A Book from Shakespeare and Company
Gift the readers on your list with a page-turner straight from Paris. The famous Left Bank bookshop Shakespeare and Company prepares every order by hand, packing purchases in a signature shipping box and offering a variety of custom options. Have the tome’s title page stamped with the Shakespeare and Company logo or a drawing of resident feline Kitty. They’ll even tuck a pocket-sized poem into the book’s pages.
As for which book to choose, how about Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast? The memoir, a colorful retelling of his days as a young journalist and fledgling novelist in Paris in the 1920s, has become a bestseller in France since the attacks on November 13. Parisians are finding the book to be a source of inspiration and comfort, embracing it, according to the New York Times, “as a celebration of the cultured, bohemian life the city has long stood for.” No doubt Hemingway would approve.
Jane Austen Replica Turquoise Ring
Janeite and musician Kelly Clarkson acquired the novelist’s turquoise and gold ring at auction for £152,450 (about $250,000) but returned it after an outcry ensued that the literary heirloom was going to be taken out of the country. Lovely (and more affordable) replica rings are available from Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, where the original piece of jewelry is on display. Recipients will need an IOU. The individually crafted rings, available in either gold (£365) or silver (£115), take up to six weeks for production and delivery. We’re betting that true Janeites will find it worth the wait.
My Ántonia Solid Perfume
Perfect for literary travelers, this solid perfume ($5) was inspired by the classic My Ántonia. The perfume’s creator was so taken with Willa Cather’s descriptions of the Nebraska prairie that she was inspired to create this scent, a rich blend of “darkly sweet cactus flower, cilantro, and an element of prairie sunset during Indian summer.”
Pride and Prejudice Throw
Armchair travelers can curl up with this cozy throw adorned with illustrations and text from perennial favorite Pride and Prejudice ($75). Pair it with a copy of Novel Destinations for journeying on the page to Jane Austen’s Bath, Ernest Hemingway’s Key West, Harper Lee’s Alabama, and lots of other literary locales.
Library of Congress Main Reading Room Coaster
The main reading room in the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building is a visual extravaganza with gold marble columns, paintings, oversize statues, and a Renaissance-style dome. These stone coasters ($11.95 each) feature detailing from paintings adorning the dome—twelve seated figures, each from a different country that contributed to American civilization. Find out more about the library in our post The Library of Congress: Fun and Fascinating Facts.
Love a great pun along with a cup of tea? NovelTeas’ three book-shaped, tea-filled tins can be purchased separately or as a set. Don QuixoTea: The Man of La ManChai is an “adventurous brew” of traditional chai spices (red cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, and ginger root). War and Peach is a “purposeful and ponderous” tea blended with organic peaches, pineapple, chamomile, and sunflower. The Picture of Earl Grey combines organic jasmine green tea with rose-blended Calabrian bergamot to “radiate hedonism and reflect beauty.” The reusable tins are $29/each or $59/set.
The Great Gatsby NovelPoster
The entire text from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby is artfully arranged around a silhouette of Daisy Buchanan, the title character’s love interest, in this elegant poster ($39.41). And if you’re looking for yet more gift ideas, TheLiteraryGiftCompany.com has a plethora of bookish items in categories ranging from Homeware and Bags & Accessories to Fun & Games and Gifts for Writers. They even have literary-themed wrapping paper to present your gift in style.
The Gift of Choice
There is always more room on a book lover’s shelves. If you’re not sure what to get the bibliophiles on your holiday shopping list, you can’t go wrong with a gift card so they can have the giddy pleasure of selecting their own reads. Purchase a gift card from your recipient’s local bookshop so they can peruse in person. We also recommend the Strand, a New York City bricks-and-mortar shop (home to 18 miles of books!) that also offers electronic gift cards redeemable on its website. Six different templates are available for e-gift cards, or you can personalize it by uploading your own photo.
Coming soon…. We’ll have information about a bracelet for Poe fans, inspired by “The Raven” and available exclusively from the Poe House in Baltimore.