I nearly titled this post My Holiday Wish List, but I thought that might be too personal and only my family would read it. So, I decided to broaden the scope just a bit. Here’s a list of gift ideas for anyone who loves books. (And if you happen to be in my family: pay attention!)
Bookplates Bookplates come in all forms. I found some great traditional sticky Charley Harper bookplates at The Wooster Book Company last month. I think these Bookplate Stamps are pretty fun, too!
Click the link for more than a dozen styles and options! (Mom, I just can’t decide which one, so you pick for me, OK?)
Book embossers If sticking or stamping your name into your books isn’t permanent enough, you could always engrave it right into the paper with a super-cool book embosser from Horchow.com.
Book scarves Wrap up your shopping with one of these!
Several different John Green quote scarves are available here. And, if your reader prefers classics, find some sweet Jane Austen, Dickens, and Anne of Green Gables scarves here. (Dear daughter, I already have the Alice in Wonderland scarf, so maybe the Jane Eyre one? Hint. Hint.)
Literary Phone Cases The reader on your list would love one of these!
You’ll find a million different book-related phone cases here. (I may be exaggerating just a bit, but there are pages and pages of them!)
Literary ornaments I could have a whole tree of these! Aren’t they awesome? Find A Wrinkle in Time, James and the Giant Peach, Charlotte’s Web and a hundred more (I’m not exaggerating!) at Novel Adornments Etsy shop. I could have a whole tree of these. (I know I said that already, but it seemed worth repeating. Ahem.)
Wax and seal kits Some readers are writers, but all readers love the mystery of a sealed letter. Give your reader a wax and seal with their monogram.
A wand for your wizard Is your wizard a Luna Lovegood? Or a Neville Longbottom? A Lupin, Weasley, or Krum? There’s a wand for every wizard here! (Honey, I think I’m a Trelawny. Just saying.)
And who’d have dreamed that these are even a thing?
Periodic Table of World Literature Yes. You heard me. Who says there’s nothing scientific about being a book nerd? You’ll find the proof here.
Candles, Lip Balm, and Beard Oil With scents that include Unicorn Breath, Narnia Forest, and Gatsby’s Shoreline, you’ll find candles and lip balm for the reading ladies on your list and, yep, beard oil for the headmaster of your holidays if you stop by From the Page.
Library card socks While you’re here buying library card socks, check out all the other bookish clothing at www.outofprintclothing.com.
The greenest book mark you’ve ever seen. Find your page or grow a garden. It’s up to you with Green Marker.
So, now my family is well prepared to start their shopping. I hope the rest of you got a few ideas as well.
P.S., Honey (and the rest of you)– Shop early! Some personalized, customized, and handmade items take a bit longer to ship. (Wink.)
Michelle Houts is the author of many books for young readers. She loves gift-giving and takes pride in being “the book aunt” in her family. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @mhoutswrites , on Facebook, and at www.michellehouts.com.