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20 Practical & Fun Gifts for Screenwriters

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16 Practical & Fun Gifts for Screenwriters

Screenwriters are a special breed of writers. While they can benefit and enjoy many of the general gifts and resources targeted at fiction writers, there are differences in the work they do and their overall interests. While the basics of a story may be the same, the focus on visuals and dialogue in screenplays as well as conforming to run times for movies and TV shows changes the process of writing a screenplay. Because of those differences, we decided to write a gift guide meant specifically for screenwriters. These gifts range from practical gifts like resource books and software to fun presents that are perfect to give for birthdays, Christmas, and any other gift-giving occasion. Check out our recommended gifts for screenwriters below.

Best Gifts for Screenwriters

1. Final Draft 12

Final Draft is the ultimate writing software for screenwriters. The gold standard for screenwriting software, it’s used by 95% of film and television productions, including the likes of Aaron Sorkin, James Cameron, and TV writer Matthew Weiner.

Designed specifically for TV, film, and playwriting, it comes with 100 templates that help you easily write your script in the correct format. It also has Story Map and Beat Board to help conceptualize the story and break it down. Final Draft also allows for real-time collaboration with co-writers and has an iOS version so you can work on your scripts on your iPhone or iPad on the go.

Available for Mac or Windows PC.

2. Go Away! I’m Busy Writing the Next Blockbuster T-Shirt

Go Away! I'm Busy Writing the Next Blockbuster T-Shirt

This shirt is perfect to show your support of a young screenwriter. It says “Go Away! I’m busy writing the next blockbuster.” Wearing this shirt will remind everyone to the let the screenwriter work while they compose the perfect movie idea.

Available in men’s, women’s, and youth sizes in black, navy, royal blue, and olive colors.

3. Shhh! I’m Eavesdropping for Dialogue Ideas Journal

Shhh! I'm Eavesdropping for Dialogue Ideas Journal

Many writers work in public places like cafes or restaurants because it helps them avoid distractions they’d find at home. It also helps them get good ideas for their movies, including snippets of dialogue or ways of talking. This bold yellow journal states the obvious: “Shhh! I’m Eavesdropping for Dialogue Ideas.” Great for jotting down spurts of inspiration.

The design is also available as a shirt, laptop cover, and other cool options.

4. Masterclass Subscription

Learning from masters in the field is one of the best ways to improve as a screenwriter. Masterclass allows you to learn screenwriting from some of the best writers in the field, all with one subscription. Currently you can take courses from Aaron Sorkin and Shonda Rhimes. Sorkin is known as a screen and television writer, especially for his snappy dialog on shows like The West Wing and movies like The Social Network. Rhimes has created a TV empire with shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.

Taking a Masterclass gives the knowledge of taking an in-person class that would normally cost thousands of dollars for a fraction of the price at home. A Masterclass subscription includes unlimited access to video lessons, workbooks, and class discussions. If they’re lucky, they may even get feedback from the professionals themselves.

5. Screenplay Art Print

Screenplay Art Print Gift for Screenwriters

If you’re looking for a creative gift that is inspiring as well, this is it! Plotp Twist Prints Co. specializes in beautiful art prints of memorable moments from film and television. They come as stylish word art or looking like a piece of a script.

Pictured above is a print of the final scene of The Breakfast Club. Currently, the shop offers over 80 options so you’re sure to find a screenwriter your loved one admires. They’ll even do a custom print of a specific quote or movie script. Each order is a digital download that you can print from your home printer or at a local copy shop, making it a great last-minute gift option. Just pick up a nice frame and you’re ready to go.

6. The Future of Film is Female T-Shirt

The Future of Film is Female T-Shirt

If the screenwriter you’re shopping for is a woman, then this is the shirt to buy. This feminist graphic tee proclaims: “The Future of Film is Female.” It’s a great reminder that while women are traditionally underpresented behind the scenes of film and television, the movie industry is changing and there is more opporunity for women screenwriters, directors, cinematographers, and producers. This shirt makes a fantastic gift for young screenwriters and film students just starting out in their careers.

Available in women and men’s sizes, so everyone can celebrate women filmmakers and writers.

7. Moleskine Classic Notebook

One of the natural traits of writers (which applies to screenwriters as well) is that their minds are always working in the background on their project. That means that inspiration or a breakthrough can happen at any moment. So even if the writer in your life usually composes their screenplays on a computer, there are times where having a notebook on hand is essential to jot down their next great idea.

Moleskine notebooks are a classic, premium notebook loved by writers and professionals in a variety of creative careers. With a variety of styles (lined, unlined, grid, etc.) and colors available, you’re sure to find the perfect notebook or diary for the screenwriter in your life.

8. Screenplay Magnet

Screenplay Magnet Gifts for Screenwriters

This cute magnet has a message any screenwriter can relate to–especially those who have a day job and have to work on their scripts on the side. The magnet says “All I need it to be left alone to write my screenplay.”

It’s perfect to display on a refrigerator, filing cabinet, or any other magnetic surface. This is a great stocking stuffer or the perfect gift to tuck into a gift basket.

Made to order in the USA.

2″ by 2″ magnet.

9. A Hard Copy of Their Favorite Screenplay

This is a gift that can be perfectly customized for the script writer you’re shopping for. Find out their favorite movie and then there’s a good chance you can get a printed version of the screenplay. This is essential, especially for new screenwriters, to analyze and understand writing in a screeplay format, as well as learning the craft behind these successful films.

Reading the screenplay give insights you can’t get by simply watching the movie. They’ll be able to see how the story looks on the page, including how settings, characters, and actions are described. Also, frequently what ends up in the final movie doesn’t necessarily match the original script, so comparing the two can be a valuable lesson in crafting a better story.

10. Save the Cat!

Advertised as “the last book on screenwriting you’ll ever need,” Save the Cat focuses on crafting a story for your script that will sell. This best seller gives you all of the “secrets” you need to write a successful screenplay.

Great for newbie screenwriters and film students, this book covers genres, writing your hero, the standard beats for a movie (including Blake Snyder’s Beat Sheet), plotting and outlining your script, “screenplay physics,” and even tips on how to sell your script. They utilize examples from real blockbuster movies so you can see the “rules” in practice. This is an essential guide for any script writer who hasn’t made it big yet and one of the most practical gifts for screenwriters.

11. Screenplay Mug

Screenplay Mug Screenwriter Gift

This mug can be a funny gift for the screenwriter in yourlife, or you can personalize it for them. HashtageDressed makes these mugs that feature the opening of a screenplay. You can order their default mug, which describes the writer sitting in a coffee shop working on their screenplay or have it customized with a portion of text from their favorite screenplay or a work in progress.

Make this an extra memorable gift by turning it into a gift bag. Include some of their favorite coffee or tea and maybe a few treats to help fuel a long night of writing and rewriting their script.

Available in an 11 oz. or 15 oz. mug.

12. The TV Writer’s Workbook

A lot of scriptwriting books are targeted towards film, but writing for television is a different beast. If the writer in your life is more interested in crafting stories for the small screen, this book is perfect for them. This hands-on guide is written by ELlen Sandler (of Everybody Loves Raymond fame) and covers all the complexities of a career in television writing.

On the career side, she gives advice on how to get hired to write for a current TV series, what to do about agents and managers, and how to pitch a story idea. On the craft side, she breaks down everything about writing a story for TV, including the basics of story and plot, rewriting, and polishing off your script. This is a great introduction for students or writers looking to dip their toes into the world of television.

13. Careful or You’ll End up in My Screenplay Tote Bag

Writers are always mining their real life experiences for inspiration and screenwriters are no different. In fact, if you do something memorable or embarassing, it’s quite likely you might see it in one of their future scripts. That’s the fun behind this tote bag for screenwriters.

The message says: “Careful or you’ll end up in my screenplay.” It’s a fun and gentle reminder that writers are inspired by the world around them. Also, if you make them mad you might not like how you’re portrayed in their story ;). This 16″ x 16″ tote bag is made of a canvas-like polyester, perfect for carrying their writing gear or their groceries.

14. Writer Emergency Pack

Every writer deals with it, that inevitable, inescapable writer’s block. It can take the most exciting story idea to a complete standstill and last for days, weeks, months, or even years. While some writers will wallow in the misery of their creative block, a crafty screenwriter will utilize tools to get out of their funk and finish their script.

The Writer Emergency Pack is the “break glass in case of emergency” solution for writers. It’s compact but it comes with 52 cards to kickstart the writing process. Half are illustrated idea cards to give you an idea of what to do next. The other half are detail cards that provide writing tips and story suggestions to try. These aren’t abstract prompts, but real and concrete writing advice. This pack is great for screenwriters, fiction writers, and any other storytellers.

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Screenplay: The Game of Movie Quotes

This game is made for screenwriters (though general movie buffs will enjoy it too!). Similar to Trivial Pursuit, the focus is on memorably quotes from movies scripts. Divided by genres, you will hear a movie quote and then be required to name the movie it came from and the actor or actress who said it.

Screenwriters who watch a ton of movies will really excel at this game, but it’s fun for anyone who enjoys movies. Turn it into a writing exercise by discussing what makes each line memorable, whether its the actor’s performance, the context in the greater movie, or just the excellent writing.

Writer Facts T-Shirt

There are a lot of traits that make up a successful writer, and this humorous shirt highlights a lot of them. Frames as the nutrition facts of a writer, we think they apply perfectly to screenwriters.

Imagination, bravery, passion, and insanity are some of the key straights of a great screenwriter. You need all of them to get through the slog of rejection, hard work, and self-doubt. Don’t forget the blood, sweat, and tears that go into every script and project. Any writer will appreciate this shirt.

Available in men and women’s sizes in five colors: black, red, purple, gray, and blue.

Movie Clapper Flash Drive

The first rule of screenwriting: back up your files! You never know when a power outage or harddrive failure will wipe out hours or even days of work. This movie themed flash drive is a practical gift to remind your favorite screenwriter to back up their scripts. Made to look like a movie clapper, the USB drive inside is perfect for backing up scripts, treatments, and pitches as well as other files.

It’s so fun to use, they’ll be dying to backup their script at any chance they get. It even comes in a gift box, making it perfect to give to your friends or family members.

Available in 4G, 8G, 32G, 64G, 128G, and 256G sizes.


We’ve all had it happen. You’re in the shower, all soapy, when suddenly you get the best idea. It happens to screenwriters too. They’re in the middle of shampooing their hair when suddenly they get the perfect line of dialogue or a great idea to pitch as TV pilot. But when you’re soaking wet you can’t write anything down and grabbing your smartphone is just asking for disaster.

That’s when Aquanotes saves the day! It’s a notepad made of special waterproof paper that comes with suction cups and a pencil. All they have to do is hang it in their shower and whenever inspiration strikes they can jot it down. This fun and unexpected gift is perfect for screenwriters and other creative professionals.

