, nautical equipment, and military gear from empire building eras. If you are looking for something for those with more genteel tastes, framed illustrations from old books are easily found, and show garden scenes, fashion plates and political satire. Speaking of books, many literary icons of recent centuries were born in the United Kingdom and have museums dedicated to them, such as Arthur Conan Doyle, Jane Austen, Beatrice Potter and Charles Dickens. You can pick up memorabilia from the time of the author's first printings, or enjoy more modern souvenirs, such as action figures. Popular music fans will want to search for memorabilia from famous rock bands, such as patches, records, posters and magazines.