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- When souvenir shopping in London, the best gifts come in pretty packages
- Fortnum and Mason biscuit tins are my kryptonite.
- My London Shopping Haul: the Fortnum and Mason Biscuit Tin collection (so far)
- The best way to approach London Shopping: A gift for you, a gift for me
- Do you hoard any souvenirs? Tell us about it in the comments!
When souvenir shopping in London, the best gifts come in pretty packages
I am not usually seduced by pretty packaging when souvenir shopping. Give me a homely but delicious cookie over a frilly but bland one any day. Overly fancy packaging can make me suspicious and cause me to wonder whether the goods would still sell in their unadorned, natural state.
But this all goes out the window every time I step into London’s Fortnum and Mason.
Fortnum and Mason biscuit tins are my kryptonite.
There are almost too many biscuit tin options at Fortnums. There are tins of different sizes, designs and colors, and on top of that there are usually special limited-edition tins. And of course the biscuits inside the tins come in all different flavors– but this barely factors into my decision. For me it’s all about the tins.
Are these the very best biscuits in London? I wouldn’t know, because I can’t bear to buy any others.
Fortunately, Fortnum and Mason biscuits are very subtly flavored, which is important considering you can’t really try them before you buy. It also means you can choose your biscuits based on your favorite designs and don’t have to worry about getting a dud.
Some of the Fortnum and Mason biscuit tins have a built-in music box. Just turn the knob on the bottom of the tin to hear classic British melodies.
While I definitely recommend the tin packaging, on my last visit, I decided to try some lighter weight packaging as I was veering dangerously close to my check-in weight limit (and in fact ended up exceeded it by two pounds).
My London Shopping Haul: the Fortnum and Mason Biscuit Tin collection (so far)
The best way to approach London Shopping: A gift for you, a gift for me
Fortnum & Mason’s biscuit tins are the perfect gift to bring back– packable, pretty and tasty. But, being the tin hoarder that I am, I found I had a hard time parting with them when I returned home. Now I makes sure to only buy duplicates for gifts, so I’m not tempted to keep them for myself.
Do you hoard any souvenirs? Tell us about it in the comments!
- What to buy: Pretty biscuit tins of different sizes
- Where to Get it: Fortnum & Mason (also available online for armchair shoppers)181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER, United Kingdom (a new shop will be opening in Kings Cross Station). You can also pick up a limited selection of Fortnum and Mason items at the airport– look carefully in the duty-free area and you’ll find a small wall with items (but no separate, free-standing shop).
- What to Know: Warning, collecting these tins is addictive.
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All photos by Souvenir Finder, copyright 2013.