Oscar Wilde Gift Ideas

November 14, 2016

Oscar Wilde was an eccentric and famously self-aware writer with a large personality that made him an eminent figure of the Victoria era. For the family and friends of an Oscar Wilde fan, buying the right gift can feel like an unwieldy task. So here we have compiled our favorite list of Oscar Wilde gift ideas that are bound to reflect well on you. 

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Infinity Scarf with Dorian Gray text

Buy from Storiarts

A high quality scarf made by Storiarts in Oregon. Will keep you warm and fuzzy until you make it back to your private library. We don’t blame you if you want to keep wearing it inside.  

Folio Society Fairy Tale Book

Buy from Folio Society

Wilde only wrote one novel in his time, but did several fairy tales for his two sons. This beautiful collection of them by Folio Society features 192 pages of giants, princes, mermaids and fishermen. The Selfish Giant and Other Stories features illustrations by Grahame Baker-Smith.


Oscar Wilde Throw Pillow Covers

Too fond of Reading Pillow

The Picture of Dorian Gray Pillow

These beautifully decorated throw pillow covers by EvieSEO will add some flair to any couch and booknook. The pillow cover measures 16" x 16", features a double-sided print and is finished with a concealed zipper for ease of care. 


Wilde’s Women

Buy it from the author or from Amazon

For those who wish to know more about the man behind Dorian Gray and the Happy Prince; author Eleanor Fitzsimons offers a fresh take on the iconic writer. It details the untold story of how the women in Oscars life inspired and influenced him in the changing Victorian society. The book was released in 2015, so chances are your Wilde fan is not familiar with the book yet.


Oscar Wilde Writing Journal

Purchase on Etsy

Any aspiring author will appreciate this lined notebook with original cover art by ObviousState on Etsy.  "An idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all.“ - Oscar Wilde


Oscar Wilde Action Figure

Available from Amazon

The Oscar Wilde Action figure tends to be hard to find for purchase online, but if you visit an obscure gift shop or book store you will often find these playful mini-authors next to Shakespeare and Jane Austen. 


The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde

Available from Amazon 

If it’s not already on their shelf, then it should be. The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, as published in 1948 remains the most loved single-volume collection of Wilde’s many texts. The 1246 page soft cover volume contains many photographs and an introduction by Wilde’s grandson, Merlin Holoand.


Oscar Wilde Candle-in-tin

Available from GoneReading

We believe that there are many ways to enhance your reading experience. Music, a comfortable nook, tea… and now; candles. The Oscar Wilde candle is artfully blended by Paddywax with soy wax and scented in Cedarwood, Thyme & Basil. Comes in a nifty travel tin. Just don’t let it too near your flammable favorite reads. Burns for 20 hours which is plenty of time to go through The Importance of Being Earnest many many times.


Lippincott’s Canvas Print

Buy on Etsy

A piece of Wilde history; this is a reproduction of the first appearance of his only novel; The Picture of Dorian Gray. The original version published in Lippincott’s magazine in July, 1890 was heavily censored.  Despite the censorship, Britain’s largest booksellerrefused to stock the July edition of the magazine. Learn more.


Picture of Dorian Gray Purse

Available on Etsy for about $70

Made from a real copy of the book and is embellished on with satin. From the maker:

"I have removed the pages of the book and created a lining using luxurious rich plum satin fabric. As an extra touch, I have added extra bling to the corners of the book for a truly stunning feature. The closure is a simple gold elasticated fastening with a cute antique button. As a book purse, it’s roomy enough to keep your essentials safe for a sophisticated night out.”


The Quotable Oscar Wilde - Mini Book

Available from GoneReading

Just a bit larger than 2x3in, this tiny book is a great addition to any Oscar Wilde themed gift baskets. Don’t let the size fool you; it’s 203 pages long! 



Available from Etsy

At Novelteas we make tea tins shaped like books. Drea from Wisconsin took this to the next level and makes tea fragranced soaps shaped like books inside of boxes that look like books! Teaception!


Great Drinkers Shot Glasses

Available here

“Work is the curse of the drinking classes” - Oscar Wilde. Raise a toast to your favorite author with this set. Also features other notable authors like Dorothy Parker and Lord Byron.  These shot glasses are the perfect thing for a Wilde night out!


Oscar Wilde Bronze Bust

Buy from IrishMadeGifts

So you got your Wilde-loving friend everything above, including the action figure. Where do you go from here? Fear not; this bust of their favorite Irish Author is here to save the day. The bust is 16 cm tall, made in Ireland and ships to the US. 

Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde - Graphic Novel

Buy it from this independent bookstore

Philip Craig Russell is the author of this full set of graphic novels which depict a the fairy tale stories of Oscar Wilde in a beautifully illustrated 200-page series. The graphic art includes classics like The Selfish Giant, The Happy Prince, and The Nightingale and The Rose.


The Picture of Earl Grey

Part of our Original Collection of novel-inspired teas, NovelTeas’ Picture of Earl Grey is a long-time customer favorite and a delicious companion for any reader of Oscar Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray. The tin will remain forever on their shelf as a beautiful keepsake and the tea will leave them wanting more!

Purchase the Complete NovelTeas Picture of Earl Grey Tea and Tin from the NovelTeas website.

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