Do you know someone bookish? Does he like the company of literature more than the company of others? Does she enjoy the library more than the mall? Can he spend HOURS in a book shop (both commercial and independent) without taking a bathroom break? Do you need last minute gift ideas for a nerdy person you’ve met once or twice, a teacher, your wife?!
Take heart! I have some gift ideas for you. If you don’t want to settle for picking out a book you know they’ll love and writing a lovely inscription, then I guess I can be forced to come up with a few material item suggestions. I’ll start with small, less expensive items and work my way up, pending your monetary allegiance to said person. (We can’t ALL blow our checking accounts on Christmas, after all. Even if we’d like to.)
1.// Literary Band-aids ($5-7). There’s something beautifully ironic about covering up a cut with Edgar Allan Poe’s likeness. Perhaps you can even read yourself “The Raven” to assuage your pain. (I believe there are Shakespeare bandages as well, but I like to stick to gore-related puns to keep things fun.)
2.// Literary and Punny Cocktail Book ($9). Do you enjoy cocktails? Do you also enjoy books? Then this pun-alicious cocktail book is for you! Federle has also written a YA novel and works on Broadway regularly, so help the guy out and get some great drink recipes out of the deal.
3.// Novel Teas ($14.95)- 25 English tea bags that come with a quote from a famous novel from around the world. Who doesn’t want to wake up to a little warm tea, a literary quote, and caffeine? No one. (Unless she’s a coffee aficionado, in which case, I’d go for a beautiful literary mug for $11.95 and fill it with chocolate or coffee beans!).
4.// Literary candles ($16). Want to invoke the scent of your friend’s favorite novel? Named for their locations in classic novels, these scents will bring up your bibliophile’s favorite bookish memories. 5.// Literary shot glasses ($16.95). Because who doesn’t want to stare into Hemingway’s face while getting blitzed? That’s right. NO ONE. Pair it with a favorite liquor or two, and you have a party starter.
6.// Library Card Scarf ($22). This unisex scarf is perfect for your friend with a cracked, taped, and well-loved library card… and who doesn’t like to freeze their tootsies off during harsh winter months.
7.// Book Cover Clothing ($28). Your man has a thing for classic lit? Enjoys both new and old novels? No problem! Out Of Print has t-shirts, sweatshirts, socks, totes… everything!… with plenty of book covers to choose from.
8.// Book of the Month Club ($30+). This option is one of the best gifts I give myself. Every month, BOTM issues five novels selected by a panel of judges (authors, editors, celebrities, etc.). You receive one book for free with your subscription, and you can select another book (or past month’s book) for only $9.99 more. Additionally, when you’re a new customer, it’s very inexpensive. I have gotten a three-month subscription for about $23 (look online for a coupon/code), which meant each month I got a hardback, new-release book for about $8… cheap! This truly is a gift that will keep on giving, and your recipient will love you for at least three months! 😉
9.// Audible Gift Card ($45+). If your friend likes to listen to audio books, a gift card to Audible, an audiobook subscription service through Amazon, is a great option. Their subscription will already give them a certain amount of credits per month, but this will enable them to listen to more and/or keep their subscription longer. They’ll love listening to their favorite author, and it’ll all be because of you!
10.// Literary Subscription Box ($50+). Each quarterly subscription box features new authors and themes; the author hand picks three books, and includes hand-written notes and comments with the order. You can even pick the genre of your box: fiction, culinary, YA lit, etc. The books also come with bookish items, like mugs or sunglasses, in each quarterly box. It’s an expensive subscription ($50 per box), but it looks fabulous. Hand picked selections with comments and related bookish items? Shut up and take my money.
EXTRA // Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card of enormous quantity ($50-100). If in doubt, put a ridiculous amount of money on a gift card for Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or—your best option—a local, independent book store, so that your love can pick out whatever he or she wants and will have YOU to thank. Amen, I say to you, gift giver. This one will be much appreciated.
Whatever you decide to do, be sure to leave your bookish friend alone after you give him or her the gift. Everyone knows bookish people want to go hide away and actually READ the received item upon opening it. So give them a coffee or tea, a comfy blankie, and then get the heck away from them. 😉 But seriously… do it.
Much love to you all, and happy holidays!