Holipalooza!: Gifts for the…Bookworm

November 14, 2011 · 29 comments

in Arts & Culture

Welcome to Holipalooza! This is my first year attempting any sort of gift guide here at The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower, so I really hope you all enjoy it. I’ll be adding to the Holipalooza fun in segments every Monday and perhaps Saturdays, too, as we make our way through the holiday season. In each segment I’ll be focusing on particular interests and/or people who you might find yourself shopping for this year – and, hopefully, you’ll find something to inspire you in your pursuit of presents!

Buying for a book lover sounds easy enough, but if you’re not a bookworm yourself or your reading interests are too far removed from that of the person you’re shopping for finding the right gift can be difficult. Being the book devotee that I am – and having the strange/particular/obsessive taste in books that I do – I know a lot about this. I would absolutely recommend any of the books found in my Reviews section, but I can’t say I’d necessarily give them as a gift because giving specific books is so very tricky. I always say it’s less about “bad” books and more about incompatible readers. Aside from buying a bookworm an actual book, a lot of people go for gift cards. I love this, because I always endeavor to make special bookstore days out of using my gift cards. But if you’re looking to get something a little more personal, a little more unexpected, here are some gems I’ve found (priced highest to lowest)…

Book Posters
$23-35 at Postertext.com

Postertext creates artwork depicting scenes from classic literature cut as silhouettes in text from the actual books! Featured here are Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. You can check for your giftee’s favorite classic or even request a book!

Wicked Witch in the Book
$29.95 at MyBookmark

Every bookworm loves a bookmark – especially a creative one! Wizard of Oz fans would be, yes, “head over heels” for this Wicked Witch bookmark handmade in the Ukraine by MyBookmark. Browse their Etsy shop for more fun “feet” bookmarks, including Alice, zombies and Christmas elves!

Paper Garland Hearts
$28 at Bookity

Whimsy abounds at Bookity, a lovely Etsy shop that offers all sorts of bookish gifts – from handbags made out of old book covers to these charming garlands. The ones pictured are made from selected works of Shakespeare, but there’s also a Jane Austen edition!

Vintage Book Necklace
$28 at Lil’ Seeds

Another favorite of mine are these necklaces by Lil’ Seeds featuring purposefully selected lines from old editions of classic books. Christy has an amazing selection of books and in addition can make round and square pendants, rings and keychains!

Books I’ve Read Journal
$18.95 at Amazon

To help a bookworm keep track of their literary adventures this journal has a wonderfully detailed layout, allowing the reader to fully document their experience with a book once they finish it. The journal is also available in a pocket-size edition for only $5.95, a great little just-a-thought gift or stocking stuffer.

E-Reader Case
$17.75 at OhKoey

For the techy bookworm, e-reader covers can be a fun gift and I’m a huge fan of this chevron patterned handmade version by OhKoey. The Etsy shop caters to different types of e-readers so you won’t have to worry about the fit and their variety of designs is just gorgeous!

Marauder’s Map Necklace
$14.50 at BookishCharm

I think most everyone knows someone who loves Harry Potter. If so, this “Mischief Managed” charm is such a cute little gift (love Harry’s scar, too). If not, BookishCharm has a wonderful selection of handmade charms from Tolkien, Lewis and Shakespeare to George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones and beyond! There are even charms about books in general if you don’t want to focus on a specific novel.

I Like Big Books… Tote
$12.95 at Pamela Fugate Designs

Besides being rather hilarious (I take no responsibility if anyone gets the infamous Sir Mix-a-Lot song stuck in their head now), a canvas tote is a completely smart and useful gift for a bookworm because it can be brought to the bookstore for use in place of a plastic bag. It would be the perfect little something to go with a gift card, and the fact that each bag is handmade to order makes it even more special.

Demeter “Paperback” Fragrance
$10 for 1/2oz at Demeter Fragrance Library

For the truly devoted lover of literature who’s ever wanted to bottle the smell of books – well, Demeter Fragrance Library did it for us! Prices range from $6 to $40 depending on the size, and before you think it’s too absurd that anyone would want to smell like old books Demeter describes the scent as, “sweet and just a touch musty”. Spritz away and read on!

If you’d like to submit a product for consideration to Holipalooza please contact me with hi-res images and information about your brand. I’m accepting submissions on the subjects of food, art, green living, hostess gifts and gifts for men, as well as handmade holiday cards and thank-you cards.


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Lyndi November 14, 2011 at 10:07 am

Such lovely pretties! Thanks for sharing! And I love the Christmas take on your logo. :D


Casee Marie November 16, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Thank you, Lyndi! And I’m glad you like the logo – I couldn’t resist.


