Post # 1
Calling all UK bees as well as any bees with experience with this…
One of my good friends is getting married in London this month. She moved there a few years ago, and while I have visited her before (live in the US), I won’t be able to go to her wedding unfortunately.
However, I would like to do something nice, but feel myself very limited. I can’t buy gift cards here as they will not be valid over there. Obviously US checks won’t work so that’s out. I don’t want to mail cold hard cash for obvious reasons. So yeah… what can I do? I wish there was some universally accepted gift card or something. They aren’t registered anywhere so I can’t just get a US equivalent of what they want and ship it. Does anyone have any ideas? I mean, worst case scenario – DH and I will take them to dinner next time we see them, but I would like to actually send something more than a card if possible.
Post # 2
MrsNewDay: can’t you get her a uk gift (card) that you pay for online with your credit card? or book tickets to a west end show for them… you could just chose about anything (just for example) from amazon.co.uk – or some other uk based company – and have it shipped to their house as a gift, can’t you?
Post # 3
What about a gift card? Like amazon? Ones that you can get sent to their email and that would work in that area
Post # 4
You can do a check. I had an aunt in the US send me a check here in the UK. NatWest processed it – it just took something like 28 days and a very small transaction fee (a few pounds).
Also, if you know of any food or shops she misses in the US, you could always send her things from there. I had a cousin ship me a bunch of weird Oreo packages, lots of Saltines, and cheap tshirts from Target because I can’t them here. It made my day. May not be super wedding-ish, but a little something from home + check could be perfect.
Post # 5
I will have to play around with the Amazon site. I remember when I tried to buy something on the UK Amazon, it wouldn’t let me and redirected me to the US site.
bowsergirl: The check and nostalgic US item idea sounds great! I’ll look into that.
Post # 6
MrsNewDay: i can order from amazon.co.uk from abroad without any problems. but there should be plenty of other sites as well, depending on what you’re wanting to gift you could chose a site like John Lewis, Harrod’s, WH Smith, Selfridge’s, Marks & Spencer… if you want to gift money, you could also look into a transaction made via Western Union (not sure how much their fees are though)
Post # 7
MrsNewDay: You have to set up a separate Amazon.co.uk account in order to order from them. If you log in with your amazon.com info, it will redirect you to your .com account.