Holiday Gift Giving With Jane Austen and The Brontes

Holiday garland

It’s that time of year again when many gift-giving holidays have arrived and you may be stuck on what to get your literary fan in your life. And sometimes it’s especially hard if they are an Austen or Bronte fan. What do you do? You peruse the following list for ideas from candles and jewelry to clothing and clocks. Whether they are an Austen or Bronte fan, there is something for everyone from ages 8 to 80.

I heartily recommend Brookish, Storiarts, Out of Print Clothing, and Pembertea as I have purchased their products over the years and found them to be of great quality. I have also bought products from Society6 and Zazzle before and their products tend to be fairly well made. One cannot go wrong with memberships to either JASNA or the Bronte Society. But any of the following products and services would be a delight to any literary lover.

Note: I have checked for last dates of delivery times in the US for the holiday season but it is your responsibility to check with the seller before purchase to make sure you’ll get it in time.

  •  A membership to JASNA
  • A membership to the Bronte Society
  • A gift from the Jane Austen Centre gift shop
  • A gift from the Bronte Parsonage shop
  • Brookish on Etsy has a wonderful selection of hand-lettered mugs, sweatshirts and t-shirts, notecards, and more! The last date for US delivery is December 16.
  • Storiarts has a wonderful collection of Austen AND Bronte inspired gifts including infinity scarfs, headbands, and writing gloves. As of this writing, they are currently having a sale of 15% off but if they are not having a sale, you can use the code Austen15 at checkout.1
  • Another fun gift is the Pembertea subscription box! Pembertea is a monthly subscription box for all things Austen. Each monthly box is themed and includes tea (of course), gifts, and trinkets related to that month’s theme. They also sell mugs, clothing, and blankets! Each subscription box is about $40 USD a month. I reviewed the boxes over here.
  • Another fun store for all of your literary geekdom is Out of Print Clothing! I’ve been buying from them for years and the quality never disappoints. They carry t-shirts, bags, socks, sweatshirts, and other literary gifts.  I have the most adorable pencil pouch from them. Not only do they have Jane Austen and Bronte (Charlotte and Emily (poor Anne!)) inspired gifts, but they also carry a gamut of authors such as Ray Bradbury to F. Scott Fitzgerald. You can see the complete list of authors here(If you click on the ad in the right sidebar, you get $5 off your order at Out of Print clothing!)
  • Jane Austen’s Office has a wide range of gifts from clocks to cellphone covers to mugs and clothing.
  • Society6 has a large array of Jane Austen and Bronte gifts.
  • Amazon US, of course, has books, DVDs, clothing, and more for Austen and Bronte alike.
  • We can’t forget Etsy (Austen, Bronte) which has candles, make-up, and more
  • There is also Zazzle (Austen, Bronte)
  • Uncommon Goods (Austen, Bronte) has socks, mugs, and pillows (I have been gifted the Austen AND Bronte mugs and I love them so).
  • The Literary Gift Company has Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, and Jane Austen inspired mugs, jewelry, and soap to name a few things!
  • Novel Creations repurposes books into purses and clutches

Have a happy holidays!

 

1. Earlier this year, in lieu of payment for advertising (as seen in the right sidebar), Storiarts sent me a few items such as a Pride and Prejudice book scarf and Poe’s The Raven writing gloves. I have yet to review them (but that is upcoming) but for full disclosure, I receive no compensation for any purchase you may buy.

Top 5 Austen and Brontë home decor

Inspired by a recent Bustle article, 7 Jane Austen Crafts You Can Easily DIY At Home, I decided to come up a list of Austen and Brontë inspired home decor.
Pride and Prejudice duvetIf you’re anything like me, I’m always on the lookout for new bedroom designs and inspiration. This Pride and Prejudice duvet cover totally fits the bill.  The duvet cover comes in sizes twin to king and is available via Sharp Shirter’s etsy shop.

I am a big fan of candles. When Mr. Lisa and I finally settled in our new digs,I found, scattered across several boxes, nearly a dozen candles, most half-burned. Oops. (I seem to favor vanilla and musky scents like sandalwood.) If you also need to have candles in your home, Tea & Thistle has got you covered.  They seem to specialize in literature inspired candles, I wanted to showcase Heathcliff because well, brooding anti-hero! I do disagree with her scent choice: the sea, cardamon, and lavender. Lavender is used mainly for relaxation and cardamon is spicy — but our Heathcliff is not spicy! He’s musky and brooding — he should smell like the moors, all dark and mysterious.

Am I or am I not a good cook? Well I can bake and I let Mr. Lisa do all the main cooking since he seems to have a flair for it. While I cannot see him wearing this apron, I would — a girl has to keep herself clean from flour and other ingredients! The apron is sold by the French Apron Company who have other delightful aprons available including this one, “You had me at Darcy.” Note: The item does ship from France.

Living in the land of bourbon, not including something bourbon inspired would have felt unholy — even though, personally, I detest the stuff.

This beautiful tumbler, by theUncommonGreen, can either be used for drinking or for a conversation piece. The shop has a plethora of other literature and fun inspired glasses. Note the price is for one glass, not a set.

I have seen these but never exactly what they were! A rock cairn is, “A mound of stones erected as a landmark or memorial….Cairns can be given for Encouragement, Energy, Hope, Inspiration, Motivation and Support!”

So there you have it.

The cairns come in a variety of sizes and this one has the de rigeur quote, “I love you most ardently” so it would be totally appropriate to give to someone who is not only into zen but also a Jane Austen fan. You can also get cairns personalized with other quotes if you so wish.

