For this installment of our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide we focused on people who love books. We scoured the internet for the coolest literary themed finds, from t-shirts and mugs to, of course, books. Check out out picks below!
Poe-ka Dots Tote, $18.00 – Out of Print
If you know someone who is a sucker for tote bags, literature, Edgar Allen Poe or Andy Warhol repetition style then this bag is a must-get. The beige canvas bag is roomy enough for all of the essentials (including a book or two) and, best of all, purchase of the bag sends one book to a community in need. Style and substance is always a great combination.
Emma Lithograph T-Shirt, $34.00 – Litographs
There are plenty of cool t-shirts out there for book nerds, but none are quite as impressive at these litograph tops. These shirts (and the site’s posters and tote bags, too) are created entirely from the text of classic books. From Jane Austen’s Emma to Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and tons more (Shakespeare, Mary Shelly, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, J.M Barrie, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Edith Wharton, just to name a few) you’d be hard pressed not to find an item that your literary friend will love. The company also donates one new book to the International Book Bank with every purchase.
The Most of Nora Ephron, $23.00 // Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years, $35.00
Buying books for a book lover is the most obvious choice and there are, of course, hundreds of thousands of options. But these two recently published tomes are definitely on the top of the list this year and would be a great addition to any book lover’s library. Focusing on two of our biggest icons, The Most of Nora Ephron compiles some of the late writer’s most iconic work, including the screenplay to When Harry Met Sally…, her best-selling novel Heartburn, her moving essays on death and aging, her journalism, her last work, the play Lucky Guy, and much more; while Memos compiles 250 pieces of Vreeland’s personal correspondence, offering a behind the scenes look at how the legendary editor-in-chief directed Vogue into the fashion behemoth it is today.
“I am I am I am” Necklace, $30.00 – Out of Print
Any Sylvia Plath fans out there will love this pretty 14k gold necklace, featuring one of the most famous lines from The Bell Jar. A great little reminder to remember who you are in a world that is always trying to make you something else.
Personal Library Kit, $16.00, Knock Knock
I will be the first to admit this: I have a problem sharing my books. Though I would never balk at a trip to the bookstore, the thought of having to re-buy well-worn favorites after losing them for good to the lending gremlin is too much to handle. This personal library kit may not help keep your books perfectly safe but it definitely makes lending them out more official (and a lot more fun.) The kit features 20 self adhesive pockets and checkout cards, a date stamp, ink pad and a pencil. When it comes to libraries, the old school way is definitely the best way.
Dark Gray Cotton “Quotes” Throw Blanket $34.95, Barnes & Noble
You can never go wrong with a cozy blanket during the holidays but the literary twist on this one makes it the perfect gift for book lovers. They can snuggle up with their latest read under a print of quotes from famous literary classics like Wuthering Heights and A Tale of Two Cities. The rich dark gray goes with any decor and the soft cotton material means hours of comfort.
Animal Book Ends, $62.00 each, Wolfum
I don’t often think of bookends for gifts, but they are definitely one of the biggest must-haves for someone with a ton of books. And how gorgeous would these animal shaped, printed bookends look on a shelf? I love the idea of mixing both animals (available in giraffe, deer, elephant, rabbit, tiger, fox and a tree) and prints (these come in roses, stripes, and chevron) for a look that is a little bit thrown together cool.
Moleskine Book Journal, $19.95, Moleskine
Most readers are writers and if you happen to know a book lover who also enjoys reviewing and recapping their favorite reads, then the Moleskine Book Journal is the perfect pick. Each journal features a fully-embossed cover, 3 ribbon place markers, and a double expandable inner pocket. There are distinct areas for organization: alphabetically organized sections to fill in, 6 tabbed sections to personalize, 14 blank pages for notes and thoughts, a free customized bookmark and a series of adhesive labels for further customization.
Matlida Mug, $13.00, Peter’s of Kensington
Every reader needs a pretty mug full of coffee, tea or cocoa to accompany them on their reading adventures and this Matilda mug is too adorable for words. Decorated with Quentin Blake’s famous illustration from Roald Dahl’s book (Matilda surrounded by a teetering pile of books, naturally) and made from English fine bone china, this mug will become a prized part of anyone’s literary collection.
Kerri Jarema is the creator and editor of Lydia Magazine. She was born and raised in New York City and still calls it home. When she isn’t busy writing and editing she can usually be found with her nose in a book, watching way too much TV, fangirling on Tumblr, singing very loud when no one is around, obsessing over everything British and exploring her favorite neighborhoods. Find her on Twitter @kerrajar.