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Because giving really is one of the best parts of the season, our gift guide is also a giveaway. While all the items here can be purchased individually, we’ve grouped them into 12 bundles for our giveaway, for 12 winners, in honor of the 12 days of Christmas.
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Gifts For Fans of Period Dramas & Classic Literature
1) Literature from the 1800s is their Cuppa
Jane Eyre, Bleak House, North and South, Cranford, The Way We Live Now… Someone you know really loves Victorian era novels and the period dramas they inspired.
Elevate someone’s morning coffee or tea ritual to classic proportions. The Ideal Bookshelf Mug: Novels of the 1800s features the spines of 15 beloved books, including Pride and Prejudice, Anna Karenina, Wuthering Heights, Middlemarch, and Jane Eyre. Get yours now.
This “bronte & dickens & eliot & collins & gaskell & hardy & trollope” T-shirt showcasing famous Victorian-era authors shows appreciation for those who penned our favorite works (and for their adaptations). In a choice of colors / sizes. Get yours now.
2) They’ll Love Tea Time with Dickens & Austen
It’s a long winter… stock them up on the best beverage to drink while watching period dramas – tea. And what better than some organic blends inspired by the works of Charles Dickens and Jane Austen?
Oliver Lemon Twist: Organic green tea, ginger root, lemongrass, and lemon myrtle mingle in this twist on Charles Dickens classic, sure to leave a zesty ginger kick in one’s step. Bound to steam away the tummy aches and perils of Victorian industrialism. Includes a Charles Dickens bookmark with little Oliver Twist’s plea: “Please, sir, I want some more.” Pretty much every tea drinker an relate to that. Get yours now.
Sample 6 organic loose leaf tea in flavors inspired by Jane Austen’s novels. There’s a Pride and Prejudice inspired tea: Assam Black Tea + Hibiscus Flowers + Rose Petals, a Sense and Sensibility inspired tea: Lemon Verbena, Lavender flowers, and Orange Peel, a Persuasion inspired tea: Earl Grey, Orange + Lemon Peel, Natural Passion fruit, Orange + Bergamot Flavor, and more! Get yours now.
3) Acorn Period Drama Mysteries for the Armchair Sleuth
Everyone could use a little more mystery in their life. Easy done, with these DVDS from Acorn, home to the very best British entertainment.
“Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Complete Collection” follows the Honorable Phryne Fisher through the back alleys, shady markets, and jazz clubs of late 1920s Melbourne. A glamorous lady detective in a mostly male world, she goes about her work with a pearl-handled pistol and dagger-sharp wit. Includes Series 1-3, plus the feature-length movie Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears. 35 episodes, 30 hrs, on 12 DVDs. Includes 9-piece Phryne dress-up magnet set. Get yours now.
In “Dead Still,” murder mystery meets macabre humor. Photographer Brock Blennerhasset (Michael Smiley) makes a living out of photographing the dead in Victorian Ireland, commemorating the recently deceased for grieving families. A killer is on the loose, involving Blennerhasset and his team in the hunt for answers. 6 episodes, 6 hrs, 2 DVDs. Read our review. Get yours now.
This “Death on the Nile” episode sees brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot’s hopes for a relaxing cruise along Egypt’s historic river dashed, when the murder of a wealthy heiress demands his attention. David Suchet—the quintessential Poirot—stars in this first rate adaptation of one of Agatha Christie’s best-loved novels. 1 1/2 hours, 1 DVD. Read our review. Get yours now.
4) Definitely Not the Meek and Obedient Type?
They love “Outlander,” and like Diana Gabaldon’s heroine in the books and period series, are also “not the meek and obedient type.” Sound like someone you know?
This coffee mug with bold lettering displays Claire’s timeless statement that she is “not the meek and obedient type,” making it the perfect gift for the “Outlander” fan in your life. Get yours now.
And don’t stop there… This stylish t-shirt, available in either white or grey, lets everyone know that the wearer is a force to be reckoned with, just like intrepid, time-traveling Claire. Get yours now.
5) For the “You Had Me at PBS Masterpiece” Kind of Fan
Giving the perfect gift to a loyal PBS Masterpiece viewer couldn’t be simpler: just order any of these British costume dramas recently shown on the long-running anthology series, or the hot-off-the-presses, definitive look at the program, Masterpiece: America’s 50-Year-Old Love Affair with British Television Drama.
Masterpiece: Victoria: The Complete Seasons 1, 2 & 3: Discover all three seasons of the unmissable global hit drama starring Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria, a nineteenth-century heroine for our times. This landmark account of the life of one of history’s greatest monarchs begins as Victoria takes her first faltering steps from capricious, hormonal teenager to respected monarch, navigating palace intrigue and constitutional crises alongside an epic romance with her cousin Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). As Victoria’s reign continues, she must face the very modern challenge of balancing life as a mother and wife with her work as ruler of the most powerful nation on earth. As the lavish saga unfolds against the backdrop of pivotal moments in history, the Queen and Prince Albert must meet each public challenge while confronting profound personal change. 9 DVDS. Get yours now.
