Christmas Gift Guide 2018: Gifts for Readers & Writers

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This list is for people who linger at bookstores, people who have their library card numbers memorized, and people who read so many books that they start to forget them.

This list is also for letter-writers, aspiring novelists, and to-do list makers.

In short, these gift ideas are for anyone who admires the written word - readers, writers, storytellers, journalists, English majors, and other proudly nerdy types.

Library Bags

corduroy tote bag
Corduroy Tote Bag | Out of Print
when in doubt go to the library quote
When In Doubt Tote Bag | Out of Print
Nancy Drew tote bag
Nancy Drew Tote Bag | Out of Print

For the longest time, I was searching for the perfect library tote bag. I think I finally found it! Out of Print offers sturdy tote bags in literary designs that will appeal to every member of the family. Get one for each child to hold his/her books in at library visits!

My current favorites include Goodnight Moon, Corduroy, and Nancy Drew, but I hope the collection continues to expand. I'd go wild for book bags in the following themes: A Little Princess, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Mysterious Benedict Society, Little House on the Prairie, The Berenstain Bears, or Anne of Green Gables.

  • Buy tote bags from Out of Print Clothing.
  • Like Out of Print on Facebook.
  • Follow Out of Print on Instagram.


Can a person have too many journals? Highly unlikely. Below are recommendations for some of the best gift-worthy journals this holiday season.

Novel Journals

novel journals

novel journals canterbury classics

Gifting a beautiful journal is a cinch if you pore through the Novel Journals collection by Canterbury Classics. Each leather-bound journal has a quote on the front and the complete text of the novel inside. The teeny tiny text serves as lines for the journal! So cool!

  • Buy novel journals.
  • Like Canterbury Classics on Facebook.
  • Follow Canterbury Classics on Instagram.

Solid-Color or Simply Designed Journals

dolphin journal
Dolphin Journal | Thunder Bay Press

A solid-color journal is another smart pick for writers of any age. Don't forget the young writers + artists on your list too! Journals are an excellent stocking stuffer for any child or adult from about age 6 and up.

  • Buy solid-color or simple design journals.
  • Like Thunder Bay Press on Facebook.
  • Follow Thunder Bay Press on Twitter.

Bookshop Puzzle

the bookshop ravensburger puzzle

bookshop bookstore puzzle ravensburger

Consider this beautiful 100-piece whimsical bookstore puzzle by Ravensburger. Vivid colors and tiny details make for a fun activity on a cold winter's day.

One of my favorites aspects of this puzzle is that you can make out some of the book titles - including Pinnochio, Aesop's Fables, Peter Pan, Thumbelina, and Jack and the Beanstalk.

  • Buy The Bookshop Puzzle.
  • Like Ravensburger on Facebook.

Pretty Office Supplies

bloom office supplies

vintage floral office supplies

Writers tend to collect a lot of paper. They are forever scribbling out to-do lists, character names, or bits of poetry. Pretty office supplies, like the options pictured above from bloom Daily Planners, help keep all of those brilliant thoughts in one spot.

bloom's forte is planners (daily, weekly, vision planners, teacher planners, wedding planners, etc), but they also sell beautiful journals, clipboards, and desktop organizers in eye-catching designs. I especially love the vintage floral pattern (pictured above).

  • Buy office supplies from bloom.
  • Like bloom on Facebook.
  • Follow bloom on Twitter.

When In Doubt Sweatshirt or Tee

when in doubt go to library sweatshirt

when in doubt go to the library tee

For anyone who works at a library or supports their local library! The words say, "When in doubt, go to the library" in a glittering gold lettering. Choose a t-shirt, tote bag, pencil pouch, enamel pin, or sweatshirt in this design.

  • Buy the "When in Doubt..." sweatshirt.
  • Like Out of Print on Facebook.
  • Follow Out of Print on Instagram.

Mary Poppins Hardcovers

Mary Poppins Illustrated Hardcover PL Travers

inside Mary Poppins illustrated hardcover

Mary Poppins board book

picture book Mary Poppins

With the new release of "Mary Poppins Returns," we anticipate a renewed interest in the wildly creative classic series by P.L. Travers. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has new two editions out - a picture book with an abridged version of the story and an illustrated unabridged hardcover.


heirloom quality collectible books hardcover

Be sure to also click over to browse my newly published list of Beautiful Heirloom Books to Give at Christmas.


What are YOU getting for the readers + writers on your list this Christmas?

BROWSE the complete 2018 Christmas Gift Guide to get ideas for everyone on your list!

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