Time to round up all the neat and clever and oh-so-tempting items for your holiday shopping and wish-listing needs. I’ve been collecting ideas for a few weeks now — and really, this is so fun, like I’m shopping for all of you. Each Wednesday, I’ll be posting collections of gifts and ideas for gifting and receiving. If you’ve got a suggestion or something you love that you’d like to share, please email me!
Shall we get started?
This book comes out Friday and it’s a big ol’ hardback full of, well, Steampunk LEGO projects. (I think I just heard someone squeak with excitement.) Here are a few of the images inside:
This is a coffee-table book, and I don’t think there’s a digital version, but if you have a LEGO fan or Steampunk devotee in your world, this might be a great gift.
Via Jennifer Estep, here’s an idea for those who love urban fantasy – and the cover art by Tony Mauro:
Tony Mauro has once again published his annual When Darkness Falls calendar. Tony is the cover artist for my Elemental Assassin series (and many other fantasy book series), and if you look at the graphic above, you will see that the cover art for The Spider is featured in the calendar. Gin is looking sharp, as usual.
Here are some of the other authors and books featured in the calendar:
This is a bit more pricey, but Elyse recommends this lamp for all your reading/crafting/illumination needs. She says:
Last year I bought this lamp for reading/ knitting and I love it. It gives off a really natural light so it’s easy on the eyes. Also, if you are using it for crafting, it shows colors the way they look in sunlight.
It won’t light up a room, but for close work, it’s excellent. And the head and neck are adjustable.
If you spend a good amount of time rolling your eyes, or trying not to, this Eye Clock ($35) might make your day. The left eyeball keeps the hour, and the right keeps the minute. The description says, “The Eye Clock may not be the most precise, but it is the most understanding.” Ha!
Another gift for those Steampunk writers and readers you know: gear and toggle switchplates for single and double light switches.
They start at $40, and yes, it’s a bit much for a switchplate, obviously.
The switchplates are made of wood and brass, and reviews state that the wood used is kind of thin, so this isn’t good for a high-traffic area. But if you’re looking for something really odd and bizarre, this totally fits.