Pond Hopping

So yes. This blog is about Canada. But today let’s pay some respects to our mother, the United Kingdom. Today I’ve hand-picked several etailers that are downright excited to have you shop their wares. And if you happen to fly over the pond in the next few years, be sure to check these places out in person! My main motivation for including these stores is as much to encourage you to buy a gift for yourself, as it is to ensure you DON’T end up as the gal pal who doubles the gift someone else brings at your next fete. So…while you’re shopping for a new dress or two for the holiday season, pick up accessories for seemingly one-of-a-kind Xmas gifts.

New Look is by far one of my fave UK retailers, in part because their prices are hella reasonable, even when you factor in the exchange. Their clothing skews younger, but their shoe department is not to be missed. Gorgeous, one-of-a-kind (over here) boots, pumps, and flats await you for around $40 Canadian! Plus, international shipping is FREE with a purchase of £45 – and trust me, it won’t take long to get there.

Luna & Curious
Looking for a gift idea that’s off the beaten path a bit? Look no further than Luna & Curious, a boutique operating in Shoreditch, London, but also sharing their wares online. Everything has a touch of the crazy to it – from the eerie ink blot plates (and cups!) pictured above to one of their best-selling items, hand-cut paper eyelashes, you’ll definitely find something unique for the dreamiest darlings in your bunch. I tested shipping on a couple of items and was surprised at how simple / affordable it was – only £8 for the fragile ceramic plates, for example.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention one of the UK’s most famous (and best) brands – Topshop. Although a few stores have cropped up in America, and Bonnie Brooks has brilliantly negotiated to get a portion of their lines in-stock at The Bay, you can browse to your heart’s content on the Topshop site. Shipping is just $14 Canadian, or FREE with a £75 purchase. Prices are steeper and the clothing tends to be edgier than New Look, but if you’re looking to channel your inner Kate Moss (a collaborator of the brand) or Alexa Chung, get shopping.

Not On The High Street

I hesitated putting this one in, only because it’s a bit of a wildcard in terms of what’ll ship to Canada and what won’t, but I don’t want to deny people the opportunity to browse this MASSIVE collective of gift-giving ideas. In fact, the site is pretty much built around gifts – with tons of fun guides based on occasion, price point, and gender – plus a ton of it is handmade, custom-made, or one-of-a-kind. It’s sort of like a British-based Etsy, but with more control at the helm so you don’t end up with a whole slew of Regretsy items. I literally can’t describe what all they have – clothes, housewares, and art all feature big – so dive right in to find your perfect imported gift.

A Bit Of Home
Technically a cheat because this is a CANADIAN store that imports BRITISH items. Maybe you’ve got a British pal amongst your circle that would appreciate some pub or football-friendly items, or their favourite British treat. For the record, a lot of specialty grocers and candy shops across the country have taken to importing sweet treats and crisps – check your local one to see if they’ve got any of the fun items featured on the ‘A Bit Of Home’ site!

2 Responses to “Pond Hopping”
  1. Gillian says:

    Bliss! They have Yorkshire tea bags. *swoon*

  2. Emilia Turner says:

    Love Pond Hopping, I have been to the UK many times from the Highlands down to London. They love their fashion.

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