* Literary themed novelties for all the bookworms on your list
* Gifts that speak to their favorite genres, from classic to contemporary
* Games, fashion accessories and home goods with a bookish bent
If you have a known bookworm or writer on your holiday gifting list, your first thought may be to buy them a book. But therein lies the problem: With any voracious reader and writer, it’s hard to guess what they’ve already read. So side-step the question entirely with a present that taps into the spirit of literary masters, like an Oscar Wilde-inspired candle or a Hemingway-themed pen.
Read on to see the 8 best gifts for bookworms and writers, none of which are likely to be found in their current library.
1. Tequila Mockingbird Cocktail Book
Tequila Mockingbird is the top selling cocktail book for the literary obsessed. Inside, you’ll find 65 drink recipes with names that riff on classic tomes like Are you there God? It’s Me Margarita, or Love in the Time of Kahlua. The cheeky recipes are paired with wry commentary on some of history’s most beloved novels, bar food recipes, drinking games and illustrations.
2. Kurt Vonnegut Pillar Candle
This candle will make the ideal gift for the humanist, atheist, nihilist or agnostic on your list. This satirical prayer candle features Kurt Vonnegut illustrated as a saint and on the back, along with his patronage, saint’s day, and a prayer to inspire and enlighten.
3. Banned Book Coffee Mug
Speak to the racy side of literary history with the banned book coffee mug. Features titles of famously controversial works, like The Tropic of Cancer, Howl and To Kill a Mockingbird.
4. Edgar Allan Poe Pin Set
Give the gift of writerly adornment with this Edgar Allan Poe pin set. The pin set features two pins, one of Poe and one of a raven, referencing his famous poem, “The Raven.” The pins come with strong black rubber backing, so they’ll stay secure wherever they’re worn.
5. Great Drinkers 6-Piece Shot Glass Set
Writers have been famous for their drinking culture, so it’s bottoms up with this six piece shot glass set. Drink in the company of Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, Dorothy Parker, Winston Churchill, W. B. Yeats, and Charles Baudelaire.
7. Ernest Hemingway Quote Pen
Channel the spirit of Ernest Hemingway with this hefty rollerball pen. Engraved with the writer’s signature and his quote “In order to write about life, first you must live it.”
8. Jane Austen Stationery Set
A stationery set Jane Austen would approve of, keep the practice of hand-written notes alive in the age of texting. This set includes notecards with Jane Austen quotes, matching envelopes, embossed sticker seals, a personal journal for musing and a decorative box to store everything in.
9. WonderMolly Antique Book Purse
For those who use an e-reader, but still miss the tactical satisfaction of reading books, check out this cross-body bag that’s designed to look like an antique book. It includes a detachable 43 inch long adjustable, detachable shoulder strap and a wristlet strap, and it’s made of vegan leather.