It’s November, which means the holidays are officially on the way! It’s time to deck the halls, roast the turkey, and do some serious shopping— and we’re here to help! Whether you’re stuck looking for the perfect gift for the bibliophile in your life or need ideas for how to spend the cash Grandma and Grandpa leave in your stocking, here is a list of book-themed gifts sure to delight readers of all ages.
1. Wearable Books
Okay, I suppose if you want to be technical you aren’t wearing a literal book, but these clothing lines are about as close as you can get to donning an actual dust jacket. Litographs and Storiarts are both companies offering a variety of apparel and accessories adorned with text and images from an array of books. Litographs offers t-shirts, scarves, tote bags, and posters, all of which come in a variety of gorgeous colors. They even have temporary tattoos! Storiarts has shirts and scarves as well, but also offers headbands, throw pillows, and fingerless gloves (I have a pair of these and I love them). They’ve also just released a new line of baby blankets and hats so adorable you’ll be tempted to have kids just so you can swaddle them in The Velveteen Rabbit. Between the two sites you’ll find hundreds of titles— everything from The Iliad to Hamlet to Pride and Prejudice and On The Road— and both companies are adding more all the time, so you’re practically guaranteed to find your favorite book.
2. Literary Teas
Nothing goes better with a good book than a hot cup of tea. But rather than any old tea, why not brew up a pot inspired by your bookshelf? There are dozens of options for the literary tea-lover. If you need some inspiration while waiting for your tea to steep, try Novel Teas, where each bag comes emblazoned with a quote from classic literature. If you want to get a little fancier or tailor the gift more toward someone’s specific literary tastes, Simpson & Vail has a line of tea blends inspired by authors, including Louisa May Alcott, Edgar Allen Poe, James Joyce, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Meanwhile, the First Edition Tea Company has a collection of teas based on different novels— you’ll find Sherlock Holmes, Jane Eyre, and The Great Gatsby, among others. Looking for something a little more modern? Check out Adagio Teas, which has thousands of individual blends inspired by a host of fandoms. They have Lord of the Rings teas, Hunger Games teas, Game of Thrones teas, Percy Jackson teas, and even a collection of Harry Potter potion teas!
3. Bookish Mugs
Now that you’ve picked out a literary tea, what better way to serve it than in a book-themed mug? Start your day with a cup of coffee and a collection of literature’s great opening lines. Add a shot of whiskey in your tea and stick it to the man with this banned books mug. Sip your Pride and Prejudice blend from a Jane Austen mug, or pour some Lewis Carroll tea into this Alice in Wonderland mug and watch the Cheshire Cat disappear. Celebrate general bookishness with these gorgeous mugs, manage some mischief with this heat sensitive Marauder’s Map mug, or get into the Christmas spirit with Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge mugs.
4. Book Subscription Boxes
Give the gift that keeps on giving and sign your bookworm up to receive new reading material and other goodies every month (with the added bonus of getting someone else to do the shopping and shipping for you!). There are dozens of book subscription boxes out there, so you’re bound to find one your recipient will love. Don’t know where to start looking? We’ve got a brief rundown of several options here, and you can also check out our more in depth reviews of Read Dog, Book Boyfriend Box, and Uppercase Box here, here, and here.
5. Literary Craft And Cook Books
Bookworms who also have a crafty or culinary bent can now combine their creative side with their bibliophilia with a number of book-inspired crafting and cook books (or, if you’re the crafty one, you can now make a fantastic present for your bookish buddy). Knitters and crocheters will love making cozy garments with patterns inspired by the Outlander series, classic fairy tales, and other favorite books. If, like me, you love a good cross stitch project, check out these adorable book-themed patterns from Clouds Factory and Little Dorrit & Co— between the two of them, you’ll find stitching patterns inspired by everything from Aesop’s fables to H.P. Lovecraft. There are crafting books for Austenites, Potterheads, and fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Meanwhile, food-loving bibliophiles will find no shortage of delicious, book-inspired dishes. There are Game of Thrones cookbooks, Harry Potter cookbooks, The Hunger Games cookbooks, Redwall cookbooks, The Chronicles of Narnia cookbooks (both official and unofficial), and Lord of the Rings cookbooks. And don’t forget the bookish cocktails!
6. Literary Puppets and Plushies
Finally, if you’re looking for something a little more whimsical (or just need a good stocking stuffer), you can’t go wrong with these hilarious and adorable book-themed puppets and dolls. You can stage a finger-puppet production of Hamlet, stick Rikki Tikki Tavi to your fridge, put Poe’s raven on your writing desk, or cuddle up with a Mark Twain plushie. You’ll also find miniature, snuggly versions of Kurt Vonnegut, Herman Melville, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Emily Dickinson, along with dozens of other authors, philosophers, and historical figures.
Happy Holiday Shopping! Are you buying anything off this list this holiday season?
YouTube Channel: ABC Television Network
Featured image via Pixabay