5 Holiday Gifts for Your Fave Book Nerd

Since Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are all just around the corner, I thought we should take a moment to think of some cool holiday gifts for your favorite book nerds.

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Is your book nerd a bit of a revolutionary? Knows his or her own mind? Then get them the “I Would Prefer Not To” Bundle from Melville House. I think I may treat myself to this. The hubster could probably use this at work too. 😉

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If your book nerd loves color-coordinated books, give her a few books in the Penguin Orange Collection. They’re gorgeous, aren’t they? Modern classics that should definitely be on our bookshelves!

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Want to surprise your book nerd with a box of surprise goodies? Send them a Bookish Gifts Subscription Box. You can choose a single box, 3 months, 6 months or a year! We book nerds like bookish surprises.

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Is your bookish friend a writer as well? Why not treat him or her to a personalized notebook or planner from Moleskine? When they’re planning their next masterpiece, they’ll be thinking of you. 🙂

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Does your book nerd love Edgar Allan Poe? Then she’ll adore this cuff that’s stamped with the last two verses of “The Raven”! Or maybe she’ll love some of the Wicked Wordsmith Company‘s other literary jewelry!

These are just a few ideas! I’ll be back soon with more! 🙂

 

A Few More Gifts for Book Lovers — Part Four

As promised, here’s the final installment of my series on gift ideas for your favorite book lovers. Since people say we book lovers are notoriously difficult to shop for, I thought I’d bring you a few more ideas for gifts to make your Christmas shopping a little easier.

This time, our list is short and sweet. Just three items that could really help you with those final items on your Christmas shopping list… and let’s face it, we book lovers are kind of hard to shop for–we don’t like other people picking out books for us but we’d rather you didn’t simply hand us a card with some money in it. 🙂

Something Practical…

For the book lover who is always on to move, Moleskine journals are the perfect gift. They are stylish, durable and come in lots of versions to satisfy even the pickiest book lover. I am a Moleskine junkie–I have tons of them and I jot down everything from “to do” lists to ideas for future short stories and novels. I always have one with me when I am traveling and now Moleskine has come out with the Moleskine Travel Gift Box Set, the Gourmet Gift Box Set, the Writing Gift Box Set, the Drawing Gift Box Set and the Gardening Gift Box Set. The Travel Gift Box Set includes a Moleskine Passions 240-page lined journal with 5 themed sections and two luggage tags. It all comes in a very nice gift box so your friend can always keep track of their journal and tags by popping it back in the box and placing the box in their bookcase. The recommended retail price for the Travel Gift Box Set is $49.95 but you may be able to find it at a much lower price online or in a bricks-and-mortar bookstore. You can either order the gift set directly from Moleskine or check with your favorite local bookseller.

A Flight of Fancy…

Jane Austen Charm Bracelet from the Jane Austen Gift Shop

A few days ago I found the Jane Austen Centre Gift Shop online and it’s the perfect place to buy a nice present for your Jane Austen-loving friends. One of my favorite items there was the Jane Austen charm bracelet. The bracelet and its charms are made of 925 silver, and each charm is a miniature of a Jane Austen novel. Open the charm and it features a line from one of her novels. Such a charming gift! It’s a tad bit expensive at £200 ($322 USD) but this is one of those flights of fancy presents… And just think how thrilled your Jane Austen-loving friend will be when she opens the box. 🙂

If You’re Still Stumped…

Then you can always do the obvious: give your book-loving friend a gift certificate to a bookstore. But if you do, please support an independent bookstore in your friend’s neighborhood. Supporting a local bookstore means supporting local communities and job-creation. To find an indie bookstore near you (or your book-loving friend), go to IndieBound. You can also browse the independent booksellers’ bestsellers list and get ideas for books for kids, among other things. So go local, go to your local bookseller.

That’s it for this year! Hope you’re nearly done now with your Christmas shopping! Coming soon we’ll have some more book reviews, my list of 2011’s favorite Christmas reads and what I’ll be reading in 2012.

 

Even More Gifts for Book Lovers — Part Three

I don’t think I am alone in being a book nerd who likes coffee. I drink absurd amounts of it. Nearly all the book nerds I know love coffee or tea, love spending time in places where they can read and drink their favorite hot beverage…and they love cookies. I only know one book nerd who isn’t a cookie monster but then she doesn’t like snacks either…maybe she is really a pod person? But that’s another story! If you’re still banging your head against a wall looking for gifts for your favorite book nerd, why not try gifts that will help her (or him) do their second-favorite thing in all the world–drink coffee (or tea) and get lost in a book…?

