Dear Santa … A Wish List for the Medievalist

By Julie Somers

With only ten days left until Christmas, many people (like myself) are still searching for the perfect gifts. In my internet shopping adventures I discovered some unique ways to share my love of the middle ages and medieval manuscripts with friends and family. There are some very creative gifts for the medievalist in your life.

For example, for the woman on your list who loves high fashion and medieval architecture, you might consider this dress.

Cathedral Dress - iris van herpen collection

Cathedral Dress – iris van herpen collection

Or you could choose from the already created ensembles that represent a medieval theme.

Created by sh0shan

Saint Radegund

Of course, as a researcher, I have many friends who carry around their laptops, tablets, and phones everywhere. A perfect gift for them might be a new case.

Laptop sleeve

Laptop sleeve

iPad Case via Sexycodicology

tablet/phone case

And we can’t forget the classic ‘book’ laptop cover.

Laptop Case

Laptop Case

The special guy in your life might like a great BBQ apron or some office supplies.

BBQ King Apron

BBQ King Apron

Medieval Weapons Pushpins

Medieval Weapons Pushpins

For the kids, who are the future researchers of medieval manuscripts, a book is always appropriate. Especially when it is a book about making a medieval book.

Marguerite Makes a Book

Marguerite Makes a Book

Finally, we come to items that could be perfect for those who are hard to shop for. Such as a simple poster. This is my personal favorite.

Keep Calm and Love Medieval Women

Keep Calm and Love Medieval Women

And if you don’t have the time to search the stores, there is also the homemade gift. You could make a simple cake,

Medieval Manuscript Cake

Medieval Manuscript Cake

or some amazing cookies.

Medieval Alphabet Cookies

Medieval Alphabet Cookies

In fact, there are many more items out there that can bring the images from the Middle Ages to your friends and family this Christmas. There are many sites that provide an option to customize or create your own design of a medieval manuscript on any mug or mousepad. Maybe I should write a letter to Santa this year.

 

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