We're feeling festive here at YABC. So we've decided to give away a gift from Writer's Yardsale
to one lucky book lover! (Up to a $30 value!)The Yardsale
has an awesome selection of t-shirts, mugs, posters, notebooks, and more with great designs for the book lovers, writers, and the English teachers in your life. Win an item just for you or someone you love!
Here's how it works:
Simply leave a comment at the bottom of this post with a link to the item you want ohsomuch
from The Yardsale
. (Must be $30 or less. We'll pay the shipping to any US address!) Tell us why it's the perfect gift for you or a friend/family member. That's all there is to it!
We'll pick a name at random using Random.org, then contact you so we can get your item to you ASAP.
Get your entry in today -- this contest closes at midnight on Monday, December 12th. Hopefully just enough time to order your gift and have it arrive before December 24th. (If the shipment time doesn't matter to you, just let us know in the comments.)
So get cracking! You only have 4 days to choose an item and comment here with a link.
Personally? I love the "I Read Banned Books" tote bag. And the "Reading is Sexy" mug. And the "I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie" t-shirt. And the...okay, you get the hint.
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Look at this--you could have your very own Twilight purse! I'm sure there are a few million teenage girls who would love to open that up as a gift; and that's what Michelle Pulis, owner of A Spoonful of Chocolate Hope, hopes, too. At her online store, she sells these super-cute handmade book handbags, bookshelves, book passport holders, and chocolate stirring spoons. And she started her company to help her family! So, we're interviewing Michelle today to get the full story on the cutest purses around and the reason for starting her business.
WOW: Welcome, Michelle, to The Muffin. We are thrilled to have you with us today. Why don't you start out by telling us a little about your business, A Spoonful of Chocolate Hope. What types of products do you make and sell?
Michelle: Everything you see in my shop is made by hand! I originally started my shop making chocolate stirring spoons for your coffee. However, that idea backfired in the sweltering Arizona heat, and I ended up changing my product completely to making and selling handbags created from used books. Initially, I would just donate the pages to a local refugee placement committee here in Arizona; however, I noticed many of my customers also wanted the pages. So, I started giving the buyer's the option of re-binding the book with the matching fabric used for the handbag to make a unique gift set! Another product I offer is passport holders/wallets disguised as books to keep the pick-pocketers away while traveling. And my newest product is making a bookshelf out of used books. It makes a great addition to any home library.
WOW: So, you create handbags made out of books? What an awesome idea! They are super cute and great for book lovers, but how sturdy are these?
Michelle: Very sturdy actually! I have tested the purses for sturdiness and quality. Each book is made from a good quality recycled book. I put finish on it to prevent any rips and tears. I have been carrying around my book handbag for about a year now and have had no problems whatsoever!
WOW: That's great to hear that the products are cute and sturdy! Why did you start your company?
Michelle: Spoonful of Chocolate Hope was created to help my father save his house. It's a long story, so I'll try to make it as short as possible. My father is a simple man who immigrated from what is formally known as Czechoslovakia in 1969, searching for a better life. Growing up, I watched him build our house with his own two hands, constantly adding things that reminded him of Czechoslovakia. A couple of years ago, my mother's brother (Frank) asked for my father to co-sign
I love finding book- and writing-related gifts for book lovers, writers, editors. It’s such fun! And I enjoy them myself. I hope you’ll find some of these items appealing for the book lover in your life.
Of course, one of my favorite gifts to receive (or give) is a bookstore gift card. And it’s super easy to buy gift cards online, especially if your book lover has a Kindle Amazon Gift Cards or a Nook (B&N Gift Card).
But there’s so much else that is appealing for book lovers! Check out these finds:
Rory’s Story Cubes
This looks like a fun writing game to play, as well as a possible tool for writers who are stuck. “Rory’s Story Cubes is a pocket-sized creative story generator, providing hours of imaginative play for all ages.”
If you haven’t tried BananaGrams yet, and you love word games, check it out! It’s a lot of fun.
