Welcome to Book Riot’s 2018 holiday gift guide! We’ve got bookish gifts for all the readers in your life, from mugs to books to art prints, for budgets of all sizes. Get shopping!
I’m absolutely in love with this simple, yet so very sweet, gift for parents. Add your family (and pet!) names, dates of birth, and any other special dates to your custom print and hang it in a place of honor next to the bookcase. Choose from multiple color palettes as well to find one that works best for your parents.
Agate Book Ends
If you’re looking for a gift that will make your parent’s bookshelves extra fancy, these agate book ends are it! They add a bright pop of color to the shelf while also not taking up too much room—because you need to leave plenty of room for books, after all! They’re also great for creating an attractive book display on any flat surface: a dresser, a mantle, a countertop, or anywhere else that hasn’t already been taken over by books. In fact, these book ends will make your parent’s books look so great, you’ll probably have to teach them how to Bookstagram next.
For the book-loving parent who likes a cup of tea while reading, what could be better than this Alice in Wonderland inspired gift from Novel Tea Tins? The loose leaf tea is the perfect pairing for any good book, and the customized book tin is just stunning. It’s a two-in-one gift really– great tea plus some decorative secret storage for the book shelf!
This adorable scarf features everyone’s favorite talkative redhead, Anne of Green Gables. More specifically, it shows the title page and first page of Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery’s 1908 novel that sparked a series of sequels and a whole worldwide industry of Anne fever. What better thing for a book lover to wrap oneself in than a scarf with actual book text printed on it? Other cozy literary scarves and wraps are also available in this Etsy shop. I have an Emma one, and it is soft and delightful.
Once upon a time I loved Ann M. Martin’s Baby-Sitters Club books. There’s just something so fundamentally cool about Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, Dawn, Jessi, and Mallory. I wear this t-shirt to programming at the library and all the kids think it’s really awesome. It is really awesome. The t-shirt is made of some high quality cotton (I know nothing about fabrics!)– it hasn’t shrunk or wrinkled (and I always make things shrink and wrinkle)! Don’t think about it, just buy it!
This mug is magic. Not because it’s heat reactive – that’s just science (I assume). The magical power of this mug is its ability to entertain your coworkers during even the most boring meetings. As your beverage cools and the titles are blacked out, those paying more attention to the mug than the meetings – i.e., the readers in the room – are bound to be confused and/or delighted. Plus, it’s full of TBR ideas, which is a fun bonus.
From coffee-fueled study sessions to way-too-early Monday mornings at the office, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine for a new graduate. Arm your grads with a banned book heat reactive mug from Out of Print. As they fill it with their favorite caffeinated beverage, each banned book title is revealed in all its glory. It’s just what they need to keep their eyes open, their brains alert, and their ideas flowing. Plus, every cup comes with an extra shot of courage. After all, if a banned book can rise again, then so can a bright and deserving new grad.
Postcards are an excellent gift to the grad who is moving away. With the postcards, also give some postcard stamps and the addresses of loved ones. If you’re feeling extra sassy, address a few of the postcards to yourself (or grandma) and save the grad the hassle. These Bibliophilia postcards are beautiful and stylish, suitable for a wide range of family and friends.
There is one lesson that I have learned above all else as an adult, and it’s that celebrating personal creativity is a foundational element for fulfillment. Beginning my own work as a creative writer has shifted everything in a way that has made my work life and family life healthier, too, and made me more compassionate toward both others and myself. I only wish I had found this creative outlet for my life earlier than I did, which is why I find this celebration of creativity from Elizabeth Gilbert—in all its forms, for its own sake, with total abandon—to be such a perfect and incredible graduation gift.
If you need your writing tools to proclaim your love for books, these pastel colored pencils are the perfect addition to your pencil case. This set comes with seven different #2 pencils that proudly shout “I Read YA” and “Books Are My Happy Place,” among other sayings.
If you’re in the market for a slim pencil case that will hold a handful of the essentials, this adorable book print zippered case is just the thing. Stash a few pens and pencils, and maybe a bookmark or two, and you’ll be saved the awkwardness of having to dig through your backpack for a writing utensil as a quiz is starting.
