Christmas Abroad in a Pandemic

With an estimated 5 million Brits living abroad, Christmas is the one time of year when many yearn to reunite with loved ones, either with a pilgrimage back home to the UK or having the folks from home descend on them for the holidays…..especially if they live in sunny climes!

For most, family reunions will be pipedream this Christmas. Even as governments wrestle with what travel policy to implement to strike a balance between public health and not destroying what remains of the travel industry, the likelihood is that the vast majority will just want to avoid unnecessary travel and uncertainty over quarantine requirements outbound and upon return.

For expats who are used to the annual ritual, Emma Brockes reflects in her recent Guardian article about homesickness amongst those who choose to make a life abroad and how COVID will make Christmas 2020 even more difficult. Not having an opportunity to reconnect with their roots, to reaffirm relationships with those they care about and to share their thoughts and experiences in person means living abroad has never felt so hard as this year.

While there is no substitute for being able to spend time with your loved ones at this time of the year, if they’re stuck abroad and can’t come home this Christmas, send a little bit of home to them. It’s not going to banish their longing for home but any one of our Christmas Boxes is sure to make them smile!

 

The Christmas Nibbles Gift Box includes:

  • Mini Iced Fruit Cake
  • Quality Street Carton
  • Cadbury Festive Friends
  • Mini Gingerbread Men
  • Cadbury Dairy Milk Santa
  • Terry’s Chocolate Orange
  • Many more festive favourites

Christmas Nibbles - British Gift Box

The Christmas Nosh Gift Box includes:

  • Rich Fruit Christmas Pudding
  • Mr Kipling Mince Pies
  • Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Shell
  • Maltesers Reindeers
  • Terry’s Chocolate Orange
  • After Eight Mints
  • All Butter Fudge Box
  • And more!

Christmas Nosh - British Gift Box

The Christmas Gastronomy Gift Box includes:

  • Cadbury Medium Selection Box
  • Rich Fruit Christmas Pudding
  • Mcvities Victoria Biscuits
  • Walkers Pure Butter Assorted Shortbread
  • Rich Fruit Christmas Pudding
  • Mr Kipling Mince Pies
  • Robertson’s Mincemeat Classic
  • Terry’s Chocolate Orange
  • And much more!

Christmas Gastronomy - British Gift Box

 

 

Main Photo by Volodymyr Hryshchenko on Unsplash

 

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Back To School

It’s back to school this week for most kids in the UK! Across the world, the new academic year has already started in many countries.

In addition, for those British students who have recently got their A Level results, record numbers will be heading off to study abroad this September. It is indeed an exciting (and sometimes slightly anxious) time as most of these young adults will be leaving home for the first time.

If you have children, grandchildren or friends who are starting school or college abroad, send them off with retro British back-to-school Lunchbox to wish them well for the new academic year and as a thoughtful reminder of home!

 

Our School Lunchbox contains all the old lunchtime favourites that everyone will remember and will be sure to raise a smile for British students the world over.

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The NEW Scottish Gift Box

For all the Scottish lads and lasses out there, we’ve got some great news for you! Our NEW Scottish Memories Gift Box is now available, ready for you to order anywhere in the world. From a massive pack of shortbread to premium haggis, we’ve got you (and anyone you think might be missing Scottish food around the world) sorted! Don’t miss out on the cute Scottish teddy that comes with the box to keep you company whilst you devour your delicious Scottish treats! What will you call him/her?

The Scottish Memories Gift Box includes:

  • Walkers Pure Butter Assorted Shortbread
  • Tunnock’s Milk Chocolate Tea Cakes
  • Tunnock’s Real Milk Chocolate Caramel Wafer Biscuits
  • Border Biscuits
  • Mackie’s Haggis & Black Pepper Thick Cut Crisps
  • Nairn’s Cheese Oatcakes
  • Scott’s Original Porage Oats
  • Robertson Golden Shred Marmalade
  • Mackays Scottish Raspberry Preserve
  • Grants Haggis (in a tin)
  • Baxters Favourites Scotch Broth
  • Baxters Favourites Cock-a-leekie Soup
  • Large Soft Toy Teddy Bear with Stewart Tartan Details
  • Message Card

Scottish teddy bear

Check out the Scottish Memories Gift Box here.

