The holiday season is officially underway, and you know what that means—it’s almost time to start wrapping presents. To make the process a little less painful, I usually combine the activity with two of my favorite things: wine (so I don’t spiral into a procrastination-induced panic), and festive music. But this year, I’m stepping up my gift wrapping with another item: adorable bookish wrapping paper.
There’s no better way to make your presents look great (and make the act of wrapping presents more fun) than to use some stylish wrapping paper. And although I like snowman-patterned or red, green, and gold paper as much as the next person, this literary-themed paper just speaks to my book-lovin’ heart. Plus, it’s perfect for any gifts to fellow readers, whether that be friends, family, or members of your book club.
The one catch: This specialty book wrapping paper isn’t as readily available at local pharmacies as the conventional kind. So where can you find it? Read on for some cute and festive options!
Zazzle has some great choices, including this two-toned “Once Upon a Time” gift wrap that will appeal to any fairy tale fans.
The Literary Gift Company is also a great site to scour for bookish items, for obvious reasons. It has a lot of festive wrapping paper perfect for avid readers, but my personal favorite is this one featuring various vintage typewriters:
Have any superhero fans in your life? Wrap their gifts with this wrapping paper that pays homage to some classic comic book sayings, from PartyEleganza on Etsy:
Prefer to stick to solid-colored wrapping paper? No problem—you can add a little bookish magic with this tape from Etsy’s ColourSplashSupplies store:
Last but not least, you can simply download this printable Word Search paper from Something Turquoise. The best part? It’s customizable, so you can include the gift recipient’s name or any other words you wish to feature.
Established in 1991, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop is a national not-for-profit arts organization devoted to creating, publishing, and developing creative writing by Asian Americans. Since 2010, the group has committed to giving away more than $100,000 to emerging Asian American writers. Its online magazine, The Margins, has attracted more than half a million visitors. The AAWW also hosts events featuring hundreds of writers a year, with Maxine Hong Kingston and Chang-rae Lee among the luminaries.
Barbershop Books is a community-based literacy program that creates friendly reading spaces in barbershops for boys. The nonprofit’s mission is to help black boys between the ages of four and eight become readers by bringing books into barbershops—and involving the men who work there to help foster a love of reading. Every dollar invested in a reading space results in 27 minutes of reading in a barbershop. Find out more about the program’s impact as well as how you can get involved.
Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the volunteer-run nonprofit organization Books Through Bars distributes free books to incarcerated people in the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia. Each week, the organization receives hundreds of letters from prisoners requesting books. And every year Books Through Bars sends more than 8,000 packages of books.
In 1995, country singer Dolly Parton started the nonprofit Imagination Library to promote reading in her home state of Tennessee. Today the group has donated millions of books to children in need throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Every month the Imagination Library mails more than 1 million books to children’s homes, and in February the nonprofit sent its 100 millionth book. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library partners with local communities; if your community would like to get involved, learn more here.
Celebrating its 20th year, the nonprofit Girls Write Now is a community of women writers from ages 13 to 83. The group matches girls with professional women writers to work on portfolios and readings as well as provides writing workshops and college preparation. The New York City-based organization accepts donations and is seeking mentors, mentees, and people to join its team. “We take girls seriously for who they are as well as who they will become,” the group says. “The relationships we foster tear down stereotypes, building a community of women writers of all ages who work to inspire and support one another with every pair session, every reading, and every workshop.”
The International Literacy Association is a global nonprofit organization of more than 300,000 educators, researchers, and experts across 78 countries. Its mission is to make literacy accessible for all. ILA collaborates with its partners to develop, gather, and disseminate high-quality resources, best practices, and cutting-edge research to empower educators, inspire students, and inform policymakers.
The nonprofit Lambda Literary believes “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer literature is fundamental to the preservation of our culture and that LGBTQ lives are affirmed when our stories are written, published, and read.” The group traces its beginnings back to 1987, when L. Page Maccubbin, owner of Lambda Rising Bookstore in Washington, D.C., published the first Lambda Book Report. The Lambda Literary Awards, or “Lammys,” followed in 1989. Then in 2007, the group founded its Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, a residency designed to offer intensive and sophisticated instruction to select writers over a one-week period. Lambda Literary accepts donations to sustain all of its programs.