Pitchstorm Party Game

This game is a hilarious twist on the nervewracking process of pitching a movie idea. You get to be an unprepared writer trying to pitch an off the cuff movie idea to studio execs. As you’re pitching, they give you random ideas you have to incorporate into the pitch. This game will have everyone laughing. Perfect for parties and family gatherings.

Film Pencils

Film Pencils Gift for Screenwriters

Perfect for writing notes about their latest movie idea, these film pencils feature pages from vintage film guides. Each set is completely unique, ready to inspire the screenwriter in your life. Comes in a vintage-style gift box.

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Zombie Lollipops Undead Gift

20 Gifts for Zombie Lovers – Ultimate Guide

20 Gifts for Zombie Lovers - Ultimate GuideZombies have been huge in popular culture in recent years, taking over TV, movies, and books. It’s not a surprise that plenty of readers and writers absolutely love zombies. If you need gifts for zombie lovers, you’re in luck. We have tons of creative, fun, and original gift ideas that will delight any fan of the undead. These include media, wearables, and tons of unexpected gifts for zombie fans. Check out the list and you may find something you love for yourself.

Essential Zombie Media & Book Gifts

If your loved one can’t get enough Zombie movies or books, these gifts are perfect for them. They’re also great for writers who enjoy crafting tales of the apocalypse and the undead.

1. Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology

Many consider George A. Romero to be the father of modern zombie movies, but with this anthology he tried his hand at curating zombie literature. This collection is filled with stories of the undead by some of the hottest writers in the genre. As a bonus, it also includes an original story by George A. Romero himself.

Instead of being a random collection of stories, each was written to take place in the first 48 hours when the zombie outbreak began in the original Night of the Living Dead movie. These new stories are great for zombie fans who have already read a ton of the zombie genre. It’s also perfect for fans of zombie movies and TV shows who want to try reading zombie stories.

2. 28 Days Later / 28 Weeks Later Double Movie Set

In 2002, director Danny Boyle completely revitalized the zombie movie genre with his film 28 Days Later. This essential modern zombie movie is available in a special DVD or Blu-Ray set with its sequel 28 Weeks later.

The story is about a man named Jim who wakes up 28 days after a zombie outbreak in London. The audience follows him as he discovers a deserted city and tries to figure out what has happened. This movie and the sequel are must watch for any zombie fan.

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3. The Zombie Survival Guide

Help the zombie lover in your life be prepared for when their dream (or nightmare) comes true with this gift. The Zombie Survival Guide gives you everything you need to know to survive in a zombie apocalypse. It provides you will all the knowledge you need about the undead as well as defense tactics to protect yourself from them.

This is a fantastic gift that every zombie enthusiast should own!

4. The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse

If the loved one you’re shopping for loves to cook in addition to enjoying the walking dead, then this is the perfect gift for them! This book combines 80 recipes along with post-apocalypitic advice of foraging and scavaging to whip up the perfect meal. What seems like a gag gift is an actually useful and informative guidebook to survive in emergency situations.

While you can make the recipes with traditions sourced from a traditional grocery store, you’ll also be ready for culinary adventures in a post-apocalyptic dystopia. Cook delicious dishes like The End of Ra-man or I Want My Mommy Casserole and then learn how to track, hunt, and trap your own food. This is a great gift for zombie fans, preppers, and survivalists.

5. The Very Hungry Zombie

Many kids grow up reading the classic children’s book The Very Hungry Catepillar. This is a creepy take on that tale, featuring an appropriately hungry zombie. Following the structure of the original, this tells the tale of a zombie eating his way through all of his favorite foods. Of course, in his case, the foods are people like astronauts, rock stars, and brains.

Full colors with illustrations that match the style of the original book, this is the perfect gift for zombie fans young and old.

Zombie Stocking Stuffers

These gifts for zombie lovers are all under $10 and perfectly sized to tuck into someone’s stocking on Christmas. They’re also great for gag gifts or Secret Santa gifts.

6. Bicycle Zombies Playing Cards

Perfectly sized for a stocking, this is a great gift for zombie fans. This is an official deck of Bicycle Playing Cards, but what sets them a part is they feature zombies. For these cards, they’ve taken the classic deck of cards and added an undead twist. The card backs are creepy crawly with a zombified king. All of the face cards feature classic illustrations of zombies. The distressed look of the cards really adds to the apocalypse feel.

7. Zombie Cookie Cutters

If you have a friend who enjoys baking, this gift is a must-have. This set of cookie cutters come with three shambling zombie options. Made from ABS plastic, they’re perfect for making zombie-themed cookies for Halloween, birthday parties, or just an undead movie marathon.

These zombie cookie cutters come in a gift box, ready to slip into a stocking or a horror-themed gift bag.

8. Handmade Zombie Soaps

Handmade Zombie Soaps

Soaps make a great gift for stocking stuffers or office gift exchanges. Soap is useful, and in the case of these zombie soaps, super cool. Made to order by NerdySoap, this set of ghoulish soaps comes with 3 zombies, 2 skulls, and a devil soap. When you order you get a choice of 11 different colors and 28 different fragances, so you can truly customize it for your zombie fan.

Creepy and fun, I guarantee your loved one has never received a gift like these soaps!

9. Zombie Rubber Duckie

Not many people would want to take a bubble bath with this duckie, but a zombie fanatic will be thrilled to find it in their stocking. This 4″ rubber duckie has gray skin and definitely looks like it’s decomposing. A unique addition to any rubber duckie collection.

10. Zombie Dice Game

Perfectly sized and priced for a stocking, this game is a must have for zombie lovers. This Zombie Dice game is great for parties or any gathering with two or more players. It includes awesome zombie themed die. You play as a zombie and your goal is to eat brains. You roll the 13 dice in the hopes of getting brains to eat while avoiding getting shot and killed.

This is a great travel game for road trips and plane rides, perfect for kids 10 and up. Teens and adults will love this easy to learn zombie game too.

Coolest Gifts for Zombie Lovers

11. Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit

If the Zombie apocalypse happens, we’ll need more than a geeky knowledge of zombie movies and games to survive. That’s why this survival kit is the perfect gift for zombie lovers. This cool-looking tin contains all the essentials to survive a zombie breakout, pandemic, or other post-apocalyptic scenarios. The gear in this kit includes a folding knife, an 11 in 1 multitool card, firestarter, paracord bracelet, a mini-compass, and more.

Along with the useful stuff, there’s even some fun stuff like zombie warning stickers and a zombie hunting permit. Even if the zombie apocalypse never comes, this makes a great kit for camping or hiking, so it’s fun and practical. Preppers will love it too.

12. Zombie Apocalypse T-Shirt

Zombie Apocalypse T-Shirt

T-shirts make a great gift for geeky friends and family, and this is one of the funniest zombie shirts we’ve seen. This shirt says “The hardest part of a zombie apocalypse will be pretending I’m not excited.” This shirt is perfect for zombie fanatics looking for a cool new graphic tee.

13. Chia Zombies

Chia pets make great gifts because they’re a fun way to easily grow a plant in the shape of something you love. And, of course, there’s an entire set of Zombie Chia Pets for those who love things creepy and undead. You can choose between busts of Creepy Holden and Lifeless Linda, or Dragging Drew, or just a Restless Arm shooting out of the ground as it is reanimiated.

The kit comes with everything needed to grow three rounds of greens. These look great on an office desk or displayed creepily at home.

14. Zombie Plush Slippers

Slippers are a comfy must have for everyone. So the gift of slippers–especially zombie slippers–is an unforgettable gift for any fan of the undead. These oversized plush slippers are super comfy and extra warm. You slide your feet into the zombie’s mouths as if they’re about to chow down on your legs. One size fits most (up to a men’s size 12).

15. Zombie Plan Charm Bracelet

Zombie Plan Charm Bracelet

Any gal who plans to survive the zombie apocalypse needs a good plan. This cute and creative charm bracelet has the best plan represented in its awesome charms. Made by PlayBox, this silvertone charm bracelet with a variety of realistic charms for each part of the plan.

The charms include weapons (like a revolver and ammo), food and water (canned beans, bottle), tools (knife, hacksaw), and essentials (radio, first aid kit, map). Since the bracelet is made to order, you can request swaps on three of the charms for free to create a truly original bracelet.

Zombie Drinks and Treats

If you’re looking for a weird and super original gift, there are plenty of strange snacks and candies made for zombie fans. These are great for gag gifts, stocking stuffers, or any other gift-giving occasion.

16. Zombie Blood Energy Potion

It’s green and it comes in an IV bag! This creepy looking “Zombie Blood” is actually a lemon-lime flavored beverage. The consistency is that of zombie blood, so it’s a slightly weird drinking experience. The best thing about this item, is the specimen bag is re-sealable, so even after your undead obsessed loved one enjoys their blood, they can refilled it or keep it as a cool storage bag.

17. Zombie Lollipops

Zombie Lollipops Undead Gift

I have never seen a candy this cool. These delectibly undead candies are handmade by I Want Candy US and feature edible images of zombies. These lollipops look so real that they will denight any zombie fanatic.

One order includes 6 individually wrapped 1″ lollipops in your choice of flavor.

18. Zombie Munch Apocalypse Survival Trail Mix

There’s no time for cooking when you’re on the move during a zombie apocalypse. That’s when you need Zombie Munch! This tasty trail mix includes spicy and savory nuts and bits with a zombie theme. Makes a fun white elephant gift.

19. Zombie Poop Candies

Zombie Poop Candies

Now this is a tasty treat that doesn’t look unappealing, even if it has a kinda gross name. Made by Chocolate Weapons, this vintage bag of “Zombie Poop” is filled with bloody candy bones–which would be what zombies poop after they eat somebody. The cute vintage back includes a rhyme on the back about zombie poop, which makes this a great gift for zombie loving kids or adults alike.

20. Zombie Survival Energy Drink

When the zombie apocalypse happens, and you’re being chased by a hoard of infected, you’ll need a lot of energy. So any zombie lover will really appreciate this gift. This “Zombie Survival Can” is actually an energy drink perfect to keep you going in any post apocalypse scenario.

While this is designed to look good on a shelf, it’s also good to drink. Reviewers describe its flavor like a citrusy Red Bull. It makes a great gag gift or the perfect addition to a zombie gift bag.

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Romeo and Juliet Book Scarf

20 Coolest Literary Gifts for Shakespeare Lovers

20 Best Gifts for Shakespeare LoversEveryone knows Shakespeare. Whether you’ve read his plays in high school or memorized every word of his sonnets with delight, the works of William Shakespeare have had an immense influence on the worlds of literature and drama. For Shakespeare fans, there is nothing better in this world than the Bard. And if you need to buy a gift for a Shakespeare fanatic, then you’re actually pretty lucky. There are tons of Shakespeare gifts available, including jewelry and t-shirt, as well as even more bizarre, odd, and funny gifts. We’ve rounded up some of the best gifts for Shakespeare lovers. Whether you’re looking for a classic gift or something completely original, you’ll find it on this list.

