What inexpensive iconic British products can I use for a hamper?
November 29, 2011 12:56 AM   Subscribe

Looking for iconic British products, for a gift hamper.

I have drawn a dear friend, who loves all things British, as my Secret Santa recipient. Budget is around $15 Australian, so I thought I'd do a small gift basket with some iconic brands -not restricted to food, I already have some Fairy Liquid- and they need to be readily available in Australia, but she is on a strict gluten free diet. Any ideas?
posted by k_tron to Shopping (18 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Heinz Baked Beans sound like a good bet - according to a quick Google, they're both gluten-free and available in Australia.

I guess Marmite might be another option, if you have that down there in Vegemiteville.
posted by Ted Maul at 1:15 AM on November 29, 2011

Loose leaf tea, marmalade, an import tabloid mag, Terry's choc orange.
posted by Trivia Newton John at 1:19 AM on November 29, 2011 [1 favorite]

Cadburys chocolate, Bovril, PG Tips tea, Ribena or Robinsons lemon barley dilutables.
posted by Iteki at 1:27 AM on November 29, 2011

HP sauce, Branston pickle, dandelion and burdock drink (may be hard to find, not universally liked) a Mallory Towers novel.
posted by Trivia Newton John at 1:28 AM on November 29, 2011 [1 favorite]

Branston pickle. Fairy liquid is a great choice, I buy it every time I'm in the UK. Sweets are good, and cheese is excellent, Ribena, orange squash, persil.
posted by alltomorrowsparties at 1:29 AM on November 29, 2011

Polo mints.
posted by alltomorrowsparties at 1:29 AM on November 29, 2011

Digestives and bourbons biscuits. Tunnock's tea cakes.
posted by devnull at 1:40 AM on November 29, 2011

POLO MINTS! She's a Mighty Boosh fan, that's a brilliant idea. These are all amazing suggestions, I think I will have to double the budget cause there's just too much awesome. You are all amazing.
posted by k_tron at 1:40 AM on November 29, 2011

Pimm's? No idea what it costs in Australia, though.

Custard creams are, apparently, England's favourite biscuit.
posted by hot soup girl at 1:48 AM on November 29, 2011

Given your budget I'd go with Trivia Newton John's suggestion, but if you can find them, a tabloid newspaper or ideally the Christmas edition of the Radio Times.

Cup of tea, bar of chocolate and something to read, sounds reasonable to me.
posted by epo at 2:22 AM on November 29, 2011

Our local Coles has a British section - with a slightly weird selection of stuff (mostly food), including Piccalilli which should really test their British-ness.

Cadburys chocolate is a good idea but not sure if it counts as iconic since they make it in Australia also. The Australian stuff is quite different to the UK version - if you can get a UK bar of Dairy Milk then you could try a blind taste test.

Jaffa Cakes? Probably not gluten-free , but very British I think.

The BBC is a great UK brand - a one month subscription to iPlayer from Australia is $9.50.
posted by paulash at 2:30 AM on November 29, 2011

HP Sauce, Camp Coffee, Yorkshire Tea.
posted by gallagho at 4:22 AM on November 29, 2011

Love Cadbury Street Chocolates! It comes in a great tin for the holiday and a popular gift. Horlicks! Of course, teas and biscuits. Believe it or not, curry!
posted by Yellow at 5:15 AM on November 29, 2011

Robertsons marmalade
Black pudding
Pg, typhoo, Yorkshire teabags
Water biscuits
Gentlemen's relish
Quince paste
posted by fatmouse at 6:24 AM on November 29, 2011

Previously and previouslier.
posted by roofus at 7:17 AM on November 29, 2011

Salad cream!
posted by droplet at 7:50 AM on November 29, 2011

The gluten free is vital so a few of these can be ruled out but you have all given me a fantastic selection, I should be able to find lots of these easily. Thank you all for your excellent suggestions!
posted by k_tron at 1:37 PM on November 29, 2011

I am aghast that Colmans mustard has not been mentioned.
posted by v.barboni at 1:49 PM on November 29, 2011

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