Did you know we also have the NEW Gloriously Gluten Free Box?

Have a request on a box you’d like to see in our collection? Don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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NEW Gluten Free Box Now Available!

It’s an exciting day! We are proud to announce we now offer a delicious gluten free British Gift Box, full of gloriously gluten free products, including crisps, shortbread, popcorn, Custard Creams, Hobnobs and even macaroons. We don’t think anyone should miss out on classic British treats, no matter what dietary requirements you have! If you are anywhere in the world and craving some English breakfast tea and a gluten free Bourbon Biscuit, or know somebody that might be having those kind of withdrawal symptoms, we’re here to help!

This is what is included in the exciting NEW Gloriously Gluten-Free British Gift Box:

  • Tyrrells Hand Cooked English Crisps – Mature Cheddar & Chives
  • Tyrrells Poshcorn Sweet & Salty
  • Nairn’s Gluten Free Oatcakes
  • Mrs Crimble’s Gluten Free Cheese Crackers
  • Mrs Crimble’s 6 Big Choc Macaroons
  • Walkers Gluten Free Pure Butter Shortbread
  • McVitie’s Gluten Free Hobnobs
  • Schar Gluten Free Custard Creams
  • Schar Gluten Free Bourbon Biscuits
  • Rowntree’s Jelly Tots
  • Nairn’s Gluten Free Scottish Porridge Oats
  • PG Tips Tea Bags Original (40)
  • Small Soft Toy Teddy Bear with Union Jack Details
  • Message Card

Check out the Gloriously Gluten Free Box here.

Did you know we also have the NEW Scottish Memories Gift Box?

Have a request on a box you’d like to see in our collection? Don’t hesitate to get in touch!

 

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It’s Not Too Late To Order For Easter Delivery Overseas

Whilst the key postal shipping deadlines have gone, you can still get an Easter Box of goodies to friends and family overseas in time for Easter with our courier options!

ORDER BY 14 TH APRIL FOR COURIER DELIVERY TO POPULAR EXPAT COUNTRIES!

Last order dates for Easter delivery using a courier service:

 

Check out our two Easter boxes for an ideal last minute gift:
Cadbury Easter Treasures
Ultimate Easter Celebration

These last order dates are based on our couriers’ targeted delivery times and assume no delays in customs clearance where applicable on arrival in the destination countries. Any delays at customs may delay delivery.

For orders placed after these recommended last order dates, we will still fulfil the orders as normal but please be aware that your Gift Box may not be delivered until after Easter.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions on 0118 380 0209 or [email protected] Our team are always happy to help!

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Last Orders For Easter Postal Delivery Overseas

Have you sent your Easter eggs to loved ones overseas yet? Show that you care by giving them an Easter to remember!

We have two Easter gift boxes available to send abroad, so have a look and see which one you think they would prefer:

Cadbury Easter Treasures
Ultimate Easter Celebration

ORDER BY THE END OF MARCH FOR DELIVERY WORLDWIDE IN TIME FOR EASTER!

With postal shipping services to most countries taking up to 7 working days (and more for a few others), give your Easter Box the best possible chance of being delivered by Good Friday by ordering by 31 st March.

Recommended last order dates for specific countries:

 

 

These last order dates are based on Royal Mail’s targeted delivery times or recent actual performance for certain countries and assume no delays in customs clearance where applicable on arrival in the destination countries. Any delays at customs may delay delivery.

For orders placed after these recommended last order dates, we will still fulfil the orders as normal but please be aware that your Gift Box may not be delivered until after Easter.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions on 0118 380 0209 or [email protected] Our team are always happy to help!