Stack of Books Book lover Necklace
This looks beautiful to me.
Book Lover’s Calendar for 2012
Looking for holiday gifts for the readers and writers in your life? Here are a few ideas:
and check out these stores…
Or, how about a year’s membership in The Childrens Book Hub (www.childrensbookhub.com), or a gift certificate for the Just Write for Kids children’s book writing course (www.justwriteforkids.com)?
And for those of you who are already Hub members, don’t forget the Hub store! http://www.cafepress.com/beechtreebooks
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I’m one of those readers who likes to read in quiet. But some readers enjoy soft music in the background. If the reader you’re buying for is like that, then they might enjoy Brahms for Book Lovers: A Cozy Companion for Reading.
$6.99 at Amazon.com.
Does the reader you’re shopping for read in bed? Then they might enjoy this Book Lover’s Bed Tray for hands-free reading, and a place to put their tea.
$44.95 at Stacks and Stacks.
I love this mug and what it says: “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Perhaps your book lover will, too.
$19.95 at Zazzle. (Okay, okay, I admit it–I also love the colors.)
Also from Zazzle, this book lover magnet looks fun to me. It says “I read and read and read and read…” in rainbow colors.
$4.35 at Zazzle. It’s also available as a mug and a t-shirt.
Book boxes are boxes made out of real books. I have mixed feelings about this; they both appeal to me, and upset me (taking a real book and cutting into it). SecretStorageBooks offers many books that have secret compartments, where you can store things–and they have children’s books, including Anne of Green Gables, and Harry Potter. When I thought about cutting up Anne of Green Gables I winced, but somehow a secret storage compartment seemed to fit Harry Potter.
The book boxes range from $17.50 to $40 according to size, though most seem to be about $25 to $35.
I love rubber stamps, and finding some with characters from children’s books feels delicious to me. Kidstamps has 39 rubber stamps featuring characters from various children’s books, including Where the Wild Things Are; Charlotte’s Web; Clifford the Red Dog; If You Give a Mouse a Cookie; Frog and Toad; and more.
Prices range from $5.00 to $8.00–quite reasonable.
Kidstamps also has a section of book-related stamps that would be great for book lovers, under “Books and Libraries.” Some are clearly library related (”I love libraries”) and some are perfect for book lovers–”Give us books, give us wings,” Paddington carring books and saying “There’s no such thing as too many books”, Amelia Bedelia saying “Reading is Fun,” “Read to Your Bunny”, Kevin Henkes characters reading, cats in and on books, and many more. (Don’t forget to click on the numbers at the top of the page to see more items.)
Prices range from 7:50 to $8.50
Also from Kidstamps are rubber stamp bookplates–always reusable, and a great way to mark your book as your own before you lend it out. (I have one with Franklin the Turtle, which I love.) There are some picture book characters featured here as well. They’re $9.00 each.
The Book Lover’s Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Celebrated Works of Literature and the Passages That Feature Them sounds like a fun way to interest your book lover. The book, created by two chefs and book lovers, connects passages about food from famous books, and ties them to recipes the chefs created. Two recipes I enjoyed reading about in the reader comments on Amazon.com were Turkish Delight (The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe) and Not Violet, but Blueberry Pie (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) because I love those books.
The cookbook starts at around
$2.00 used from Amazon.com./a>
This book lover “Do Not Disturb” pillow could be cute and useful, especially for a young book lover, or anyone who wants to read in peace.
$16.95 at Amazon.com.
I hope you find something here that your book lover will enjoy, or that it gives you some good ideas.
For more book lover and writer gifts, see my posts:
Gifts for Book Lovers, Part 1
Gifts for Book Lovers, Part 2
Gifts for Book Lovers, Part 3
Gifts for Book Lovers, Part 4
More Gifts for Readers and Writers
A scarf made from words
Favorite Picture Books as Audio Books at Great Prices
I've often dreamed of the idea of opening a bookstore, one that would have a cookie shop inside. Since that's not yet possible, I have created a virtual dream come true by opening an online bookstore on my website called Cookie Monkey Bookstore.
