Holiday Gift Guide for the Jane Austen Fanatic

It is a truth universally acknowledged that about half of women are unabashed Jane Austen fanatics and that all of those women already own their favorite novels in hardcover volumes and their favorite film adaptations in DVD form. So what can you buy them for the holidays?


Buttoned up gloves.

Keep it ladylike this holiday season with warm gloves with cool button details like these from Even if your friend doesn’t live where it’s cold, she’ll appreciate the necessity of covering up your fingers in polite society. The buttons give this functional gift true Austen flair.


The Mysteries of Udolpo by Ann Radcliffe

Take a Jane Austen book club to the next level by buying your friend the book that Jane Austen’s own heroines couldn’t stop gossiping about. Ann Radcliffe was sort of the Stephenie Meyer of her day–writing overwhelmingly popular gothic romances that Austen herself read. In Northanger Abbey, Catherine Morland’s obsession with The Mysteries of Udolpho feed her imagination and lead her into trouble.  You can get it on Amazon for as little as $6.93 (used) and finally get what all the Regency-era fuss was about.

Quill Pen and Ink Set

Elizabeth Bennett never sent her sister Jane an email and Marianne Dashwood never sent her sister Elinor a text message. So why would a Jane Austen fanatic want to send messages any other way than with a classic letter written with a quill pen? Lots of historical online gift shops (such as this one) sell Quill Pen and Ink Sets for under $20.00. I realize the irony of using online shopping to buy an old fashioned writing instrument, but you can be romantic about the past without being a complete Luddite.

A Larger-than-Life Poster of Mr. Darcy

I personally prefer the early morning strolling Darcy from 2005’s Pride and Prejudice, but most women prefer Colin Firth’s wet t-shirt contest winning version. Find out your pal’s favorite Darcy (or other Austen gentleman) and make a poster for her. Websites like Zazzle and Poster Burner offer online services that make turning your friend’s bedroom wall into a vision of gentle-manliness.

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  • Lauren M. Blanchard

    Ok, I love the idea of a Mr. Darcy wall poster. But why pick? Why not make both?

  • Anna Dobben

    I vote use both Mr. Darcy’s as well, Lauren :)
    Also, Pemberley is a new novel by PD James (one of the best women mystery writers in the business!), about a murder on the Pemberley estate years after P&P ends and it’s a supposed to be really good! It’s on my Christmas list.

    • Jamie Green

      Death Comes to Pemberly is on my Christmas list too!!

  • Julia Hays

    I just found that BBC version of Pride and Prejudice for sale on DVD while holiday shopping for others yesterday. It’s an early Christmas present from me to me.

  • Bianca Koolmees

    I went to the movie and the miniseries Pemberley’s (Lyme Park and Chatsworth) and at one of them I picked up the Pride & Prejudice paper doll book. The only trouble is its so cute I don’t think I will ever use it, just keep it in its perfect state.
    Oh, and someone send a Mr Darcy poster my way- a Colin Firth one for me, Matthew Macfayden for my mum.

  • Jaimie Donnelly

    May I also recommend this cute Jane Austen shop online…

    • Meghan O’Keefe

      ooo…I LOVE IT.

  • Emily Hunt

    You accidentally put up the wrong Mr. Darcy. It should be the Colin Firth one. Preferably when coming out of the water.

  • Fiona Stevenson

    I would also recommend the Fitzwilliam Darcy trilogy by Pamela Aidan. It’s the story of Pride and Prejudice told from the perspective of Mr. Darcy.

  • Ashley Alvarez

    ME TOO MEGHAN! Don’t get me wrong I love the A&E version but the song that plays in that scene (oh that would be ‘Your Hands Are Cold’) just makes me want to swooooon. (you’re welcome)

  • Jenny Bunch

    Check out this great book that is basically a commentary of Jane Austins books. “Real men read Jane Austin”

  • Elisabeth Miller

    This is PERFECT. I’ve found that Etsy has tons and tons of really unique Austen gifts. I just want to be BFFs with Anne Elliot from Persuasion. How hard can that be?

  • Sabrina Soriano-Moreta

    heard this on NPR this morning.. funny how the world works

  • Stephanie Titus

    For something with a little more edge… Pride & Promiscuity: The Lost Sex Scenes of Jane Austen

  • Louise Macdonald

    As a Jane Austen fanatic I want every single item on this list (I already own The Mysteries of Udolpo) they are the guilty pleasures I wish were on my Christmas Present list!

  • Isabel Ribeiro

    Except for the gloves (I’m in Brazil!), I want every item of the list.

  • Nicole Natale

    Love it!

  • Jess Schmidt

    A bit pricey as a complete box set, but the BBC versions of Elisabeth Gaskell’s novels ( are absolutely fantastic and she had a similar writing style to Jane Austen. The three are very different, but all are must sees for Austen fanatics!

  • Briana Burke

    i like colin firth. that’s all

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