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To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of the greatest writer of all times, we prepared for Shakespeare lovers a list of fashionable gifts and accessories.
By the way, “fashionable” is among over 1,700 words invented by the Bard.
Shakespeare used this word for the first time in the 3rd Act of Troilus and Cressida: “For time is like a fashionable host that slightly shakes his parting guest by the hand…”
Shakespeare-inspired gifts will always be in fashion. There are several sites on the web where his fans can find gorgeous gifts, accessories, and clothes. Our favorite destinations are listed below.
Shakespeare gifts – recommended sites
Etsy – the biggest online store with handmade goods. The selection of bookish gifts is impressive, so Etsy is a must-see destination, especially if you want to gift something unique in style. As all items are made to order, there are several ways to add a personal message – also for the Oscar Wilde items listed below.
Zazzle – the site offers a huge variety of merchandise, from clothing, to home decor, to personal accessories. Users can upload their own image, or pick up one of the thousands of available designs.
Redbubble – A marketplace for custom designed items, including prints, stationery, cases & covers, or t-shirts. Opposite to other sites, such as Cafepress, the quality of the artwork is much higher.
Not on the High Street – unlike other stores, the site offers beautiful things – showcased beautifully. The team is hunting for the best items on the net to include them in the growing catalog of curated products.
Amazon Handmade – if you are an Amazon customer, you should check out this quickly growing category. You’ll find here jewelry, home decor, kitchen & dining, furniture, or stationery.
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17 most fashionable Shakespeare-inspired gifts
Shakespeare Tights. From Coline Design comes a series of literary tights, and one of them features passages from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. These opaque soft microfiber tights are hand-printed on the front.
“Printed Tights are a hot fashion trend that adds a touch of style to any dress, skirt or shorts.” ⇢ Etsy – $24.90.
Shakespeare Guitar Pick Necklace. This metal guitar pick is stamped using heavy-duty 16 gauge copper, nu gold, or aluminum. The text from the 4th act of Macbeth says: “Something wicked this way comes.”
The necklace comes with a leather cord, but you can also choose from a variety of chains. ⇢ Amazon – $17.50.
Shakespeare Paper Bead Jewelry. Tanith Rohe has created this wonderful necklace using paper beads from an old and damaged copy of a book with a collection of Shakespeare’s plays.
The beads are strung onto galvanized steel wire and hung from a silver plated chain. The necklace is about 23 in (58 cm) long. The Shakespeare necklace with three beads is also available. ⇢ Etsy – $38.
Shakespeare Book Page Bracelet. A bracelet with pages from a Shakespeare’s play that are mounted behind glass domes in eight round settings. “Featured words are carefully chosen to evoke key scenes.”
You can choose your favorite metal finish: dark silver (gunmetal), silver, brass, and copper. ⇢ Amazon – $24.
Shakespeare Quote Off the Shoulder Shirt. This lightweight off the shoulder shirt says: “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” The quote comes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Strong Girl Clothing offers also a tank top with the same design. ⇢ Etsy – $28.99.
Shakespeare Quote T-shirt. This women’s fitted scoop t-shirt has a typographic design with a quote from Shakespeare’s Macbeth: “Life … is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing.”
There are 15 other apparel styles with this design, including classic t-shirt, and women’s relaxed fit. ⇢ Redbubble – $26.
Shakespeare Hamlet Book Purse. Kru Kru Studio offers on Etsy beautiful – and fully functional – purses that are made in a shape of the book. This particular one looks like a copy of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
It’s available in three sizes, closes with a magnetic snap, and has two inner pockets. ⇢ Etsy – $155.
Shakespeare Quote Tote Bag. Liv Strawbridge has created a minimalist design that incorporates the quotes from Shakespeare’s play King Henry V: “Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts.”
The artwork is available on several other items, including a canvas print, throw pillow, and even a shower curtain. ⇢ Society6 – $22.
Set of 5 Shakespeare pencils. Each pencil in this set is hand covered in pages from one of Shakespeare’s plays and sealed with a hard wearing matt varnish that prevents the text from fading.
You can choose from a list of eleven plays, including King Lear, Hamlet, and Midsummer Nights Dream. The pens are delivered in a beautiful matching box. ⇢ Not on the High Street – £13.
Shakespeare Abstract Print. This gorgeous abstract artwork was created by Louvi Jover.
Featured above is a small photographic print, but you can have it on twenty other products, including iPhone, iPad, and Samsung Galaxy cases, framed prints, mugs, greetings cards, and notebooks. ⇢ Redbubble – $10.50.
Shakespeare Quote Wall Art. From Digibuddha comes a modern and stylish poster that features one of the most famous quotes of the Bard, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream: “And though she be but little, she is fierce!”
The print is made by hand with gorgeous luxe gold foil and premium pure white matte card stock. ⇢ Amazon – $18.
Shakespeare Typographic Poster. Paul Breen creates stunning portraits of the world’s greatest writers. Each portrait is designed using only a few letters. How do you like William Shakespeare?
The art work is printed on 180 gsm semi-gloss paper. The size is 420 × 594 mm / 16.5 x 23.4 in. You can also order a t-shirt. ⇢ Etsy – $29.95.
Shakespeare’s Insults Travel Mug. Designed by Sally McLean the mug features the word cloud formed from insults invented by Shakespeare.
You can plce this artwork on over 40 other items, including t-shirts, iPhone & Samsung Galaxy cases, laptop sleeves, wall art, and home decor. ⇢ Redbubble – $20.
Shakespeare Bone China Mug. This 300 ml mug features the vintage cover of Complete Works of William Shakespeare and the famous line from A Midsummer Nights Dream.
The mug is microwave and dishwasher safe. The same design is also available on a travel mug. ⇢ Etsy – $13.
Shakespeare Punx iPhone Slim Case. Shakespeare is rocking a Patti Smith Horses shirt in this unexpected design by Shakespeare Punx.
Available on several items, including smartphone cases: for Samsung Galaxy (S4 to S7), and iPhone (4/4S to 6S/6S Plus). ⇢ Society6 – $35.
Shakespeare King Lear iPhone Case. The case features the original rendering of the Front Piece to the 1608 printing of William Shakespeare’s King Lear. It’s incorporated into a grunge-style design by The Shakespeare Shoppe.
This hard shell case has matte finish and fits iPhone SE, as well as 5/5S. ⇢ Zazzle – $37.95.
Shakespeare Dewey Decimal Number Necklace. The necklace features the library card catalog number (according to Dewey Decimal system) that points to Shakespeare’s works – 822.33.
It comes in a silver-colored brass finish, with a matching 24 in (61 cm) vintage chain that closes with a lobster clasp. ⇢ Amazon – $21.
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