Masterpiece: Sanditon: Chronically ill in early 1817, Jane Austen started work on a witty and delightful novel set in Sanditon, a troubled seaside town attempting to reinvent itself as a fashionable health resort. She never finished it. At last, her final vision is brought to life in a lavish production—and a continuation of the story by noted screenwriter Andrew Davies (Mr. Selfridge, Les Misérables, Pride and Prejudice). Rose Williams (Reign) stars as Charlotte Heywood, a spirited young woman who moves from her rural home to encounter a town consumed by class divides, dark ambition, and romance. 8 episodes, 6 hrs, 2 DVDs. Read more about it. Get yours now.
Masterpiece: Beecham House: John Beecham (Tom Bateman, Vanity Fair), a former soldier in the East India Company, purchases a magnificent mansion in Delhi to reunite his family and begin a new life. Set in exotic 1790s India, this epic drama has palatial style and personality. Also stars Lesley Nicol (Downton’s Mrs. Patmore). 6 episodes, 5 hrs, 2 DVDs. Read more about it. Get yours now.
Masterpiece: America’s 50-Year-Old Love Affair with British Television Drama: If you’ve been following our series of articles about the cultural history PBS Masterpiece by Nancy West, you may already know her book released this November. In a fascinating history of the acclaimed program, West combines excerpts from original interviews, thoughtful commentary, and lush photography to deliver a deep exploration of the television drama. Vibrant stories and anecdotes about Masterpiece’s most colorful shows are peppered throughout, such as why Benedict Cumberbatch hates “Downton Abbey” and how screenwriter Daisy Goodwin created a teenage portrait of Queen Victoria after fighting with her daughter about homework. Featuring an array of color photos from Masterpiece’s best-loved dramas, this book offers a penetrating look into the program’s influence on television, publishing, fashion, and its millions of fans. Get yours now.
6) She’ll Think the Emma Scarf is the Best Kind of Gift Wrap
I must, I will,–I will tell you truths while I can: choose this for someone who can read or watch Austen’s “Emma” over and over, and you won’t hear her say “badly done.” Quite the opposite!
This beautiful “Emma by Jane Austen” viscose shawl features the book’s title page at one end and the first page on the other. Soft and perfect for bundling up with outside, or cozying up in inside while watching or reading Austen’s 1815 classic romance. Get yours now.
7) They Like to Play, Read and Relax Like it’s 1799 (or 1899)
Do you know someone who would fancy a game of Whist? Or maybe like to indulge her inner 6 year old with a coloring book? Or read until she dozes off in a nap, her place neatly held with a pretty bookmark?
Jane Austen Playing Cards: The drawings of illustrators Hugh Thomson & Chris Hammond bring Jane Austen to the fingertips. These gold-backed playing cards use Persuasion, Sense & Sensibility, Emma, and Pride & Prejudice for their suits, and feature favorite characters and quotes. Get yours now.
Book Spine Felt Bookmarks: Little Women, Wuthering Heights, Pride & Prejudice, Anne of Green Gables, and Cranford… enjoy the artistic beauty and elegance of the original book covers in the simplicity of a bookmark. Get yours now.
Victorian Fashion Coloring Book: The perfect creative, relaxing activity for fashion lovers of all ages. This physical coloring book includes 60+ dresses as well as wedding gowns, capes, undergarments, shoes, and accessories. All dresses are based on real victorian garments wore in the 19th century. Get yours now.
8) They Want to Live at Green Gables with Anne
No need to wait for the first snow to break out these stay-cozy-at-home delights for any fan of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea, and their period dramas from Sullivan Entertainment, streaming on GazeboTV.
Avonlea Pomander Candle: Welcome the holiday season with a heavenly scent inspired by pomanders. Made from citrus fruit and clove, they were a yearly Christmas tradition in Victorian and Edwardian times. This natural, clean-burning soy-based candle replicates the pomander scent with blood orange and cinnamon, has over 40 hours of burn time. Get yours now.
Anne of Green Gables – Christmas Morning Puzzle: This 126 piece puzzle features stunning artwork from artist James Hill. Perfect for getting into the holiday spirit and makes a great keepsake for fans of “Anne” and “Avonlea.” Get yours now.
GazeboTV: Gazebo is the exclusive streaming home for the beloved period dramas “Anne of Green Gables,” “Road to Avonlea,” “Wind At My Back” — and many other family friendly period-set titles — from Sullivan Entertainment. Gazebo lets the viewer purchase or rent just the titles they want to see, with no monthly fees. Watch on any device with an internet connection via an internet browser, and with Roku, AppleTV, iOS or Chromecast. (Our giveaway winner will receive a code for $50 credit for rental or purchase of titles of their choice.) Get yours now / See available titles.
