The holiday season is fast approaching, so that means it is time to start looking around for some unique, special, and meaningful gifts to give to your friends and family.
If you have any book nerds, bibliophiles, or English majors in your life (or if you are that person!), there is a plethora of fun personal gifts from which to choose a wonderful present.
Now, any self-respecting English major or book lover would never turn down a new book or Barnes and Noble’s gift certificate. That would honestly be completely against their nature! But it may be a nice and thoughtful twist to stray away from getting them their new favorite book.
Literary-themed items are the ideal way to go for such a present. Countless practical, mundane items once jazzed up bring a personal touch to any gift.
Here are some fun ideas and examples to inspire your gift-hunting:
Litographs can be applied to a number of different things—from tote bags to t-shirts. This is a fun idea for everyday necessities.
If you are wondering something along the lines of what on earth is a litograph, worry not! Litographs are creations of art beaming from literature; litographs literally take the words right off the pages of books and onto any item for an exciting, nerdy decor twist.
T-shirts and bags are typical items used in making a litograph piece. Really, who would pass on the change to wear one’s favorite book/heart on one’s sleeve?
Novelty Jewelry and Accessories
There is almost no end to the amount of novelty jewelry and accessories out there, so finding something from this category of items might be the way to go if time has slipped on right by you.
Both English majors and book lovers appreciate the poetic lyricism of beautifully worded literary quotes. It is absolutely always fun making references to favorite books or movies by pulling out any appropriate quote in a given situation. This is what makes those novelty accessories featuring literary quotes so special; it is a great gift that allows you to match up the perfect quote with the perfect person.
These accessories are not just limited to amazing book quotes. Many novelty accessory gifts are literary-themed pieces, featuring certain aspects or characters from books. For example, such perfect gifts for a Sherlock Holmes fan include a 221B key necklace, a Sherlock-themed phone case, or some Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman—from the recent and successful TV series Sherlock—matching earrings.
Coffee, Books, Reading
There is never enough time or enough caffeine for book lovers to finally reach the bottom of the ever-increasing reading list. Many gift items bring a fun twist to this somewhat sad reality. Such examples would be a “go away I’m reading” coffee mug or a “so many books, so little time” pocketwatch-style pendant necklace.
Grammar and Vocabulary
Perhaps one of the most consistent and never-ending sources of amusement for English majors are unintentional, sorely confused grammatical or vocabulary mistakes. This is reflected within the hodgepodge of literary personalized gifts, which heavily displays items highlighting the proper uses of common grammar and vocabulary mishaps. A great example is The Literary Gift Company’s collection of Grammar Grumble coffee mugs. Some items from this collection are a “they’re there for their afternoon tea” mug, an “I’m going to add two sugars too” mug, and my personal favorite “the caffeine effect can affect us all” coffee mug.
If these fun gift ideas have sparked some thoughts and ignited a motivation to finally get gift shopping, hit up websites such as Amazon, Etsy, Litographs, The Literary Gift Company, or CafePress. These websites have a wide array of unique and fun literary items inspired by classics to children’s literature that make great personalized gifts for any book lover!