Those of you who know me know that I am more than a little obsessed with Sherlock Holmes. He’s kind of my dream guy – hyper intelligent, arrogant, and more than a little unattainable … luckily for my husband. I was scouring Etsy.com looking for Sherlock accessories, when I realised that. Holmes and Watson are some of the most popular and enduring characters of the Victorian Age, and, as such, have found their way into numerous gothic stories, poems, artworks, movies and adaptations. I bet I’m not the only gothic girl who yearns for her own <> with Britian’s only consulting detective. So, for you Sherlock-obsessed ladies and lads, I’ve created this wonderful little gift guide . These items would make wonderful wedding decorations and favors for a steampunk couple, or could be delightful gifts for That Woman in your life.
But if you happened to be heading out on a date with your own smokin’ hot consulting detective, you might want to dab on a little Tea with Watson Perfume Oil. This perfume contains notes of white tea, delicious yellow cake, and a dash of cream caramel layered over light tobacco and bay rum. It smells just like a tea party at 221B Baker Street. Made by Sarawen perfumes, a Canadian firm who create artisan fragrances from 100% natural, vegan, cruelty-free ingredients. Tea with Watson is $12.50 for a 4.5ml roller bottle, that comes wrapped in tissue paper and tied with a ribbon.
For the bookworm fashionista, this Sherlock Holmes book purse is made from a quality leather book cover. You can choose from a variety of different handle options, including a black or antiqued wooden handle, messenger bag handle or shoulder strap, and the bag is fully lined with black cotton and contains a hidden pocket. Get it from Novel Creations for $48USD.
This Sherlock Holmes cuff bracelet is an incredibly intricate and creative work of art. The cuff is made of brass and the surface is printed with the Holmes quote, “Come Watson, come. The game is afoot!” set alongside a vintage illustration of the floor plan of Holmes’s and Watson’s 221b Baker Street flat. Details include Holmes’ armchair, chemistry bench and other wondrous things. Finished in a dark chestnut brown (nearly black) and a sepia appearance to the illustration. The brass cuff is easily adjustable once on your wrist, and the materials and methods used to create each cuff give the artwork a translucent finish, so you will see the patina of the brass underneath. $42 from Jezebel Charms, who specialize in book-themed charms and jewellery.
If you fancy a little Holmes artwork for your home, you could do worse than this modern Silhouette Portrait and Sherlock Holmes Quote Print. Inspired by the recent, thoroughly brilliant, BBC modern interpretation of the Holmes stories, this print includes one of the quotes from the series: “Shut up. You were thinking. It’s annoying.” The perfect gift for a writer’s study or a professor’s laboratory.
Another great art piece is this retro-style TV detectives art print, you can see Sherlock in the 2nd row, amongst his fictional peers, Sam Spade, Hercule Poirot and Scooby Doo. I think it’s a shame Morse isn’t on the poster, but it’s nevertheless an awesome find, especially at just $19USD.
This I Am Sherlocked iPhone 5 case is perfect for fans of the series. I don’t have an iPhone, but I totally want one. Mmmmm, Sherlocked … ahem. Anyway, it’s $19.70USD from Goldprinter.
Have you got a “three-pipe problem”? Then you need an authentic Sherlock Holmes smoking pipe, made by hand by a Ukranian pipe-master (how cool would it be to be a ‘pipe-master’?) from pear wood. The pipe is aged using a natural drying process for up to two years, before being stained and polished with carnauba wax. This beautiful pipe is $21.50 for Fashion Pipes.
If I can’t have a Holmes all of my own, I’m quite keen on the idea of smelling like him. It seems I’m not the only one, either, as Holmes-scented soaps, scrubs and scents abound. Check out Dorian Grace’s Victorian-inspired soaps and scents, including this intriguing Sherlock Holmes tobacco and caramel Victorian soap. Just $4US a bar for an olfactory interpretation of the estimable detective’s detective: A sharp, precise Victorian cologne, overlaid with a pinch of strong tobacco (hidden in the toe of a Persian slipper, of course), the faintest whiffs of a chemist’s lab, and a golden heart of caramel, honey, and mandarin. Mmmmmm, yes please. There are literally hundreds of Holmesian items out there for sale, usually made by crazy fans like you and me. I really enjoy coming across them and seeing how different artists and craftspeople interpret Conan Doyle’s stories. Are you a huge Sherlock Holmes fan? Do you like the books, a particular movie or TV series? What did you think of the BBC series Sherlock? And what cool Sherlock items have you discovered? Like the idea of a Sherlock-Holmes wedding? This is just one of the ideas you’ll find in my Gothic Wedding Planner.