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Christmas Gift Ideas

Stuck for gift ideas this Christmas? Daniela has a few ideas for those heading back to their families overseas. 

Holiday gift ideas for supply teachers travelling back to Canada

Buying for my Canadian family and friends has become quite a treasure hunt in London, particularly because I wanted to buy them things that they wouldn’t be able to find in Canada that are specifically from London.

There are a number of objects that I have been able to find that are reasonably priced or even very cheap gift items. One of these items would be beer, and luckily you can find beer just about anywhere in London. The beers I chose to bring back with me are beers that are brewed in London’s very own breweries such as Fullers “London Pride” and “London Stout”. Camden also has their own beer from their brewery as well. My friends and family have also enjoyed the “Pimms” and “Mulled wine” bottles I have brought back for them to taste.

I have also gone in search of specific English/London tea blends that can be found in Camden market or any tourist shop and I have brought my family sweets and chocolate only made in the United Kingdom.

Cadbury and Galaxy chocolate are well known for being English companies and I have also purchased English classic sweets such as Wham bars to bring back with me. I have found these in Sweet Emporiums which are located all over the place. Primark and River Island are amongst the many stores that we do not have in Canada therefore I have purchased items from these shops to bring back home for family and friends. I also enjoy going into the gift shops at popular attractions such as the British Library, Westminister Abbey, Kensington Palace, and Harrods because you can find such unique and sometimes “touristy” gift ideas for family and friends who enjoy the London culture for a decent price.

I enjoy going through the Christmas markets down Southbank, as you never know which unique and cheap priced objects you might find. My shopping methods force me to enjoy and explore the city, which is always a good idea when you live in London. 

Do you have your own suggestions of where to shop this Christmas? Let us know by emailing Megan ( 

Tags: DanielaB, Canada, LondonSouth, Canadian-trained

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