Gifts for Shakespeare Lovers

1. William Shakespeare Action Figure

Just like Jane Austen, this literary hero has been turned into his own action figure. Standing at 5 1/4″ tall, this hard vinyl figure comes with a book and quill, so you can relive the excitement of Shakespeare penning some of his best-known plays. This action figure is perfect for displaying on a desk or bookshelf. For ages 12 and up.

2. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

This is a must have Shakespeare gift for any fan! If the fanatic you’re shopping for doesn’t own his complete works, you must buy this for them ASAP! Edited by two Shakespearean scholars, this book includes all of his works, modernized and corrected. When looking for gifts for Shakespeare lovers, this book should be at the top of your list.

3. Romeo and Juliet Book Scarf

Romeo and Juliet Book Scarf

One of the most tragic and beloved of Shakespeare’s plays, the tale of the star-crossed lovers Romeo & Juliet is often a favorite among his fans. This infinity scarf is hand printed with a romantic exchange between the lovers on oatmeal colored fabric. If your fan isn’t into R+J, LiteratiClub offers Hamlet scarves as well.

4. Shakespearean Coffee Mug

Give your loved one the gift of enjoying a little Shakespeare with their coffee and tea each morning. These large coffee mugs hold 12 oz. of your favorite beverage and feature Shakespearean quotes on the outside. There are three options available: insults, love quotes, and dirty quotes. Pick the one that fits the personality of the gift receiver. Include a package of their favorite coffee or tea to create a gift bag they’ll appreciate every morning.

5. Shakespeare Socks

Socks are a classic gift, often given at Christmas. Take your sock game to the next level with these Shakespearean socks. These socks feature a portrait of William.

6. Hamlet Necktie

Hamlet Necktie

This Shakespeare gift is a unique handmade item that is incredibly classy. Handprinted by Cyberoptix, this tie features the title page from the 1604 edition of “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” by William Shakespeare. This gives the tie a classic, vintage look that’s great for the office, church, or just dressing up for a night on the town. The seller offers 5 colors options, so you can get the perfect tie for your love one.

7. Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs

Some of the most creative gifts for Shakespeare lovers are the ones that offer a fun twist on the style of the Bard. Pop Sonnets takes 100 famous pop songs and reimagines them as Shakespearean sonnets. The book is divided into sections like “Sonnets of Love” featuring Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley and Genie in a Bottle by Christina Aguilera or “Ballads of Heros” with classics like The Fresh Prince of Bel Air by Will Smith and “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers. This is the perfect gift for music fans that love Shakespeare and iambic pantameter.

8. She is Fierce Shakespeare Quote T-Shirt

One of the most popular Shakespeare quotes comes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream: “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” This shirt is perfect for any fierce Shakespeare gal (or guy). Made from 100% cotton, this shirt is available in men, women, and youth sizes. Also available as a hoodie.

9. William Shakespeare Cookie Cutter

William Shakespeare Cookie Cutter

If the person you’re shopping for loves to bake, then we have the perfect gift for you. This custom cookie cutter is 4″ in size and makes a perfect cookie in the likeness of Shakespeare’s head. 3D printed with ABS plastic, the cutter includes details like facial features and hair. The cookies are great for decorating or just enjoying warm out of the oven.

10. The Play’s the Thing Board Game

William Shakespeare fanatics and newbies alike will enjoy this fun game. Each player is an unemployed actor in Elizabethan England. To win you want to assemble all the cards need to perform a scene from Julius Caesar, Hamlet, or Romeo and Juliet. This a great game for theater lovers and real world actors–especially because they can act out the scene once they have all the cards. Definitely, consider this if you’re looking for gifts for Shakespeare lovers who enjoy tabletop games.

The game offers four levels of play for different knowledge levels. 2-6 players. Recommended for ages 12 and older.

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11. Macbeth Quote Cuff Bracelet

Macbeth Quote Cuff Bracelet

This stylish gift is a brass cuff bracelet. It features a quote from Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, using the text from the 1750 edition. The scene is the three witches standing around a cauldron casting spells. The result is a beautiful black bracelet with brass text. This is a great piece for casual or dressy outfits and a must-have for Macbeth fans. Made to order, each bracelet is unique.

12. Shakespeare Magnetic Poetry Kit

Perfect for refrigerators or school lockers, this is a gift that will inspire writerly Shakespeare fans. This Magnetic Poetry set omes iwht over 200 themed word tiles themed after Shakespeare’s greatest works. This kit works great on its own or paired with any other Magnetic Poetry Kits. Imagine how creative you could get when combining Shakespeare with Yiddish or Freud.

13. William Shakespeare: An Adult Coloring Book

Shakespeare has made his mark on a lot of things: theater, literature, and now adult coloring books. Illustrated by Odessa Begay, this coloring book includes gorgeous illustrations inspired by Shakespeare’s work. This book is a creative stress reliever that brings you into the world of Shakespeare’s stories.

Don’t forget to get some adult coloring supplies to go with your gift.

14. William Shakespeare Magnetic Dress-up Doll

Let your creativity play with this unique Shakespeare gift. This magnetic dress-up version of the bard lets you apply a variety of outfits and accessories using magnets. Each prop and outfit is inspired by one of Shakespeare’s plays. Makes a great gift for young Shakespeare fans.

15. Shakespearean Insult Bandages

This is the perfect gag gift for Shakespeare fans and also makes a fantastic stocking stuffer! The bandages come with an illustration of the Bard and some of the most famous insults from his plays. Each tin has 15 bandages, each with a unique insult. These bandaids will add some fun to your boo-boo or can be given as a slight to your enemies.

16. Shakespeare, Not Stirred: Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas

If you’re searching for gifts for Shakespeare lovers who also enjoy a well crafted cocktail, then we’ve got the perfect present for you! Shakespeare, Not Stirred is a collection of cocktails inspired by the works of William Shakespeare. These include twists on classic cocktails and other fun libations. Enjoy a “Richard’s Gimme-Let” or “Lady Macbeth’s G-Spot” at your next party. To take your entertaining up a notch, the book also includes tasty hors d’oeuvres based on his characters and plays. Cheers to Shakespeare!

17. Dashboard Genius Shakespeare

Take the inspiration of Shakespeare’s work on your next road trip. This fun and springy dashboard Shakespeare bust is a great Shakespeare gift, perfect for a gift basket or a stocking stuffer. Place him on your dashboard and he’ll help you ponder, “To be, or not to be?” Have the Bard ride shot-gun and always keep you company.

18. William Shakespeare Deluxe Air Freshener

If you’re putting together a gift bag for your Shakespeare fan, this air freshener goes perfectly with the dashboard bobblehead. Featuring the dignified image of Shakespeare, this air freshener smells like what the manufacturer describes as “Shakespearmint.” At 4″ tall, this air freshener will look great hanging from the rearview mirror of your loved one’s car.

19. Shakespearean Lip Balm Set

If you’re looking for gifts for Shakespeare lovers that are practical and fun, check this out. This gift set comes with three Shakespeare-themed chapsticks. Each tube is decorated as either mint flavored Shakespeare, apple flavored Hamlet, and orange flavored Macbeth. This lip balm comes in a decorative box, great for gift giving. It’s the perfect size to be a literary stocking stuffer.

20. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy

What happens when you take the literary stylings of William Shakespeare and combine it with one of the most popular sci-fi stories of all time? Magic! This collection takes the original Star Wars Trilogy and reinterprets it as if written by Shakespeare. What results is a unique, funny, and enjoyable retelling of the classicc space opera. This set includes the originally trilogy: Verily, A New Hope, The Empire Striketh Back, and The Jedi Doth Return. This mash-up is the perfect gift for geeky Shakespeare fans.

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10 Essential Movies About Writers & Writing

10 Essential Movies About Writers & Writing

10 Essential Movies About Writers & WritingWriting is a tricky thing to translate to the silver screen. The act of writing itself is not exciting to watch. It’s usually just the writer with a pad of paper or a computer, typing away or just staring off into space. There isn’t much to watch. So often good movies about writers are hard to find. But they exist and they can often be an inspiration for struggling writers. These movies about writing make great gifts for writers or just a fun movie to watch at home on a Friday night. Check out our recommendations below.

Movies About Writers & Writing

The Hours

This classic film from 2002 is well known for Nicole Kidman’s Academy Award Winning protrayal of the famous British writer Virginia Woolf. But The Hours is more than just a bio-pic. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Michael Cunningham, the movie follows three different women in different times connected by Woolfe’s book Mrs. Dalloway. It depicts a single day in the life of Virgina Woolfe in 1923 as she writes her novel, house wife Laura Brown reading the novel in 1951, and Clarissa Vaughn preparing for a party in 2001 New York. The resulting moving is an emotional and moving experience that highlights how literature can connect lives. Every performer gives a knock out performance, especially Kidman as Virginia Woolf.

For writers, there is plenty to enjoy. The peek into day-to-day life as Woolf struggles through writing and her mental illnesses are incredibly relatable to many artists. It’s a well-crafted story that blends reality (Laura Brown is based on Cunningham’s own mother) with fiction. Overall, it’s a powerful rumination on loss, personal struggles, fear, and suicide. Check out the trailer:

Orange County

If you’re looking for a movie about writing on the opposite side of the spectrum, this might be something you enjoy. Orange County is a comedy about a high schooler named
Shaun Brumder (played by Collin Hanks) lives the typical carefree SoCal lifestyle. This all changes when he discovers a novel on the beach that changes his life and makes him want to become a writer. Through a series of unfortunate events, he is rejected from his choice school of Standford, where he wanted to study under his favorite author. What follows is a hilarious adventure as Shaun and his brother (played by Black Jack) attempt to get him into his dream school.

This movie is great for aspiring writers and experienced ones alike. They’ll easily relate to Shaun’s enthusiasm and his desire to get away from home and achieve his literary dreams. John Lithgow has a brief and hilarious role as Shaun’s father who can’t understand why his son wants to be a writer. You may think this is just a goofy teen comedy, but when it was released, Roger Ebert described it saying: “It will sound like the kind of movie that, if you are over 17, you don’t usually go to see. But it isn’t. It’s one of those movies where the description can’t do justice to the experience.” Check out the trailer.


