Seven Christmas gift ideas for Shakespeare fans

We’ve got seven Shakespeare-themed holiday gift ideas for you, selected from the Folger Shop and all less than $20. Find something for your friends, your family members, or yourself. And if you would like more ideas, see our eight present picks from last year and our five present picks from the year before.

Member Holiday Shopping Days: Folger members can enjoy a special 20% discount (double the 10% member discount that they enjoy the rest of the year) in the Folger Shop on Saturday, Dec 14; Sunday, Dec 15; and Monday, Dec 16. The Folger Shop is open noon to 5pm.


1. Shakespeare Magnetic Poetry

magnetic poetry

Create your own Bard-inspired sentences using this set of Shakespeare-themed magnetic poetry with words like bawdy, wicked, haste, love, mortal, wherefore and maiden.

2. Lady Macbeth Soap

Lady Macbeth soap

Here’s a fun stocking stuffer! Is there a spot on your hands? Wash it out with this Lady Macbeth soap.

3. Shakespearean Insults Mug

Shakespeare insult mug
For the person who likes to keep a stock of creative put-downs close at hand, this Shakespearean insults mug is just the thing.

4. Shakespeare Leather Notebook

leather notebook

This leather notebook is a wonderful gift for writers and doodlers.

5. “Much Ado About Nothings” Sticky Notes

sticky notes

This little booklet of Shakespeare-themed sticky notes makes a great stocking stuffer.

6. Shakespeare Wall Calendar

wall calendar

For each month in this 2020 calendar, artwork from the Folger collection portrays characters and scenes from Shakespeare’s plays.

7. “Shakespeare’s Blend” Tea

Shakespeare tea

This box of English breakfast tea is cheerfully decorated with Shakespeare’s portrait and his birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon.


Bonus ideas

Give a Gift Certificate

Share the Folger this holiday season! You can choose any dollar amount, and these gift certificates are good for any Folger program tickets including Folger Theatre, Folger Consort, O.B. Hardison Poetry Series, talks, screenings, and any other special events.

Give the Gift of Membership

Give the gift of the Folger with a gift membership for the Shakespeare buff in your life! It is the perfect gift for friends, families, teachers, or colleagues. You can purchase a gift membership online or over the phone by calling 202.675.0359. Once you purchase your membership, your digital receipt will link to a special certificate you can personalize!

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