Everybody knows somebody who’s a little too obsessed with British costume dramas.
If you think your loved one is probably deep into the British costume drama lifestyle but aren’t sure, here are some signs: You aren’t sure what Cranford is, but she has it on DVD. She has hopefully mentioned the prospect of something called “English country dance.” She owns multiple items campily emblazoned with the face of Colin Firth in character as Mark Darcy. You don’t really understand it, but we want to support the special people in our lives in their passions, right? Or maybe you are the somebody who’s a little too into BBC costume dramas, and your well-meaning friends and family have bought you three more copies of Austenland than any woman needs.
Either way, here is a helpful list of suggested gifts for the upcoming holidays.
A basket of fan-made North and South goodies from Etsy
Everyone knows about the Jane Austen adaptations, but the true costume-drama connoisseur knows there’s no better background for a lazy Saturday afternoon than one’s 27th viewing of the 2004 version of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. It is a true cult classic with a thriving fandom that extends to numerous products on Etsy, and your friend would no doubt be thrilled to open a package stuffed with such items.
Potential inclusions: A pendant with a page from the book; a floral lanyard emblazoned with the protagonists’ names and silhouettes; an artsy typographical print; a bracelet with Richard Armitage in character as Mr. Thornton urging Margaret Hale to look back at him; a Margaret Hale bookmark; a John Thornton felt plushie. Just for God’s sake don’t order anything related to the John Jakes novel about the American Civil War. (Etsy, various.)
A Jane Austen mug straight from the gift shop of Bath’s Jane Austen Centre
For drinking tea while she watches her stories. (The Jane Austen Centre, $10.18, pending what the pound does)