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.
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
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
Available in blush or black, 100-percent silk makes this robe an impossible combo of cozy and glamorous.
Stateside Price: $470
A slightly slouchy knit from the king of British cheeky dressing makes the perfect layering piece.
Stateside Price: $525
As comfortable as your go-to bedroom slippers, but way more sophisticated.
Stateside Price: $575 (at Barneys)
A holiday dress from the buzzy London brand will get plenty of compliments through January.
Stateside Price: $545
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
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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