Back in October I wrote about library/literary gifts for the upcoming holidays. I warned you back then that the holidays would be rapidly approaching--was I wrong? For those who are looking for something a little out of the ordinary, here are a few more ideas:
Poetry Jewelry from The Poetry Foundation. Silver and gold necklaces with quotes from poets, for example, Cervantes, "Believe there are no limits but the sky." The Poetry Foundation also has books, notebooks, and even a "Leaves of Grass" onesie for little poets.
Perhaps the largest purveyor of literary gifts is CafePress. As a matter of fact, CafePress might be a bit overwhelming if you go into it without a firm idea of what you are looking for. But, if your gift recipient has a favorite author, the easiest thing to do would to be to search on the author's name. For example, I type "Jane Austen" in the search box and voila! The results show 1,300 Jane Austen inspired gifts--from stickers, to mugs, to mousepads, to tee-shirts!
For the person who's always looking for something "new" to read, look for the Book Lover's 2011 Page-a-Day calendar. The calendar will introduce even the most avid reader to new and exciting works of fiction and nonfiction.
It goes without saying, though, the best gift is a book. Take advantage of your public library to preview a book before buying. We get new books in almost daily!