“What do I get my wife for Christmas?” 2015 update

Given the popularity over the years of my “What do I get my wife for Christmas?” post from a few years back, it seems time update it. So, here we go…

Gentlemen, are you asking yourself “What do I get my wife for Christmas?” or “What do I get my girlfriend for Christmas?”? If so, here are some reenactor approved gift ideas:

Does your wife like to do her own research? I highly recommend:



The Way They Were: Dressed in 1860-65 Volumes 1 & 2 by Donna Abraham.  Donna is currently offering an exceptional deal when you buy both volumes.




Does your wife like to sew? Consider these options:


Fanciful Utility: Victorian Sewing Cases & Needle Booksby Anna Worden Bauersmith. This book is packed full of small projects including how to make several kinds of housewifes.








The Dressmaker’s Guide: 1840-1865 by Elizabeth Stewart Clark. This book is a must-have how-to for making women’s clothing during the crinoline era.






A sewing case filled with sewing tools. This authentic little case is filled with period appropriate sewing tools.



Looking for some stocking stuffers?  

victorian-silk-stockings-white-1-340x340How about some stockings? American Duchess has an assortment of clocked and plain stockings on sale through November.





Looking for something warmer? I simply love Sock Dreams’ O Woolies. They are uber comfy and stay up. The price can not be beat.







Great for the stocking, I’ve filled my Etsy shop with pin cushions, pin balls, and .






If she enjoys writing at events or needs a journal, consider one of these pretty books from Talbott and Company. (A pair or trio would make an extra special gift.)


Want to pamper her? 

0625ladiesbalmoralConsider the hand worked shoes and boots of NJ Sekela, the maker of some truly drool worthy footwear. (Just so you know, there are more pairs than what I see on the site. Be sure to check the FB page.)





Help her feel amazing with a beautiful parasol from Allies Trunk on Etsy. She does amazing recovery work.

Published in: on November 27, 2015 at 9:22 pm  Comments (1)  

One CommentLeave a comment

  1. Thanks for the mention, Anna!

    Aka Mrs Talbott
    Talbott & Co. Heritage Goods

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