Most of Stephen King’s books end up with silver screen or television adaptations and because his characters are so frequently writers, there are plenty of Stephen King movies about authors. We’ve limited ourselves to just one for this list and we think this is the best of the bunch. Misery is the ultimate horror story for any published writer. This psychological thriller stars James Caan as famous romance novelist Paul Sheldon. While driving in a blizzard, his car wrecks knocking him unconscious. In what seems like a lucky turn he is resuced by Annie Wilkes (played by Kathy Bates), a nurse who happens to be his biggest fan. A precarious situation turns even more scary when Wilkes buys a copy of Sheldon’s latest book and discovers her favorite character has been killed.

The movie is as tense and frightening as the novel it’s based on. Kathy Bates is absolutely marvelous as the deranged, obsessed superfan–she was awarded an Academy Award and a Golde Glove for her performance. Misery is a must see for writers who are horror fans. Check out the trailer:


If you’re looking for movies about writers that are closer to biographies, then Capote is a must see. Starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as the well know writer Truman Capote, the movie follows the events that transpired while he wrote the book In Cold Blood. Hoffman is tremendous in the role of the writer, for which he won 17 awards, including the Oscar for Best Actor.

When it was written, In Cold Blood was one of the books that helped establish the non-fiction novel genre. As detailed in the film, Capote and his friend Harper Lee (played by Catherine Keener) traveled to Kansas to learn more about the tragic murders of the Clutter family in 1959. The movie gives great insight into the writer’s process (great for non-fiction writers and journalists) and also explores what happens when a writer becomes entangled with the story he’s following. This critical darling is an amazing movie for writers and readers alike to enjoy. Check out the trailer here.

Adult World

Chances are you’ve never heard of this movie, but if you’re a writer you have to watch it. This smart, indie dark comedy is the perfect encapsulation of the post-college millenial experience for writers. Emma Roberts plays Amy, a recent college grad who is convinced she is destined to be a famous poet. Entering the real world she realizes no only is success harder to find that she expected, but making money is a challenge as well. Her parents push her to get a job and she ends up working at a sex shop (hence the title). She also meets her favorite poet (played by John Cussack) and tries to convince him to mentor her, which teaches her more than she expected.

Throughout the movie, the somewhat naive Amy meets her fair share of adult challenges as she tries to figure out her place in the world and how to be successful in her writing career. Aspiring writers and old pros alike will enjoy this funny and even moving film. Check out the trailer below:

Stranger Than Fiction

Stranger than Fiction is a unique film that follows a writer (played by Emma Thompson) who has writer’s block as she tried to figure out how to kill the main character of her novel. At the same time, the movie is following the story of Harold Crick (played by Will Ferrell) who one day hears a woman narrating his life. It turns out that Harold is the character in the novel and he must figure out how to keep the author from killing him. At the same time, Crick is an IRS agent auditing a baker named Ana (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal). The film follows all of the ways these characters interact with each other resulting in a quirky and moving film that explores the creative process.

This movie is a departure for Ferrell, often known for comedic parts playing a subtle and nuanced character in Crick. This drama has many funny moments, but it really comes alive through the performances of the actors and the innovative story. Check out the trailer.


As we’ve said before, some of the best movies about writers are biographies or autobiographies. Adaptation is an interesting movie to describe to people who haven’t seen it as it is an autobiography, sort of. This metafilm is a great movie for writers as it actually explores the writer’s block experienced by Charlie Kaufman when he tried to adapt a non-fiction book by Susan Orleans. Nicholas Cage stars as Kaufman (and his fictitious twin brother Donald Kaufman) and Meryl Streep plays author Orlean. The story is marvelous to watch as a writer because of the creative blending of fiction and fact and the deep exploration of the creative process.

This original and outrageous comedy can be a great inspiration for writers. This is definitely a must watch for screenwriters and writers of non-fiction.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

If you’ve never seen Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, it is essential viewing–especially for writers. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Hunter S. Thompson. The book is based heavily in autobiographical experiences blended with fictional elements (known as his trademark gonzo journalism). The film follows the story of Raoul Duke (played by Johnny Depp) and Dr. Gonzo (played by Benecio del Toro) as they go on a drug fueled trip to Las Vegas to write an article about the Mint 400 motorcycle race.

In addition to amazing performances by the whole cast, this cult film is a great rumination on the 1960s counterculture movement and the American dream. Even though it’s billed as fictional, it’s a great peek into the life and adventures of Hunter S. Thompson as he worked as a magazine journalist in the early 1970s. This is a great movie for writers, especially those interested in non-fiction, essays, and magazine writing. Watch the trailer.

American Splendor

American Splendor is a bigraphical movie based on the auto-biographical comic book series by Harvey Pekar. Paul Giamatti stars as Pekar in this inventive comedy that blends the fictional portrayals of Pekar and his wife Joyce Brabner with appearances of the actual couple. Illustrations and other comic methods make appearances in this film as well.

In addition to the splendor of the creative storytelling modes, this is an excellent presentation of a writer struggling through miserable jobs and unfulfilling everyday life while trying to create art and find meaning. This is a great movie for writers at the beginning of their careers and those interested in comics and graphic novels. Check out the trailer below:

Dead Poets Society

The Dead Poets Soctiey is a movie loved by Robin Williams fans. In it, Williams plays an English teacher at a conservative Vermont boarding school who changes the lives of his students by teaching them poetry. A group of boys restart an unsanctioned club called the Dead Poets Society where they get together to read poetry and write their own poems.

This fantastic film features one of William’s best performances in an inspiring story. It’s great for poets and young writers, plus makes a nice nostalgic trip for older writers as well.

Check out the trailer.

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Essential Books to Help College Graduates Transition to Adulthood

10 Essential Books to Help College Graduates Transition to Adulthood

10 Essential Books to Help College Graduates Transition to Adulthood
Graduating from college is a huge accomplishment. The big difference between college graduation and high school graduation is once the student emerges from their bachelor’s program their future is a little more unclear. Maybe they’re continuing in academia to pursue an advanced degree. Maybe they have a new job lined up. Maybe they have big plans to move to a new city and start a new career. No matter what their next steps are, your college graduate is in the middle of their transition to adulthood. The 20s are a time when they will question their identity, learn to let go of their childhood, and figure out the shape of their life. For some grads, this is easy. For others, it may be a bit tricky. That’s where this article comes in. If you’re looking for a gift to mark the occasion, check out these books for college graduates.

These books range from creative and beautiful book gifts to practical guides that will help your graduate transition into adulthood. They give advice and info on careers, living on your own, and important skills like cooking, cleaning and taking care of yourself. Check out our recommendations below. These make great gifts on graduation day or even to give your kid when they’re finally moving out of your house. If you’re looking for more sentimental book gifts, check out these unforgettable gifts for high school graduates.

Books for College Graduates

101 Secrets For Your Twenties

The twenties are a big time of change for most young adults. It’s the point where you leave the safety of college and go out into the “real world.” Often they’re working a full-time job for the first time, living on their own, and even doing their own laundry. And for a 20-something, making all this work can be a bit perplexing. This fun book by Paul Angone is full of easy to read “secrets” that demystify this period of life. Each secret has a page or two of explanation to help inspire, motivate, and even cheer you up. An example: secret number 11 is “Lousy jobs are the twentysomething rite of passage.”

This book makes a great gift for new college graduates because it’s easy to read and very approachable while giving humorous and meaningful advice. This makes a great gift from a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, or even an older sibling. This is the kind of book your graduate will go back to again and again for advice and encouragement.

Life Skills 101: A Practical Guide to Leaving Home and Living on Your Own

If your college graduate is about to venture away from home for the first time in their life, this is the book for them. Life Skills 1010 is filled with the practical knowledge every 20 something needs to know in their transition to adulthood. To covers topics like working, renting, dealing with roommates, finances, cooking and meal planning, time management, social skills, and even organizational techniques. This is the crash course in adulthood that every school should offer and no kid wants to hear from their parents. Instead of nagging them with your advice, give them this book instead.

The sixth edition of this book by Tina Pestalozzi is updated with the latest advice on finances, searching for jobs, and navigating the modern social world. This book makes a great graduation gift or you can tuck it into your child’s boxes as they pack up to move out.

The Pathfinder

When looking for books for college graduates, often career focused books are recommended. As the new grad embarks on the beginning of their professional career they may be filled with doubts, frustration, or even worry. This tool is a literal guide to finding the perfect career that’s guaranteed to give you the most happiness and success. It’s based on techniques developed by the Rockport Institute and includes 100 self tests to help choose the perfect career path.

This book is a great gift for college graduates who aren’t sure what to do with their art or philosophy degree or those with flexible degrees that could be applied to multiple career paths. Giving this book is like giving the gift of a personalized career counselor.

F*ck! I’m in My Twenties

This is a fun book that adds a little levity to the stress of graduating college and moving onto adult life. Taken from the most popular posts of her blog along with new essays, author Emma Koenig talks first hand about her experiences as a 20-something trying to figure out how to be an adult. Her writing style is accessible and humorous, which makes this a good book for college grads who don’t like to read and just roll their eyes at books of tips on how to be an adult. The book also features Koenig’s handdrawn illustrations, checklists, and more in her iconic style.

This quirky book makes a great gift for graduation day or to celebrate any of those birthdays during the 20s. Add a meaningful book inscription to make it a keepsake treasured for years to come.

Whatever You Are, Be a Good One

If you’re not looking to give a book of practical advice, but rather one of encouragement and inspiration, check this book out. This beautiful quote book by Lisa Congdon is filled with colorful, hand lettered pages of 100 quotes by well known figures like Joan of Arc, Oscar Wilde, Harriet Tubman, and Stephen King. Each page is like a mini work of art of motivation and creativity.

This quote book makes a great gift for creative types on their college graduation day. It’s also a good book for those 20-somethings who already live on their own and don’t need more practical guides to adulthood. Instead, this book makes a meaningful gift to celebrate their accomplishments and inspire them to move forward into a successful life. Don’t forget to add a personal book inscription to turn this into a precious keepsake of this accomplishment.

The Useful Book: 201 Life Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop

A lot of college graduates are ready to enter the real world: they have their first job lined up, a nice new apartment, and a 5 year plan for career and finance. But then they realize they don’t know how to find a stud in the wall or sew on a button. These are skills that used to be taught in classes like home economics and shop but are often missing from the class schedule of millennials. The Useful Book helps bridge that knowledge gap for new graduates. Called “the encyclopedia of DIY,” this book is filled with useful charts, lists, and even step-by-step instructions with illustrations.

This will become your graduate’s go-to guide when they’re wondering how to boil an egg, fold a fitted sheet, or even patch linoleum. There are even more advanced guides like how to make maki or build a bird house. No matter their skill level, your graduate has a lot to learn from this book in their transition to self-sufficient adult.

Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance In Your Twenties and Thirties

The transition to working a full-time job and managing a personal budget can be a challenge for some 20 somethings. Responsibilities like rent, car payments, utilities, groceries may be a struggle to handle while also enjoying some fun stuff and figuring out how to save for retirement. Some people make the transition easily (maybe even during or before college), but for other college graduates, it’s a whole new world. Get a Financial Life is a fantastic book for college graduates on personal finance. Written by Beth Kobliner, a personal finance guru who focuses on education young people on managing money, this book is a great introduction for young adults. Written in an approachable and easily understandable way, the book explains the initially perplexing topics of health insurance, retirement accounts (like 401ks and IRAs), credit cards, personal banking account, investing, and more.

This book is a like a crash course for any 20 something to give them good financial footing for personal success. In addition to teaching the basics, the book also helps with getting out of debt (including paying off pesky student loans), saving for a down payment on a house, or even affording grad school. This a great gift for graduation day to give your child all the info they need. You may even learn something from reading the book, too.

My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag…and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha

If you’re looking for a humorous book for college graduates who tend to be a on the messy side of the spectrum, check this out. My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag by Jolie Kerr is a practical guide to the messes of the lives of modern 20-somethings. She brings her cleaning knowledge (usually displayed in her column “Ask a Clean Person”) to impart basic tidying skills like mopping or more complicated scenarios like cleaning up a ginger beer that exploded in your kitchen.

This is a fun gift–and a gentle nudge–for any sloppy graduate. They will enjoy Kerr’s approachable writing style and her wise (and relatable) cleaning advice.

The Millionaire Next Door

If your graduate already has their personal finances in order, a career in mind, and a strong 5 (or 10, or 20) year plan, then they’re ready for the next level advice. The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko, who have spent over 20 years interviewing millionaires and analyzing data to figure out the secret behind their success. The results are actually surprising and not necessarily what most people would assume is behind most millionaire’s success.

This book makes a great gift for entrepreneurial minded college grads that want to build their own business, retire early, or just be financially independent. Through real life examples of regular millionaires (no celebrities or lottery winners), this book gives all the info you need to follow their path to success and financial freedom.

The Last Lecture

If you’re looking for more sentimental book gift that still imparts important wisdom, consider The Last Lecture. This book for college graduates is actually taken from the last lecture by Randy Pausch, a professor at Carnegie Mellon who was diagnosed with terminal cancer shortly before the lecture. What results is a beautiful and inspiring book about overcoming obstacles and seizing your dreams. His text is filled with humor and intelligence that any one can relate to at any age.

This is a great gift for college graduates who are unsure of their next steps or already facing obstacles towards achieving their dreams. It also makes a great gift to inspire any graduate. Adding a personalized book inscription will turn this unforgettable book into a lifelong keepsake they will turn to during moments of struggle and doubt.

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15 Board Games for Book Lovers

15 Board Games for Book LoversBookworms occasionally like to leave their cozy reading nook and hang out with friends. We kid, but often times readers are also big fans of board games and tabletop games. In fact, they especially love board games for book lovers. These are games with a literary angle, either based on famous works or utilizing the nerdy knowledge that book lovers often possess. These make great gifts for readers or even a good gift for yourself. Check out all the literary board games below.

Literary Board Games for Book Lovers

1. Bring Your Own Book

Book lovers never have a shortage of books on hand, which is the only other thing you need to play this fun party game. To play, grab your favorite book and select a card from the deck. The card will give you a prompt like “dating advice” or “a line in a ransom note.” You then search your chosen book for the best line that works. Think Apples to Apple or Cards Against Humanity, but with books instead!

This game never gets old since the books are always changing. You can even make it themed, having guests bring romance novels, outdated textbooks, cookbooks, or whatever interesting combination you want to play with.

Age Range: 12 years and up

Number of Players: 3 or more

Playing Time: 20 minutes

2. Literati Challenge Game

This is another party game that bookworms (and writers) love. You’re given five words and 90 seconds to write a story using all of those words. The challenge comes in the fact that you might not know the words you were given, so you have to bluff in your story to earn points. The result is laugh-out-loud funny stories that will create a memorable night of gameplay.

This is the kind of game that only appeals to certain types of people who are into creative thinking and challenging vocabulary. Most book lovers and writers fall into that category, so they’ll love this hilarious party game.

Age Range: 15 years and up

Number of Players: 2 or more players

3. 221B Baker Street Deluxe Edition Board Game

Perfect for mystery lovers and fans of the game Clue, this mystery board game features legendary detective Sherlock Holmes. The game comes with 200 cases for you to solve as you travel London (on the board) searching for clues.

This game is a great way to bring to life your love of mystery novels by solving your own case from the safety of your living room. Reviewers love playing it in teams, so this can make a great party game for mystery fans. This version of the game includes all of the expansion packs so you save money on buying extra cases.

Age Range: 12 years and up

Number of Players: 2 – 6 players

4. Liebrary

Similar to Balderdash, this is another game beloved to book lovers and writers alike. To play the game, the players are give a book title and a plot summary and then asked to write a first line for the book. Then the other players try to pick the correct first line to earn points. It involves a lot of creativity and a little bluffing to earn points and win the game.

The game design on this one is also top-notch. The box looks like a vintage hardback book and the card games look like library card catalog cards. Book lovers and literature nerds will love everything about this game. It’s a great party game or even fun for just a few friends hanging out together.

Age Range: 12 years and up

5. Game of Thrones Risk

Game of Thrones has become hugely popular thanks to the hit HBO show, but fans of the book and the TV show alike will enjoy this special version of the classic game Risk. This board game is as epic as the book series, with two different custom maps (Westeros & Essos), 3 ways to play (Skirmish, Dominion, or World at War) and over 600 unique game pieces. If you’re a fan of the game of Risk and the series Game of Thrones, this is a game you must add to your collection.

Risk is the kind of game that is liked by certain types of people, but others may find it boring. Luckily there are tons of other Game of Thrones board games available if Risk isn’t your type of game.

Age Range: 18 years and up

Number of Players: 2 – 7 players

6. Choose Your Own Adventure Game

This unique game captures the fun of a classic Choose Your Own Adventure book in a tabletop game. A cooperative adventure, this game captures the prose and style of Choose Your Own Adventure novels. Perfect for a party or playing in small groups. A variety of stories are available as their own board game, so you’ll never get bored.

Age Range: 10 years and older

Number of Players: 1+ players

Playing Time: 1 hour

7. Marrying Mr. Darcy Board Game

Jane Austenites are head over heels for this Pride & Prejudice card game. Utilizing characters from Jane Austen’s beloved novel, you step into the story by playing as one of the female characters. You want to earn the most points by collecting character cards for different attributes like Wit, Beauty, and Reputation. The amount of points you have for each attribute determines which suitor you will match with and a roll of the dice determines whether or not they will propose.

While this game can be played by anyone, even those who haven’t read Pride & Prejudice, big Jane Austen fans will really appreciate the references to the book. If you really get into the game, there are also expansion packs available to add on to the fun.

Number of Players: 2 to 6 players

Playing Time: 60 minutes

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8. Scrabble Linen Book Vintage Edition Board Game

When I think of board games for book lovers, Scrabble always comes to mind. Readers love words, and games that let them flex their vocabulary are extra fun. This version of Scrabble doesn’t have a special literary theme. Instead, the game has literally been turned into a book. Instead of the normal cardboard box that Scrabble normally comes in, this special edition comes in a beautiful white linen vintage style book box. Stored inside is the vintage 1948 version of the classic Scrabble board game. When you’re done playing, it all goes back in the box which can be displayed on the shelf with your other books.

Scrabble is a great game, loved by readers and writers alike because it allows them to utilize their vocabulary skills. This version makes an excellent gift that any book lover will enjoy.

Age Range: 8 years and up

Number of Players: 2 to 4 players

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9. Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle: A Cooperative Deck Building Game

Thanks to the popularity of the Harry Potter book and movie series, there are tons of Potter-themed board games available. This one is a must-play for die-hard Harry Potter fans. Hogwarts Battle is a cooperative deck building game that actually features 7 sequential games that progressively become more difficult. Reviews for this game are outstanding, though the gameplay is a bit too complicated to explain here (especially with 7 different games).

If you enjoy co-op tabletop games like Forbidden Island or deck building games like Dominion and are also a Harry Potter fan, you should get this game immediately. You can also hack it to play as a one player game if you want to take on the challenge solo.

Age Range: 11 years and up

Number of Players: 2 to 4 players

10. Art of Conversation Literary Card Game

If you’re looking for board games for book lovers and willing to count cards as a board game, you’ve gotta check out this game. These cards put a literary spin on the Art of Conversation game. The purpose of the original game is to inspire conversations among groups of people, whether it’s family, friends, or business associates. This version of the game focuses on questions about books, allowing players to share their experiences reading various types of books and to gush about their favorites.

This card game is great for book clubs or just book nerds together at a party. The questions cover all types of book, from literature and poetry to other genres like science fiction and mystery. Every reader will enjoy this game. It’s also adaptable for all ages, so children and adults can play together and share the love of reading.

Number of Players: 2 or more players

11. Dick: A Card Game Based on Moby Dick

Here’s another book-themed card game you may enjoy. Dick takes the concept of Cards Against Humanity or Apples to Apples and combines it with the famous Herman Mellville novel Moby Dick. To play, you pick a question card and the other players select one of the 375 answer cards which are taken word for word from the text of the book. What follows is hilarious rounds of selecting the best answer. While fans of the book will really appreciate this game, anyone will enjoy this fun twist on the classic party game CAH.

As you may guess by the name of the game, there’s a lot of, ahem, puns in this game. So it’s not for kids, but great for adult gatherings. Reviewers do say that it’s not as low-brow as Cards Against Humanity, so academics and lit nerds will enjoy it.

Number of Players: 4 or more players

12. Booktastic! Modern Literature Edition

This is the only board game for book lovers I’ve seen that models the gameplay after one of the most fun parts of being a bookworm–buying more books! To play the game, you move your pieces around a board of a small town, occasionally stopping in the bookshop to buy more books. To earn money, you have to answer trivia questions in 3 categories–including casual reader questions so even non-book-nerds can enjoy the game.

This version of the game focuses on modern best-selling fiction, with titles up through 2004. Bookstastic is not currently being manufactured, so getting copies of this game is becoming progressively harder. If you’re interested in this game, buy a copy now!

Number of Players: 2 to 4 players

13. Bards Dispense Profanity: Shakespeare Card Game

Here’s another literary take on Cards Against Humanity. This one focuses on the works of William Shakespeare. Game play is the same as Dick and CAH: you draw a card and the other players put down answers that are lines from 24 of Shakespeare’s plays. The reviews for this game indicate it is hilarious and fun, no matter how familiar you are with the original texts.

Again, this game is an adult party game so it’s not meant for kids. Since Shakespeare is so widely read in schools, this is a game even non-readers will enjoy. It’s great for parties of literature snobs and laymen.

