Nov 302012


If you’ve been a reader of this blog for awhile, than you probably already know that one of my most FAVORITE posts is the annual JANE AUSTEN HOLIDAYWISHLIST!  I LOVE looking for and discovering great items and gifts to feature in this post, and my family loves gleaning some ideas on what to get me for Christmas (…apparently I’m really hard to buy for!)   And thanks to Austenesque Extravaganzaand ETSY I’ve found a bunch of  new HANDMADE, UNIQUE, and AMAZING AUSTENESQUE gifts to share with you all today!

If you have some AUSTENESQUE fans and JANEITES on your shopping list, maybe you this list can give your a few ideas!  You could never go wrong giving a die-hard Janeite something Austen-related for the holidays!


By Laura Boyle
Available @ The Jane Austen Centre
Price: $12.94

Period recipes used in the Austen household, updated for modern kitchens.

Now you can discover Jane Austen’s world in a whole new way with these authentic recipes drawn from the pages of Jane Austen’s own writings. ‘Cooking with Jane Austen and Friends’ brings the food of the Regency Era to life, converting period recipes into easy to follow instructions for the modern cook. Here you will find over forty dishes suitable for breakfast, dinner, dessert, teas and weddings, as well as ideas for hosting your own Regency dinner, card party or tea.

*When I went to visit my lovely Austenesque and online friend Jakki Leatherberry this summer she made this DELICIOUSAunt Norris’s Sponge Cake” and “Elizabeth’s Bennet’s Light, Bright, and Sparkling Lemonade” using the recipes she found in this book.  I was there only for three days, but I think I ate 4 slices of that cake!!!  I love the names of the recipes and that they are easy to make!!!

By Syrie James

Available @ Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Release Date: December 31st (an after Christmas gift?)

The minute I saw the letter, I knew it was hers. There was no mistaking it: the salutation, the tiny, precise handwriting, the date, the content itself, all confirmed its ancient status and authorship…

Samantha McDonough cannot believe her eyes–or her luck. Tucked in an uncut page of a two-hundred-year old poetry book is a letter she believes was written by Jane Austen, mentioning with regret a manuscript that “went missing at Greenbriar in Devonshire.” Could there really be an undiscovered Jane Austen novel waiting to be found? Could anyone resist the temptation to go looking for it?

Making her way to the beautiful, centuries-old Greenbriar estate, Samantha finds it no easy task to sell its owner, the handsome yet uncompromising Anthony Whitaker, on her wild idea of searching for a lost Austen work–until she mentions its possible million dollar value.

After discovering the unattributed manuscript, Samantha and Anthony are immediately absorbed in the story of Rebecca Stanhope, daughter of a small town rector, who is about to encounter some bittersweet truths about life and love. As they continue to read the newly discovered tale from the past, a new one unfolds in the present–a story that just might change both of their lives forever.

*HURRAH for another Austen-Inspired novel by Syrie James! Syrie is the author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen and The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte.  Two of my favorites!  Her new book sounds a-mazing!

A GREAT TRIO for Austen Admirers!



Mr. Darcy’s Proposal done in Calligraphy – $20
Pride and Prejudice Bookmark – $5

*Both these lovely items are handmade by the talented Patty Marq and can be found for sale at her lovely etsy shop, Amor Amas Amat.  The bookmark design is truly unique, I love how the bookmark features names and places in the hearts!

Jane Austen’s Leading Men – $15
Captain Wentworth Letter Box – $30

*So many beautiful drawings and paintings of Jane Austen’s characters can be found at Masha Lawrence’s etsy shop, Antique Fashionista.  The letter box has the famous love letter from Captain Wentworth on the lid and would be a great place to store special notes or love letters!

Jane Austen Christmas Journal – $20
Jane Austen Bookmarks with Quotes – $6

*Aren’t these items just stunning?!?  How perfect for this time of year, a one-of-a-kind Jane Austen Christmas Journal!  And the set of bookmarks is such a lovely gift for any book lover!  Find more elegant treasures at Dorothy Jane!