The nonprofit Learning Ally uses educational technology to assist struggling readers who have learning differences and visual disabilities. Its cloud-based library of narrated audio textbooks and popular literature—all voiced by volunteers—gives these students access to grade-level content so they can become successful, engaged learners alongside their peers. Working with schools across the U.S., Learning Ally provides teachers with tools, training, and support to help students.
Painted red and shaped like a miniature one-room schoolhouse in honor of his schoolteacher mother, the first Little Free Library—built by Todd Bol in Hudson, Wisconsin, in 2009—launched what would become a worldwide movement. Just nine years later, more than 75,000 such “Little Free Libraries” dot the globe in all 50 U.S. states and in 88 countries. Often custom painted by local artists, these tiny book collections are outfitted with the cheerful motto “Take a book, return a book!” Believing that no one should have to live in a book desert, the nonprofit Little Free Library needs donations to keep the movement going. Find out how you can help place a Little Free Library in your hometown and in cities across the globe. You can also get involved by becoming the “steward” of your own library by ordering one ready-made or designing your own!
Each November means something special in the writing community: It’s time for National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo). The basic challenge is to write 50,000 words of a rough draft in the month of November, but NaNoWriMo is so much more than that. The organization provides the structure, community, and guidance necessary to help people find their voices and develop the tools and discipline necessary to build writing mastery. Its programs extend beyond November and go year-round to help people get from the first draft to the last draft and provide opportunities for all ages to participate in a literary community on local and global levels.
We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots nonprofit program that is run by children’s book lovers and aims to increase the diversity of books available to young readers. The group works to promote literature featuring children’s book characters who are from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, indigenous, LGBTQ, and other minority communities. We Need Diverse Books was spearheaded by author Ellen Oh and 21 other children’s book writers and industry professionals. The group was founded on the belief that more diversity in children’s books better reflects the world and teaches kids about our differences as well as our shared feelings and aspirations.
Founded in 2003, Words Without Borders is an organization that promotes cultural understanding through the translation and publication of contemporary international literature. Every month the group publishes 8 to 12 new works by international writers, including Nobel Prize laureates and new writers. To date, Words Without Borders has published more than 2,400 pieces from 132 countries and 112 languages. In 2014, it also began an education program that provides educators with resources to incorporate contemporary international literature into their classes.
I don’t know if you’re the kind of person who thinks about love languages, but I am. One of my main love languages is gift giving. I love selecting (or making) the perfect gifts for my loved ones. Something I know they’re really going to love. While it might be stressful to try to get something perfect for everyone all at once, it can still be a fun experience. Especially since the advent of online shopping. If you’re scouring the internet to find stocking stuffers that your beloved reader might actually love and use, let me help you. Here are 10 adorable bookish stocking stuffers, all under $20.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that bibliophiles love hot beverages, so give the gift of literary tea to the bookworm in your life. Looking for a special blend inspired by your best friend’s favorite author? A bookish tea infuser for your teacher? The perfect punny novel-tea tin for yourself? No matter the occasion, we’ve got you covered with these 25 literary teas, gift sets, and accessories.
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LITERARY TEA GIFT SETS – TEA INSPIRED BY YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS AND AUTHORS
A Christmas Carol, Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Winter’s Tale, The Nutcracker—choose two of four Christmas stories for this literary tea gift set, each tea blended to complement the corresponding tale.
Know your tea-lover’s favorite classic author? Buy them a blend inspired by that writer in a cute collectible tin featuring a quote from their work. Choose from 48 authors and poets ranging from A.A. Milne to William Wordsworth. You can also choose two and have them packed in a gift bag!
If you don’t know which author to pick, why not go for this literary tea sampler? It comes with ten different teas blended for ten different authors, including Maya Angelou, Frederick Douglass, and Beatrix Potter. You can read more about each blend on the company’s website!
Dive back into Regency England with this Jane Austen literary tea gift set. Enjoy a sampling of earl grey, Darjeeling, lemon ginger, and jasmine tea, all stored in collectible tins that come gift-wrapped in a cloth bag and fancy purple box.
