My gift list of ideas for writers and readers is a bit later than usual due to illness and the supply chain problems the world over. Nevertheless, here are five ideas for gifts for your favorite writers and readers. If you need something for under the Christmas tree, put a photo of the item(s) in a card that lets the lucky recipient know the gift that is on its merry way! And the holidays goes on just a bit longer.
PPGJLI Online Bookstore and Shop – One of my favorite non-profit organizations, the Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute, is based in St. Paul, Minnesota. But its mission of literacy, leadership, diversity and equity reaches around the globe. The PPGJLI Bookstore offers a diverse array of books. The mission is Readers Are Leaders. There is something for everyone: children’s books for girls and boys (Justice Makes a Difference and Kofi Loves Music), Soul Food cookbooks, books honoring African American history and traditions, books on the power of restoring communities, the power of leadership, and much more. Plenty of excellent reading for adults as well. The site also offer dolls, clothing, greeting cards and educational materials. Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute has added to their mission by establishing PPGJLI Press with the goal of publishing five new titles per year.
Writer’s Journals – Gift the gift of a year’s worth of journals to keep the writer in your life motivated all year long! Various authors grace each cover: Jane Austen, Langston Hughes, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charlotte Brontë, Ida B. Wells, Robert Frost, Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, and Kate Chopin – to name a few. The set of 12 pocket size 3.5” x 5” sells for $40 and ships for free. Proudly made in Portland, Oregon with 85 poercent recycled materials.
Bookshelf Infinity Scarf – Found on Esty, this beautiful, silk-screened scarf imprinted with rows of books is perfect for readers, librarians, English instructors, literacy advocates, and so many more. It is 33’’ in length, handmade in Turkey, and currently sells for $18.61 plus shipping. There are numerous other scarfs available on Esty as well, many dedicated to your favorite books.
Writing Hour Candle – Get in your writing zone with this handmade Writing Hour Candle made with 100 percent natural soy wax blend. The price is $19.75 plus shipping. This witchy writing hour candle will set the mood for your creativity. Light the wick to infuse your room with a peaceful aroma that will inspire your writing. Choose between ambrosial fragrances such as Vanilla Bean, Comfort Spice and Sea Breeze. Candle burns for 50-60 hours and there are more options as well.
Writer’s Live Twice Pendant – This custom pendant holds a vintage typewriter with a quote. Many options for customization are available. Prices begin at $23.95 plus $4.50 in shipping. This shop offers an array of fun pendants related to reading, writing, librarians, and other occupations. This handmade item is constructed from a high quality art print, glass and plated metal and it’s lead free. Pendants are made to order in Huntsville, Alabama.
May your holidays be merry, bright and healthy!