Heidi November 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Great gift ideas! Every single one is charming and perfect stocking gifts or stand alone gifts :)


Casee Marie November 16, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Thanks, Heidi! So glad you liked them. (:


Juju at Tales of Whimsy... November 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Love it alll!
Super curious about what paperbacks smells like ;)


Casee Marie November 16, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Thanks, Juju! Have to admit, I’m pretty curious about eau de paperback myself!


Courtney November 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm

All of these look super cute!


Casee Marie November 16, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Thanks, Courtney! (:


Genny November 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Ohmygoodness! I love this idea! I’m going to be looking out for these posts of yours avidly!

I love these book posters. I’m tempted to buy Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice for myself.

Ahhh, I want that Mischief Managed necklace so badly!


Casee Marie November 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Aww, so glad you like it! I hope you enjoy the upcoming posts, too. ;)

I definitely thought of you with quite a few of these. I want so many of those gorgeous posts, really! And the Mischief Managed necklace makes me want to go back and read Harry Potter. I never did finish the books, sadly!


Genny November 16, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I’m sure that I will! :)

Oh, dear me! You must must must! Those books have honestly been my whole life and were there for me when I didn’t have anyone. Promise me that you’ll finish them?


Casee Marie November 16, 2011 at 11:50 pm

I promise! (: I read up until the last book, actually, but stopped that one when she killed Hedwig…and then when I heard about basically all of my favorite characters being killed off I never went back to it. I wish it didn’t get quite so dark – I remember I started to get disenchanted with Goblet of Fire – though I understood it a bit more recently when another blogger wrote that the books grew up as she grew up. My mom started reading the first book when it came out but she was so appalled by the idea of Harry being locked in a closet, she still doesn’t really “like” the series. Which, most likely, as a parent to young kids is an understandable reaction; I think the books take a certain personality to really understand the tone, you know? But recently I was watching The Today Show and Hoda and Kathie Lee were at the Harry Potter amusement park, and the twins were there, and Rupert and Jason Isaacs, and they were talking about Extendable Ears and Butterbeer and it just reminded me of how enchanted I was with that whole world. I miss it!!


Britta November 14, 2011 at 5:53 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE EVERYTHING! Thanks so much for posting this! I’ll be checking them all out, especially Bookity. Those Garland Hearts are beautiful!


Casee Marie November 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Aww, you’re so welcome! I’m glad you like them – and I totally had you in mind when I saw the garland hearts!


Nnenna November 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Oh my gosh can I please have everything in this gift guide?! So many items to love, but I think my top 3 are that kooky bookmark, the pretty chevron print e-reader case (I’m obsessed with chevron patterns these days!) and that hilarious tote bag! Also, a fragrance that smells like new book- yes please! Basically, I love everything and I can’t wait to see more of your gift guides!

P.S. Love the santa hat on TGWSTET- so cute and festive! :)


Casee Marie November 16, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Yay, so glad you liked everything! I hope you like the rest of the posts, too – fingers crossed! The bookmark is so cute, I adore the idea. I’ve seen some interesting bookmarks, I even have a magnetic one that I love.

Haha, thank you – I feel like she needs a jacket, though, I’m cold just looking at her! ;)


Bere November 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm

You are a genius and I want to go gift-shopping with you!!! I adored the Wicked Witch of The West bookmark but that fragrance also sounds perfect! Oh and the charms? And the necklaces? AND THE JANE EYRE POSTER OMG. This post is a treasure in itself, and in turn it’s overflowing with these other treasures. A complete winner! And…you just got me into Christmas mood, big time! xoxo B.


Casee Marie November 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Ha! Thanks so much, sweets. Isn’t that bookmark wild? Totally want one. AND THE JANE EYRE POSTER. It’s too much. I’m glad you liked the post and so glad it put you in the holiday spirit. I was afraid it might strike a chord with the folks who think, understandably, that Christmas doesn’t come until December.


Patience November 15, 2011 at 9:04 am

Love that Chevron e-reader case. Wish they also had one for the Ipad.

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Casee Marie November 16, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Isn’t it lovely? The Etsy shop does make iPad cases in addition to e-reader cases, though I’m not sure if that particular style is available. (:


Jennifer November 16, 2011 at 11:19 am

those little feet bookmarks!!! Oh my!! thanks for sharing!!


Casee Marie November 16, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Aren’t they the cutest?! So happy to share!


Jamillah November 20, 2011 at 9:05 am

Fantastic list! The I like big books and I cannot lie tote is so flippin’ cute.


THE-LOUDMOUTH November 26, 2011 at 12:27 pm

This is such an adorable series and I love these finds!!! I’m probably going to snag some of this stuff for myself, ha! I need to go check out the next segment.


Gabrielle November 29, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Ok…I LOVE the book silhouette posters and that witch bookmark. This gift guide is definitely for me! Maybe I’ll snag a bookmark like that for my sis! Great ideas, Casee! :) Thanks for sharing.

P.S. I’m catching up on blog reading, so you’ll probably see a few comments from me.


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