Gift guide for the literary woman

Holiday gift guide for the literary woman

It’s December, which means we are all going to remain calm and act like sane, civil adults because there are more important things than holiday shopping.

Right? Good, now that we’ve got our priorities straight, here are a few gift ideas for the feminists, bookworms, writers or some combination of the three in your life. They’re all reasonably priced, and best of all, you don’t have to go anywhere near a mall to get them. File these under “Things to Give to Someone I Love and Possibly Buy for Myself.” Because they/you deserve it.

1. Five-year diary

For the writer who wants to document short notes about their lives every day for half a decade, get a five-year diary. One day, she’ll be able to look back on what she was doing on this date five years ago. (I’m three years into mine.) Urban Outfitters | Amazon

2. Noise-cancelling headphones

Give a writer the gift of silence so she can write her screenplay or manuscript in peace. She’ll thank you in her acknowledgements. Amazon

3. The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You 

For the voracious reader and/or hypochondriac, this book by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin has a prescription for all ills. Whatever you’re going through? There’s a book for that, and The Novel Cure can recommend it. Amazon

4. Field Notes notebooks

A writer can never have too many notebooks. These little books are slim and small—great for carrying in your bag or pocket and jotting down notes on the fly. For a sturdier design, Moleskine notebooks are a great alternative. Field Notes | Amazon

5. Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist

Book lovers with an equal affinity for booze will want to keep this one handy. With chapter titles like “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margarita,” this book is for anyone who loves a good play on words. While the cocktails themselves don’t stray too far from your basics, it’s perfect if you’re the kind of person who has no idea what goes in a cosmopolitan. (You’ll find out in the chapter titled “One Flew Over the Cosmo’s Nest.”) Urban Outfitters | Amazon

6. 642 Things to Write About

With this book, your writer friend will never run out of ideas again. It’s the perfect gift for the beginner novelist who just needs a prompt to get the creative juices flowing. Uncommon Goods | Amazon

7. Mindfulness coloring book

For those times when staring at a blank screen becomes unbearable, a coloring book is like therapy. That’s right, they make these things for grown-ups now. There’s something so soothing about coloring inside the lines. Brit + Co. | Amazon

8. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I haven’t read this book yet, but I have watched the TEDx Talk it’s based on, and Adichie is a captivating storyteller. Great gift for any budding feminist in your life. Amazon

9. Banned books mug

Anyone who calls themselves a fan of To Kill A Mockingbird, Animal Farm or coffee will appreciate a mug dedicated to the injustice of censorship. Plus, it’s heat-reactive. Out of Print Clothing | Amazon

10. Rookie Yearbook Four

Another great option for young badass ladies is Rookie magazine’s Rookie Yearbook Four. Filled with inspiring interviews, stories, photo editorials and more, it’s the kind of book that will make teens want to start a coffee table book collection (even if they don’t have a coffee table). Rookie Mag | Amazon


Want to support independent female artists? These shops sell literary gifts:

Type Shy makes beautiful library card notebooks

The Bookworm Prints has prints of literary quotes

Buy the Book Boutique sells jewelry, keychains and other gifts inspired by literature

Obvious State makes literary art prints and bookish paper goods

Monday Moon Design sells gorgeous black-and-white literary prints

Literati Club makes scarves printed with literature

Bookishly UK has gifts for book lovers including book page art and jewelry


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