The Picture of Earl Grey, War and Peach, Don Quixotea—the Man of la ManChai—these bookish tea tins are both the classiest and the punniest thing ever. (They also have Pride and Peppermint, Oliver Lemon Twist, Matcha Do About Nothing, Anise in Wonderland…)
For a great year-round gift for the Potterhead in your life, check out this literary tea gift set inspired by potions and magical cures from Harry Potter. Dragon’s Blood is fruity and floral, Felix Felicis is a sweet black tea, Phoenix Tears is a caramel rooibos, and Wolfsbane is Japanese sencha.
If you can’t decide what to get the bookish tea-lover in your life, give them a “novel-tea” blind date with a book! This gift set comes with a surprise vintage novel, a bookmark, and a tea bag. Because it’s a surprise, this also makes a great gift to buy for yourself! You can even specify your preferred genre or flavor of tea.
And to finish it all off, you need a tote bag to carry all of these literary tea goodies around (or, er, give them to your friend). This one has a quote from Peter Pan: “Would you like an adventure now, or would you like to have your tea first?”
My dogs have holiday expectations. For Thanksgiving they anticipate leftovers. They want turkey and sweet potatoes, and they know if they wait patiently beside my grandma a little dessert might slip their way too. For Christmas their presumptions deepen– they’ve smelled those stockings for weeks, and they know there’s something delicious hidden inside.
Of course, we’ve had some holiday mishaps too– a living bird brought in by the cat on Christmas; my dog pulling down the turkey carcass on Thanksgiving, and my mom wrestling it away from her– these things happen, but if we keep our pets happy and healthy during the holidays, these little setbacks can be avoided.
I have two book- loving dogs; in fact, they love books so much they eat them:
My dogs obviously love to chew-up books, so I thought I’d better find them books that were chewable.
Do your dogs/cats also love to chew on books? Do they like to curl up in your nap while you read? Do you think your cat would love a Jane Austen- style hat? And your dog would love a Sailor Moon snood (a snood is an infinity scarf for dogs)? Well, I might have found a few perfect gift options for your pet!
HERE ARE 15 PAWSITIVELY PERFECT GIFTS FOR BOOK-LOVING DOGS:
Picking just the right Christmas gift for someone is never easy, and for bookish loved ones it’s twice as hard! You can always turn to the old gift card standby (after all, everyone loves free book money!) but sometimes you want to do something a little more specific. If you’ve got a romance reader in your life (or you’re a romance reader and looking for the perfect Christmas gift for yourself—I won’t judge), and you want to make sure you pick something that celebrates their favorite genre, this list is for you!
“AROUND THE HOUSE” GIFTS FOR ROMANCE READERS
A beautiful bookmark is always a welcome gift for any bookworm, and an inexpensive option for givers with a small Christmas budget. This romance bookmark is both pretty and practical!
Looking for a gift for someone who is a romance reader and a baker? These are technically Pride and Prejudice cookie cutters, but the silhouettes are general enough that these cookies could be any of their favorite (and delicious) romance heroes and heroines.
This set of 24 postcards celebrates the vintage romance cover art of Enrique Torres Prat. They’re colorful, beautifully painted, and postcards are great multipurpose gift! I love to stick them up on a wall like an art mosaic.
Okay, four different types of candles, Jessica? But hear me out: you could mix and match them with other things on the list, or make an epic romance genre candle Christmas basket!
Described as “a very mild and gentle blend of honeysuckle, silk, cashmere, and tea” (what does silk smell like?), this Historical Romance candle is perfect for the dedicated historical romance fan! All it’s missing is the ever-present hero smell: Bergamot.
You scream, I scream, we all scream for our favorite romance tropes, and for strawberry and champagne scented Romance Trope candles.
Scented with champagne, pear, and pear blossoms, this Epic Romance candle will sweep your giftee away.
This Romance candle is scented like raspberry, cherry, and sugar which frankly sounds like something I’d like to eat, so I’m going to bet it smells almost as good as a new book. It’s also available in 8 and 4 oz sizes!
This last mug is for the paranormal romance fan in your life, and all their beastly or fangtastic book boyfriends.
JEWELRY FOR ROMANCE READERS
This romance comics bracelet is probably the most expensive item on this list ($80), but it was too pretty not to include. All the images are taken from retro 1940s romance comics and it’s decorated with Swarovski crystals.