Holiday greetings to you all! I am thrilled to return, once again, for an updated version of our annual gift giving guide. If you have a Damian Lewis fan in your life, this post is for YOU!
I am a burlesque performer, who specializes in holiday-themed acts. Being known as the “Queen of Christmas”, I love merging my two worlds and bringing my love of the holiday season AND my love of all things Damian into one fun post. It’s also a nice creative break for me, since I have been costuming and act developing for this season since August. I’m putting down the tinsel and picking up the keyboard! Here are some of our tried and true favorites, and some new picks-enjoy!
Television and Films available on DVD:
The first stop on our list has to be the several wonderful choices in DVD releases that you could choose.
You can find both older and newer releases at most major online retailers like Amazon.com. They have everything from the big screen down to the small! You could go for this beautiful Band of Brothers DVD Collection, or a small release film like The Silent Storm. With DVDs, you can span almost the entire spectrum of his career, watching Damian grow from a talented young man playing the heroic Dick Winters, all the way to a mature, seasoned and experienced actor portraying the overbearing and abusive Balor McNeil. It’s the best kind of “time travel”, in my opinion!
All sorts of excellent collections of TV seasons are also available, such as seasons 1-4 of the show that got this whole blog rolling, Homeland, to our most recent obsession, Billions! I’m sure you’ve already got season one and season two, but make sure you snatch up the newly-released season three!!
You can even relive our lively summer from a few years back with Charlie Crews if you’d pick up Seasons 1 and 2 of Life on DVD!
In the first guide we published I was all about Wolf Hall, released by PBS, which is still a great choice. And last year I wanted to shine a spotlight on Forsyte Saga, which I promised to watch in 2018, and failed to do!! So I am highlighting it again, for accountability, and a reminder to WATCH THIS SHOW, HOLLIE!! It’s got Damian in a tux, come on!!!
If you loved Band of Brothers and Wolf Hall, maybe you’d love to take a deeper dive into the books that inspired these great shows? A quick stroll through your local bookseller, or a bigger chain like Barnes and Noble, and you can find the novels of both stories! Both “Wolf Hall” and “Bring up the bodies.” If you are anything like me, you’ve probably been excited to consume all I could find out about the history of Henry, Thomas, Anne and the time they ruled during. I love the way that fandom can light a fire within, and suddenly you are on this quest to educate yourself and gain new knowledge. I have Damian to thank for my new found appreciation of some pretty iconic parts of English history!
Speaking of our Damian fandom, we cannot have a section on books without including “Meeting Damian Lewis”, a fun little bit of life-meets-fan-fiction that we featured previously on the blog. Thank you, Christine Wilson! I think of you as an honorary member of the sisterhood 🙂
And speaking of Damian Lewis more as the man, and less as the characters he embodies, you wouldn’t want to pass over picking up “The Love Book“, then jumping over to your mobile app store and picking up the matching app, and reading along as Damian, as well as wife Helen and several other familiar British voices read lovely poetry to you. There is a poem for every feeling on the spectrum, from the grief of loss to the elation of new-found love, to the hilarity and comfort found only in the beautiful middle ground of stable, well-settled love. I will admit to playing some of these in my car as I commute home after a long day!
With Damian’s upcoming appearance “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, it might be a good time to learn a little more about the man he will be portraying, the iconic Steve McQueen.
Maybe this book would be a place to start?
Officially Licensed Show Merchandise:
This is the part where I, as an artist, have to pull out my soapbox. Please, please, please, as we partake in our fandom and enjoy our shows, do what you can to support official, licensed show merchandise. These shows are created by hard working actors, writers, directors and crew, so respect their intellectual property. In supporting the “real deal”, you in turn support them. There, now we can get on to the goodies!! 😀
Last year’s Fan Fun Favorite was the flat Bobby we all received, thanks to Damianista! Order one of these for someone you love/hate, and they too can be startled roughly 800 times a day when they think there’s a person in the room!
He’s also the perfect selfie companion for Snapchat filters!
This year, post season 3, I am feeling very rebellious and might just have to invest in some Taylor Mason Capital merchandise. My pick would be the mug, perfect for drinking the tears of betrayal shed by your former mentor!
When digging through the Homeland merchandise, you have to do a bit of a deep dive to find our beloved ginger, but he is still there! I have always adored the design of this promotional poster, with Carrie’s post it notes actually creating Brody’s face on her wall. Below, you can see our founding blogger sporting the design, proudly, on a t-shirt!
So that’s the list for this year, folks! I hope you can find all the fun gifts for yourself or the Damian fan in your life. And don’t forget-all year long, you can find an assortment of our favorite items under the shop section on Damian-lewis.com! What are your favorite items? Join us in the comments to chat about what we hope to find under our trees on Christmas morning!
Love, Holliedazzle and the whole Fan Fun with Damian Lewis Crew