This year, in celebration of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, thousands will show their support by sporting swag from all around the world. And it’s not just swag; souvenirs, merchandise and gadgets depicting the games will be sold to thousands looking to take home a little piece of London and keep the torch burning long after the closing ceremonies are over.
For those looking to invest in some traditional Olympic gear, your best bet is to hit up the local department store and buy something with the Olympic rings splattered across the chest. If however, you are looking to take home a unique memento of your time in London or at the games, you might want to set your sights on something a little less ordinary and a little, well… weird.
Here are some of our favourite pieces, souvenirs, and memorabilia created in celebration of the 2012 London Olympic Games:
Go hard or go home. Even girls gawking over competitive sports need somewhere to store their lipstick. Rock out with this designer clutch, sporting the Union Jack and some pretty hardcore decor. This ode to the hosting country was designed by Alexander McQueen and is available exclusively at Selfridges: £1,728
If clutches aren’t your thing, have no fear; you can still keep the Union Jack close to your “sole” by slipping into a pair of Church’s Stratford lace-ups, designed with the British symbol tucked neatly inside the bottom of every shoe. With 17 different colours to choose from, buy a pair that shows off your country’s flag and enjoy a souvenir that is subtle enough to scream style but loud enough to make a lasting impression: £195
Don’t have time to pick up all you need before heading to see the next match? Grab and go! Designed with the hardcore fan in mind, Anya’s Handbag Games will help carry you through any Olympic event. Stocked with sneakers, Lucozade (British sports drink), a wristband, and a few other game day goodies including a metal trophy, you’ll be a winner even if your favoured team doesn’t come out on top: £250, also available exclusively at Selfridges.
Blame an unbridled love for a good cup of tea, but this souvenir is definitely my favourite. After all, what is more London that a matching Teapot and Cozy complete with the Olympic logo and the union jack? Forget the swag and enjoy a refreshing cup of tea for months, perhaps years, to come: Tea Pot £16, Tea Cozy £10
Are you lacking in conversation pieces at home? Check out this Olympic themed sculpture available at the official store of the 2012 London Olympic Games. This statue is guaranteed to have dinner guests scratching heads while they try to figure out exactly what the figure is suppose to be.
Is it someone attempting a yoga pose, or perhaps a tribute to someone with unbearable back pain? While it was designed to be an Olympic diver, this sculpture is… subjective, to say the least.
But it’s more than that; it’s Royal Doulton which means that it’s on the market for the steep price of £120. That’s something to talk about!
Throwing an Olympic themed party? Talk about creative merchandising, this Olympic themed cut-out allows family members and friends step up to the podium and recreate their favourite gold, silver and bronze medal moments from the London 2012 Olympic Games (or any other Olympic games for that matter). Cheer on your favourite teams from the comfort of your home and throw a picture perfect event for all to enjoy; Available on Amazon for £30
What ARE these? I have purposefully included stuffed versions of the official mascots on this list because I simply don’t understand what they are. The mascots of the 2012 Olympics are named Wenlock and Mandeville for obscure and strange, strange reasons.
The top of their heads are suppose to emulate London Black Cabs while their Cyclops-like eye is suppose to be a camera, recording everything going on around him (a la CCTV perhaps?), while the friendship bands represent the five Olympic rings. Odd little creatures, very odd: £23 available at The London 2012 Shop
If you can tell me what this is, without reading the post (or trying to read the inscription on the product), I’ll buy one for you, and all your friends.
Give up? This is the official boomerang of the 2012 London Olympic Games. Makes sense right? I mean who doesn’t need a boomerang? It’s not as if the boomerang isn’t just as much a part of British sporting or cultural history as say, a cricket bat or a rugby ball. No, this makes total sense.
It’s weird; it makes the list: £5 at The London 2012 Shop
Fact or fiction? We’re not entirely positive about whether or not these beauties came branded, but there has been a lot of talk circulating about the thousands of condoms being handed out at the Olympic Games this year. Branded or not, these souvenirs do come with an expiration date but the good news is they are absolutely FREE!