Top 5 Jane Austen t-shirts for you to buy

I have a love affair with t-shirts.

What’s strange, to me, is I did not set out one day and say, “OH! I need to collect t-shirts!”  No, it became evident when I was clearing out my closet one day and counted how many t-shirts I owned.

200. I’ll let that sink in.

I’m always on the look out for new t-shirts. I buy them to commemorate a trip as they are cheaper than most swag, barely noticeable in packing, and wearable. I celebrate concerts and fandoms. I support local businesses. I like vintage ones as well.

I just plain like t-shirts.

My collection is down to about 100 shirts, but I’m always on the look out for new ones (I keep my eye on dayoftheshirt.com which collates the best deals for the day) and one of my favorite themes is literature. Book covers, author’s quotes, interesting approaches to the work. I’m a big book nerd and I let my nerd flag fly.

Below you’ll find some rather adorable, interesting, or just plain NEED t-shirts to add to your collection of Austen memorabilia.

 

O. M. G. If you’re a big literature geek (or even a small one) and you’re not shopping at Out of Print Clothing, you need to. They create t-shirt, sweatshirts, and gifts based on various works of literature from Jane Austen to The Very Hungry Caterpillar. To your left you’ll find a woman’s t-shirt (up to sizes XXL) for Pride and Prejudice with a gorgeous design. I also have the Pride and Prejudice pouch.

If you do decide to give Out of Print a go, do use this link for shopping as it gives you $5 off your purchase! 

Another gorgeous t-shirt, this Litograph’s Pride and Prejudice t-shirt has the complete book printed on it. yes, the complete book. I have this version of the t-shirt. Litorgraph’s has a huge variety of different shirts for your favorite authors and like Out of Print, they also carry gifts like scarves, posters, and totes.

Word of caution: The shirts are blurred around the seams and some of the words can look like they are cut off. This is normal and part of the printing process.

It’s rare, I believe, to find products and gifts that celebrate the other works of our Jane. It seems as if every vendor on the planet is all Pride and Prejudice all the time but we shant forget Jane’s other five works so when I saw this t-shirt pop up in my list, I knew I had to add it.

The shirt is done by TeePublic and affixes the semi-famous Northanger Abbey quote, “If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.”

The shirt comes in male (unisex) and female cuts, a wide variety of styles, sizes, and colors. While I adore the shirts I get from TeePublic, they do tend to shrink a bit in the wash (even in cold water) and the length always seems to be one inch to short than I need so definitely size up!

Just like Northanger Abbey shirt, finding a non Pride and Prejudice shirt can be a pain so that’s why when I stumbled across this Emma shirt available at the Jane Austen Centre, I knew it had to be included in this list. The shirt, which is available in unisex sizes S – XL, has the Emma facsimile as its design. the Jane Austen Centre is located in England so be mindful the prices are in pound sterling and does not reflect cost of shipping to the U.S.
I may have to buy this shirt after this post is published. Nothing says delightful than a shirt with all of Jane’s men listed. The shirt, available in women’s and unisex sizing, is available at this lovely Jane Austen centric Etsy shop, Brookish. Also check out the store’s other goods such as scarves, mugs, and other assortments.

Top 5 weird Jane-related things

My grand plan, if you will, is to push Jane out into the world via pop culture. While yes, media reviews, notices of upcoming events, notes of newsworthy information will still reign on the blog, I am more curious about the huge wealth of Jane-related stuff that does not follow the aforementioned. I remain vigilant that if a Pride & Prejudice and Doctor Who fan fiction mashup exists, anything is possible.

This is why a listicles feature will appear on a semi-weekly basis and they will be on anything from coloring books to toothpaste.

Jane Austen Cookie Cutters
Isn’t this the perfect accouterment for the holidays, an afternoon tea, or even just for a lovely snack? I mark this as “weird” for the simple reason biting Jane’s head off seems a bit cannabilistic, but hey, if you’re a tried and true Janeite, this may be perfect for your collection.

The cutter is shipped from England and
costs $11.28 USD (£8.95 GPB) plus there is shipping involved. If you’re looking for something a bit closer to home, this Etsy seller  is located in the US and is selling their design for $7 USD. She also has a recipe for “Jane’s Best Sugar Cookies” on the product page.

Straight Outta Pemberley
Right, it’s a t-shirt, why is this weird? Straight Outta Compton is the 1988 debut album (and song) by rap legends N.W.A. Doing a mashup of N.W.A. and Jane is hilarious. (And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, just read the wiki articles I linked and soon you’ll get the joke or be appalled.)

The t-shirt is sold on Amazon and costs $19.99 plus free shipping if you’re a Prime Member.

Jane Austen Temporary Tattoos
Not so much as weird as adorable, this pack includes 22 temporary tattoos from images to words. While you can buy these across the internet from different vendors, Amazon is offering them with free shipping for Prime Members.

Jane Austen Toothpaste
Yes, you read that correctly: Jane. Austen. Toothpaste. When I mentioned this to a pal at our last JASNA meeting, she looked at me incredulously as if how could such a thing happen. The answer: Apparently very easy. But I suppose if you’re fond of dancing, having fresh breath would be helpful.

Another Amazon find,  the toothpaste is $7 USD and is available for free shipping for Prime Members. (The toothpaste allegedly tastes of “rose” which I’m not a fond of so if you bought it and used it, let me know in the comments!)

Emma Matches
The item is billed for use at weddings, I suppose to be used in gift baskets for wedding members or as a token on the dinner tables. But still. Matches?

 

 

(I had many of these bookmarked but the rest were a little too easy to find.)