(Everyone can feel like a winner: use coupon code Willow&Thatch for 10% off “Anne of Green Gables” related products (and more) at ShopatSullivan and code WILLOWTHATCH for 10% off at GazeboTV. You can also sign up to choose from Gazebo’s selection of shows and watch your first episode for free.)
9) For the Costume-Loving Pride and Prejudice Fan
The 1995 BBC “Pride and Prejudice” adaptation is many good things, like romantic and timeless. Now it’s also stylishly minimal.
In this duo of “Pride and Prejudice” prints, the 1995 mini-series comes to life. The posters showcase the outfits of Lizzy Bennet and Mr. Darcy, inspired by the talented work of costume designer Dinah Collin, and the unforgettable performances of Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. Colorful and stylish in equal parts, these lovely posters will be comfortably at home on any wall from the living room to the office. In a variety of sizes, frames not included. (Giveaway winner will receive two 8×10 posters.) Get yours now.
10) Outlander Makes Them Dream of Journeying to the Past
We’ve found two delightful gifts for the sassy Sassenach in your life who would rather be time traveling to Fraser’s Ridge to hang out with “Outlander’s” Jamie and Claire.
Frasers of the Ridge Sweatshirt: This Clan Fraser of the Ridge sweatshirt is inspired by Outlander and The Highland Gatherings. It’s traditional at a Gathering to introduce yourself by your Clan and where you come from. Soft and cozy to wear and designed to be a loose relaxed fit, in a choice of colors and sizes. Get yours now.
Craigh Na Dun 5 Miles Canvas Tote Bag: Craigh Na Dun, where romance and adventure can be yours for the price of a gem stone! The quality tote is made from 100% organic cotton canvas; the handle mid length, just long enough to sling over the shoulder on the way to the ancient stone circle, or grocery store. Get yours now.
11) Now That’s Classic: Austen & Dickens are Always the Right Choice
Give the gift of always having the classics within reach… in the form of a poster or tote bag.
Charles Dickens Novel List Bag: You know the Victorians didn’t use plastic bags, right? This spacious organic cotton tote bag features the titles of Charles Dickens’ beloved novels that inspired some of our favorite classic period dramas: “Great Expectations,” “Hard Times,” “Our Mutual Friend,” “David Copperfield,” “Oliver Twist,” “Bleak House,” “Nicholas Nickelby,” “Little Dorrit,” and “Dombey & Son.” Get yours now.
Pemberley Travel Poster: We’d all rather be at Pemberley, but no one is going anywhere right now. Stay safely at home, and have the elegance and beauty of Pemberley. This quality giclée Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen inspired travel poster comes in a range of sizes, frame and Mr. Darcy not included. (Giveaway winner will receive an unframed 16 x 20 size poster.) Get yours now.
12) Pretty Things are Her “One Weakness”
Your favorite period drama fan girl will swoon over receiving these goodies in the post.
Lark Rise to Candleford T-Shirt: Are Cute t-shirts also her one weakness? This Victorian floral design in a choice of styles and sizes celebrates “Lark Rise” with the words “Candleford Post and Telegram Office – Postmistress, Dorcas Lane,” and a drawing of a bundle of letters, inside a pretty wreath. Get yours now.
Jane Austen Lip Balm Gift Set: Lip color for those Zoom calls? This set contains a range of colors made to bring out one’s inner Elinor, Marianne, Lydia, Emma and Lizzie. Plus cocoa butter, shea butter, and vitamin E work together to leave lips feeling buttery soft. Get yours now.
Pride and Prejudice Lavender Bath Bomb: The bathwater will turn a gentle shade of purple as this fizzing dynamo releases clouds of lavender scent (and organically grown lavender buds), helping the Mrs. Bennets and Lady Catherine de Bourghs of life float away. Ahhhhh. Get yours now.
The Period Drama Gift Guide Giveaway
ABOUT the GIVEAWAY: The giveaway is now CLOSED. Please read everything carefully before entering; entries that don’t follow the rules will be ineligible. There will be 12 winners, one for each numbered item / bundle in our gift guide.
US residents, age 18 an older are eligible to win all items 1 – 12. If you are from the US, you must mention that at the time of entry.
Residents of Canada, age 18 and older are eligible to win numbers 8 – 12, but not the others. If you are from Canada, you must mention that at the time of entry.
Residents of the UK, age 18 and older are eligible to win numbers 9 – 12, but not the others. If you are from the UK, you must mention that at the time of entry.
All winners will be chosen randomly, and will be announced here in the days following the close of the giveaway. Winners will also be emailed.
Giveaway opens morning of Sunday, November 29, and ends Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 9:59 PM EST.