Number of Players: 4 or more players

14. Classic Paperbacks Puzzle

This isn’t technically a board game, but this puzzle will delight literature nerds. This 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle features many classic paperback book covers from the 1960s and 70s by artist Richard Baker. Many readers will recognize famous covers for The Great Gatsby, A Clockwork Orange, Breakfast of Champions and more.

The completed puzzle measures 25″ x 20″.

15. The Lord of the Rings: Board Game

This is the ultimate game for fans of JRR Tolkien’s beloved trilogy The Lord of the Rings. Based on the book, you play as a hobbit journeying through the classic landscapes of the book in the quest to destroy the One Ring. The game features beautiful graphics and details that will delight superfans.

While this game is great for fans, it is not one for casual gamers as the rules are complex and take a little while to learn. If you’re looking for a party game or something non-fans will be interested in playing, look elsewhere.

Age Range: 12 and up

Number of Players: 2 to 5 players

Playing Time: 60 – 90 minutes

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20 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Writers

10 Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Writers

Valentine’s Day–a holiday either loved and celebrated or dreaded and hated depending on who you ask. Often the people dreading V-day aren’t just singles, but people panicking over what gift to buy their one and only to commemorate their love. You need something thoughtful, romantic, and not just the usual box of chocolate and flowers. Whether shopping for a man or a woman, you could still feel a little stumped coming up with the perfect gift. Well, if you’re beloved is a writer or an aspiring author, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with plenty of gift ideas ranging from the romantic to the unique to the perfectly personalized. Check out our list of the best Valentine’s Day gifts for writers and you’re sure to find the best gift for your significant other.

10 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Writers

1. Book Locket

Book Locket

When we think of Valentine’s Day gifts for writers, one of the first things that always comes to mind is jewelry. You don’t need cliche diamond and gold jewelry to take away the breath of an author. Lockets have traditionally been given as gifts between lovers to house a picture or special note kept close to their heart. In recent years, book lockets have become extremely popular especially for book lovers and writers. There are many beautiful styles available on Etsy, but here’s one of our favorites.

These silver-plated book lockets are made to order and fully customizable for your love. You can customize it with your Valentine’s initial. Inside features two frames to insert your photos. This is a unique gift your special someone will cherish.

2. Old Book Scented Soy Candle

Old Book Scented Soy Candle

Candles create a romantic and relaxing mood anywhere. But nothing gets a writer going better than the nostalgic scent of old books. Frostbeard Studios makes a whole line of soy candles targeted at writers and book lovers in a variety of scents. If you really want to get fancy or turn up the heat for Valentine’s Day, they also sell candles called “Trashy Romance Novel” and “Sexy Librarian.” They also feature candles with scents crafted to match fictional characters and locations like Gatsby’s mansion or Hatter’s Tea Party. Browse their stores on Etsy or Amazon to pick out the perfect candle for your love.

3. Laptop Bed Tray

Men and women alike love to be spoiled with breakfast in bed. Make your writer’s day even better by serving them breakfast on their new gift: a laptop bed tray. Once they’ve enjoyed the delicious meal you’ve prepared, let them know they can spend the rest of the day in bed working on their novel or short story.

This bed tray is perfect for any type of writer: those who write by hand, on a laptop, or using a tablet. It features an adjustable top to customize the best writing angle and a storage drawer to keep pens or index cards close at hand. It also has foldable legs for easy storage when they’re done working for the day. Available in Walnut or Natural finish.

4. Chocolate Covered Book Oreo Cookies

Chocolate Covered Book Oreo Cookies

There are some Valentine’s Day traditions that I think should never be ignored–chocolates are at the top of that list! But if you want to give something special to your beloved writer, one of those pink and red cardboard hearts just won’t do. Instead, get them something unforgettable and delicious. Rosebud Chocolates makes these delicious chocolate-covered Oreos with a literary-twist! Hand dipped in regular or white chocolate, each oreo features a gold book. Yum! Comes in a set of 12.

5. Book Bath Caddy

When you’re considering Valentine’s Day gifts for writers, don’t forget that writers are readers too! This is a fantastic gift for any writer who loves to soak in a nice warm bubble bath at the end of the day and enjoy a good book (and maybe even a glass of wine!). Include some of their favorite bubble bath or bath bombs with the gift, and they will absolutely love it. Made from bamboo, this bathtub caddy is available in a natural or walnut finish.

6. Personalized Stationary

Personalized Stationary

I bet this isn’t something you’d think of when considering Valentine’s Day gifts for writers. Postal Mail feels like a thing of the past, currently cluttered with spam and bills. Rarely do people send correspondence through the mail. But writers can be a little be different. They appreciate the beauty of a handwritten letter or note and also appreciate a great pen and nice paper. A set of personalized stationery will be appreciated by any writer. These watercolor sets by OohLaLa Letters are not only beautiful but totally unique in their beautiful watercolor patterns and the customization of your love’s name.

7. DIY Writer’s Valentine’s Day Gift Basket

Make Your Own Gift Basket for Writers

If you’re willing to put some extra work into your gift, you can create something that will Win Valentine’s Day forever. A gift basket (or bag or box) is one large gift assembled by gathering smaller gifts, all specially selected to make the ultimate personal gift for your special someone. We have an entire article with the steps to make your own gift basket for writers that you can check out to give you ideas.

For a V-day specific gift basket, make sure to include some elements traditional to the holiday. A nice Valentine card with a special note adds a romantic touch, plus flowers or chocolates can also be a good tribute to tradition. Overall, you just want to focus on picking elements your partner will love and appreciate that help support their writing habit and their creative projects.

8. Paper Roses

Paper Roses

A dozen red roses is the classic gift to give on V-day, but the price is always marked up in advance of the holiday and real roses always die. Instead, when you’re looking for Valentine’s Day gifts for writers, you should consider paper roses instead. These beautiful paper flowers are handcrafted from recycled dictionary pages and they last forever. Gift them in a decorative vace and your favorite writer will love to keep them on display all year long.

This seller also offers roses made from Disneyland maps, music sheets, children’s books, and old books. Check them out in the My Cotton branch Etsy store to pick out the perfect bouquet for your Valentine.

9. Coordinates Bookmark

Coordinates Bookmark

Bookmarks are a must have for any writer since they read so many books. However, you can’t just give ANY bookmark on Valentine’s Day. It needs to be something special that commemorates your relationship and your love. This handmade leather bookmark from LoveThatLeather is perfect. You can custom order it to have the coordinates of any location embossed into the leather.

This is a great way to commemorate the place you met, the location of your first date, where you were married, or any other location that is special to you as a couple.

10. Love Poems Collection

If you are a writer yourself, there is no gift more meaningful than writing your beloved a romantic love poem. Even if you’re not a writer, your Valentine will appreciate any creative expression of your love. But if you’re not so creatively inclined, this collection of love poems would make a great gift as well. This collection has a breadth of romantic poetry, from ancient China to modern poets.

To make this gift even more meaningful, read through it and bookmark (maybe even with the coordinates bookmark above) the poem that reminds you most of your partner and your love. They will appreciate the beautiful words and the meaning of your gift.

11. Leather Journal

Valentine’s Day is a great time to splurge on your loved one and there’s nothing a writer appreciates more than a beautiful journal. While any old notebook works for writing, there’s something about a nice leather journal that makes a writer feel even more special.

This beautiful gift set comes with a 100% genuine leather journal with rustic copic binding and a quality metallic pen. Perfect for drafting a new novel or recording day to day thoughts.

12. Writer’s Block Custom Perfume

Writer's Block Custom Perfume

Sure, you could buy some fancy perfume from a department store, or you could create your own custom fragrance blend for the writer you love. The Little Book Eater will create a custom fragrance specifically for your writer or a story they’re working on. It’s called “Writer’s Block” so they can use it to inspire them while they write. Just send them a message with the type of project your author is working on or some of their favorite scents and they’ll great the custom perfume just for you!

If that feels like too much work, The Little Book Eater sells premade perfumes of various literary themes.

13. I Carry Your Heart Book Tote

Looking for a romantic but practical gift? This tote bag has a literary twist. It’s made to look like a book and features the entire text of E. E. Cumming’s famous poem “[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in].” This is a great gift for students and teachers who can use it to carry books to class.

14. Pencil Ring

Pencil Ring

This is a sweet twist on a traditional Valentine’s Day gift that’s perfect for authors and English teachers. This wrap ring is made to look like a pencil. Available in brass with black, gold, or silver plating, or in sterling silver.

15. Moleskine Pen+ and Smart Notebook

If the author in your life prefers to write longhand, this gift makes a great splurge! Moleskine’s Smart Notebooks are perfect for handwriting notes or drafting a story. You write on the notebook like normal, but the pen automatically saves your writing to your smartphone. They’ll really appreciate this thoughtful and practical gift.

16. You’re My Type Typewriter Mug

You're My Type Typewriter Mug

This is a cute and funny gift idea for writers. This mug has an illustration of a vintage typewriter on it and says “You’re My Type.” Add some of their favorite coffee, tea, or hot chocolate to create a nice gift bag.

Check out more typewriter gift ideas.

17. The Writing Manifesto Print

If you’re looking to inspire your beloved writer, this is awesome. This print is The Writing Manifesto, which includes many inspiring and motivating phrases and messages to help an author stay on track when the work gets hard. It’s perfect to frame and hang above a desk or in the writer’s office.

18. Handmade Pen

Handmade Pen

All writers appreciate a good pen, now you can wow your loved one with a beautiful handmade pen. Bog & Brass makes custom pens from Ireland. They make wood and acrylic pens in ballpoint or fountain pen styles. They will even customize the pen with a message or the writer’s name. With tons of colors and designs to choose from, you can easily find the perfect pen.

19. Quill Pen Cufflinks

Quill Pen Cufflinks

This small gift is perfect for the writing guy in your life. These classy cufflinks are actually writing quills. Subtle enough to wear to the office or on any special occasion, it’s a cute symbol of their true passion.

20. Vintage Leather Messenger Bag

While this gift is primarily marketed to men, I think many lady writers will appreciate it too. This beautiful leather bag is made to look like a vintage messenger back. Perfect for taking their laptop, notebook, and anything else they need to the library or cafe to write. Comes in a variety of color options to match their style.

Need more ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts for writers? Check out these Valentine’s Day gifts for movie lovers, V-day gifts for readers and romantic gifts for gardeners. Want to see fun and creative gifts for writers and book lovers? Try our megalists of gifts for writers and gifts for readers.

DIY A Customized Writer's Gift Basket

Make Your Own Gift Basket for Writers

Make Your Own Gift Basket for WritersGift baskets are a great gift idea, no matter the recipient. They contain many smaller gifts that when combined together makes one AWESOME gift. And if you assemble your own gift basket, you can completely customize it for the receiver. That means you’ll be giving a gift that’s extra thoughtful and will be appreciated by the writer. At first, the thought of making your own gift basket may be a little overwhelming. What will you include? Will they enjoy it? Will it be expensive? No worries, we break it down for you in easy steps so you can focus on the details and great a perfect, personalized gift for your favorite author. By following these steps for making gift baskets for writers, you can create a basket of any size, to fit any budget.

