Giving a “Fifty Shades of Grey” gift can easily become an awkward affair. While lingerie and sex toys may seem appropriate, there are other less-risque options to give the “Fifty Shades" fan in your life this Christmas. Here are 12 original gift ideas that any Christian Grey fan would love to receive this holiday, and where to buy them:
“Fifty Shades of Grey” author E.L. James recently started a new business by venturing into the alcohol trade. James, 50, introduced her exclusive line of red and white wines to pacify “Fifty Shades” fans earlier this year. The 2012 Fifty Shades of Grey White Silk wine and 2010 Fifty Shades of Grey Red Satin wines retail for $17.99 per bottle and $215.88 for a case of 12. The Ultimate Fifty Shades of Grey Wine 2-Bottle Gift Set retails for $45.99 at FiftyShadesWine.com.
The “Fifty Shades of Grey” film won't hit theaters for more than a year, but fans have already been soaking in the musical based on the erotica series. “50 Shades! The Musical,” a parody show currently on tour in the U.S., tells the story of a three book club friends who are thrown into the BDSM world of “Fifty Shades of Grey” after deciding to read the provocative novel. For tickets, visit 50ShadestheMusical.com.
The world got the first glimpse of actors Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in their roles as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele on the cover of Entertainment Weekly in November. The exclusive issue is for sale on Ebay.com for various prices ranging from $0.99 to $10.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” may be a work of fiction, but several locations mentioned in the story actually exist. One of the locations, The Heathman Hotel in Portland, Ore., is the location where Christian Grey and Anastasia “Ana” Steele spend a romantic night together in the series' first installment. Rates (subject to change) start at $245 per night for a king room, and $295 to $369 per night for suites. The hotel also offers two exclusive “Fifty Shades of Grey” packages. The “Charlie Tango No Limits” add-on includes your own private, chauffeured helicopter tour of the city, dinner and drinks at the Heathman Hotel Restaurant and Bar, and roses for the ladies in your group -- all for $2,750. (Fun fact: A copy of “Fifty Shades of Grey” signed by author E.L. James is available to read in the hotel lobby!)
Help your favorite “Fifty Shades of Fan” find a new obsession by giving her the “Crossfire” trilogy. The series, penned by author Sylvia Day, has been crowned the next "Fifty Shades" book series and follows the story of a college graduate Eva and her sexually charged relationship with a New York billionaire businessman Gideon Cross. The three-piece, paperback boxed set from BarnesandNoble.com retails online for $22.97.
WASHINGTON STATE HOODIE
Support the leading lady of “Fifty Shades” and buy a fan of the books a Washington State University hoodie. The garment worn by Ana, who graduates from the Pullman, Wash., college in the series' first installment, is the perfect way to help a fan subtly pay tribute to the erotica series in his or her everydayday life. A hooded Washington State retails at WSUBookie.com for $39.98.
While fans of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” book trilogy will have to wait 14 months before the film adaptation premieres on the silver screen, getting a fan tickets for a February 2015 showing is sure to amp up their anticipation. To make your gift more customized, MovieTickets.com allows customers to add a custom photo (Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey, anyone?) and a message to their gift card for an extra $4.50 (plus the value of the card).
CLASSICAL MUSIC ALBUM
Receiving your own personal concert from fictional pianist Christian Grey isn't a possibility, but classical songs played by the domineering billionaire can be played at a fans own leisure when you purchase them the “Fifty Shades of Grey The Classical Album.” Available to download from iTunes for $9.99, the set includes over one hour of classic tunes such as “Spem in Alium” and “Requiem, Op. 48.”
KATE’S PLUM DRESS
“Fifty Shades” actress Dakota Johnson has already been spotted twice on set wearing her character’s signature plum dress from the books. While Ana had to borrow the stunning outfit from her friend, journalist Kate Kavanaugh, fans of the books can own their own similar version. Diane von Furstenberg is selling a look-alike dress at RevolveClothing.com for $375.
Eating may not be the top priority for Ana Steele, but a cookbook based on the food eaten in the series is readily available for fans to purchase. The book, which includes chicken recipes, is also a parody of the BDSM trilogy series and follows a character named Miss Chicken and her journey to become the main course. BarnesandNoble.com is selling "Fifty Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook" for $12.19 online.
ANA’S FAVORITE TEA
Twinings English Breakfast Tea (bag out) is Ana Steele’s caffeineated drink of choice in “Fifty Shades.” While not an expensive gift, giving a fan a taste of Steele’s go-to beverage is sure to give them a kick. A 100 ct. box of the tea bags can be purchased at TwiningsUSAShop.com for $9.99.
AUDI R8 SPYDER
For the 1 percent (aka: the real-life Christian Greys out there), considering splurging on an Audi R8 Spyder, the vehicle Mr. Grey drives in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” series and the car he gifts to Ana on her 22nd birthday. The 2014 version of the car sells for the starting price of $128,400, mere pocket change for a billionaire like Mr. Grey.