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So I need some british Christmas advice

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  1. bombastinator

    bombastinator ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 12, 2010
    MN USA
    I have a half niece of about 16 years that I need to buy a Christmas gift for.

    We were told not to buy presents for them because they have no luggage space to transport them (we will Be meeting in Missouri) but I figure
    A: you don’t not buy Christmas presents for kids, and
    B: a gift card doesn’t take much space.

    The problem is I need a gift card she can us IN BRITIAN rather than in the US, and is a store of stuff she would like.

    AMAZON is pretty international so I figure I’ve got a shot there, but I don’t know for sure and it’s depressingly generic.

    Does anyone here have a suggestion? I’m kind of in a bind. I don’t even know where precisely in britian she lives, though I think it’s a bit rural. They used to live in London but moved away.
     
  2. Nailz

    Nailz Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 6, 2013
    Wichita, KS
    Best bet is cash.

    I am British but live in the US, and I do Amazon gift cards, but Amazon have a US side and a UK side, so not sure if buy a Amazon gift card in the US, it would be good on the UK Amazon site, when I buy the Amazon cards for UK family, I use the British Amazon site.

    So again, cash would be the safest way they get something they can use/spend.
     
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  3. CagedSpam

    CagedSpam Super Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 12, 2015
    FoPo, Oregon
    Maybe a nice 2018 coin as a gift? still has cash value but also a bit commemorative.
     
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  4. bombastinator

    bombastinator ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 12, 2010
    MN USA
    Cash is a no go in this case. Even cards are pushing it a bit. So you’re saying even with amazon I’d need an amazon UK card? Getting one of those might be a pain. I was hoping there was some sort of cool but fairly ubiquitous british shop she might want something from and I could buy a gift card online and have it mailed to me.
     
  5. Nailz

    Nailz Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 6, 2013
    Wichita, KS
    I've never tried a US amazon gift card on the UK amazon site, so can't say for sure they don't work, but do know they have their own sites though, the american site is of course amazon.com, where the british one is amazon.co.uk if wanted to make sure, be best to send amazon a email and check with them before buying gift cards.
     
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  6. sonicbomb

    sonicbomb Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 17, 2015
    1187 Hundertwasser
    That's a tricky one, if she is 16 it's hard to say what shop she thinks is cool. Also if shes out in the country she may not have easy access to it. I would go with previous suggestions for amazon.co.uk
     
  7. dreamvaper

    dreamvaper Super Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 20, 2018
    UK
    how bout a Hello Kitty? Lol
     
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  8. bombastinator

    bombastinator ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 12, 2010
    MN USA
    There are hello kitty stores? Her dad probably wouldn’t like it much which might be bonus (her parents are a bit crunchy). That’s kind of a two years ago thing here. Is it still going in the UK?
     
  9. sonicbomb

    sonicbomb Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 17, 2015
    1187 Hundertwasser
    Hello kitty at 16?? I don't think that would be well received.
    A fistful of cash would be the best option, but you said that's a no-no
     
  10. dreamvaper

    dreamvaper Super Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 20, 2018
    UK
    I think the boom was in ~ 2014 + -

    as for a present, depends on what she is about. If she's about boys, a big pack of good quality condoms will be a good choice and her crunchy parents won't have to worry about becoming grandparents too early.
     
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