We all have one.
That reader whose tastes can never be truly satisfied because they’re holding a candle for Jane Austen. They’re mourning the unfinished Sanditon, they’re saving their pennies to visit Winchester. They celebrate Jane’s birthday every year on Tumblr and are the first to tell you about rumored adaptations of Austen’s work.
Don’t you think they deserve a present that mirrors their devotion? In addition to Jane Austen Cover to Cover? Here are a few solid recs.
Sense and Sensibility iPhone Case (Leah Doguet on Society6)
Every modern device deserves the Austen treatment. This iPhone case, designed by Leah Doguet, features the quote “Had I talked only of the weather and the roads, and had I spoken only once in ten minutes, this reproach would have been spared.” If Marianne Dashwood were alive today, she may have expressed the same sentiment. But over the phone and punctuated with a quick “End Call.”
Jane Austen Library Candle (Paddywax)
Gone are the days of writing by candlelight, but Jane would agree that a soft light and relaxing fragrance can make any library feel complete. This soy wax candle smells of gardenia, tuberose, and jasmine. Just like Jane would have wanted.
Emma Pencil Pouch (Kate Spade New York)
Your favorite Janeite dreams of writing prose as beautiful as this passage from Emma printed on the back of the pouch: “It darted through her with the speed of an arrow that Mr. Knightly must marry no one but herself.” Give them a place to keep their pencils handy whenever inspiration strikes.
Pride and Prejudice Cookie Cutter Set (Printmeneer on Etsy)
It’s every baking Janeite’s dream: cookie cutters in the silhouettes of Miss Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. It’s the gift that’s guaranteed to give back because you know you’ll be on the receiving end of those delicious literary cookies. You can almost hear Mr. Darcy now. “In vain have I struggled…”
From the Desk of Jane Austen Postcards (Potter Style)
Every Janeite needs to keep up with their correspondence. And what better way to do it than with these Jane Austen postcards? Celebrate Austen’s sass with postcards that share Austen’s witticisms, ranging from “Nothing ever fatigues me, but doing what I do not like” to “Women are the only correspondents to be depended on.”
Persuasion Mug (Brookish on Etsy)
Romantics the world round can quote Mr. Darcy’s proposal, but this mug makes way for another of Austen’s eloquent men. In Captain Wentworth’s letter to Anne Elliot, he wrote, “You piece my soul. I am half agony, half hope.” Celebrate Team Wentworth with this beautiful mug.
Pemberley Pennant (Out of Print Clothing)
Help your favorite Janeite show their literary spirit with this wool pennant from Out of Print Clothing. They get to show off their Pride while you cheer on the fact that every purchase from Out of Print Clothing helps send books to a community in need. It’s win-win.