It’s two weeks until Christmas–have you figured out what you want to give the book lovers on your list? Last week I suggested a few titles that might tickle their fancy. Maybe one of them jumped out and grabbed you? If not, then why not think about non-book gift ideas that book lovers might enjoy… 🙂
I love handbags and tote bags. I think most book lovers appreciate a bag with plenty of space for a trade paperback, a notebook and some pens. (And your loyalty card for your favorite café). I especially appreciate bags that have enough space for my Macbook Air. I found a few that I have fallen in love with and I think your female book lover friends will too.
Melville House Books’ “I Would Prefer Not To…” tote bag not only looks fantastic but it also pays homage to a fantastic story, “Bartleby the Scrivener” by the illustrious Mr. Melville, of course. According to Melville House, you could fit a French bull dog in the bag…so it should surely be sturdy enough for a lightweight MacBook Air… 🙂 You can never go wrong with a black bag, and a black bag inspired by a literary classic…well, that just can’t possibly be wrong, can it? 🙂
Another bag I love is the Pride and Prejudice tote bag from Out of Print Clothing. It’s adorable! Out of Print Clothing also has tote bags featuring other classics such as Moby Dick, the Great Gatsby, Animal Farm and a Clockwork Orange. I am already eyeing the Pride and Prejudice and Clockwork Orange tote bags. I really shouldn’t buy two more…but I love switching around bags and variety is the spice of life.
And when you purchase a tote bag from Out of Print Clothing, they’ll send a book to a community in need. So why not buy more than one?
Out of Print Clothing also has coasters, t-shirts and other fun accessories for book lovers. Let’s face it: just because we love reading doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate cool things. So head over there now and behold this mecca of coolness.
Now this next bag is not very practical but it’s stylish and it’s inspired by a literary classic so I couldn’t resist posting it. I am a big fan of Kate Spade bags and her series of clutches inspired by the classics is adorable. The only cons? Well, the size is an issue and the price–$325. But if you want a statement bag for an evening out and you’re reading a book on your Smart phone or your iPhone (yes, there are people who do this…I am not one of them) then maybe the Romeo & Juliet clutch is for you (or your favorite book lover). Not a Shakespeare fan? Have no fear: there are also clutches paying homage to Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde.
A Book Light
I love reading. I read everywhere: in bed, on planes, on buses, in the bathtub, when standing in line, you name it. And sometimes there just isn’t enough light. So maybe your book loving friend or relative would appreciate a nice book light they could clip on to their favorite book or e-book reader. Mighty Bright Light has a great selection and nearly all of them are under $20–not bad when you consider the economic crisis we’re in. I’ve posted pictures of two of my faces, the MiniFlex LED eReader Light and the Ultra Thin LED Book Light.
There’s also an ebook reader cover with light available at Mighty Bright Light for only $29.99–not a bad price. The cover is made of genuine leather with a suede interior.
However, it’s sized for the 6″ 2nd generation Kindle so I don’t know if it will fit other ebook readers. If you’re interested in it, then you should definitely contact customer service at Mighty Bright Light and I am sure they’ll be able to help you out.
A Great Program for Novelwriting
Many moons ago, I wrote everything on my PC and complained bitterly about MS Word and how much I hated it. Then one day I heard about Scrivener and since then I haven’t turned back to Word for anything fiction-related. Scrivener is a word processing software that helps you outline, write and compile your masterpiece. I wrote this year’s Nanowrimo Novel with Scrivener. I love how I can use the cork board view to rearrange chapters and scenes. I also love the character and setting template sheets that I can use to help me visualize my main characters and where the story takes place. Other features that are really helpful are the Project Targets chart and the text editing functions that make revising so much easier. Scrivener is available for Mac, there’s also a Windows version for PC. The price? Hold your hats–only $45 to download the Mac version and $40 for the Windows version.
That’s it for now. I’ll be back tomorrow with a few more gift ideas…