Know someone who constantly has their nose in a book? Dating an English major? Want to please a bibliophile? It’s easy to seek a new book to add to their collection, but we know you can be a little more creative than that… Whether you’re shopping for a lover of literature, a librarian or a writer, the following literary gift ideas should encourage you to think outside the box:
1. Typewriter Key Jewelry
Before computers and laptops, typewriters ruled…and although they are more of a collector’s item nowadays – they still have a soft spot in the hearts of literary folks. Jewelry that incorporates typewriter keys makes a lovely gift, especially when they signify someone’s initials. Artisans often use the keys to craft eye-catching rings, necklaces, charm bracelets, cuff links, and earrings. For example, The Rusted Key sells initial rings in an antique style, such as the Oak Leaf Ring shown above – made with a key from a 1930-40’s era typewriter.
RomantiquarianDesign sells an array of mixed metal typewriter key necklaces – many of which are made with glass beads, crystals, faux pearls, and other delicate accents.
2. Library Card Socks
While e-readers and online book resources seem to get all the glory, many diehard literary folks hold sweet memories of their visits to the library. Technology may have streamlined the way we check out books now, but in the past, library cards were king. Consider gifting a pair of Library Card Socks, which features spaces representing the old school library cards where the names of authors, titles and due dates were once scribbled in. Uncommon Goods sells the socks in yellow, while The Literary Gift Company has them in yellow, blue and grey.
3. Upcycled Book Page Brooches
If you’re looking for a whimsical, eye-catching way to help family and friends mark book pages and keep their place as you read, upcycled book page brooches are fashioned out of classic novel-themed text from original book pages that have seen better days. Taking the shape of creatures and items representing well-known publications, a few examples include: George Orwell – Animal Farm’s pig; Arthur Conan Doyle – Sherlock Holmes’ pipe; C S Lewis – the King of the Jungle from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; Herman Melville – Moby Dick’ whale; Franz Kafka – Metamorphosis’ insect; and Lewis Carroll – Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit.
4. ABC Penholder
Available in silver and red, and made of metal…consider decorating the desk of literary folks with an inspirational ABC Penholder comprised of uppercase letters. Ideal for putting a loved one’s most precious office utensils in one safe place, this gift certainly highlights a love of language, writing, and reading.
5. Library Candles
When shopping for someone who loves candles and books, Paddywax sells a Library Collection of artisan home fragrances that pay homage to favorite authors. The soy candles are equipped with a cotton wick and hand-poured into a 6.5 oz. charcoal glass container. A short biography of the celebrated author decorates the box, along with a memorable quote.
Available authors and quotes include:
- Mark Twain – tobacco flower and vanilla; “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow”!
- Oscar Wilde – cedarwood, thyme and basil; “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination”.
- Leo Tolstoy – black plum, persimmon and oakmoss; “All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love”.
- Jane Austen – gardenia, tuberose and jasmine; “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort”!
- John Steinbeck – smoked birch and amber; “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson – cedar and wild fern; “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
- Edgar Allan Poe – cardamom, absinthe and sandalwood; “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream”.
6. Literary-Themed Fashion and Accessories
Sure, you can find tons of T-shirts featuring the portrait of a favorite author or a collection of memorable quotes, but there are plenty of ways to choose a fashion-forward gift that incorporates literature. For instance, Literati Club sells fashionable literature-themed gifts that include infinity scarves decorated with book excerpts and poems from the likes of The Raven, Pride and Prejudice, The Wizard of Oz, and Sherlock Holmes. They also sell eye-catching umbrellas, such as the Alice in Wonderland and Hamlet themes shown here.
7. Special Version of Their Favorite Book
Literary folks who have their personal favorites in the book and author department truly enjoy receiving special editions of particular classics, childhood memories, or sought-after publications. Perhaps their favorite book has been reprinted with gorgeously revamped cover art, or a 50th anniversary edition has been released.
Other items to consider include:
- first editions
- leather-bound copies
- autographed books
Good places to browse for such books include eBay, AbeBooks, and Barnes & Noble. Premiere Collectibles is also known for offering the largest selection of autographed books.