Cool Coffee Mugs

I love coffee mugs. I especially love diner-style coffee mugs. They fit so nicely in my hand and it feels wonderful to have coffee or hot chocolate in my favorite mug. I’ve found a few that I think my fellow book nerds will like. I even own one of them already and have my eye on the others as future coffee mugs to have at home and at work.

Ceramic Script Frenzy Mug

If your book nerd friends are also (aspiring) screenwriters, then the Script Frenzy Bistro Mug could be the perfect accessory for their messy desk. Brought to you be Letters and Light, the people who bring us Nanowrimo, Script Frenzy and the Nanowrimo Young Writers Program, this mug is shiny, cobalt blue and packs a whopping 15 ounces of coffee for the writing soul. And while you’re at it, why not make a donation to Nanowrimo in your friend’s name so Nanowrimo and Script Frenzy can survive another year.

 

Wuthering Heights Penguin Book Cover Mug

Ever since I first saw Penguin’s book cover mugs, I have coveted them. I want them all. I think I will treat myself to one or two this year (it’s convenient that Christmas and my birthday are so close–I can treat myself to loads of presents). I’ve been thinking about getting one to have at work since I don’t like using paper cups. The question is–how to decide which one would best suit my desk…and then if I had four at home I could make sure my book nerd girlfriends all had fun mugs from which to drink their coffee when they come by…hmm. Well, I think your book nerd friends would love one of these Penguin mugs–they speak to the writer who lives in every book nerd’s soul. 🙂 If you live in the US, these may be hard to find but Bloomsbury & Co ships internationally so they could help you. In Sweden, we can buy these mugs at Pocket Shop. The store at Sergels Torg has a nice selection, by the way.

Barista Gift Box from Dean & Deluca

Now if you really want to splurge, you could treat your favorite book nerd (or yourself) to the Dean and Deluca Barista Gift. It comes with three sampler bags of Dean and Deluca Espresso, Breakfast Blend and French Roast, 2 diner mugs, a bag of chocolate espresso beans, a Chemex coffee maker and coffee filters. I am already in love with it. I may have to treat myself to this the next time I am in the US. 🙂 It costs $95 and you can never go wrong with a gift box from Dean and Deluca.

A Comfy Chair and a Throw

The Saybrook Wicker Wingback Armchair from Pottery Barn

I’ve got a thing about chairs. I don’t know why–especially since my balcony isn’t big enough to house all the chairs I’d like to have. I think most book nerds like comfy chairs in which we can enjoy our favorite books. I love sitting outside and feeling the sun on my skin as I read. I have this dream that one day I will have a nice lawn (that someone else takes care of because I don’t have a green thumb), lilac bushes and a magnolia tree, and lots of Adirondack chairs with comfy cushions for good measure. Until that dream comes true, I will drool over the Saybrook All-Weather Wicker Wingback Armchair from Pottery Barn. It looks like the perfect chair for spending a lazy afternoon reading A Room with a View or 32 Candles or Darkness at Dawn. Okay, the chair is pricey–at $699 it definitely breaks my budget but it just looks so nice…well, a girl can dream.

Monogrammable Throw from Pottery Barn

But if you want to be more reasonable (and I don’t blame you) a nice throw is always a good present for a book nerd. We get chilly when we’re sitting there reading and something nice and soft and warm to put around our shoulders is just the thing to keep us toasty (well, a cuddle is also good).  Pottery Barn has some nice monogrammable ones (even better! We love personalized gifts!) in great colors. And they’re only $39. Not bad! 🙂 The faux fur one is also very cozy-looking. We bought one last year from West Elm and it’s stylish and warm–talk about combining fashion and function.

Something for the Littlest Book Nerd

The t-shirt that says it all, from Penguin

I firmly believe that you should help children love reading from an early age. And for the wee ones who can’t read yet but who like being read to, well let’s start them off early with  proclaiming their love for books (even if it’s just chewing on them) with a t-shirt that says it all. Penguin Books has a great toddler tee that let’s your wee one tell the world how much the love books. If I had kids, I would put this shirt on them everyday. 🙂

 

Peter Rabbit Zoobie, from Penguin USA

And then there is the Peter Rabbit Zoobie, which is perfect for future book nerds. It’s cute and your pregnant book nerd friend will love you for helping to introduce her future progeny to a children’s classic (pair it with a copy of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and she’ll love you even more). You will be forever remembered as the cool aunt/uncle/friend with good taste in books and prezzies for the tykes. And that’s always a good thing.

That’s it for now…I’ll be back with Part Four (the final part of my gift ideas posts) mid-week.

More Gifts for Book Lovers — Part Two

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… 🙂

Bags

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

MiniFlex LED eReader Book Light

Ultra Thin LED 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

Screenshot from Scrivener

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…