Kelly’s Last Minute Gift Guide for your Literary-Minded Loved Ones

grumpy-cat-christmas-themeIf you celebrate Christmas, I’m sure the constant barrage of emails, 5 pounds of fliers in your newspapers, and incessant commercials promoting the LOWEST PRICES OF THE SEASON FOR REALSIES THIS TIME have alerted you to the fact that you have NINE days to shop for your loved ones. And perhaps you are like me – procrastinator extraordinaire with no stomach for advertisements hawking soda machines.  (Personal soda machines are like fetch, they’re never going to happen). Also, since you are presumably a fan of books and literary fun times, maybe you want some cool gift ideas for the bibliophiles in your life. You are in luck, my friend.

Below, I’ve compiled a pile of presents any book lover would love to see under his or her Christmas tree. And any applicable discount codes if I could find them. Happy procrastinating, friends!

FOR THE ASPIRING WRITER

No Plot No Problem Novel-Writing Kit
Price: $21.00

We all have that friend who should be writing a novel, but is too overwhelmed/scared/procrastinating to actually do it. Well help them out with the guide from the mind behind NaNoWriMo! With a written guide, cards, stickers, and a log, this kit keeps you (or your friend) on track.

XMAS BONUS!! Fred Flare. Free shipping on orders over $25. Use code “wreath”

hobbitFOR THE TOLKIEN FAN

Everything ThinkGeek
Price range: $10 to $140

ThinkGeek is a terrible, wonderful place. And if you have  a Tolkien fan in your life, then this is your lucky day. With the release of The Hobbit: Don’t Desecrate My Holes comes a slew of amazingly nerdy gift ideas. From Thorin’s key as a necklace to a beautiful print of the map, there is a variety of gifts from beautiful to absurd. My favorite? Hobbit slippers!!!

XMAS BONUS!!! Free shipping on orders over $99 until 12/19, no code

FOR THE SARTORIALLY MINDED GAME OF THRONES FANfighting

Threadless Tshirts! 
Price range: $20 to $49

If you aren’t obsessed with Game of Thrones by now, I have one thing to say to you: You know nothing, Jon Snow. If you’re in the know, then you know winter is coming! Pair these tshirts with a warm cardigan and you’re all set for whatever Wildlings, Others, or Lannisters who come your way.

XMAS BONUS!! Threadless is having a $9.99 sale this weekend. So buy before midnight for great prices.

gatsbyFOR THE FRIEND WITH THE BARE APARTMENT WALLS

ClaudiaVarosio Etsy’s store
Price range: $4.00 to $150

Claudia Varosio makes really striking prints for a variety of movies, books, and pop culture. Her color choices are really sophisticated, with a rather retro vibe. Add in a really nice frame and you could make even a grad student’s apartment look like an adult lives there. Well, maybe. No promises. The Great Gatsby poster is my personal favorite.

FOR THE WEALTHY LOVER OF WHIMSICAL PICTURE BOOKSheart

Jewelry based on Oliver Jeffers’ picture books.

An oddly specific category, but still! Oliver Jeffers writes really adorable and smart picture books for kids. I’ve written about him in my story time post, and shared his work with the people in my program. Adults and children all over the world have fallen in love with his stories, and it’s easy to see why. He teamed up with jewelry designers Digby and Iona to create original pieces based on his books. My personal favorite is pictured – an adorable locket revealing an anatomically correct heart. If any of our readers wanna show your favorite bloggers some love, this necklace is only $220! No takers? Ah well, at least I tried.

FOR THE LITERARY MINDED PUNK IN YOUR LIFE

Forgetters – Forgetters Vinyl. 
Price range: $15.00

Who doesn’t love Jawbreaker?? And obviously it was Blake’s haunting, visceral lyrics that made it one of the best punk bands of all time. Well Blake is back, with a new band named Forgetters. With lyrics like “’cause Dorothy Parker is always safer Valerie Solanas or Josephine Baker,” what English major, former punk turned sad professional could resist this album? SHUDDUP I’M NOT PROJECTING.

personFOR THE PERSON WHO KNOWS WHAT DFBTA STANDS FOR

Pretty much everything in the DFTBA store!
Price range: $5 and up

So you have people who calls themselves nerdfighters in your life. You may be concerned that they are going out and street fighting over the merits of the Harry Potter films. Or god knows what else. Well, don’t worry. They may be doing those things, but we can never know another person fully so just give up. Love them for their nerdy selves and buy them anything from this webstore. I personally love the posters for John Green’s books and the new ampersand necklace.

XMAS BONUS!!!! Sale going on right now. Some things are 50% off. Buy everything.

FOR ANYONE WHO LOVES CLASSIC LITERATURE AND WEARING COOL ulyssesCLOTHING

Out of Print Clothing
Price range: $4 and up

Guys, I seriously want everything on this website. From cute tote bags to amazing tshirts, Out or Print Clothing takes classic books and redesigns their logos to make striking and smart pieces. They also sell stationary. You will not be met with vaguely disappointed looks and false words of gratitude if you buy something from this site. I mean… look at this Ulysses shirt. JUST LOOK AT IT. It is a thing of pretentious beauty.

FOR ANYONE WHO LOVES THE WRITTEN WORD

BOOOOOOOOKS. Buy us all the books. Preferably from an indie book store. Find your local one here!! Bibliophiles will always be happy getting new books, to be added to the ever growing pile that makes our bookshelves bow in the middle, pregnant with the promise of new worlds, ideas, and countless hours. There are few things more personal or wonderful than receiving a hand selected book from a close friend or family member. Not even cynical atheists can resist the holiday spirit that comes from unwrapping those ubiquitous rectangular packages.

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