It's a place where you can shop for gifts for your kids, writer friends, avid readers, bakers, and people who love monkeys! The categories are: Books by My Friends, Recommended Reading, Holiday Books & Gifts, Books about Monkeys, and Cookie Cookbooks.
So drop in and browse the shelves. It's never too early to start on your holiday gift list. Click here to check out my new store.
You're giving books for the holidays, right?
Yup, thought so. But if you need something to accompany said books, consider these add-ons...
Clip to a page, horizontally or vertically.
Talk back to the author.
File the 3x5 card later.
A mini-poster. Consult daily.
And then, of course, wrap your books and everything else in gorgeous paper.
(Updated Dec. 5: added links to other writer gift lists at the end of post as well as additional gift ideas.)
I received such a positive response to last year’s
Holiday Gifts For Writers, Librarians and Bibliophiles list that I thought I’d post one again; I’ve tried not to overlap too much with last year’s list, so please check that list for more ideas for writerly gifts.
As Market Watch columnist for Writersmarket.com, I browse publishing news on a daily basis. It’s been a tad depressing lately, what with all the layoffs and closings, and awareness that most editors are probably cutting down on how much new material they accept.
As the holiday season rapidly approaches, I suspect that I’m not the only one who is planning to be more frugal when buying presents. Here are some ideas for cool and interesting gifts that you can get your writer friends without blowing your holiday budget, as well as some higher-end options.
There are already many lists of writing-related books out there, so I’m opting for non-book gift suggestions. If you have additional ideas, please do post them below and I’ll add them to the list!
And of course, don’t forget about the Inkygirl Gifts For Writers store.
Gift coupon for TIME: What writer couldn’t use more of this? Offer to babysit, to provide dinner, to pick up the kids from school, to do some chores — anything that might give your writer friend some much needed time to do his or her writing. Make your own certificate, or feel free to use the one I’ve created above (click on image to get the higher res version for printing).
Fishs Eddy has some great literary-themed mugs and “memo” trays ranging from $12.95.
Writer’s Gift Basket: Put together your own gift basket for writers. Items that might go into a $20 package could include some nicely packaged tea bags or a bag of gourmet coffee, a small packet of truffles or pre-wrapped chocolates (like Lindor), a nice pen or some pencils, a small notebook with a cheerful cover. If your budget is larger, you could add a writing-related book or two, or a gift certificate for a bookstore.
Another idea for the gift basket or just on its own: a gift certificate from a coffee shop.
Pen nib earrings $14. These handmade earrings feature Victorian fountain pen nibs, one with an elegant little swan. Made by TillyBloom in Etsy — check out the rest of her shop for unique handmade jewelry, like this How To Write A Story Necklace.
Personalized Bookmarks: All writers are readers, and all readers need bookmarks. A personalized bookmark is easy to mail and you know your writer friend will use it. Here are some ideas on how to make your own bookmark, or you can also get your bookmarks laminated at a copy shop. Ideas for source paper: photos of you and your friend, photos of your friend, pages from your friend’s book or article (photocopy first unless you have an extra copy!), colour magazines — look for pictures or articles or headlines that remind you of your writer friend.
Moleskine notebooks: These great little notebooks are my favourite kind of notebook, perfect for jotting down writing ideas — I can never have too many. They come in a wide range of sizes and types. Each comes with an elastic band to hold the notebook closed, with a sewn spine that allows the book to lie flat when opened, a ribbon bookmark, and an expandable pocket inside the rear cover. If you’re not sure what type your writer friend would prefer, go for the classic “Moleskine Small Plain Notebook” ($12 and up). There are also many cheaper versions available in stationery stores.
Gift certificate for an office supply store, or a gift basket full of office supplies.
