5 Fab Literary Gifts

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
One of my favorite Christmas gifts from last year.

I’ve been trying to pretend the holidays aren’t practically upon us, with trying to meet several deadlines and wrap up my NaNoWriMo project (12,800 words to go), but I can’t deny it any longer. This week I had to jump online (and hit one store) to go ahead and order a few gifts on my kids’ lists that are sure to be sold out after Black Friday. I refuse to pay premium prices on things as I have in the past because I didn’t shop ahead of time. And earlier today I got a text from my husband that said, “It’s time for you to drop stronger hints about what you want for Christmas.”

That got me thinking about a gift he bought me last year that I absolutely adored--and still love to use--a coffee mug he ordered from CafePress. If you and the other writers in your life are anything like me, you’ll appreciate thoughtful, creative, or even practical gifts such as that mug just as much as a gift card to your favorite store or a cappuccino maker. And as a bonus, these could double as a great gifts for teachers and book lovers!

Here are a few ideas for you. And yes, I may or may not have scrolled through Pinterest to get some of these ideas. Feel free to print this out and hand over to your loved ones if you agree!

1. Novel Teas Box. We all know writers are so much more productive when they have a hot beverage to sip, and with Novel Teas, you can pretend you’re having tea with the likes of C.S. Lewis and Alice Hoffman. Each box contains 25 individually-wrapped English Breakfast teabags featuring literary quotes from all over the world. This site also has great tea-related gifts for teachers, girlfriends, gardeners and more!

2. Printable Library Card Pillows. I don’t know about you, but I miss those library due date cards that used to be in the back of the books you checked out. Such history! Pay homage to them with these stylish and fun accent pillows.

3. TOMS Live Your Dream Women’s Classics. In the past, the popular shoe manufacturer has put out some cute slip-ons that featured dictionary quotes. This year, they have a neutral shoe that encourages the wearer to “live your dreams” and “believe.” For the writer who also worships shoes, it’s a win!

4. Out of Print Tote Bags. These tote bags are both inexpensive, fun and functional. Whether a writer prefers the classics, children’s literature, banned books or library memorabilia, she will love this great conversational piece.

5. Book Scarfs by Storiarts. These cozy yet literary handmade scarves have received scores of rave reviews on their site. Choose from Wuthering Heights, Little Women, Les Miserables, Doran Grey, Romeo and Juliet, A Tale of Two Cities, and Alice in Wonderland.

What are some writing-related gifts you're hoping for this year?

Renee Roberson is an award-winning freelance writer and WOW! Blog Tour Manager who also blogs at Renee’s Pages. She is currently looking for bloggers to host children’s book author Fiona Ingram’s blog tour for The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, launching in mid-January.


Cathy C. Hall said...

Well, Renee, you have just made the Beneficent Mr. Hall's shopping awfully easy! :-)

All I want for Christmas--and really, I don't think it's asking for much--is a huge book contract. Can you hook me up with that one? :-)

Kirsten Larson said...

Oh, yay! I just found some great ideas for my fellow Pride and Prejudice fans.

Sioux Roslawski said...

I know it's not directly related to writing, but I always love a gift card to a book store...because for ME, writing and reading go hand in hand.

And if you snag a contract for Cathy, how about getting a NaNoCrocIt fairy to get me to my November goal? And then, they might as well finish it...

I have a homemade pencil holder--made out of a decorated juice can and filled with coffee beans. Each time you push a pencil into the beans, the lovely aroma of coffee comes drifting up. (Lynn Obermoeller's daughter created them.) ...In case you were looking for something to make as gifts for your writer friends...

'mbrandt said...

That is a date due slip on the pillow. Wish it was a library card.

Renee Roberson said...

@Cathy--I wish I could hook us all up with book contracts! Actually, I just wish I could get organized enough to start submitting again. That might help!
@Kirsten-- so glad you found this helpful! I got some great ideas for my kids' teachers while compiling this list, too.
@Sioux--Gift cards that enable me to buy books are always on my wish list, too! That and gift cards for coffee. I love that pencil holder idea, too!
@mbrandt--I guess it's too hard to put a library card design on items because they're all so different. Zazzle does have some other "library-inspired" products on their site that are very cute, though.

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