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16 Fantastic Gifts For Lit Lovers Who Have Enough Books

A book-free holiday gift guide for the book lover in your life. posted on

1. (I Want to) F. Scott Fitzgerald T-Shirt

What is it?
A sexy T-shirt that lets folks know the person who wears it is down to get down (with books).

Who is it for?
The person in your life who most reminds you of Zelda Fitzgerald or Ernest Hemingway, depending on which stories you believe.

Who makes it?
Ten East Read.

Where can I get it?
Here.

2. Book Map

What is it?
A street map made up of more than 600 titles that includes fictional areas and imaginary neighborhoods based on some of history’s finest and favorite books.

Who is it for?
The person in your life who loves nothing more than to get lost in literature.

Who makes it?
Dorothy.

Where can I get it?
Here.

3. Monsters of Modern Literature Trading Cards

What is it?
Hilarious yet oddly beautiful trading cards displaying your favorite authors re-imagined as monsters.

Who is it for?
The slightly spooky lit lover in your life who adores puns. Bone Didion? Roboto Bolaño? Yes, please.

Who makes it?
Wolf and Cloud Productions.

Where can I get it?
Here.

4. “Bartleby, the Scrivener” Tote Bag

What is it?
A black tote bag that sports a quote from Herman Melville’s famous short story “Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street.”

Who is it for?
The Herman Melville lover in your life who, let’s face it, already has too much shit with whales on it.

Who makes it?
Melville House.

Where can I get it?
Here.

5. Read Hard Mug

What is it?
A mug that celebrates reading as a physical activity.

Who is it for?
The person in your life whose name you have to say at least three times before they look up from their book.

Who makes it?
McSweeney’s.

Where can I get it?
Here.

6. Howl Onesie

What is it?
A onesie that lets folks know the baby wearing it is a fan of Allen Ginsberg (and/or crying).

Who is it for?
Your book buddy who loves the beats and recently had a blubbering baby.

Who makes it?
City Lights.

Where can I get it?
Here.

7. Motivational Postcard for Writers Who Sometimes Feel a Little Unmotivated

What is it?
An encouraging postcard.

Who is it for?
Your friend who is working on their book, far away, all by themselves, and is maybe starting to have doubts.

Who makes it?
826 National.

Where can I get it?
Here.

8. Libraries of L.A. Tote

What is it?
A canvas tote in which to carry your library books after visiting one of L.A.’s 73 libraries (which you found using the map on the tote).

Who is it for?
Your friend who lives Tinseltown and is always trying to remind you of the city’s great literary history. Also, anyone who likes to drive to libraries.

Who makes it?
Library Foundation of Los Angeles.

Where can I get it?
Here.

9. “But a Snitch Ain’t One” iPhone Cover

What is it?
An iPhone cover that lets the world know that the person carrying it cares about The Black Album and books about wizards.

Who is it for?
Your friend who loves to read while listening to hip-hop.

Who makes it?
Red Bubble.

Where can I get it?
Here.

10. The Tin House Koozie

What is it?
A koozie. C’mon, you know what a koozie is.

Who is it for?
The drinker in your life who enjoys nothing more than a cold one and reading a fascinating short story from one of America’s greatest independent literary journals.

Who makes it?
Tin House.

Where can I get it?
Here.

11. Eileen Myles Tote Bag

What is it?
A poetic tote bag sporting a quote from one of America’s finest (and most badass) poets, Eileen Myles.

Who is it for?
The poet lover in your life who isn’t afraid of getting dirty.

Who makes it?
OR Books.

Where can I get it?
Here.

12. Write Like a Motherfucker Mug

What is it?
A supportive mug that sports a lovely heart and some colorful language (based on this column by Cheryl Strayed).

Who is it for?
The writer in your life you want to encourage to put their ass in the chair and do the damn work.

Who makes it?
The Rumpus.

Where can I get it?
Here. (Got a travel writer in your life? Check this out instead.)

13. The Brothers Karamazov T-Shirt

What is it?
A T-shirt that lets folks know the person who wears it loves Russian literature (and beards).

Who is it for?
The friend in your life who truly struggles every damn day with faith and doubt (and, again, loves beards).

Who makes it?
Out of Print.

Where can I get it?
Here.

14. San Francisco Literary Map Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle

What is it?
A wooden jigsaw puzzle that reveals a map of San Francisco, with different neighborhoods denoted by different literary quotes, upon completion.

Who is it for?
The San Franciscan in your life who loves to quote their favorite books about the City by the Bay.

Who makes it?
Artifact Puzzles.

Where can I get it?
Here.

15. A Subscription to The Thing Quarterly

What is it?
A periodical in the form of an object, which gets sent to the recipient four times a year and is radically different every time (past “thing”s include a cutting board, a shower curtain, a pair of glasses, etc.).

Who is it for?
The person who, while definitely having enough books, is still desperate to read. Even while cutting onions.

Who makes it?
The Thing.

Where can I get it?
Here.

16. A Book

Are you kidding me? Did you really think we were going to recommend not getting a book? C’mon. Go get that book lover exactly what they love.

Updated: Isaac Fitzgerald, this post’s author, previously worked for The Rumpus (#12) and McSweeneys (#5). He does not earn profits from their sales. (12/8/13)

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