We all know someone who loves British period dramas whether Poldark or Downtown Abbey or adaptations of Tolstoy, Dickens, Austen and more.
Gift ideas for drama fans like these can include recordings of the best historical and costume dramas, but also vintage and contemporary treasures for the home and garden. Here are some more gift ideas.
With a plethora of British period dramas due for release in cinemas in 2020, the big-screen experience is a great gift for enthusiastic moviegoers. These are usually monthly flat-rate subscriptions offering multiple tickets per week with discounts on food and drink. Check for a “bring-a-friend” or family option. With so many British period drama movies being released in 2020, including a distinctive take on The Personal History of David Copperfield, starring Dev Patel set in 1840s London; a new all-star cast of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile; Jane Austen’s Emma; Ironbark, a new Cold War thriller movie set in the 1960s and Let Me Count The Ways dramatising the love affair between Elizabeth Barrett Browning and playwright Robert Browning all promise to be worth viewing.
Quotes for the home
A gift to dress the home in period features could include cushions with inspirational or fun quotes from favourite period dramas, including the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey “It’s the job of grandmothers to interfere”, Dicken’s “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour” or Austen’s “There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart”. These can be printed on a pillow, canvas or another household item.
Treasures for the home
From paper to gold, there are gifts for every anniversary a couple celebrates “until death do you part.” When looking for a gift for this special occasion, a traditional wedding anniversary gift list will offer many suggestions depending on the year being celebrated. A treasure for the home could be a preserved natural rose in the couple’s favourite colour, symbolic of the love they share, which could become a family heirloom.
Gift an item signed by their favourite actor. You can request a signed photograph direct from their agent, or other signed memorabilia can be bought online, though beware the signatures are often forged. Look for merchandise that is guaranteed to be genuine. This could be a signed photograph of Claire Foy in the role of Queen Elizabeth II from the acclaimed Netflix series The Crown, double-mounted in cream and black ready to hang at home.
Visit UK filming locations
A trip to the Cotswold village of Bampton, which doubled as the fictional Yorkshire village of Downton, supposed to be somewhere between Ripon and Thirsk, will be loved by fans of Downton Abbey. Combine with a trip to Highclere Castle for a walk back in time in English history.
Chatsworth House is a popular film location in the UK for period dramas. Most recognisable from its appearance in Pride and Prejudice. In fact, in the original novel, Chatsworth House was named as one of the estates Elizabeth Bennett visited on route to Pemberley. In 2005, Chatsworth House was used as the filming location for Pemberley and in the 2016 TV series The Crown.
Jane Austen Festival, Bath, UK
For those looking for their own Fitzwilliam Darcy, gift tickets to the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, UK held each autumn, or if they have tickets already, gift a costume. You can download a dress pattern online for a day gown, half-robe, visiting gown or an evening gown to make yourself or buy online from a variety of different stores.