Trying to decide what little extra things to get that book lover in your life? Don’t want to give just another gift card to a bookstore because it doesn’t feel personal enough? We at The Hub decided to put our heads together to create a fun list of potential stocking stuffers that any book lover would delight in finding on Christmas morning:
Books To Check Out: A Journal: Inspired by the hand-stamped due date cards from public libraries, this clever journal has sections for keeping track of books to read, favorite passages, and books lent and borrowed. Includes a handy pocket for review clippings. (Find it here)
Book Geek Mini-Buttons: Cute handmade buttons that show off a love of books. There are six designs, five of which come in six different colors! (Find them here)
I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie: Inspirational Quote Dictionary Page Book Art Print: Uplift your life with this collection of encouraging words that challenge and inspire. These artists upcycle the beautiful, weathered pages of old dictionaries to create unique prints that glow with the patina of another age, so no two are alike. The result is a beautiful and interesting home decor print, perfect for framing by itself or in a wall group. Definitely a conversation starter! (Find it here)
READ Book Readers Bracelet: A tribute to the artist’s favorite pastime. A very bookish bracelet with little reading themed art beads alternating with letters. The beads are replicas of old-fashioned typewriter keys. (Find it here)
Out of Print Phone Cases: iPhone cases with cover art from your favorite classics. The Outsiders, The Great Gatsby, A Clockwork Orange … any reader’s taste can be reflected in their modern life. (Find them here)
Paddywax’s Library Collection: Candles created for the bibliophiles of the world. Each candle pairs a favorite quote with an exquisite fragrance, paying homage to the literary greats. Impeccable packaging in commanding book cloth covered boxes adorned with foil stamped labels make these candles an ideal gift for lovers of fine literature. (Find them here)
Banned Books Trading Cards: Help celebrate the annual Banned Books Week with this set of seven cards designed by local artists and inspired by banned books or authors. At $7 a set, with all proceeds going to the artists and the Lawrence Public library in Kansas, your stocking stuffer can also help support reading in a direct way! (Find them here)
Banned Books Bracelet: And if you (or that book lover in your life) want more banned books goods, what about this bracelet featuring the covers of popular children’s titles that have been banned at some point? (Find it here — and check out the other great gifts in the ALA Store, too!)
Tote Bag: What book lover doesn’t need a sturdy tote bag to carry their newest selections? Etsy.com has a variety of handmade tote bags, but this classic quote from Barrie’s Peter Pan seemed like a particularly good choice for the classical reader. (Find it here)
Leather Book Wallet Cover for iPhone 4S: These vintage bookcase covers are made from genuine leather and fit the iPhone 4 or 4s. They offer phone protection and also double as a wallet to carry your credit cards and ID. Lightweight and beautiful. (Find it here)
Keep Calm and Read On Necklace: Perfect for a stylish reader, this necklace is upcycled from a vintage Scrabble tile from 1948 and comes with a 24 inch chain. The pendant is sent in a vellum envelope with matching note card and is perfect for gift giving! (Find it here)
Postertext prints: Postertext creates posters that breathe new life into some of the most memorable literary works ever written, conjuring key scenes from the narrative using the writer’s own words to shape an image that captures the heart and spirit of the author’s original vision. (Find them here)
DFTBA Records T-Shirts: Don’t Forget to Be Awesome and show your nerdity proudly to everyone around you. This “Holden Caulfield Thinks You’re a Phony” t-shirt definitely fits the bill. (Find it here)
Shakespearean Insults Mug : Is your favorite reader not very much of a morning person? Then this is the perfect coffee mug for them! This Shakespeare insults mug will help them with thirty witty insults ready-made for hurling at every “clod of wayward marl” who feels the need to be cheerful before enough coffee has been properly consumed. (Find it here)
And last, but certainly not least … there is not a book lover out there who would not adore finding either a gift card to a book store or a brand-new ereader loaded with a selection of fabulous titles in their stocking … but unless you want to really splurge, we suggest some of these other ideas as just a little something extra to brighten the book lover in your life’s Christmas!
I want to give a special thanks to all the Hub bloggers who helped contribute to this post (and helped me build my wish list for next year!): Jessica Pryde, Amanda Margis, Amy Pelman, Becky O’Neil, Diane Colson, Gretchen Kolderup, Molly Wetta, Laura Perenic, Maria Kramer, Emily Calkins Charyk, Carli Spina, Ariel Cummins, Annie Schutte, and Jennifer Rummel.
— Jessica Miller, currently reading Island of Thieves by Josh Lacey and Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder.
Note: These are not product endorsements, nor have we been compensated in any way for suggesting them as stocking stuffers — they’re just things we think are neat!
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