To ENTER the GIVEAWAY: For one chance to win, leave a comment below with your top 3 choices, by number. For example, if you are from the US and your top choices are the They’ll Love Tea Time with Dickens & Austen, She’ll Think the Emma Scarf is the Best Kind of Gift Wrap, and Outlander Makes Them Dream of Journeying to the Past, you would comment “My choices are 2, 6, 10. I live in the US.”(It’s okay to add in personal comments too if you like.)
For a SECOND CHANCE to WIN, share this giveaway to one of your social networks like Pinterest, Facebook, etc. You must share it publicly, and comment in your entry where you shared it, so we can confirm that the post was shared. Please do not add links. Using the above example, if you were us, you could comment “My choices are 2, 6, 10. I live in the US. I publicly shared the giveaway on Twitter as @willowandthatch.” Be sure to insert your own name on the social platform instead of ours in the @ part!
Please note that comments are approved manually, so if you don’t see yours right away, that’s why. Enter just once, and please do so by starting a new comment, not by replying to someone else’s comment. If you are one of our winners, we will do our best to award you one of your choices, but if that is not possible we will select a different item from the guide for you. If you do not own a DVD player, please mention that so we can try to avoid awarding you the DVD bundles. If an item becomes unavailable at the close of the giveaway, we reserve the right to make a substitution.
Check here and your email the week of December 14 for the list of winners: a new winner will be chosen in the case that a winner fails to respond in 7 days time.
1) Literature from the 1800s is their Cuppa: Victorian Authors T-Shirt in choice of size and color, and Ideal 1800s Bookshelf Mug (Open to US Only) Winner: Christine Zwicker
2) They’ll Love Tea Time with Dickens & Austen: Oliver Twist Loose Tea in Tin and Bookmark, Jane Austen Inspired Tea Samplers (Open to US Only) Winner: Joan Whitten
3) Acorn Period Drama Mysteries for the Armchair Sleuth: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Complete Collection, Dead Still, Death on the Nile on Region 1 DVDs (Open to US Only) Winner: Dianne Meihls
4) Definitely Not the Meek and Obedient Type?: “Outlander” Not the Meek and Obedient Type Mug & T-Shirt in choice of size, color (Open to US Only) Winner: Brenda Flash
5) For the “You Had Me at PBS Masterpiece” Kind of Fan: Victoria: The Complete Seasons 1, 2 & 3, Sanditon, Beecham House on Region 1 DVDs and the book Masterpiece: America’s 50-Year-Old Love Affair with British Television Drama by Nancy West (Open to US Only) Winner: Roseann Weiss
6) She’ll Think the Emma Scarf is the Best Kind of Gift Wrap: Emma by Jane Austen Shawl (Open to US Only) Winner: Janet Newcomer
7) They Like to Play, Read and Relax Like it’s 1799 (or 1899): Jane Austen Playing Cards, 5 Felt Book Spine Bookmarks (winner will receive Little Women, Wuthering Heights, Pride & Prejudice, Anne of Green Gables, Cranford), Victorian Fashion Coloring Book (Open to US Only) Winner: Lindzi Lee
8) They Want to Live at Green Gables with Anne: Avonlea Pomander Candle, Anne of Green Gables Christmas Morning Puzzle, $50 credit for GazeboTV rental or purchase of titles you choose from those available here (Open to US and Canada Only) Winner: Jeanne Golden
9) For the Costume-Loving Pride and Prejudice Fan: Set of 2 Minimalist Pride and Prejudice 8×10 Posters Frames not included. (Open to US, Canada, and UK only) Winner: Emma Williams
10) Outlander Makes Them Dream of Journeying to the Past: Frasers of the Ridge Sweatshirt in color and size of winner’s choice, Craigh Na Dun 5 Miles Canvas Tote Bag (Open to US, Canada, and UK only) Winner: Corrie McNeill
11) Now That’s Classic: Austen & Dickens are Always the Right Choice: Charles Dickens Novel List Bag, 16×20 Pemberley Travel Poster Frame not included. (Open to US, Canada, and UK only) Winner: Sheila Padachey
12) Pretty Things are Her “One Weakness”: Lark Rise to Candleford T-Shirt in a choice of sizes and styles, Jane Austen Lip Balm Gift Set, Pride and Prejudice Lavender Bath Bomb (Open to US, Canada, and UK only) Winner: Elizabeth Brookbank
Phew! Good luck everyone. And while you are looking for that perfect something, we hope you’ll also explore Willow and Thatch’s Jane Austen Period Drama Adaptations merchandise, and the period-inspired products from our Lovely Things Shop. Thank you!
If you enjoyed this post, you’ll want to wander over to The Period Films List to discover new TV series and movies to watch, all sorted by era. You’ll especially like the Best Period Dramas: Christmas List.