Must-have literary swag—even if the holidays are over
I’ve come across a lot of fun, quirky, writing-related merchandise in the past month or so—just in time to miss asking for them in my holiday stocking.
But guess what. It’s just about tax return season. Oh, and Valentine’s Day is coming up, too. Not that you need an excuse to invest in any of these super cool gifts for writers, whether for yourself or a writer in your life.
I want just about everything here:
Out of Print has an incredible selection of clothing and accessories designed around books. You can shop by title or browse by category, and they have children’s books represented right along with the great classics. Best of all is the fact that Out of Print is celebrating its five-year anniversary, so everything on the site is 25% off through Feb. 1!
I found the Feminist Killjoy’s Gift Guide, and life is better now. Certainly not everything here is book-related, but a Harry Potter-inspired tank that says “I Solemnly Swear I Will Smash the Patriarchy,” a “Books Against Body Shaming” sweatshirt, and an “A is for Audre Lorde” tote bag are too overtly cool and sassy to not include here.
Litographs! This site is my absolute favorite. Somehow, the fine people of this organization found a way to fit up to 50,000 words (that’s a whole novel, folks) in very fine print onto high-quality clothing. Their tagline is “The best book I’ve ever worn.” And the selection is HUGE—so huge that I can’t decide between wearing Leaves of Grass, Hamlet, or Thoreau’s Walden. In addition to clothing, Litographs offers bags, posters, and even temporary tattoos.
Great for gifting
Do you know about Postcards from Penguin? Penguin Books is selling a box of 100 postcards featuring the covers of books it has published. You could send some, gift some, or give the whole box to your favorite bibliophile.
Writer bling. This necklace on Etsy is a little tough love reminder (via a Ben Franklin quote) that there is always more work to be done, more words to be written. (If this one isn’t quite your
style, do a search for “writers and jewelry” on Etsy and you’ll surely find a suitably shiny alternative.)
Arguably the greatest gift you can give to yourself or another writer is the gift of time. Consider reserving yourself a spot in a writing retreat or conference. You can apply for acceptance into some of the big ones, like Bread Loaf, or take advantage of smaller, more affordable getaways (with no application process) like the ones we offer through the Center.
Stuff you didn’t know you needed until you saw it
Aqua Notes! Never again will you forget the opening line to the next great American novel while in the shower.
If you frequently lend books out, you need this personal library embosser. Really.
Did you see anything on this list that you simply must have?