“Downton Abbey” Season 5 will start in the U.S. after Christmas, but you don’t have to wait until then to give your favorite fan the Lord or Lady Grantham treatment. There are plenty of Christmas gifts that are perfect for “Downton Abbey” fans.
For The Tea-Drinker
The family upstairs and the servants downstairs both love to drink tea. Any tea would be fine, but luckily The Republic of Tea makes “Downton Abbey” specific drinks in a variety of flavors. The Christmas gift set comes with a mug and a Christmas blend ($24.95), but there are also several other individual teas to choose from in a variety of flavors ($12 each). Each tea comes in a special tin with the "Downton Abbey" label and pictures of cast members printed on it.
For The Fancy Fan
The Crawley women are always sure to wear plenty of jewelry. Make your “Downton Abbey” fan feel like part of the upstairs family with some luxurious jewels. If real diamonds aren’t in your price range, Macy’s has a budget-friendly “Downton Abbey” jewelry line. Try a crystal bracelet (regularly $35, on sale for $16.99) or a brooch (regularly $20, on sale for $9.99).
For Fans In The Chrismas Spirit
If you want your gift to be holiday themed, try a Christmas Tree ornament. The PBS shop sells small ornaments of Downton Abbey itself (regularly $21.99, on sale for $12.99). If you want a more subtle reference to the show, go for the pull bell ornament (regularly $13.99, on sale for $12.99). Fans will recognize it as the bells the servants hear when one of the family members needs them.
For History Buffs
“Downton” films at a real place called Highclere Castle. Fans can find out what the actual history of the castle is by touring the castle, but tours have already sold out for spring. However, your fan can get an inside look at the history through many books. The current Countess of Carnarvon, who lives at Highclere, has written two books about her predecessors, “Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle” (regularly $15.99, on sale for $12.07) and “Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey” (regularly 15.99, on sale for $9.99).
If your “Downton Abbey” fan likes to collect things that are cute and cuddly, they might enjoy a Dowager Countess or a Lady Cora teddy bear ($75.99 each). If you're looking for something a little less expensive, try a box of "Downton Abbey" trading cards (regularly $44.95, on sale for $39.95).
World Market has everything you need for some afternoon tea. Scone mix ($7.98 for a two-pack), various jams ($4.99 each) and shortbread cookies (22.99) are perfect snacks for a “Downton Abbey” marathon. If you have a World Market store near by, you can even find “Downton Abbey” wine (prices vary by store).