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Make Thanksgiving Even More Special for British Friends & Family Abroad

Thanksgiving is a massive celebration in many parts of the world, most obviously in the United States, but also in Canada, Australia, the Netherlands and Liberia. It is a great opportunity for friends abroad to embrace the traditions of their host country, for instance in America cheese grits, corn pudding, sweet potato with praline and pumpkin pie are all Thanksgiving favourites to compliment a perfect roast turkey!

Although all of these dishes sound excitingly delicious, if they feel like they’re missing something that’s because it can be difficult not to crave those home staples such as English mustard, Colman’s Classic Mint Sauce, Bisto Gravy, Cranberry sauce, Horseradish sauce and Goldenfry Yorkshire puddings! So why not give your friends and family abroad the chance to give their celebratory meal a British twist? Or maybe they could treat their non-British friends to a British-style feast the week after?

We just know that there is no excuse not to have that perfect roast with delicious trimmings and the traditional compulsory condiments, even if your local supermarket doesn’t provide those British classics.  Our All the Trimmings British Gift Box can be sent all over the world, so think about who would love to see one delivered at their door before Thanksgiving! Dependent on which country you are sending to and when they celebrate Thanksgiving, order your British Gift Box at least a week beforehand  to ensure it arrives before the big day! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team on 0118 380 0209 or drop us a message at [email protected].

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Don’t Let Friends Abroad Miss a Fantastic Halloween!

For us, Halloween brings back memories of spooky parties, trick or treating, apple bobbing, fake cobwebs and most importantly, sweets! For the little ones, it’s about getting together with friends for some fun (and a couple of parents to make sure there isn’t too much Halloween havoc!), all dressed up in the scariest costume they can find and trick or treating the neighbours for sweets and chocolates (candy to our American friends). That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Halloween when you get older with ever more spectacular Halloween parties becoming more popular every year for adults to bring out their inner child and show off their best fancy-dress costumes that they’ve been waiting all year to wear!

If you have friends or family abroad, no matter what age, make sure they don’t miss out on all the fun by sending them a box of classic British retro sweets. Who wouldn’t love diving into a box containing Drumsticks, Love hearts, Refreshers, Dib Dabs, Jelly Babies and Sherbet Fountains? It can be really difficult to find these classic sweets abroad, and it is amazing how many nostalgic memories they can bring back, especially at this time of year.

We have designed the perfect box to send for Halloween to make friends or family abroad smile, our Sweet Memories British Gift Box. All of the classic favourites are included, as well as some little souvenirs to keep after you’ve devoured all the goodies!

Order your British Gift Box by the 24th October to ensure it arrives before the deadly date of Halloween! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team on 0118 380 0209 or drop us a message at [email protected].

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The Classic British Lunchbox – Which of these Snacks Did You Have at School?

It’s back to school time! If you’re a parent, you’ve probably spent the last few weeks going round the shops buying pencil cases, uniform, shoes, sports kits and most importantly, lunch box supplies. Kids love the array of British lunch box snacks, treats and puddings that are available, but what would you miss the most if you were abroad?

Would Hershey’s ever replace the decadence of Cadbury’s as a chocolate treat, or Lay’s Oven Baked Potato Crisps beat Walkers Cheesy Wotsits?

Would you miss doing the Fruit Pastille challenge with your friends where you ‘can’t help but chew’?

Is there always a place in your lunchbox for Prawn Cocktail Skips or the iconic Wagon Wheels  or even the fun-sized Penguin Biscuits?

You’ll never know what you miss most until you leave but it is not surprising that children and adults alike will always have fond memories of the the treats mum used to put into their lunchboxes! We don’t want anyone to miss out on these classic snacks, so have come up with the perfect solution. Our School Lunchbox Gift Box has collected together a whole range of classic British favourites, including all of the goodies mentioned above and so much more!

If you know someone abroad who might be missing Walkers, Cadbury’s chocolate, Wagon Wheels, Skips and all those other delicious snacks, make them smile from across the world by sending them a surprise gift box. Have a browse through our Gift Boxes, including the Sweet Memories Gift Box, the Chocoholics Anonymous Gift Box and the Dunking Indulgence Gift Box.

 

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