If you’re on this site, you’re either a book lover, or you know a couple of us. Here’s a list of some fun gift ideas to add to your holiday list! If you’d like to buy me any of these, I’m completely fine with that. 😉
P.S.: Please note that I’m not being paid to advertise for any of these sellers–I’m just a chronic cyber window shopper.
$15 and below
Library Tin Candle, by Paddywax on BespokePost ($8.00): link
I’ve seen these at a couple different bookstores and I always want one! I picked the Ralph Waldo Emerson candle, because I’m a staunch cedar scent lover. I passed on the Twain candle because beside from not being a Mark Twain fan, I also don’t like vanilla candles. The packaging on these candles is super cute, and they’re rather affordable.
Edit: Turns out my mother has one of these in her office. Like mother, like daughter? https://www.instagram.com/p/_U-R-7s6l8/
It’s Wing-Gar-Dium-Levi-O-Sa Mug, by AliceInWonderbookland on Society6 ($15.00): link
Alice in Wonderbookland has a horde of fun mugs to choose from, but I love the beautiful watercolors on this one. I’m also a sucker for anything with a Harry Potter quote or spell on the front
Never Judge A Book By Its Movie Mug, on Society6 by Bookwormboutique ($15.00): link
Isn’t this the truth? I love a good film adaptation, but we all know that they sometimes don’t live up to the originals.
$40 and below
The End Bookend by Fred & Friends ($17.99): link
I’ve always wanted a fun bookend for the shelves that just don’t sit right. Otherwise I end up with a stack of horizontal books to as a makeshift bookend. This one made me chuckle just a little bit, reminding me of The Borrowers or Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Litograph Poster ($24.00): link
I’m in LOVE with this print. You can pick the color of the words, choosing from blue, brown, pink, and others. The graphic is made up of the entire text of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Other books are available as well, but this one is an obvious choice for me.
Frederick Douglass Quote Poster, on Etsy by Obvious State ($24.00): link
Both Frederick Douglass’ books and his spoken word are goldmines for impactful, and oftentimes brutally honest, quotes and passages. This one is no less correct than many of the others I’ve come across. To some extent, isn’t this the point of reading? To be set free in one way or another?
Bookplate Stamp, by East Grove Stamp on Etsy ($25.00): link
At the risk of becoming one of the pretentious people I know and hate, the idea of having a personalized book stamp is pretty cool. Where was this in college when I had expensive textbooks that I wrote in extensively? There are certain books I have that are prized possessions– not because they are first edition hardcovers, but because their value is intangible. I’d LOVE a book stamp for instances like these.
Literary Quote Cocktail Plates, Ralph Waldo Emerson, by Restoration Hardware ($39 for 4): link
I could imagine having the cutest BB> tea party with these dishes. You could also go the DIY route– I’ve tried it before with ceramic markers (sometimes permanent markers work, I’ve heard) and inexpensive dishes. Unfortunately, my handwriting is nowhere near consistent enough to give homemade ones as gifts.
$100 and below (aka Gifts for people you REALLY like)
Les Miserables Book Scarf, by Storiarts ($48.00): link
I’ve been seeing these scarves around the interwebs for a very long time. The book quotes vary, but I picked Les Mis because it’s one of my favorites.
Hardback Leather Case for 15-inch Macbook Pro, on Amazon by Twelve South ($79.99): link
I loved this to begin with, but once I found out that this case zips closed, I was sold. Maybe I won’t feel as badly about reading on my Kindle for Mac app if my laptop looked like a big ole Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Vans Disney Jungle Book Authentic Trainers, on ASOS ($93.16): link
I’ll be honest: I’m not sure that I’d pay a hundred dollars for these shoes. But boy are they cool. If I had these, I’m pretty sure I’d have the coolest shoes on the block.