My holiday shopping is only partly over, since I still have Christmas gifts to buy. And while you are probably like me and completely inundated with catalogs, there is one catalog you should go out of your way to add to your list: Bas Bleu. This is one of my favorite book catalogs, and it’s worth reading over and over- every time I pick this catalog up, I find something I missed and want to buy for someone.
For example: the China Bayles mysteries written by Susan Wittig Albert, offered in a three pack for $23.97, or The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories, featuring scary tales from Dickens, Kipling, Bierce and Wharton.
For those who have young children who love stories: William and the Christmas Moon, a story told with a flashlight and laser paper cutouts. For jewelry fans: Pride and Prejudice book earrings. For anyone going to a conference this year: a book flask. And for anyone who loves quirky stationery: Telegram notecards.
Ok, I have to stop reading this catalog before I go brokest.
Laura G. sent me a link to this store, which was a horribly wonderful thing to do, because I wanted everything they sell. Knock Knock has awesome pads, stationery, books, and generally fun goofy stuff (like post-its that say “Blah blah blah”). My current looooove is the All Out Of grocery pad, which is saving my butt every damn day.
Have a look at these amazing posters: one scene of a famous novel illustrated using the text of the novel. Seriously. SO cool!
From Stacie, the perfect gift selection for your writer friend who spends her day killing people: the LA Coroner’s gift shop. Nope, notk idding.
From the Department of Awesome on Etsy: the Nerd Herder, a wallet and gathering place for every stray technological oddity you carry with you. Or the Keep Calm and Read On sign – available in many variations. I bought a friend the “Keep Calm and Drink Beer” sign.
Or this truly beautiful silver book necklace that you can customize.
And, finally, this totally made my day: Bag Ladies Tea company has Novel Teas, individually tagged teabags with literary quotes.
So, what are you buying this year? Have I tempted you with anything here? What ideas for gift giving caught your eye? And which are your favorite charities to support?