England is one of the most fascinating places in the world. It has 6000 years of history, gorgeous countryside, amazing buildings and stunning cities. And above all, it's whimsical, eccentric and thoroughly charming.
Picking a present for the England lover in your life should be a doddle... but if it isn't, then you can check out our Top Ten Christmas gifts for England lovers for inspiration.
Christmas holidays and jigsaws seem to go together - at least, they do in our house. We rarely do them at any other time of the year, probably because they take up so much space and can become rather addictive. This beautiful Tower Bridge Jigsaw is really something the whole family can get involved with. The kids can do the bridge, the sky will be a challenge for the grown ups and the Thames and the multitude of reflections need the hand and eye of an expert like grandma.
If you love notebooks as much as I do, then this St. Cuthbert one might be right up your street. Plenty sturdy and has space for many notes and observations, plus a couple of stories! And for anyone who loves Whitby Jet, this material so beloved of the Victorians, this brooch would make a lovely gift.
The next three of my top ten Christmas gifts for England lovers are Stonehenge-themed! I love the Bluestone pendant and wear it either as intended or even wrapped around my wrist. Earrings always make a great gift and since I like all things purple, picking out the leather purse wasn't a stretch for me.
Finally, some games. The Tower Bridge Lego Set is definitely one amongst my top ten Christmas gifts that will have dad and the kids fighting over, like train sets or scalectrix. The Brainbox on the other hand, is a lot of fun for everyone. And I love the idea of an English history Cluedo so much, I've bought one for our own Christmas entertainment. Let's see what kinds of clues we'll come across.
...is something I could actually wear, since I'm shorter than 5'10"! It's a 14th century armour that would have been worn by the combatants of the Wars of the Roses. It's over six feet tall on its stand - 195cm to be precise - and would look stunning in a hallway, especially if your home has a gothic look. But I'm convinced it would look equally stunning beside the bookshelves in my living room. What do you think?
Right, that's - for the moment - my list of top ten Christmas gifts for England lovers. There's plenty more where that came from, of course, so keep checking back as I add other lovely English things.