Great British gift ideas for everyone at John Lewis.
Great British gift ideas.
It’s ‘Queen Elizabeth II’ week here at Maflingo.
In the first installment of Queen-related posts to celebrate her official 90th birthday this weekend I reflected on my memories of the Queen and discussed the secrets of her long and healthy life (The Queen at 90: What’s her secret?)
In this installment I turn my attention to Great British gifts because I love shopping, I do!
I’ve been browsing through the Great British gifts featured on the John Lewis website to commemorate the occasion of HM The Queen’s 90th birthday.
Keep Calm! I do mean ‘Great’ British Gifts, not ‘naff’ ornaments!
Don’t worry, the John Lewis Great British Gift selection isn’t packed full of naff commemorative cups and plates that our parent’s and grandparent’s generation were obsessed with. I really don’t like any of those awful china souvenirs.
Those who know me well are already aware of my dislike of trinkets and naff ornaments. In fact, I kept my Facebook friends amused with snapshots of the hideous ornaments that filled the Welsh cottage we rented last Easter. The cottage itself was absolutely beautiful and we had a marvellous holiday but the creepy and questionable ornament collection kept us amused and horrified in equal measure.
This is what I am talking about:
Last but not least, our friends who shared the cottage with us sent this photograph after we set off on the journey home:
Not ‘Naff’:John Lewis’s Great British Gifts
Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, John Lewis Great British Gift Selection. Have no fear, you won’t see any ‘naff’ ornaments here! In fact, there are some fabulous gifts to suit the whole family in the John Lewis collection.
Here are some of my favourites:
1. Alice Tait Map of London Apron (£15)
2. Milly Green Celebrating Britain Cosmetic Bag (£10)
3. Montezuma’s Truffles in a Union Jack Box, 210g (£12)
4. Emmeline Simpson Millenium Bridge Mug, Blue (£10.50)
1. London Transport Museum – Tate Gallery By Tube Framed Print, 69 x 50cm (£150)
2. Filofax Personal Organiser, (H18.8 x W13.4 x D4.4cm) The Original Jack (£80)
3. TYLER & TYLER Tower Bridge Leather Wallet (£40)
4. Red Bus Stress Reliever, Red (£4)
1. Destination London Game (£9.99)
This award-winning, fast-paced taxi game will take you on a journey through the streets of London in your very own cab. Visit some of the city’s most iconic locations, collecting fares whilst attempting to avoid the traffic lights. The aim of the game is to be the player who has earned the most cash at the end of the shift.
2. John Lewis Queen’s Guard Bear, Large (£25)
3. City Scratch-off Map: London (£10)
Make exploring one of the world’s greatest cities even more fun with a sightseeing scavenger hunt. As you make your way through 30 of the most popular destinations, scratch off the attraction on the map to reveal some fun facts and activities you can do.
4. Alice Tait London Eraser Set (£5.50)
See what I mean? Lots of lovely gifts for your friends, loved ones and you…‘Because you’re worth it’! Why not pop across to the John Lewis Great British Gifts page (here) and start shopping?
P.S. Don’t forget Father’s Day.
Father’s Day is fast approaching (19th June). If you haven’t bought your Father’s Day gifts yet, fear not because the lovely folks at John Lewis have done the hard work for you. They’ve compiled a great selection of Father’s Day gifts. There are gifts to suit every budget and enough choice to satisfy even the most ‘difficult to buy for’ dads.
Check out John Lewis Father’s Day Gift ideas HERE.
Over to you.
Have you got any naff ornament experiences to share? Do you like commemorative china cups (no judgement here!)? Have you sorted out your Father’s Day gifts yet? As always, I’d love to hear from you.
Don’t miss the final part of my ‘Queen Elizabeth II’ posts where I’ll be reviewing and giving away copies of ‘The Servant Queen and the King She serves.’
Published by the Bible Society, this tribute for her Majesty’s 90th Birthday addresses how the Queen’s Christian faith has guided and influenced her during her life and service to our country. Regardless of your religious views, it’s a fascinating read and packed with some fantastic photographs.
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Oh some lovely idea here jane!
That is the best photo of the Queen on the book, really made me chuckle. Lovely ideas Jane x
I love the photo too, Amanda. It makes me smile every time I look at it. Thanks for popping by!
What the hell, those cottage ornaments are freaking awful!!! Especially those clowns – creepy or what?!
You have to love John Lewis though, it’s always a winner. I’ve got my eye on that makeup bag in particular! So cute! Thanks for sharing with us on #fortheloveofBLOG Jane x
Lol, Fi! You made me laugh…Don’t hold back! They are hideous, aren’t they! Yes, the makeup bag is really cute. Thanks for hosting the linky!
These are some great gifts. I love the makeup/washbag, very cute.
Fab selection, I love the make up bag, the teddy and the bus stress reliever.
The ornaments in the cottage are pretty weird to say the least. Who hangs a walking stick on a wall!
Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂
I know. I have never seen sticks on the wall like that!! Even in a pub or something. Yak! Thanks for stopping by.
The apron and the mug are my faves as they feature St Paul’s Cathedral where I got married! #KCACOLS
Wow! Married at St Paul’s Cathedral! How amazing! I want to see photos now. Is it on your blog? Or was this pre-blog?
Great gifts here. I am in love with that teddy, how adorable is he! #KCACOLS
Oh my how freaky was that good bye note amongst those ornaments. You have put together such a lovely selection of Great British Gifts. Xx #KCACOLS
I love John Lewis SO MUCH. If there was a zombie apocalypse I would run and hide in John Lewis and live there quite happily. #KCACOLS
Those clowns are scary!! There are some lovely pieces here. I particularly love the red bus and the tube map picture. A great selection and these things don’t have to be naff as you rightly say. Thanks for sharing your Queen Elizabeth posts with us at #KCACOLS. Hope you can come back next Sunday, it’s lovely to have you here. Nickyx
I love the make up bag, just may have to treat myself to that! And I need to check out your ideas for Father’s Day because I’m really stuck this year. #KCACOLS
John Lewis is the best so I’m sure you’ll find something for Father’s Day! I agree with Sarah from Mumzilla, in a Zombie Apocalypse I hope I can get locked in a John Lewis…Or failing that, Paperchase…I know there’d be nothing to eat but I love stationery so I would die happy!
The london transport print is brilliant #kcacols
I absolutely love it too! I need to get saving!
That cosmetic bag is sooooo cute and love the original and cool underground wall art 🙂 #kcacols
Thanks Laura, I couldn’t help but be drawn to all of the colourful gifts.
Why are aprons women only presents? Men cook too you know. #kcacols
But it’s so pretty! It would be wasted on a man!
I LOVE JOHN LEWIS! I think I buy everything from there, so I was very happy to see this in your title. Love the tube map of London, shame it’s £150 a little too expensive to buy my husband from my daughter – but it has given me food for thought. Claire x #KCACOLS
I know, that tube map is awesome! I really want it but it is too expensive for me as well. 🙁
Love the apron and bag…. The stuff in the cottage was so random! Xx #KCACOLS
Hi! Thanks for popping over. Random but hilarious. Who knew we could have so much fun playing hide the scary clown ornaments in each others rooms all week!
Hahaha! Why on earth would you decorate your home with things like that?! Those pictures had me laughing! The John Lewis gifts however are fab! I really love that make up bag, and the tube wall art is gorgeous, my hubby would love that! #KCACOLS xx
Thanks, Clare! We got so much ‘comedy mileage’ out of the scary ornaments! I loooove the tube map too!