This is my favorite time of year. I love the lights that seem to keep the ever-encroaching darkness at bay, carols, ornaments, sending Christmas cards (one of those traditions that’s quite sadly going by the wayside), finding Christmas cards in the mail . . . I even like snow. I love that people are especially generous this time of year, with those they love and with complete strangers.
So whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Solstice, Festivus, Kwanzaa, (belated) Hanukkah, or just the end of the year, here’s a roundup of gift picks for readers, in no particular order.
2. Page nibs
: For the inveterate dog-earer and library borrower (ahem). You know that friend whose paperbacks look a half-inch thicker on top because of the turned-down pages? Think page nibs. Levenger.com
3. Typographic ornaments
: Nothing makes a book lover’s tree look cheerier than ampersands, fleurons, and nautical stars (I would know). Absolutely Icebox! on Etsy
4. Gift card (or membership!) to a local independent bookstore:
For example, the ever-wonderful Newtonville Books
5. Litographs gift certificate
: This website has amazing T-shirts and prints with designs created from whole texts. Way cool. They’re made to order, so you’re too late for the holidays if you need something specific, but a gift certificate means your bibliophile can choose the text they like best. My personal favorite: The Leaves of Grass T-shirt. Litographs.com
6. Jane Austen paperweight
: Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot are probably the most romantic, and definitely the too-often overlooked pairing in Austen’s work. Bixler and Johnson on Etsy
7. Writer-ly prints and cards
: Prints and cards featuring writers’ houses — especially the Romantics and the Bloomsbury group. Amanda White on Etsy