Tiny bottle pendant with scrolls inside $10. “Made with a teeny tiny glass bottle and several hand rolled scrolls made out of recycled magazines. The pendant is approximately one inch long and very lightweight. The top is sealed shut so your message won’t fall out. ” Relishdress is a college English teacher and has many other literary-themed gift items available in her Etsy shop.
Book and Pen Earrings $11.95. Check A Likely Story for other affordable gifts “for the bookish sort.” Like these Reader’s Glasses Book Earrings (also $11.95):
Literary Luminaries Book Bags ($23.95) are constructed with reinforced nylon for durability and feature padded and lined interior, handy mobile phone pocket, and extra long handles for over-the-shoulder carrying. 12″ tall x 11.5″ wide x 3.25″ deep. I own the Women Writers book bag (a gift from a friend) and love it. I lust after their umbrellas ($24.95). Check out the rest of the Literary Luminaries site for writer-themed note cards, bookmarks, coffee mugs, playing cards, journals, posters, and magnets.
Buzz Lumbar Massage Pillow ($25) “To enjoy a soothing lumbar massage anytime, just place our Buzz Lumbar Massage Pillow in any chair and lean back to activate the vibrating massage nodes. Also provides soothing back support for plane, train, home or office. Uses 2 D batteries (not included).”
Hand-knitted fingerless gloves $20. Created by cofygirl on Etsy. “These gloves are perfect for keeping your hands warm while typing, knitting, walking, hiking, writing, journaling, bike riding, crocheting or just for retro fashion! They are felted from an upcycled lambswool sweater. Very soft!
I can make these in pretty much any color and they stretch to fit most hands. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or requests you may have.”
Back and front of t-shirt:
Four Things You Should Never Say To A Writer t-shirt (see above), from my Inkygirl shop. $20.95 - wide range of colours and sizes.
Wine Glass Tags made from vintage typewriter keys (set of 5) $49. “Perfect for the entertainer. Hand-crafted vintage typewriter key wine markers. The keys were gently removed from the 1930-1940s era typewriter. We hand polished them placed on a ring (that’s easy to place on and off a wine glass.)”
This pillow from Bas Bleu ($19.99) is perfect for a mystery writer. It has pockets on the other side of the pillow for storing glasses, pens, a notebooks, etc. Check out the rest of Bas Bleu for other literary-themed gifts.
Online writing courses. Give a gift certificate for an online writing course service. Prices vary; make sure you do some research upfront to make sure you’re choosing a good service. Here’s a list posted by Writing-World.com; you should also read Moira Allen’s Getting The Most From Online Classes.
New York Public Library messenger bag $29. This messenger bag with embroidered NYPL Logo is available in two classic colors: basic black and olive green. Bag has a large main pocket that zips shut, a small back zippered pocket, and 3 front outside pockets for your Metrocard and other small necessities. The front also has several slots for pens or pencils and a cell phone holder, and the flap clasps securely shut.
Range: $50 and up
Membership to a writers’ organization. Those who write for young people, for example, might be interested in a membership to the SCBWI or CANSCAIP (Canadian). You can find lists of writers’ organizations at the beginning of this writer networking list by Sal Towse.
A massage session, especially if your writer friend has been working particularly hard recently.
Emily Dickinson Necklace US$68: A great accessory for the fashionable poetry lover, this necklace features the opening lines of Emily Dickinson’s classic poem #1741 (”That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet”) pressed into sterling silver. The second layer of the pendant is a leaf cut from gold.
A fancy pen
: Though most writers use computers to do their writing these days, a gift of a nice pen is always appreciated. Try , Levenger
(any other pen retailers you like? please post below). Or perhaps an ergonomic pen like Yoropen
, or order some personalized pens with the name of the writer’s newest book.
Bed Desk $69: From Dynamic Living.
Digital voice recorder, for making note of writing ideas.
