There are just a couple of weeks until the holidays. Are you panicking about the writers on your list? Here are a few of my favorite ideas that have a quick turnaround. Happy holidays, everyone!
Tools of the trade:
These are the best pencils in the world: Palomino Blackwings*. And spring for the sharpener, too.
Flash drives* for all our presentations are welcome, especially if they’re stylish. My favorite drive is Marvin the Martian, but bright colors will do.
It’s amazing how much printing you need done: cool stationery to write thank you’s, stickers as swag, postcards for new books, or business cards to share at conferences. I like to design at Moo.com.
These days, I’m ashamed to say that I forget the details of a book fairly quickly. Here’s a book journal* to help keep track of the plots and important info on the ga-zillion books we read.
I am guilty of dog-earring pages. But a set of beautiful bookmarks in wood* might change that. These are pretty.
Writers have to be big readers, so help us as we keep up with our professional libraries by giving us a gift card to our favorite local indie. Are you in Richmond? Try bbgb, Fountain Bookstore, and Chop Suey Books.
Literary candles* to soothe the nerves when deadlines loom!
I saw a version of this Resting Book Face t-shirt at NCTE this year, but they were all out by the time I went to buy mine. Here is a collection of other pithy tees and an online version of “book face”.*
Socks from their favorite children’s book?
Etsy has some unique trinkets and jewelry, too.
And finally, for the person who truly has everything, how about a donation in their name to an organization focused on books and kids?
And closer to home:
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