The Best Downton Abbey Gift Ideas (2014)
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I was late discovering Downton Abbey but when I did there was no stopping me. I blasted through each season in true marathon style stopping only for nourishment - if you can call popcorn nourishment - and washroom breaks. Once hooked, there was no stopping me and somewhere in the second season I was joined by my husband who also became interested in the lives, characters and story of this hugely popular Masterpiece Theatre period drama.
Critically acclaimed, it first aired in the United Kingdom in 2010 and then in North America in 2011. The story is set in England and follows the life of the Crawley family and of the servants "below the stairs." It has been hugely popular and naturally spawned a number of great related products so that we can continue to hold Downton Abbey close to our hearts once we have seen the programs.
On this page find some of the best Downton Abbey gift ideas I could find including the season 5 series. As a huge fan myself, they are all items I would like to receive. Whether you choose to buy them as gifts or for yourself though is a totally unimportant detail...
Downton Abbey Movies
The boxed set or an individual season
Of course, any true Downton Abey fan will want to own the series and, for someone who does not own any of them on DVD or blu-ray disc yet, the boxed set shown here is the best choice as it contains seasons one through three and the Christmas special, bonus features and the Amazon exclusive footage. Of course, they are all available individually if a Downton fan you know is just missing one series.
Masterpiece Downton Abbey Season 5
Downton Abbey Season 5 will be available on Amazon on January 27, 2015. You can pre-order it now from Amazon and have it delivered as soon as it is released. If you do so, you will be protected by Amazon's price protection plan, which guarantees that you pay the lowest price posted between now and the release date.
Downton Abbey Calendar for 2014
Of course, I'd love to own this 2014 Downton Abbey Calendar. It would be a way to celebrate the series all year long! You will find images from the third and fourth seasons of the series, which includes the important characters and important events including weddings and babies. There is a Downton Abbey calendar available in three formats including the wall calendar, as shown here, a page-a-day calendar and an engagement calendar.
Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey
Ordinarily, I would build a themed gift set for a movie with a copy of the original book. Unfortunately, the story behind Downton Abbey is not based on a book but rather on a screenplay created by Julian Fellowes so that is not possible. It is, however, possible to give a book related to Downton Abbey. There are plenty to choose from but one of the most current books is the official companion, Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey, which was written by Emma Rowley and which covers seasons one through four.
Billed as the "official backstage pass to the set, the actors and the drama, Amazon customer Mai N.B. highly recommends Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey saying that she learned many things when reading this book including but not limited to morsels about where the kitchen scenes were shot, about the recreation of the vintage dresses and even about the sources of some of the vintage kitchenwares...
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The World of Downton Abbey
This book was published after the first season and includes illustrations and research as done by the team creating this movie as well as photos from seasons one and two. Amazon customer Jill said, "It's a beautiful book and one that I'd have been thrilled to get as a gift. It's printed on thick, high quality paper and the photography is stunning... Fans who have researched and read a lot about the Edwardian era will not likely learn anything new from the text, but I bought the book mainly for the photographs and information about the series, particularly so was not disappointed at all. In summary, I can't imagine any Downton fan not liking this book!"
The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era focuses on the important members of the cast of this story looking closely at the reasons for their behaviours and what inspired that part of the storyline. Part "story, history, and behind-the-scenes drama" taking you closer still to the world of Downton Abbey.
Readers wanting to know more about the story of the real Highclere Castle will want to read Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, which is about the 5th Countess of Carnarvon.
While We Were Watching Downton Abbey
A fictional story about women enjoying the program.
Taken as I am with Downton Abbey, I was intrigued with While We Were Watching Downton Abbey. It is a novel about women coming together because of the series. In this book, we meet three Atlanta women living in a historic building with a British connection who decide to watch the series together. They are all at a turning point in their lives and embrace the show and each other. Billed by one reader as the cure to Downton Abbey withdrawal, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey is a fun and lighthearted read. If you are looking for a book that is in some way tied to the series but not so much about the making of the movie or just about the history of the time, this fictional story might be just the thing. You can read my book review here.
A Downton Abbey Pillowcase
Perhaps the most unusual item I discovered accidentally is the collection of Downton Abbey pillowcases and I have to say that I love them. Whether you are a die hard fan and you want a serious pillowcase or you are light-hearted and want something that will make you smile, there is one for you. My favorites are the ones I have illustrated here, the Highclere Castle pillowcase and the pillowcase in the dining room with all of the lovely ladies gathered around Carson! Which is be your favorite?
Keep Calm and Bring Tea Downton Abbey T-Shirt
Riding on the success of both the Keep Calm and the Downton Abbey popularity is this wonderful, officially licensed Keep Calm and Bring Tea Downton Abbey t-shirt. This t-shirt would be great for a group of girlfriends watching Downton together! Buy yours on eBay:
Keep Calm and Downton On Coffee Mug
We love this fun Keep Calm and Downton On coffee mug. It is a practical and affordable gift idea for Downton Abbey fans.
My Sunday Nights Are Spent at Downton Abbey T-Shirt
This one is perfect for Sunday night or any day of the week
Personally, I would gladly take any of Amazon's Downton Abbey t-shirts but I thought this one, which reads, "My Sunday nights are spent at Downton Abbey," was a particularly good choice since most Downton Abbey fans can be found glued to their television sets on Sunday evenings and yes, if I owned it, it would be standard apparel on Sundays.
Kurt Adler Downton Abbey Highclere Castle Christmas Ornament
Kurt Adler has produced many lovely Christmas ornaments in popular themes like Harry Potter and the Hunger Games but I only just discovered the lovely items he produced for Downton Abbey. I think they would be a brilliant momento for Downton Abbey fans, a way to hang onto the series long after it is over.The ornament shown here is Highclere Castle, the castle that is used for the filming of the series. Amazon customers give it a solid review, saying it is a nicely detailed Christmas ornament.
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