Friday, November 19, 2010

Jane Austen Gifts

Admittedly I'm not a terribly big Jane Austen fan. Sure, I love her works. They are fun and enjoyable reads and who doesn't like the A&E version of Pride & Prejudice?! Still, I always think it's kinda fun to find gifts related to specific authors and stories and I was browsing around (looking for L.M. Montgomery things, actually!) when I found this load of Jane Austen gift ideas:

The Jane Austen Action Figure! Because, you know, who doesn't want that?! (In truth, if they had a Lucy Maud action figure, I would buy it and she would sit by my computer and I would like her.)

What would you do with a Jane Austen action figure, exactly? I can't think of anything. I'd be far more inclined to the Pride and Prejudice Paper Dolls. That seems a little bit more sensible and usable.

I found this pretty little set of stationary items including Jane Austen Note Cards, a Jane Austen Journal, a Jane Austen Address Book, and Jane Austen Pocket Pads. They are all of this same style:

I myself have to express an extreme interest in reading Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners: Compliments, Charades & Horrible Blunders. That just looks FUN! I'm really curious about that one. Have any of you read it? Do share if you have!

Perhaps for a calm and peaceful evening's entertainment, you might be inclined towards putting together a Jane Austen 500-Piece Puzzle? If I knew enough friends in town that loved Pride and Prejudice (the book, not just the movie!), I'd be tempted to have a tea with them and get this game to play for the afternoon's entertainment:

Pride And Prejudice Trivia Board Game

But what would I serve at the tea? Aye, there's a problem! So I'd probably need one of these (in true If You Give a Mouse a Cookie style...)

The Jane Austen Cookbook or Tea with Jane Austen.

For the crafter in your life, there's Jane Austen's Sewing Box: Craft Projects and Stories from Jane Austen's Novels.

Lastly, we all know that there are multiple spin-offs from the Austen books. I know that some people are finding amusement in combining Austen with vampires, etc., but I just can't get myself to go there. Two spin-offs that I have found clean and enjoyable are the following, which I would seriously consider passing along to any Austen fan:

Jane Austen Ruined My Life (see my review HERE) or Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart (review HERE). Both are quick, easy and pleasurable reads which will make you wonder when they will make a chick flick out of either. A third book by Pattillo is due out in 2011, I do believe, and I'm waiting with baited breath for it!

These are just a handful of the items I found for Jane Austen. Now you can insert a line of whining as to why no one has bothered to be that creative with Lucy Maud Montgomery. Sigh.


Barbara H. said...

I do like her books, but probably not as much as Montgomery or Alcott or Laura Ingalls Wilder. But that guide book sounds fascinating!

Stephanie Kay said...

How fun!! Truthfully Pride & Prejudice is the only one of her books that I really enjoy. The others just leave me annoyed at the silliness of the characters. Btw, my hubby gave me P&P (BBC version!) for our anniversary and then voluntarily watched it with me. He's a keeper. :)

Carrie said...

A keeper indeed! =D

And yeah - I prefer other authors over here.Hmm... I didn't think to look up Alcott gifts. I was just typing in stuff for Montgomery and got some Austen suggestions instead.

Cassandra said...

I've read "Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners." It was a cute read, but not memorable.

I really want to read Pattillo's books but they are always checked out of the library!

Hazel said...

I can't believe you have this post here! Well, I'm big JA fan. But I love LMM equally. Thanks for this gift ideas. I'll be a good girl, accomplish something in the future and present myself with one of these gifts :)

Cindy Swanson said...

Carrie, I actually read "Mr Darcy Broke My Heart," and really enjoyed it!
I also read a really good one whose title escapes me, about a girl from Jane Austen's era who somehow time travels to present-day Los Angeles. It was very enjoyable!

Anonymous said...

i probably won't cook for 40 but it still sounds good!

Lisa Spence said...

As a devoted Jane-ite, I can only respond by saying: Who knew? :) Oh, and I definitely second your recommendation of the Patillo books. Great fun!

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