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Posted by: Pixiegoth Nov 18 2010, 05:11 PM

I would like to get my 'man' in Chicago a truly British present. I was thinking about a book on how to be British. Something jokey, not too expensive but charming smile.gif

Any (semi sensible) suggestions wink.gif

Posted by: Cath Nov 18 2010, 05:28 PM

Xmas Pudding cant get more british than that unless you want to go the mince pie route but those seem to unnerve them for some reason in my experience.

Posted by: Phyllis Nov 18 2010, 05:37 PM

Hmm. If you like this guy, I would not suggest giving him Christmas pudding. wink.gif I know there are some Americans out there who like it, but there are also some Americans out there who thought Sarah Palin would make a fabulous Vice President. The rest of us the sane ones don't claim them.

On the other hand, you do get to set Christmas pudding on fire, so it has entertainment value. Only good part of it, if you ask me! tongue.gif

Posted by: Cath Nov 18 2010, 05:43 PM

Ok I may have to shun Cand for a little longer than a couple of mins (re: mince pie thread). tongue.gif

Posted by: Phyllis Nov 18 2010, 06:12 PM

Well, I'm just being honest! tongue.gif Christmas pudding isn't generally a safe bet as a gift for an American.

Posted by: Play-Doh Hobbes Nov 18 2010, 06:13 PM

Or you could go down the route of trying to turn him British...

Bum Bags and Fanny Packs: A British-American American-British Dictionary



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I was going to include a link to the item on Amazon, but I think it would far better for you to use Mata's Amazon search tools smile.gif

Posted by: Pixiegoth Nov 18 2010, 11:32 PM

QUOTE (Play-Doh Hobbes @ Nov 18 2010, 06:13 PM) *
Or you could go down the route of trying to turn him British...

Bum Bags and Fanny Packs: A British-American American-British Dictionary



.

I was going to include a link to the item on Amazon, but I think it would far better for you to use Mata's Amazon search tools smile.gif


OMG! That's like...totally awesome! wink.gif

I will use Mata's link!

Any other suggestions??

Posted by: Mata Nov 19 2010, 04:01 PM

Instalink:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0786717025?ie=UTF8&tag=theothersid0c-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=0786717025

Personally I love this series:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1851240853?ie=UTF8&tag=theothersid0c-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=1851240853

This is advice to American service men during the second world war about how to get on with the British. It's still ridiculously appropriate and a very good read.

Posted by: Play-Doh Hobbes Nov 19 2010, 04:04 PM

QUOTE (Mata @ Nov 19 2010, 04:01 PM) *
Personally I love this series:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1851240853?ie=UTF8&tag=theothersid0c-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=1851240853

This is advice to American service men during the second world war about how to get on with the British. It's still ridiculously appropriate and a very good read.


I second that, Mata! I have a few of those, and have bought several for friends/family etc. over the last couple of years. Would make an amusing gift for your American beloved, Pixie.

Posted by: Pixiegoth Nov 23 2010, 07:52 PM

I ended up getting him a book from Waterstones written by Dara O'Brien about his exploits in England and what's makes us so 'English'. Ed suggested the American wartime things so I might get him one of those too. Don't want to go over the top though as I don't know if he's got my anything and it might be a little embarassing biggrin.gif

Posted by: Play-Doh Hobbes Nov 27 2010, 04:31 PM

I hope he likes them! smile.gif

Posted by: just me Nov 27 2010, 05:30 PM

On the subject of Xmas presents, what can you get for grandparents? One of them can't hear well, his sight is going, and hes had two hip replacements so he can't get out much.

I'm sure they go through these stages just to be awkward at times like these.

Posted by: Pikasyuu Nov 27 2010, 09:49 PM

maybe a shake weight?

Posted by: Tarantio Nov 28 2010, 03:13 AM

My grandpa is in a similar condition these days, despite still living on his own. We usually get him "medicine" (read: whisky), but my mum and sister like to take him out shopping for an afternoon every now and again as a treat; he gets out of the house and is able to dictate to someone what clothes he needs and such, and they get to assuage the guilt they feel for not having seen him for the rest of the year. Plus they get to shop, which everybody knows is a girl's favourite pastime...

QUOTE (Pikasyuu @ Nov 27 2010, 09:49 PM) *
maybe a shake weight?


If this is you dropping hints as to what you want for christmas, I'm totally behind it. As long as there are videos. biggrin.gif

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