Lapalot Lap Desk US$128: Especially great for those who like to do some writing away from the computer…or you could probably prop your laptop on it if you prefer sitting in a comfy armchair or couch instead of at your desk for a change. Thick Lycra cushion filled with foam beads conforms to your lap, and strong magnets keep the desk tightly closed when you carry it. You can find many other great gift items for writers and readers at Levenger.
And for a higher-end gift idea for discerning writers who also collect art…
Sewn Machine Art $240: These soft sculpture typewriters are handmade from vintage fabrics and buttons, created by The Gun Club. Shipping is $15 but they can also be picked up at the gallery (for the locals). They are approximately 9”x16”x7” .
From the site: “Sewn Machines are a series of analogue devices rendered in recycled, vintage and found materials. They are designed and hand-fabricated by the design group, The Gun Club, in Los Angeles, CA. Materials are selected from the collections, leftovers and cast-offs, of the designers and their associates. Sewn Machines can be seen as a sort of by-product of the group’s myriad creative processes; as such, no two are alike and their availability fluctuates.”
Other holiday gift idea lists for writers:
Archived Inkygirl posts under the ‘Gifts For Writers’ category
Last year’s Inkygirl list: Holiday Gifts For Writers
HubPages holiday gifts for writers (books)
SCBWI tips for shopping for the holidays (membership required)
Sal Towse’s list of gifts for writers
Writer’s Digest bookstore
Squidoo: Literary gifts for Book Lovers
Angela Hoy: Your Writing As a Loving (and Inexpensive) Holiday Gift
OrganizedWriter.com< top ten holiday gifts for writers/a>
WOW! Women On Writing has a downloadable PDF of their Holiday Gift Guide (4.9 MB)
AssociatedContent.com: Budget-Friendly Gifts For Writers
Writer Unboxed best holiday gifts for writers
WrittenRoad.com 18 Gifts For Writers
About.com Fiction Writing ‘Top 10 Gifts For Writers’
Suite 101.com’s Great Gifts For Writers
Freelancewritinggigs.com: holiday gifts for writers: practical tech gifts
That’s it for now; I may add a few between now and the end of the year. If you have any other suggestions, please do post them below!
If you need a speedy gift for someone, I have limited copies of Letters From Rapunzel
at home that are available for signing and immediate shipping to you or your chosen reader. $16 covers it all, including postage.
I'll toss in one of my nifty red "Read * Write * Believe" pencils
Email me: email(at)saralewisholmes(dot)com or use the link in the sidebar.
Instead of throwing them away, Caitlin of Rebound Designs takes old and damaged books and turns them into one-of-a-kind book purses. And get this: she’ll also take any book you send her and turn it into one of these bags. From Caitlin’s About page:
If you have a favorite book from your childhood, or just a neat book you have lying around, I’d be happy to turn it into a one of a kind book purse for you. Keep in mind, if you are looking through your library, the wider the spine the better, and the spine needs to be in good shape. Send me an email at email@example.com to discuss custom information.
What a fun PR idea for an author promoting his or her new book! This would also make a great gift for a bibliophile…I’m going to add it to my list of gifts for writers.
Prices range from about $100 and up.
IdeaPaint looks like a really neat new product. IdeaPaint transforms any smooth surface into a dry-erase writing surface–and it sounds like you only need one coat. How cool is that? I can see it being a valuable tool for writers, artists, and great fun for kids!
And, if it interests you, you can get a free sample!
It looks like a lot of fun to me, and potentially pretty useful as a writer. What do you think? Does it appeal to you?
It might make a nice gift for a writer….
I *love* finding book- and writing-related gifts for writers, book lovers, editors–anyone who loves books and words! Here are a few gift possibilities:
This is likely to appeal to writers more than readers. A pen with a QWERTY keyboard wrapped around it! It’s expensive at $62 US, but may be an enjoyable gift for some writers and computer geeks.
These stickers are perfect for grammar nerds, or anyone who can’t bear to see punctuation and grammar mistakes in signs, menus, etc. (Think editors, writers, word lovers, some book lovers.)
Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham note pad
This notepad especially appeal to children’s writers and to anyone who’s ever read and loved Dr. Seuss. I know I want one! $3.99.
Books Fall Open, You Fall In bookmarks by Mary Engelbreit
Book lovers and writers often like bookmarks. I know I do–especially ones with beautiful art and sayings.This bookmark by Mary Engelbreit is my new favorite. I love the saying and the fantasy-like appeal of books. You can buy a pack of 36 for $3.29. Or, you can buy a teacher’s set of four different Mary Engelbreit bookmarks (I’m assuming at least 20 of each style) for $10.99 at Amazon.com.
Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are stationary set
Writers love to write–and readers often do, too. And getting a letter in the mail from a friend can feel so good! This stationary set featuring Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are looks pretty appealing to me. It’s especially timely with the release of the movie. It includes 12 sheets of writing paper and 9 postcards. $9.95.
Yoropen - the Ergonomic Pen
Do you write a lot in your day? I sure do. Writing can cause strain on your hand and wrist. These pens are supposed to be ergonomically designed to create more comfortable, strain-free writing, and to be especially helpful for anyone with hand pain like arthritis. The way the pen’s designed prevents your fingers from slipping down the barrel, gives you a clear line of vision when you’re writing, and has an adjustable grip that makes it good for both right-handed and left-handed people. I’ve never tried one yet, but at $3.00 for a standard Yoropen, you can bet I’m going to! The standard pens come in blue, pink, and black barrels with blue or black ink. They also have more expensive pens, pencils, and pens for children.
Spot Me Bookmark
Spot Me Bookmark is an interesting bookmark–it allows you to mark the last sentence that you read, so that you don’t lose your place or have to re-read paragraphs when you come back to the book. You move the arrow slider to mark the sentence. $1.99
Scroll Pen: Paper In Pen
How many times have you scrambled to find a piece of paper when you want to jot down something? This pen solves that problem. It holds a roll of paper in its barrel. You don’t even have to tear the paper off to write on it; just pull the bottom of the pen off, and you have a pen in one hand and the other half with the paper in the other. $35. ($10 for 3 scroll paper replacements.)
Click Clack Read tote bag
I *love* Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin’s funny Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. So finding this tote bag was delightful. It’s got a great message on it, too–appealing to readers and writers–”Click Clack Read.” Help save the earth by not using plastic bags, and show the world how much you love to read–and read children’s books!$18.99
Charlotte’s Web tote bag
Or how about a Charlotte’s Web tote bag? I love that illustration; it takes me back to the book. $19.50.
For more tote bags and t-shirts featuring characters from children’s books and work by children’s illustrators, check out wonder-shirts.com. Includes illustrations and characters by Betsy Lewin, Mo Willems, Kevin Henkes, Rosemary Wells, and more.
You’ve Been Sentenced!
This game sounds like a lot of fun for word and book lovers and writers. From the site: “Short lumpy worms momentarily filled the dugout.” No, it’s not a baseball team’s nightmare, it’s an example of the crazy sentences that you might come up with while playing the entertaining game You’ve Been Sentenced. This game consists of 540 5-sided sentence-building cards that will give you endless sentence possibilities. The point of the game is to try to use as many cards as possible to create a coherent yet zany sentence. The whole family will be in a fit of giggles as you all read your sentences and justify their meanings. For 3-10 players. $21.75
USB Vacuum Cleaner for your keyboard
I don’t know if this actually works, but I could sure use one. How about you? Cat hair, crumbs, they all get in my keyboard. $10.00
Harry the Dirty Dog Mini Cube Puzzle by Mudpuppy
Harry the Dirty Dog is often a favorite picture book–it’s definitely one of mine. So it’s neat to find this jigsaw puzzle featuring the book. $8.99
You can also get an Eric Carle mini cube puzzle - Chameleon, a Goodnight Moon Puzzle, Where the Wild Things Are Floor Puzzle ($18.00), Guess How Much I Love You mini cube puzzle, Madeline 24 Piece Floor Puzzle ($14.99), and more.
