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)…
$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.
$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.