Your Literary Holiday Gift Guide

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The holidays are upon us and we’re thinking about gifts for our more literary friends and family. Can you tell we’ve already moved on from Thanksgiving to Black Friday? Here are a few inspiring gift ideas from Ploughshares:

1. Buy a book from a local bookstore.

Sweet and simple. A visit to a local bookshop can be a welcome break from holiday shopping and there’s a book out there for everyone on your list.


2.  Scrivener

Do you have a budding writer in your life? Know someone who needs help organizing their thoughts? Have a friend who’s writing a thesis? Scrivener is a word-processing program designed for and by writers. It’s a new way to approach the creative process.

3. Vintage Typewriter Jewelry

For the lady or gentleman in your life that has everything. These earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and cuff links are all handmade from recycled typewriter keys.

4. TankBooks

Familiar works repackaged and resized into portable cigarette boxes. TankBooks says it all for us: “for people on the move, lovers of literature, and connoisseurs of design.”

5. Volunteer for 826 Boston  (or other literary organizations)


826 Boston is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center that works with 6-18 year olds. They believe that “strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.” If this is something you believe in too, get involved! Giving your time is one of the most valuable things you can share this season. The next volunteer training session is on December 13, 2011. Learn more.

6. Kindle/iPad Carrying Case

If you know someone receiving a Kindle or iPad this year, give a handmade carrying case to keep it safe and ensure happy reading. We like these.

7. Exotic Candy Bar Library

There aren’t many people out there that don’t like chocolate. You can give them their own private collection of Vosges Chocolate, which is artisan and sustainably produced. Creative flavors in library form – sure to be a bestseller!

8. A gift subscription to Ploughshares! (plus one for yourself)

Last, but not least, why not give something that will keep giving all year long? Your recipient will have reading material to pore over with each new issue and will think of you as they cozy up and read. (If you subscribe at the link above before Dec. 1, you’ll receive a 1-year gift subscription plus a 1-year subscription for yourself for just $25. Use code HLDY11)