“…and, scattered all about, the pretty gifts which came from friendly hands and were the fairer for the loving messages they brought.”
–Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
Our series on gifts for bibliophiles concludes with some of our favorite ideas for Jane Austen fans, fashionistas, and more.
For the Jane Austen Aficionado
Jane Austen Blend tea, available from Lady Elegant’s Tea Room & Gift Shoppe, St. Paul, MN; pair with a NovelTeas Jane Austen-themed tea infuser and a copy of Tea with Jane Austen by Kim Wilson or The Jane Austen Cookbook by Maggie Black.
For the Fashionista
LiteraTease.com’s little black t-shirts are adorned with slogans from classic works like Macbeth, Emma, Alice in Wonderland, and Great Expectations. Shannon recommends the Jane Eyre t-shirt (“I am a free human being with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you”), which she received for Christmas last year.
It’s fashion for a cause with the “Miss Do-Gooder Fights Illiteracy” t-shirt. Miss Do-Gooder has partnered with the literacy charity First Book, and the organization receives 10% of each purchase (which equates to one new book for a disadvantaged child).
For the Competitive Bibliophile
In the board game Booktastic!, players choose a “reading list” and then answer literary themed questions to move around a town square of (what else?) bookstores. The winner is the savvy competitor who amasses the most valuable book collection by games’ end. A separate family edition with a children’s literature category draws young bibliophiles into the fun.
For the Art Enthusiast
Purchase a reproduction of one of more than 500,000 images in the New York Public Library Digital Gallery, among them Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts; custom framing options are available.
For the Aspiring Writer
Bibliophiles can indulge their creative side with a Magnetic Poetry Kit for Book Lovers —words aplenty for an endless array of prose.
For the Members of Your Book Group
Give a year’s worth of book suggestions with a subscription to Bookmarks Magazine or the Book Lust Calendar and Journal, based on librarian Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason.