Gift Guide 2013: Volume 2

Books and ereaders wrapped as presentsAfter Volume 1 of the 2013 Gift Guide, there were so many ideas sent my way through the intertubes that I had to hold myself back from buying half of them at least. Ready for Volume 2? Of course you are! 

First, I am sad that this doesn't have any reviews that I could find, because I'm dying to try it out because…dude. Check it out: a Globe Ice Lantern Kit.

Globes made of ice with tea lights inside


The kit comes with the balloons you need to make a set of four globes, plus there's a refill kit, too. Please tell me you've tried to make these because SO COOL.


Chinaberry catalog's “Just Keep Swimming” bracelet is beautiful and not very expensive at $40, if you're looking for a gift for a friend (or for yourself!).

Green bead bracelet with fish and a charm that reads just keep swimming


I know “Just Keep Swimming” is a mantra for many, and I hope this fits someone you know.



Available in t-shirt or sweatshirt style, from the ever-dangerous Signals catalog (which also lists products on Amazon if you have any AMZ gift credit to spend) : a gift for the eagle-eyed proofreader in your life: 





Know anyone who has a new baby girl, or will soon? How about Pride and Prejudice onesie® that reads, “Obstinate, headstrong girl!”

obstinate, headstrong girl!

Act fast, because this item is on clearance, and is under $10. 

I kind of want an adult-sized shirt for myself, now that I think about it. 




Mad Like Tesla: Underdog inventors and their pursuit of clean energyBook The SHarks paintbrushKris Bock recommended both these titles to me, saying, “I came across the following while working on a book on mechanical engineering for teenagers. I've only skimmed a bit, but they seem to be very readable nonfiction and would be great for people who like to learn about technical innovations or have an interest in the environment.”

Mad Like Tesla: Underdog Inventors and their Relentless Pursuit of Clean Energy by Tyler Hamilton ( A | BN | K S)

The Shark's Paintbrush: Biomimicry and How Nature is Inspiring Innovation by Jay Harman ( A | BN | K S)





From Vicki comes the very tempting link to, which specializes in gift items and accessories with classic and out of print book covers on them. I have seen this shirt with my own covetous eyeballs, and let me tell you, it's beautiful in person: 

purple vneck tee with peacock feather print and original cover for Pride and prejudice

Seriously, so tempting. 


A wreath made of handmade colorful blocks of soapLaj emailed me with a wonderful suggestion: 

Check out Soaptopia. Wonderful soap……love love her stuff. I give soap boxes to the secretaries in my husband's office and nurses and staff in mine.

One year we put together a big basket geared toward “lovers” for a charity auction: Soap, lotions and massage oils from Soaptopia and a bag of coffee, two splits of wine, yummy herbal tea and some good foodstuffs. It was so popular I now raffle one off every Valentines Day and give the proceeds to the peds ward.

Oooh – and they ship internationally! 

Laj also suggested a lovely gift basket idea if you're stumped for a grab bag or secret Santa gift: “I received a book box last Christmas from a friend and the contents were: Three books, a gift card from Peets, a mug, a beautiful handkerchief and a pair of fantastic pajamas. Great huh!”

Now that is creative! 



Darlynne suggested the jewelry at Etsy featuring the phrase, “I still believe in 398.2″ – the Dewey code for…. wait for it… fairy tales. This particular set of charms is really beautiful.


I try to find gift ideas that are perfect for the readers you love, or the readers you are, so if you have suggestions for the gift guide, please email me! I love to know what you're buying this year, as presents or for yourself.

Whatever holiday you're celebrating, and if you're not celebrating at all, I hope you have a warm and peaceful season. 


General Bitching...

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    Dora says:

    I’ll recommend this book: Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas.

    I recommend this book to any woman, Canadian or otherwise, just because it’s so cool. My husband got this for me years ago, and it’s packed with a lot of fascinating facts about how women’s lives have changed in Canada from both the advancement of rights, and new items and such. The original tampon, for instance, was a condom stuffed with cotton and poked with holes, created by a man whose father accused him of being depraved for even conceiving it. It’s fairly light-hearted and celebratory, with articles ranging from archaic beauty remedies (go to sleep with tape on your face!) to “bundling boards”, and some people didn’t like the playful tone of the writing, but it also does cover a lot of influential women, ranging from journalists to politicians, cooks, teachers and more, and touches on the way a woman’s place in society has changed drastically. It’s not a very heavy or comprehensive read, just a very happy and entertaining one that all my female friends have borrowed for a read at least once.

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    EVIL! I just had to click on the Etsy link . . . and while I think that fairy tale Dewey pendant is cute, I ended up looking through all her store. 40 minutes later I “left” . . . with 7 items in my cart. Oops. But, hey, three are gifts for family and friends. . . and three for me. And of course chains for all of them. :D


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    What an honor to be featured on this site! Thank YOU! Just because, y’all can take 20% off your next order. Use the coupon code YULESEE …  Have a lovely one!

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    DonnaMarie says:

    THANK YOU!!! The Silver Rapture link is AWESOME and exactly what I’ve been looking for. I’m going back in for some serious shopping, and if the delivery date is too tight, dare I mention that Geneva, IL is a mere 20 minute drive away?

    Marc/Soaptopia, you are the Christmas spirit defined – and quite the savvy business man – I’ll be shopping shortly.

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    SB Sarah says:

    @Marc: YOU RULE, DUDE. Thanks!

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    Spot on with this write-up, I absolutely feel this web site needs a great deal more attention.
    I’ll probably be back again to read more, thanks for the information!

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