Creative Whack Pack
This looks like a fantastic tool, not only for writers, but also for anyone who wants to think creatively or problem solve. The deck is illustrated and comes with 64 cards with creative thinking strategies that will “whack you out of habitual thought patterns and enable you to look at your life and actions in a fresh way.” This is on my wish-list now! $16.
See also the Creative Whack Pack site.
Crossword 4-Function Pen
Another pen likely to appeal to some writers, and to crossword puzzle enthusiasts, is the crossword pen. Its exterior is covered with a crossword puzzle, and it has four options: it has a pen, a highlighter, a pencil, and a PDA stylus. To change the options, hold the pen horizontally and rotate it until the icon for the desired function faces up, then click on button #1. $35.
This comparison study of 7 different booklights convinced me that the next booklight I buy, I want to be Zelco Itty Bitty Slim Book Light. It clips onto the spine of the book instead of the pages, so doesn’t hurt the pages. The LED light is bright and shines directly where you want it, on the pages, and should last for decades. $35. at Amazon with free shipping included.
Here’s something new, at least to me–a camera disguised as a book! The camera takes film, so it isn’t digital, and I would guess it’d appeal to people as a curiosity or something fun. I’m not sure I’d ever use it–or want to pay the $75 price tag–but I like looking at the photo; it makes me grin. Maybe it’d appeal to a book lover you know.
What do you think? Appealing, or not?
The camera is created by Superheadz, who make toy cameras. You can buy one from here.
Thanks to NotCot for the info.
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch bookmark: Reading Is a Gift
Dr. Seuss’ the Grinch is a favorite of many. I love this bookmark–and what a great message–”Reading is a gift.” 36 bookmarks for $2.99.
For more book lover and writer gifts, see my posts:
Gifts for Book Lovers, Part 1
Gifts for Book Lovers, Part 2
Gifts for Book Lovers, Part 3
Gifts for Book Lovers, Part 4
Gifts for Book Lovers and Writers, Part 5
More Gifts for Readers and Writers
Even More Gifts for Book Lovers and Writers
A scarf made from words
Favorite Picture Books as Audio Books at Great Prices
From TillyBloom’s Etsy shop: typewriter earrings! Cost: $14. Looking for other ideas about what to get a writerly friend (or yourself)? See my Gifts For Writers page.
Designer Stephen Reed created alphabetical paperclips, where each clip has a letter of the alphabet on it. The intention was to organize more easily–collecting multiple papers whose topic begins with the letter–but to me, it’s a delightful way to celebrate letters, words, and writing and reading.
You can buy them on a UK sites SPC for £14.50 (they’re listed under new spring products); Back4; and Magma.
Found via Not Cot
The description on these Jane Austen Evil Eye Charm Earrings reads: “In addition to protecting you from all the routine evil eye problems, these Jane Austen charms will protect you from evil against your novel, short story, poem, dissertation or English test.” Heh. Only $10.
Lisa Eisenbrey makes other writer-related Evil Eye Charms as well. The description on her William Faulkner charm, for example: “Warning: Could trigger long stream-of-consciousness monologues.”
Gifts for book lovers and writers are fun to look at all year round. So I’ve compiled some more.
|If you like Dr. Seuss books, then this site has a ton of great Dr. Seuss products.|
|Like this Cat In the Hat mini mug at $3.99.
|Or these super-cute canvas storage boxes made to look like popular Dr. Seuss books. These are definitely on my wish list. $49.99 for the set of three.
I think this Booklover’s Holiday Calendar is pretty neat–fun and inspirational at the same time, with a clear love of books. Behind each window of this non-sectarian calendar is a literary quote about reading, writing, and all things literary by Virginia Woolf, Henry David Thoreau, E. M. Forster, E. B. White, Will Rogers, James Baldwin, and others. It includes quotes such as
“In literature, as in love, we are astounded by what is chosen by others.”—Andre Maurois
and “What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.”—Logan Pearsall Smith. It looks like it goes through all the letters of the alphabet. $7.95 at the Readers Catalog.
