November 17, 2013

10 Christmas Gift ideas for Royal-enthusiasts

Since the Holidays are just around the corner I decided to put together a little guide to Christmas gifts for Royal-enthusiasts. Whether you are looking for gift ideas for a friend or family member or simply want to treat yourself you should be able to find something in this guide. If not, I hope you'll be inspired and entertained.

1. Tickets to "Fashion Rules" the exhibition at Kensington Palace. 

If you want to see some of the dresses that belonged to Princess Diana, Princess Margaret and Her Majesty the Queen this is something for you. Tickets start at £12.40.

2. The Coronation Necklace

The Coronation Necklace is a replica of the necklace George VI gave to Elizabeth (later the Queen mother) to commemorate their coronation. The pricetag: £200.00 If you are looking for a cheaper option you might want to go with Queen Elizabeth's II coronation necklace.

3. Diana's choker

When Diana got engaged to Prince Charles she was given a 20 carat sapphire brooch by Queen Elizabeth II. Diana later added rows of pearl to the brooch so it could be worn as a choker. A replica of the choker can be found here and it's yours for only £95.00

Princess Diana wearing her sapphire choker

4. A Silk Tie with Christian IV's monogram

Elegant, navy silk tie with Christian IV's monogram that any male royal enthusiast would be happy to receive as a Christmas present. Get it here! Price: approximately £35.00

5. A portrait of your favorite royal.

All Posters offers a variety of quality posters. Browse their collection and you should be able to find a poster of your favorite royal. Whether you fancy a portrait of Queen Elizabeth, The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Diana, Princess Grace of Monaco or Marie Antoinette you are bound to find it at All Posters. Prices vary. 

6. A magazine subscription

Nothing beats the excitement of receiving a fresh copy of your favorite magazine. There are way to few magazines in the world that cover the topic of royals and all that comes with it. However, there are a few good ones I am fond of. Unfortunately they are not all in English but you could always make it your new years resolution to learn a new language ;) The magazines in no particular order:

Prices vary.

7. Books, books, books!

There are so many great, interesting books available for those who consider themselves royal-enthusiasts and the topics are almost endless: Biographies, history, royal jewels and so on and so on. There are a few ways to decide which book to give your royal-enthusiast (more on that later) but I have decided to list a few noteworthy books I find interesting. You can use the following as a guide or inspiration to find the perfect book to give your royal-enthusiast.

Dressing the Queen: The Jubilee Wardrobe

This is a book that was published earlier this year and is like the name suggests, about the Queens wardrobe. The author, Angela Kelly, a designer and dressmaker has been a personal assistant to Queen Elizabeth since 2002. In the book she describes the process of deciding on an outfit for the queen, designing it, picking out materials, the making of the outfit and what jewelry to pick and present to the queen. The book has a lot of quality photos and makes a nice coffee table book. Price: approximately $28.75

The Queen's Diamonds

Ah Diamonds! If you are a regular reader of The Queens Jewel Vault this book might be something for you. Price: $75.54

Queen Victoria's Granddaughters 1860-1918

Something for those interested in history. I have not read this one yet but it has good rating on Amazon. Check Amazon for reviews. Price: $17.70

Of course, this is just an example of the books that are available. Please browse Amazon or your local bookstore for more books.

8. The Childhood bracelet

Whether you are male or female you have to have the classic Childhood bracelet. Madeleine has one, Chris O'Neill has one, Crown Princess Victoria has one and even Queen Silvia has one. Get it here! Price: approximately $45 for a pack of 3 bracelets.

The Childhood bracelet in silver from Sophie by Sophie
If you want to be a little more extravagant get the fancy version from Sophie by Sophie. Queen Silvia has one and also Madeleine and Victoria. Price: approximately $165.

9. A winter jacket

Do like Madeleine, Mette-Marit, Mary, Märtha-Louise and Mabel and keep warm during winter in a winter jacket by Moncler. Prices vary.

10. A watch

If you like Madeleine's Triwa watches you should head on over to Triwa's website and browse their collection. They have a variety of beautiful, stylish pieces suitable for both men and women. Prices vary.

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