Since you’re building this gift basket yourself, feel free to pick and choose from our suggestions what will work best for your basket. You want to create an unforgettable gift made specifically for the receiver.

DIY Gift Basket for Writers

The first thing to keep in mind when you decide to assemble this gift basket, you want to get into your writer’s head. Observe what their writing routine looks like. How do they write (longhand in a notebook, on a computer, on a typewriter, on their tablet)? Find out what kind of projects they’re working on (the type of gifts you buy will be different for a poet vs. a novelist or someone working on a short story collection instead of a debut novel). What genres do they write in (literary fiction, sci-fi and fantasy, romance, young adult, etc.)? Take notes as you observe your writer and do some secret sleuthing.

The Basket

This is a step you’ll either want to do first or last. You can pick the perfect basket or container and then get as many items need to fill it or you can pick out all of your gifts and then find the best-sized container.

Once you’re ready to pick the basket, remember that it doesn’t have to be a basket at all. It can be a wrapped box, a gift bag, or the container can be a useful gift itself like a tote bag or a pretty storage box.

If you’re extra crafty, you could take a brown paper bag with no printing on the outside and use a typewriter style stamp set to stamp on the name of the gift receiver, a quote from their favorite book, or even just a random pattern of letters and numbers.


This is a no-brainer for gift baskets for writers. Pens are a universal tool that almost all writers use at some point, whether they write by hand or just use it to jot down notes about their work in progress. There’s also a lot of flexibility here to customize this gift for your writer. You can buy a box of ball point pens, invest in the fountain pen they’ve always dreamed of, or include a fun and silly pen.

You may need to do a little snooping to figure out what kind of pens your writer prefers. See what they keep on their desk or what they’re using the next time they write in their journal. Or you could even bring it up in casual conversation. If they have a strong opinion about what pens they like best, they might share all the pros and cons with you.

Notebook or Journal

This is another no-brainer for any writer and a must have for a gift basket for writers. Even if they write mostly on a computer, every writer needs to have a few notebooks on hand for brainstorming, freewriting, journaling, or even just writing down ideas and inspirations. If you know what type of journal or notebook your writer prefers, include one in your basket. If you don’t know or the author you’re assembling this basket for doesn’t have a preference, we’ve still got a couple ideas for you.

Moleskin notebooks and journals are extremely popular among writers and other creative types. They make regular sized journals and pocket sized notebooks in a variety of styles and colors.

Another type of notebook that most writers will find useful is a pocket sized notebook. These can easily slip into a pocket, purse, or backpack so they can jot down notes wherever they are when inspiration strikes. Field Note notebooks are perfect for this use.

We also have an article about journals for writers if you need more gift basket inspiration.

Treats and Other Edibles

No writer’s gift basket is complete without something tasty added in. This another easy way to really personalize this gift for your author. And the best thing about this idea is you can add as many different treats as you want! We would recommend adding at least two different types of treats.

The first type of treat would be something that your giftee enjoys when they’re writing. Some writers like a hot cup of tea or coffee when they sit down at the keyboard. Pick up some of their favorite brew and include a fun writer mug. Other writers may have a snack they enjoy when they write or a particular gum they chew when they’re looking for inspiration. You may want to observe them during their writing time to see what treats they like to enjoy most often.

The second type of treat is what we like to call a “reward treat.” It’s usually a sweet or another type of decadent or expensive snack that the writer likes to enjoy after a successful writing session. If your loved one is a chocoholic include their favorite bar or a bag of truffles. If they can’t get enough Girl Scout Cookies, include a box of their fave. If you love to bake, this is the perfect opportunity to make them a yummy treat.

Writing Book

Including a writing related book is a great way to inspire and educate the writer you’re making this gift basket for. This could be a book on fiction writing craft, a reference book or just an inspirational book. If you know who their favorite author is, you can always search to see if they’ve written a book about writing that will help inspire them.

If your author is working on a particular type of project, like a novel or a screenplay, there are plenty of writing books available that can assist them with their work.

If you’re still drawing a blank on a good book gift for your writing gift basket, poke around on Amazon and may find just the perfect one.

Something Inspirational

Write Drunk Edit Sober Art Print

You may think you have this covered with the book you chose for your writer’s gift basket, but this gift could have a different intention. It could be a book, it could be a game, it could be a piece of jewelry, it could be a print that memorializes their favorite author or book. What you want is something that inspires them to continue the hard journey of being a writer, even when they’re stuck on the last chapter of their book or getting frustrated over rejection letters.

This could be a book or a toy to destroy writer’s block or an inspirational writing book. Etsy is a great site to look for prints or other gifts with quotes from authors or books. A small framed print that they can hang over their writing desk will help them get through the tough times and remind them why they write to begin with.

Something Fun

This can be something small, even something extremely personal that doesn’t have anything to do with writing. But it’s nice to include at least one thing that’s fun, kooky, or unexpected. This can be a writing game, a fun bookmark, a desk toy, or even a little trinket of something they love.

If you need a little inspiration, check out our articles on gifts for writers under $15 and our megalist of creative gifts for writers.

Something Personal

Get a little DIY and include something personal in your gift basket for writers. Include a card with a note about what you hope they’ll be able to achieve with their writing and the meaning behind any of the gifts in the basket.

If this gift is for a spouse or partner, you could make some IOU coupons to help support their writing. Include things like “Watch the kids for 2 hours while you write” or “Do the dishes so you can write.” Personalize them and it’s a cheap and meaningful gift that will show them that you support their writing.

There’s no limit to what you can do for this part of the gift. This is where you can really add a personal touch, something memorable they will never forget.

Gift Card

This may seem like a cop-out gift, but it’s not if you put some thought into it. Is there a coffee shop or cafe that they like to write at? Do they love to buy loose teas from an artisan tea shop in town? Are they so addicted to Starbucks that they can’t even open their laptop until they get their fix?

This is a compact addition to your writer’s gift basket that can help enable their writing habit.

Optional: Something for Celebrating

Champagne for Celebrating WritingIf your writer has a goal they’re working on, like finishing their novel or selling their first story, you can include something to help them celebrate the big moment.

A small bottle of champagne or their favorite sparkling beverage with a personalized note about what it’s for will show them that you believe in them and know they will achieve their dreams soon.

If champagne isn’t their thing, consider expensive chocolates or a gift card to their favorite restaurant. Whatever way they would want to celebrate their achievement, find a way to include that in the basket.

Putting it All Together

Once you’ve purchased all your gifts and the basket they will go in, you can assemble your gift. You can get as fancy with this as you want, including tissue paper or other fillings to cushion the gifts in your basket. You can also wrap up the basket or box in cellophane or wrapping paper. Add a store-bought or handmade name tag to address it to the writer.. Go wild and be creative if you want to.

Once it’s ready, present it to the write and enjoy how they react to your thoughtful and useful gift basket.

Making a gift basket for writers isn’t for everyone. If this article has you inspired, but you’re still not sure what gifts to buy for the writer in your life, don’t worry! We have a ton of other articles with gift ideas and suggestions. Check out fun and unique gifts for writers and practical writing gifts for more ideas.

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10 Fun and Bookish Gifts for Librarians

8 Fun and Bookish Gifts for Librarians

If you have any friends or family members who are librarians, you know how much they love their job. So when it comes time to buy a gift for them, you can’t go wrong selecting a present related to books, libraries, or even the Dewey Decimal system. It’s still easy to get stumped when trying to come up with something fun and creative that your favorite librarian doesn’t already own. No worries, as we’ve compiled this awesome list of gifts for librarians.

These gift ideas for librarians are great to give you inspiration when shopping for Birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, or even librarian retirement gifts. These gifts range from practical to funny to creative and unique. You’re sure to find something for your favorite librarian here. A lot of these gifts are great for book lovers who spend their fair share of time at the library. Check out the suggestions below.

Gifts for Librarians

1. Handmade Stack of Books Necklace

Handmade Stack of Books Necklace

If you’re looking for original librarian gift ideas that you won’t find in stores, this is a great option. These handmade necklaces feature a stack of vintage library books. They’re made from polymer clay and hand-fashioned by the artist, so each necklace is completely unique. You can even make a custom request for specific colors or book covers.

This necklace is a gift that any librarian would appreciate and gladly wear to work or for special occasions. Book lovers and avid readers will love it too!

2. Dewey Decimal Scarf

Dewey Decimal Scarf

If you’re looking for fashionable gifts for librarians, check this out. This gorgeous silkscreen pashmina is handmade and features a lovely print of 800 series of Dewey Classification. The print is from a 1876 book by Melvil Dewey, and this system later became the Dewey Decimal System that is still used in the US today. Librarians will love this little piece of library science history, especially since they can wear it out work or even out for an evening event. This scarf is also super soft and luxurious to wear.

Available as black on sand, black on blush, black on silver, black on cream, black on latte, pale gray on black, or pale gray on charcoal. For a paper-like look, order sand, cream, or latte.

3. I Work At A Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks

Sometimes you need a little humor to get you through a long day of work. Any librarian will enjoy this book, which is a collection of the most bizarre things that only happen in a library. They’ll chuckle as they read the story about the missing wetsuit or the unexpected scent of cooking crabcakes. Gina Sheridan recounts these and more in her book about the weirdest questions and quandries she’s experienced at her circulation desk.

Any librarian will enjoy a good laugh when they read this book and may be inspired to share a few of their own weird experiences in the stacks. Include a fun bookmark and this will become an unforgettable gift.

4. Library Card Tote Bag

This is a gift that’s fun and practical. Library cards and stamped due dates are a thing of the past in most libraries, but they still have a special place in most librarian’s and book lover’s hearts. Out of Print makes a bunch of cool book-themed gifts, including these library card tote bags. They’re perfect for carrying a load of borrowed books or anything else they may need to get them through the work day. And their co-workers will be so jealous when they strut into work with this bad boy.

Available in four colors: natural, yellow, gray, and blue. 100% cotton. Made in the USA.

5. Rainy Day Reads Soy Candle

Rainy Day Reads Gifts for Librarians

Old Book scented candles are a very popular gift for readers. But librarians have the pleasure of being surrounded by the “old book smell” all day, so when they get home they don’t want to unwind to a candle with the same scent. Luckily Frostbeard Studio has other bookish candle scents to choose from.

This one is Rainy Day Reads, which is meant to smell like–you guessed it–a rainy day, the kind of day where you curl up with a blanket and a cup of tea and read a good book. The scent blend includes fresh Rain, ginger, and lavender. This is perfect after a long day of work to relax and enjoy some pleasure reading.

