Would You Like a Book with That?
By Ciara N. Mealer
n my humble opinion, books always make the perfect gift. Sometimes you want to include a little something extra for the bibliophile in your life though. So this year I’ve curated a collection of gifts for book lovers of every variety, from your on-trend friends to your globetrotting companions, there is something here for everyone. Happy Holidays!
StoriArts and OutofPrint Clothing Company are great companies that sell literary themed clothing. From Peter Pan gloves to Jane Austen scarves, you can find something to suit the taste of the trendiest friends on your shopping list.
Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell
The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance by Kirsty Greenwood
Gospel According to Coco Chanel by Karen Karbo
A Veiled Deception by Annette Blair
Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins
For Explorers, Adventurers, and History Lovers
Scratch off maps, literary themed postcards, and travel journals are just a few of the great gifts you could choose for those who dream of far off lands and bygone eras. UncommonGoods is an awesome site to find quirky gifts, but check out what your local bookstores have on the shelves as well.
Everything is Going to be Great: An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour by Rachel Shukert
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Ella Morton, and Dylan Thuras
Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mysteries, Miracles, and God by Lori Erickson
Secret Marvels of the World: 360 Extraordinary Places You Never Knew Existed and Where to Find Them by Lonely Planet
Not Afraid of the Fall: 114 Days Through 38 Cities in 15 Countries by Kyle James
For Artists and Creators
Check out local art markets, craft fairs, and crowdsource your friend’s list for creative, one of a kind gifts that your artsy friends will cherish for years to come. You can always try your hand at crafting something unique and heartfelt for those you love as well.
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer
What It Is by Lynda Barry
Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon Mackenzie
For Geeks and Nerds
Framed posters, action figures of favorite writers and characters, and anything printed with a favorite quote are just a few of the things you can consider for your friends who just can’t stop talking about their favorite book, TV show, or movie. Etsy and ThinkGeek are great places to find super cool geeky gifts as are local bookstores, specialty shops, and comic book stores.
Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture by Stephen H. Segal
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
American Nerd: The Story of My People by Benjamin Nugent
Ciara N. Mealer is Senior Editor at NW Georgia Living Magazine, a writer, and floral designer. Her current abode is high upon a mountaintop in Cleveland, Ga. She is an avid naturalist, a voracious reader, an adventurous explorer, and a curious collector who loves quirky, odd, forgotten, and lost things. Contact her at CrookedPage@gmail.com.