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Gifts for Downton Abbey Fans

What to Give a Friend Who Is a Fan of the PBS Drama

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Downton Abbey has quickly gained popularity with U.S. and English viewers. It's set in England during the Edwardian era and centers around an estate called Downton, located in Yorkshire. The show stars Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, and Maggie Smith, among others.

If your friend is a fan of the show, here are some ideas on what to give them for the holidays or an upcoming birthday.

Downton Abbey English Rose Tea

If you've ever thought of having a tea party while watching Downton Abbey, adding some English Rose Tea from the show will make your viewing that much better. It's also a great stocking stuffer for a fan of the show. It's made from raspberries, rose petals, and Nigerian hibiscus. Thirty-six bags come in a tin for under $13.

The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook

The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook: From Lady Mary's Crab Canapes to Mrs. Patmore's Christmas Pudding by Emily Ansara Baines is the perfect gift for anyone who has been inspired by the cooking scenes on Downton Abbey. The book contains over 150 recipes including "Ethel's Beloved Crepes Suzette" and "Mr. Bates' Chicken and Mushroom Pie." Perfect for the friend who enjoys throwing a viewing party to watch the show.

Downton Abbey Soundtrack

Love the music heard on Downton Abbey? The soundtrack, by composer John Lunn, features songs like "If You Were The Only Girl In The World" and "Roses of Picardy" performed by Alfie Boe.

Seasons 1 and 2 on Blueray

If you know of a friend who hasn't seen the show yet, this two-season DVD set can get them hooked on the series. And if your pal loves Downton Abbey already, they'll have a blast watching the show again and again. This version is the U.S. release from the original British version, so it is formatted for playback in America.

The World of Downton Abbey

This is a behind-the-scenes look at the Crawley family and the fictional estate of Downton Abbey. It provides photographs from seasons one and two, and includes background information like sketches and production research. A great gift if your friend is looking for more depth about the TV show.

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle

This book tells the story of the real life inspiration for Downton Abbey. The book is centered around Highclere Castle and Lady Almina, 5th Countess of Carnarvon. Downton's Lady Cora Crawley is based on Lady Almina.

This is the perfect book for anyone who enjoys history and wants to learn more about the period that Downton Abbey is set in. The book has an interesting mix of letters, photos, and diaries about the home and the dramatic time period right before WWI.

The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era

This hardcover will be released November 2012, just in time for the holiday season. The story picks up right after the second season, and gives an in-depth look at each of the main characters. Anyone who likes dissecting the characterization and story lines from the show will enjoy this book.

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