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We Found a Work-around for Nabbing 8 Gifts at Post-Brexit Prices

Following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union this year and (as of now) the strength of the U.S. dollar, now is the perfect time to shop never-before-as-affordable British gifts from U.K. department stores like Selfridges or Harrods. The most deal-savvy thing to do is shop in pounds (just try clicking over to a U.S. version of the sites below and you’ll see the difference); what you’ll need is a forwarding service. A site like Skypax charges a minimal one-time sign-up fee of £12 (about $15), provides a UK address for you to then fill out as your delivery address on British websites, and then forwards packages on to you at standard shipping costs. The website provides a calculator, but shipping prices generally hover around $30-40, so it makes the most sense to buy items that are discounted much more than that (you wouldn’t use the hack to save $25 on Harney & Sons, for instance). It even stores and groups packages together to make the service really worth your while. Note that the links we provide may kick you over to the U.S. site because of your IP address — switch the currency back to GBP to get the best rate.

Ted Baker Shalala Holdall
Post-Brexit Price: £299 or $372 (28 percent off) at Ted Baker

Roomy, convertible, and super-lightweight, this sporty carryall is a stylish way to upgrade that ratty old duffel. It’s great for long weekends and business trips alike.
Stateside Price: $515

Smythson Mara Collection 2017 Soho Diary
Post-Brexit Price: £175 or $217 (26 percent off) at Smythson

Treat the bullet-journaler in your life to the ultimate agenda with this luxe, gilt-edged version — and treat yourself to a discount on a heritage British brand that never goes on sale.
Stateside Price: $295

Agent Provocateur Dressing Gown
Post-Brexit Price: £275 or $345 (27 percent off) at Agent Provocateur

Available in blush or black, 100-percent silk makes this robe an impossible combo of cozy and glamorous.
Stateside Price: $470

Paul Smith Coral Cashmere Sweater
Post-Brexit Price: £305 or $377 (28 percent off) at Paul Smith

A slightly slouchy knit from the king of British cheeky dressing makes the perfect layering piece.
Stateside Price: $525

Stella McCartney Leopard-Print Faux Fur Mules
Post-Brexit Price: £330 or $414 (28 percent off) at Harvey Nichols

As comfortable as your go-to bedroom slippers, but way more sophisticated.
Stateside Price: $575 (at Barneys)

Self-Portrait Lace Dress
Post-Brexit Price: £320 or $396 (27 percent off) at Selfridges

A holiday dress from the buzzy London brand will get plenty of compliments through January.
Stateside Price: $545

Lanvin Suede Sneakers
Post-Brexit Price: £305 or $360 (37 percent off) at Selfridges

A luxe take on the men’s sneaker pairs as well with a suit as it does with a pair of cutoff jeans.
Stateside Price: $575

Burberry Grainy Leather Clutch Bag
Post-Brexit Price: £550 or $690 (23 percent off) at Burberry

Give a piece of “See Now, Buy Now” runway history with a fine-grained leather pouch that comes with a detachable shoulder chain.
Stateside Price: $1250

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We Found a Hack for Nabbing 8 Gifts at Post-Brexit Prices