This Book Lust Journal by Nancy Pearl looks like a great way to keep track of the books you love, write down favorite passages or thoughts after you read the book, or to think about how the book reflects your life. The template encourages all this, and functions as an easy-access reference tool to return to previous entries you’ve written. There are also templates to record books on your “To Read” list, and keep tabs on books you’ve lent out. $10.95
|I think this button would appeal to a lot of readers, writers, and librarians:At $1.00 each from Barrel of Monkeys on Etsy, it’s a great deal.
|I absolutely *love* these If You Give a Mouse a Cookie pajamas, though they’re a bit too expensive for me. They come as a mother-and-child set; $100 for both. It also comes with a copy of the book. $10 from the sale goes directly to First Book, which gives books to children from low-income families who might not otherwise own their own books.
|This small, sturdy pad–the Jotter–seems like a perfect gift for writers (I know I’d love one), and, at $6.95 each and free shipping in the US or Canada, it’s inexpensive, too. It’s a small size, so easy to slip into a back pocket or bag, has a chrome cover to keep the pages uncrumpled, and comes with a small pen. Oohhh, I think I’m going to go buy one.
Another cool gift for writers–at least those that write or edit by hand–pencils with quotes on them from other writers offering advice and insight. I just wish they’d tell us exactly what the quotes are. Thirty pencils, six each of five quotations. $17.95 from The Reader’s Catalog.
I think these are such funny sayings, perfect for writers with a sense of humor: “My critique group understands me…” and “I do not write like Dr. Seuss (My ms. rocks like Fox In Socks)”. They come as a t-shirt, cloth bag, button, notebook, and more through Pickled Pixel Toe. (Thanks to Editorial Anonymous for the link.)
Okay, not really. But words are cut into these scarves using laser beams–and the result is beautiful, at least to me. Probably to a lot of other word lovers, too. The scarves are made from microfiber suede, and are available in Uppercase or Lowercase letter styles, or Numbers, in off-white and black, for $52 from Little Factory.
I think they’d make a nice gift for a book lover. Though I’d love to know what the scarves actually say, if they say anything. And even better would be if you could custom-order a quote!
Link via Gizmodo.
The idea of ripping pages out of any book makes me shudder, but I have to admire the ingenuity of turning books into purses. PrettyTheory’s shop features a range of purses made from book covers as well as other items made from books. Book purses range from $40-45.
For your favourite mystery writer…a Detective Novel Magnetic Poetry Kit! $9.95 at Shakespeare’s Den, which has many other literary-themed gifts.
Looking for more ideas? Check out my Gifts For Writers list.
It’s never too early to start Christmas shopping…
From TillyBloom’s Etsy shop: Pen Nib Earrings. Charmingly mismatched nibs are made from Victorian fountain pen nibs. $14. I’ve already featured her Typewriter Earrings ($14) before.
Comic above available as a greeting card.
Sent off my manuscript yesterday. Before printing it, I revamped the first few chapters. Yes, again. I’ve run the opening past two writing critique groups and both had the same comments, so I figured they must have a point. Over the years I’ve tried about half a dozen online critique groups but up to now, none have been a particularly good fit for one reason or another. Or they’ve been a good fit but the group fizzled.
I’m pretty happy with my current critique group, which I found through the SCBWI site. We’re all working on fiction for the middle grade - YA level; none of us have had book-length fiction published yet but most have been published in magazines or genres other than MG/YA. It’s been remarkably tough finding a group whose writing level, focus, and critiquing philosophy is similar to mine.
We critique about 5,000 words a week. It’s time-consuming, to be sure, but I’ve found that I learn almost as much from critiquing other people as I do being critiqued.
What about the rest of you? How many of you are currently in a critique group, online or offline? Any tips for those who are still looking for the right critique group?