Ask book lovers what they want for Christmas, and most likely their answer will be BOOKS! But unless, they’ve given specific titles, it’s pretty risky to go to the bookstore and pick something off the shelves. My recommendation: forget trying to find a book they haven’t read or already own and go for a bookish gift item instead.
Here are 15 of my favorites for the 2016 holiday season:
Very Hungry Caterpillar Socks
I went to Catholic high school and the only part of our uniform where we could show some personality was our socks. So, I took it upon myself to find the funkiest socks possible and wear them with pride. I had a pair with sumo wrestlers, my luckiest pair had a holiday elf on them, and if these Very Hungry Caterpillar socks had been available, they would be in my regular footwear rotation.
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Bunnicula Canvas Pouch
I love the Bunnicula books so much, and this pouch can be used for pretty much anything. Office supplies, makeup, white vegetables drained of their juices… whatever your heart desires.
One added bonus: a book will be sent to a community in need each time this pouch is purchased.
Image from www.outofprintclothing.com
Tote Bag: Young, Scrappy and Hungry
Have book-loving friends obsessed with Hamilton who have already read Ron Chernow’s tome? This tote bag will not only display their love for the musical, but works great for shopping for MORE books.
Image from www.strandbooks.com
Golden Snitch Earrings (and other Harry Potter designs)
I received a pair of the Golden Snitch earrings as one of the bookish gift items from the Uppercase YA monthly book subscription box. They’re cute, understated, and a great conversation starter.
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Price: $23 per month plus shipping
Mentioned in the gift idea above, Uppercase is a monthly subscription service that delivers a box with one newly released YA book and a variety of bookish items each month (these range from bookmarks and keychains to scarves and socks and more). Basically, it’s like getting an awesome present in the mail each month.
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What the Dickens?!: Distinctly Dickensian Words and How to Use Them, by Bryan Kozlowsk
Give this to the friend who likes using big words and archaic turns of phrase. With words like sassigacity (audacity with attitude) and ugsome (horrible and frightening), this book will provide hours of word-nerd fun.
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Cat Scratch Bookends
Why get plain old bookends when you can get your paws on these adorable kitty ones?!? Handmade and durable, they will make any space in your home the cat’s meow.
Image from www.uncommongoods.com
Mini Library — Literary Candle Sampler
Although my experiment to find the perfect “old-book-scent” candle didn’t pan out, I just love this mini library of literary candles. If you don’t like one, there are so many others to try. Plus, the label is a bookmark in disguise!
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I Would Rather Have Nothing But Tea Jane Austen Mug
I’m more of a coffee person than tea, but Jane Austen is my jam and I would drink tea out of this mug all day if she told me to.
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Don Quixotea is the first tea blend in the NovelTeas library. Inspired by Miguel Cervantes’ dreamer Don Quixote and flavored with cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, ginger root, this tea is an adventure for the tastebuds.
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Books Turn Muggles Into Wizards Thermal Mug
Created by the Harry Potter Alliance (a non-profit working for equality, human rights, and literacy) this mug reminds us that books are magical!
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“This Is Just To Say” Tea Towel
William Carlos Williams’ poem “This Is Just To Stay” is one of my favorite false apology poems. This towel will make a great addition to any kitchen, especially one where there’s someone who “accidentally” eats the best food in the fridge…
Image by Ryan Dausch
Outlander Coloring Book
Give your Outlander-obsessed friends a Highlander fix with the official Outlander coloring book. Jamie is mostly clothed in the illustrations, but it’s still worth buying 🙂
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Hey, Carrots Coffee Mug
“Hey, Carrots,” may not have been the words that made Anne fall in love with Gilbert, but it’s a line that makes all Anne of Green Gables fans smile.
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Literary Lites Mini Matchbooks
Price: $6.50 for three
These are the perfect stocking stuffer for the potty-humorist in your life. The book cover designs on the matchbooks look serious and respectable, but with titles like Fart of Darkness and Great Expellations, they’re sure to get a laugh.
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