My family often complain that my Christmas and birthday lists are 'just books'. As if there were anything wrong with that! All the same, it will be easy to diversify thanks to London Peculiar. This online shop has an intriguing selection of unusual objects with London connections.
The Metropolitan Police whistle should appeal to anyone with an interest in crime history, and there's enough London underground and bus memorabilia to please any transport geek. There are maps, restaurant ashtrays, gin bottles, and much more. My first thought was, 'how could anyone bear not to keep these?' The answer is on the website, though: a 'Museum' of items that won't be parted with!
Images from London Peculiar.