The Kiss
The Wet Shirt

*Oh. My. Word.  I’m just drooling looking at these gorgeous images!  I love how vibrant and detailed they are! Fellow Ardent Admirer, Janet Taylor has some amazing talent, doesn’t she?!?  These 5×7 note cards would be great to send to a Jane Austen pen pal, but what I’m thinking of doing is framing them and hanging them on a wall!  Janet has some lovely images for sale on her site, JT-Originals, and I believe she is about to add even more, so keep an eye out!


Jane Austen Silhouette Ornaments (4) – $10
Clothespin Doll Kits (The Bennet Sisters) – $12

*I could literally spend hours and hours looking through all the amazing and unique items in Laura Boyle’s Austentation shop!  There is always something new I find there and the prices are so reasonable for such special items! We collect unique ornaments in our house, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE all these Jane Austen ornaments!  (She has clothespin doll kits for Downton Abbey too!)

Elizabeth Bennet Soap – $3.83
Mr. Darcy Gentlemen’s Exfoliating Soap – $3.83

*I want to smell like Lizzie Bennet! (and I’m not at all adverse to the idea of my husband smelling like Mr. Darcy!)  Handmade soaps are indeed one of my most favorite things!  I use to be a fan of body washes, but now I’m all about finding some unique, old-fashioned handmade soaps.  I love that there is a soap for each hero and heroine (I may just have to try them all!)  Meghan Thomas has a shop called Scents and Sensibility, and you will find many more fragrant soaps, bath bombs, and candles there too!

Emma’s Perfect Match – $11.95
Marianne’s Wild Abandon – $11.95

*Yes, I’ve finally joined the ranks of true Anglophiles and have become a tea drinker!  As a fan of sweet and spicy teas I think these two teas would most match my taste buds.  But with such a wide variety and charming names though, I want to try them all! To me, comfort is sipping an aromatic brew reading an Austenesque novel!  Look at all the lovely, elegant, and delicious teas, Bingley’s Teas has to offer!

**I think it is ironic that the two teas I like most are for the heroines that I least resemble! LOL!

Are there any items from this list that catch your fancy?

What do you wish to find under your Christmas tree?


I hope you found this list helpful for some Austenesque holiday gift ideas!

For more Austenesque gift ideas, check out:

A Jane Austen Holiday Wishlist 2009

A Jane Austen Holiday Wishlist 2010

A Jane Austen Holiday Wishlist 2011

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  17 Responses to “A Jane Austen Holiday Wishlist 2012!”


    The Christmas journal caught my eye 🙂


    Congratulations on joining the ranks of the true Anglophiles and becoming a tea drinker. We’re happy to have you. I have a little teapot next to me right now. Thanks for sharing Bingley’s Teas; I’ll have to go check them out.

    Plus, bravo for appropriately using the phrase “I want to smell like Lizzie Bennet!” That has to be a first 🙂


    Everything looks so wonderful! But I wouldn’t mind trying those teas. Or writing in that lovely journal or cooking a recipe from Jane Austen’s time!

    So, really, everything looks good 🙂


    I love storage boxes so the letter box looks neat, but so do many of the things here.



    Dear Santa,
    Please bring me everything on this page. I’ve been as good as can be expected this year.
    Love, Monica

    So many amazing things! The journal, the soaps, the artwork – I’m giddy. lol Thanks for sharing all this good stuff Meredith! I could easily lose a few hours online browsing.


    Can I just copy Monica’s letter to Santa? 😉
    I really like Captain Wentworth’s letter box! What wonderful gifts!
    And yes, the recipes in Cooking with Jane Austen and Friends are simply delicious! 🙂


    From your list, the Wentworth box…I collect boxes and that one is beautiful…also the journal and bookmark would be wonderful…And on my list is a long list of JA books….


    This is a great list, Meredith! I would love to have Capt. Wentworth’s letter box..and the bookmarks..and the tea….LOL


    I LOVE tea!! All kinds of it! My very FAV thing in your lists would be the new book from Syrie James: Jane Austen’s Lost Manuscript… I can NOT WAIT for it to finally be released!! Loved her book “The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen”! I also liked the Jane Austen bookmarks & Capt. Wentworth’s letter box 😉


    I love the picture of the leading men and the journal.

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