This holiday season I’ve tossed the advent calendar in favor of counting down the days until Downton Abbey airs on PBS. As the premiere draws closer, the cast has been busy in New York City promoting season three (check out Colbert’s tea czar spoof, Breaking Abbey, and Hugh Bonneville geeking out in the subway). Although I’ve desperately avoided spoilers on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook (a friendly side-note to my chums in the U.K.—WE HAVEN’T SEEN IT YET) here’s a way to celebrate the holidays in the spirit of Downton without ruining the premiere on January 6th.
Check out my Countess-approved gifts, inspired by the impeccable taste of the Grantham family and perfect for the Abbey-crazed Anglophile on your holiday shopping list.
These gorgeous art-deco hair clips add just the right amount of sparkle for a New Years Eve fête or an elegant candle-lit dinner for two. If only Matthew was sitting across the table…
The sisters Bronte must have inspired the sisters Grantham with their daring adventures and lyrical prose. Juniper Books offers the complete Bronte collection in brilliantly designed purple jackets—as pleasing to read as they are to admire on the shelf.
Described as the “gentleman of the tea world” BelloCQ’s Earl Grey blend includes organic full-leaf Ceylon black tea, blue cornflowers, and natural Sicilian bergamot. Only to be served in the finest bone china.
This dainty pearl ring from Catbird is perfect for the refined lady (nothing is more vulgar than an ashtray-sized diamond on a delicate hand).
TOCCA Eau de Parfum (in Guiletta) carries sophisticated floral notes of Bulgarian rose, ylan ylan and pink tulips and is available in smaller sizes. The finishing touch to any vanity table or armoire.
Even if you can’t maintain (or afford) a thousand-acre estate, you can still enjoy a little bit of English verdure with this Victorian terrarium from H. Potter.
Nothing says high society like a monogrammed calling card. This blush pink stationery from William Arthur is grain embossed and also available as note cards.
Christmas crackers are an English tradition, enjoyed both upstairs and downstairs alike. This set of six luxury crackers from Selfridges are filled with little gifts to enjoy with festive company.
Arrive to any hunting party suitably attired in this Barbour classic waistcoat. Just don’t flirt with any Turkish attachés—they’re serious trouble.
This illustrated spoof of Downton Abbey stars Mr. Bates (Agent Gates) as a badass undercover spy who must defend the Crown and the estate. Filled with satirical twists and unexpected turns (just guess who the new heir is), it’s the perfect gift for any Downton fan.
Camaren Subhiyah is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor at Random House. A die-hard Downton Abbey fan and unabashed Anglophile, she would happily swap penicillin for a world filled with tweedy three-piece suits and Poiret evening dresses.
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