6. Color and Activity Book for Librarians

This gift is great for librarians who enjoy unwinding with an adult coloring book at the end of a long day in the stacks. Made specifically for anyone who has worked in a library, this is more than just an adult coloring book. It’s filled with fun activities and jokes that any librarian or clerk will appreciate. Coloring in this activity book is a great way to unwind in the evening.

This is a fun gift to include with other more relaxing adult coloring books. Make sure to add some coloring supplies to create a great gift bag.

7. This is How I Roll T-Shirt

There’s a lot of funny librarian t-shirts available, but this one seems to be a big favorite. The shirt says “This is how I roll” with an illustration of a book cart. This a great shirt to wear on the weekends when librarians let loose and show their fun side (just kidding! We know librarians are fun at work too 🙂 )

This is also a great gift for any bookworms who spend a lot of time at the library browsing the stacks.

This shirt is available in men and women’s fit styles and sizes, plus five different color options. 100% cotton.

8. Librarian – The Original Search Engine Mug

Give your librarian friend their dues with this funny mug. Back before we all carried smartphones, people had to go to the library to find the answer to their solutions and quandries. And usually the first stop was the circulation desk to ask the librarian for help to find the answer. It’s almost like a super power. And even to this day, with Siri ready to attempt to answer your question, there are still librarians waiting to help you find the answer or the perfect book.

Give props to your knowledgeable librarian friend or family member with this awesome mug. Include some of their favorite tea or coffee to make a gift bag they’ll really enjoy.

9. “Talk Dewey to Me” Socks

This gift is practical, fun, and a little bit naughty. These book themed socks say “Talk Dewey to Me” on the sides and feature embroidered Dewey Decimal numbers all over. These socks are comfy and fun, perfect for a day at the library or curled up at home with some good books.

If you’re searching for gifts for librarians, these socks are great for an occasion and make perfect stocking stuffers.

10. Knock Knock Personal Library Kit

Now your favorite librarian can experience the joys of their job at their own home. Harkening back to how libraries worked when there were card catalogs and rubber stamps to mark the due date, this library kit comes with checkout cards, a rubber date stamp and ink pad, as well as one of those tiny pencils we all remember so fondly. There’s even pockets to stick inside the book cover to label with their name.

This gift is perfect for those librarians who are constantly loaning out their own books and need a way to keep track of them.

Still stumped on what to get your librarian friend or family member? Librarians love books, so there’s still plenty more gift ideas. Check out these unique bookmarks for readers or our megalist of gift ideas for readers and book lovers for more ideas.

Best Handmade Gifts for Kids and Babies

Best Handmade Gifts for Kids and Babies

Toys stores these days are filled with cheap plastic toys made overseas in factories. These items often break easily, make a lot of noise, or don’t inspire and educate children like the toys of old. Many parents and grandparents are looking for sturdy and meaningful handmade gifts for kids and babies. These toys are often made of wood or fabric and many are educational or personalized to match the child. Some crafty parents even make toys and gifts on their own. If you’re not the DIY type, you’re still in luck. There’s plenty of options to buy handmade gifts for the children in your life.

With sites like Etsy offering toys and gifts made by artisans and crafters across the world and Amazon offering an entire section of their site dedicated to handmade items, it’s easier than ever to find unique handmade gifts and toys for babies and kids. These gifts are great for Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers, Hanukkah gifts, birthday presents, or to give for any other special occasion. We’ve listed some of our favorite handmade toys below, categorizing them by age. You’re sure to find something perfect for the child you’re shopping for.

Handmade Gifts for Kids

Gifts for Babies (up to 12 Months)

Handmade Personalized First Name Puzzle

This is one of the best handmade gifts for kids that becomes an instant keepsake, especially if you’re shopping for a baby or toddler. J&P Wood Products is an artisan shop based in Michigan and they specialize in making handmade wooden puzzles customized with your child’s name. These puzzles are made when you order them, which means they will be able to feature the exact spelling of your kid’s name (which you know can be tricky if your child has a unique name).

The puzzle features multicolored letters that are raised from the puzzle surface and easily grasped by little hands and fingers. Not only will this puzzle help your baby or toddler learn their name, but it also helps them develop motor skills and problem-solving skills. J&P Wood Products also offers a premium puzzle that features your child’s name and the numbers 0-9. When you order you have a choice of primary colors or pastel colors. All paints and coats are non-toxic and safe for children. Dimensions: 4.25″ wide and 12″ – 24″ long (depending on length of name). Meant for children 6 months of age and older.

This makes a fantastic baby shower gift or first birthday gift.

Gifts for Toddlers (1 – 3 Years)

Handmade Custom Superhero Ragdolls

Handmade Custom Superhero RagdollsWe absolutely love these dolls and have never seen anything like them in stores. La Loba Dolls is based in Hungary and makes these lovely custom handmade ragdolls. Each doll is a superhero and comes with a mask and cape. La Loba Dolls celebrates diversity, offering a variety of skin tones to help children have a sense of self-worth and view themselves as a superhero.

La Loba Dolls makes boy and girl superhero dolls and since they’re handmade they can be customized for any hair color or skin tone combination. This means you can order a doll that looks just like your child by placing a custom order. That makes this a precious gift for any child that feels forlorn because the dolls in stores don’t look like them. This is also a great gift for girls who are into comic books and superheroes. This doll will become a constant companion and best friend to your toddler or kid and makes a unique gift they will cherish.

The dolls are 19″ tall and handmade from cotton fabrics and wool felt and stuffed with hypoallergenic polyfill. Recommended for children 24 months and older.

Lacing Cheese Toy

Lacing Cheese Toy Another handmade wooden toy for toddlers, this block is crafted to look like a hunk of swiss cheese. Designed to help toddler develop hand eye coordination, fine motorskills, and lacing skills, there is a cotton rope with a wooden needle attached. Your child can lace the rope through the holes in a variety of patterns, helping to develop creativity and problem solving as well.

Recommended for children 12 months of age and older. Made by Wood Store Gifts, their shop is located in Russia (require slightly longer shipping times). They make a variety of handmade gifts for kids, with a focus on educational wooden toys. Their toys are beautifully crafted and completely unique–nothing like the plastic (or even wooden) toys you’ll find in local big box stores. All of their items are sourced from natural and eco-friendly materials so they are safe for children.

Gifts for Preschoolers (3 – 5 Years)

Handmade Wooden Toy Train

Handmade Wooden Toy TrainAero1Toys is an Etsy shop that sells a variety of wooden trains and other handmade wood toys for kids, run by a man who has been a professional toymaker for over 29 years. These trains are designed for play without traditional tracks and do not work with other train toys. The lack of track is actually a bonus–it means the train is easier to store and takes up less space, plus it doesn’t limit your child’s play. The cars are connected with a hook and loop system and you can buy additional train cars to make even longer trains. All of the shop’s toys are made from pine, birch, and maple woods in the USA.

The train pictured above is their paint-free train that has no stains, varnishes, or paints and is 19.5″ long. It features a locomotive, flat car, tank car, gondola car, and caboose. The shop also sells trains in a variety of colors and designs, including a circus train set, Army trains, and multi-colored sets. The painted trains feature lead-free finishes that are safe for children.

This train set is meant for children three years of age or older. It does contain small parts that could be a choking hazard for younger kids.

Modular Castle Tower Playset

When most people shop for handmade gifts for kids, they often don’t think of shopping for dollhouses or similar types of playsets. This handmade, wooden playset is a great choice for preschool age and older children. Made by Manzanita Kids in their Seattle workshop, the set is made from sturdy birch plywood, which is eco-friendly. All of their playsets are meant to be modular, meaning they can be assembled and arranged in many different combinations so your child can create a unique playset each day. When they’re done playing, all of the pieces come apart for easy shelf storage.

Because the walls and floors are moveable, this playset is compatible with many sizes of dolls and toys. Your child will have no limit to their creativity or imagination with the castle set. Manzanita Kids makes a variety of wooden playsets like this, including smaller sets that can be used in combination. They also make a variety of other handmade wooden toys for babies and kids. This set is meant for children 3 years of age or older.

Waldorf Hand Kites

This is a surprisingly simple gift that will inspire a lot of fun playtime running around the yard. Just hand your son or daughter these hand kites and they will immediately run and jump as they watch the ribbons dance through the air. These hand kites are a great way to get kids to expend extra energy and creatively move their body and dance. It’s such a magical experience, you may want to dance with them yourself.

Comes in a set of two hand kites. The rings are 2.75″ ride and finished with homemade beeswax wood polish. Each hand kite has six ribbons. The shop sells a variety of color options and also sell them in bulk at a discount perfect for classrooms or birthday parties. Made in the USA by Bright Life Toys. Intended for children 3 years of age or older and should be used under adult supervision.

Gifts for 6 – 10 Year Olds

Handmade Wooden Mancala Board

Mancala is a game that’s played around the world (often called “sowing” or “count and capture games”) that’s perfect for children and adults and it makes a great family game. (You can learn more about the history of mancala at Wikipedia.) The game is played with two players who take turns distributing beads around the board, with the objective of capturing the most stones. Playing the game helps develop counting and strategy skills. This is a great board game to add to your family game night that will become a cherished family heirloom.

This mancala board is made of solid rubberwood and comes with quartz pebble game pieces. Instructions are included if you’re new to the game. Recommended for children 5 years of age or older (not for children under 3 years, because the glass gems are a choking hazard).

Classic Wood Yo-Yo

YoYos are one of those classic toys that most kids become fascinated with in their childhood. And it’s another type of toy that’s been overrun with cheap Chinese plastic versions. Instead, you can buy your child this beautiful wooden yo-yo that will become a precious family heirloom. These handmade wooden yo-yos were created by CNN Designs, an artisan based in Alabama who makes wooden toys and home decor items.. Designed to work like a classic yo-yo, this toy is made from unfinished wood with a star pattern burned on the sides. It’s also a great yo-yo for newbies to learn on.

Intended for children ages 6 years and older. The yo-yo size is 2.25″ diameter and 1″ wide.

Yard Yahtzee! AKA Yardzee!

This is a great game for the summer months that the whole family will love. Made by Creative Bitz, a shop based in New York, they’ve adapted the classic tabletop game Yahtzee to a super-sized yard version. It’s played by the same rules as regular Yahtzee. You’ll roll the oversized yard dice to score combinations and get the highest total score to win the game.

This Yardzee set comes with a bucket for shaking the dice, five large wooden dice, 2 laminated score sheets, and a dry erase marker. The entire set is made to order and can be customized with your choice of color for the dots on the dice and the decals on the bucket. You can also personalize the bucket with a name for an additional fee. This makes a great gift for any Yahtzee fan or for family and kids who love to be outdoors.

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