In response to this question I saw on trip advisor – where is the “Best place for affordable souvenirs made in England”?
Wherever you travel in the world, please make the effort to buy locally made souvenirs and support local people. At the very least make sure you buy a gift that is actually made in the country you are visiting.
From Britain with Loveis an online shop, directory and magazine which celebrates and showcases beautiful design from around the British Isles. It’s a commercial venture but nevertheless I think it’s potentially a great source for finding British made products. I have not had the chance to spend much time on the site yet, but everything I have looked at so far has been made in the UK and I am sure I will be returning to this site again to research products made in the British Isles. This website is one of a number of such sites featured on my “useful links” page.