Category Archives: Sherlock Holmes

Gifts for Sherlock Holmes Fans

Other than reading, one of my favourite things to do at Christmas is to curl up on the sofa watching re-runs of old Sherlock Holmes films and adaptations. You’d be surprised how many you can find and in the past my father and I have managed to fill at least three days of viewings with Sherlock Holmes re-runs, much to the consternation of my little sister. I’ve even managed to hook my boyfriend on the stories to the point that we now have quarrels about which of us is Holmes and which of us is Watson. I am clearly Holmes, as you’ll be able to see from the following exchange:

Me: Elementary, Watson.

Boyfriend: You’re Watson, I’m Shakespeare.

Anyway, I digress. If you have a Holmes fan in your life, or want to introduce a loved one to the Sherlock Holmes stories, the following are great gift ideas:

I am a huge fan of the Penguin Clothbound Classics series. They look amazing and if, like me, the reader in your life is constantly berating themselves for having failed to read a particular classic, they’re a great gift. Even if you’re buying for someone whose favourite book is The Hound of The Baskervilles and has read it a thousand times, they’re sure to love this beautiful edition which will be cherished by Holmes veterans and Sherlock newcomers.





iconIn the unlikely event that, like myself and my boyfriend, you and your loved ones are arguing over which of you is Watson and which of you is Holmes, you can settle things once and for all by treating them to a The Hound of The Baskerville personalised classic which lets you swap the characters’ names for those of your choosing. A word to the wise, my little sister got me an Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland personalised classic, and the recipient gets to choose the characters on the internet. If settling disputes like me and the boyfriend, intercept the pack and do this for them then give them the finished book.



iconThis working magnifying glass necklace is a great gift for budding detectives or someone who keeps misplacing their reading glasses. Pair it with this cute and quirky knitted deerstalker hat for this season’s take on the consulting detective look.



iconIt might come as a surprise to people who haven’t lurked in the darkest corners of Sherlock Holmes/Conan Doyle internet fandom but the question of what tea Sherlock Holmes drank is a contentious one and causes heated debate among more special interest fans… Adagio tea has responded to this brewing crisis (couldn’t help myself… sorry) by creating this set of teas with an exclusive blend for each of the main characters in the BBC’s adaptation, Sherlock. Don’t worry, favourite characters are also represented.


iconIf you are decorating your study (in Scarlet) or any other room in your house, or know a Sherlock Holmes fan who is, then these art prints may be just the ticket. Being a lady with expensive tastes, I really like this Sherlock Holmes silhouette print which has been carefully constructed from well-chosen quotations for £75.



iconHowever, I am also a lady who knows my budget, so this print of Sherlock Holmes keywords is a more affordable compromise at £32.






iconIf your Holmes fan is, like me, a big fan of the BBC adaptation Sherlock which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as Dr John Watson, then they probably can’t wait for the new series to be released. Help them catch up with this box set of series one and two. It is coming soon, it is, it must be. And I still can’t figure out how he did it.



If your Holmes fan already has the Sherlock box set, firstly congratulate them on their well-maintained DVD collection, then consider leading them in the direction of the Elementary box set which stars Johnny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr Joan Watson. I know what you’re thinking, I expected to hate it as sacrilege too. But I actually really enjoyed it and will buy pre-ordering for my father and hoping that it comes in time for Christmas. This shopping game is afoot.


The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

Horowitz The House of SilkLet’s face it, when it comes to the afterlife of Sherlock Holmes in fiction, some attempts are better than others. I was surprised when doing my Christmas shopping a few years ago to spot that the Arthur Conan Doyle estate had endorsed The House of Silk a Holmes novel by Anthony Horowitz, who is probably best known by any teacher or parent for his Alex Rider books.

Knowing that Sherlock Holmes’ goes down well in my house regardless of the quality (we’ve spent days as a family flicking channel to channel on a Holmes binge and even the dire Young Sherlock Holmes film is included) I decided to get it for my brother. I just got around to reading it this week and I have to say- I was really impressed.

The novel is framed with the suggestion that this is a Sherlock Holmes story that Watson had written and had sealed in a vault for 100 years because the details of the case were so shocking that the ensuing scandal would have brought down society had they been published at the time of writing. And indeed, elements of this story are horrible. I wouldn’t recommend that anyone too young watch a PG film read this, and I don’t normally try to impose age ratings on books. For a mature reader, the twist and turns of the plot are classic Holmes and an engaging read.

As well as the plot, Horowitz gets the tone of Conan Doyle’s writing just right, I could have been reading an original for all I was concerned- there was nothing jarring or anachronistic and I like Watson’s references to previous cases. If you haven’t read all the original stories I suppose that there could be spoilers, but that just gives you an excuse to read all the original books.

A new Sherlock Holmes book by Anthony Horowitz as a follow up to The House of Silk is planned for publication in October 2014.