If you’ve got a heavy load of required reading in English class this year, this handy notepad is the perfect companion to your reading list. Keep it nearby as you read, and use it to jot down your thoughts and notes on plot, character, theme, as well as any other personal thoughts. Each pad comes with 50 sheets, so it should keep you stocked throughout the school year.
I’m guessing I’m not alone when I say that if I had to choose whether to have more space for plants in my home or more space for books, I’d go with books every time. (This is only partly because I am far better at reading than gardening.) But now, you and the loved ones in your life can have both! A bookish planter will fit right in to any plant owner’s home, and as a bonus, succulents are among the easiest plants to care for since they don’t need much. And a gift that requires very little maintenance is the greatest gift of all.
I was an original backer of Litographs, so it’s safe to say I am a fan — but nothing they’ve put out yet is as exciting to me as these blankets! Made out of fleece, they’re full of words from some of our favorite books: The Princess Bride, The Little Prince, Outlander, Jane Eyre, The Lightning Thief, the poems of Phyllis Wheatley, the list goes on and on! The range is great, the colors are gorgeous, and the best thing about giving a blanket as a gift is you don’t have to worry about sizing. You just need to know what books they love, and I bet you already know that. Plus, who doesn’t want to snuggle up to read under words? So on brand.
With the new school year comes a lot of little things to keep track of–deadlines, due dates, class schedules, and of course keys and student I.D.s! Keep your more practical items together with this handmade bookish key fob, with a little book charm! Pro tip: Slip a USB drive onto the keyring and you’ll never have to dig through the loose change at the bottom of your bag again!
Stay on top of your reading and assignments with these super cute planner organization stickers. The bookish, studious theme includes tons of useful flags and to-do’s along with fun little illustrations to brighten up your weekly spread. If your school issues a plain, boring planner, these stickers are the perfect way to liven it up!
Calling all required reading list nerds! Use this awesome printable download to visualize your required reading list and keep track of your reading list progress. The download also comes with other reading list suggestions, so you can spend this school year expanding your horizons.
Badass patches to sew onto your jacket, messenger bag, forehead, or wherever. They will proudly declare to the world that you live the literary life! If you’re so hardcore about reading, you skipped book club, and started a book gang, these are for you. You’re not a book worm – you’re a book dragon. You can buy these as a set or separately. And heads up: the rest of Miss Happy Pink’s book collection is also uh-mazing.
P.S. Please don’t really sew these on your forehead.
You can never have too many tote bags– especially ones this lovely, with a black and white floral print and a gorgeous William Blake quote. Whether your parent needs a new bag to tote around all those heavy books or just a fashionable new accessory, this is the perfect gift. Now they too can “wash the dusk with silver.”
A lot of us are busy and don’t have time to mess around explaining all of the things we enjoy. The solution to that problem? Wear your favorite things on your sleeve (or technically chest, but you get it). Wearing this shirt tells people immediately that you like both books and bourbon, bypassing at least a few steps in the tedious process of getting to know someone. Other key info: the shirt is comfortable and soft, but it is fitted, so if you’re debating between sizes, you might want to order up.
A graphic memoir about an only child coping with her aging and eventually dying parents might not seem like the most sensitive gift. But it’s a beautiful book that is guaranteed to start some important family conversations. Also if your parents have a certain sense of humor, they could find it hilarious. For example, I’m 99% sure my mom would get a huge kick out of this while my dad might get offended.
These little magnetic bookmarks are the perfect addition to your study tool arsenal! They’re super cute and they don’t slip, making it easy to mark the pages in your textbooks or novels. They come in a pack of three, but you might be tempted to a set for every class!
Your bookish graduate may be upgrading to real-life furniture soon and could use some help keeping it looking sharp. Enter these composition notebook coasters, which will bring back (hopefully good, writerly) school memories while making sure that cup of coffee or pint of beer doesn’t mess up a nice, new—or new-to-them—coffee table. Both nostalgia-inducing and visually striking, these coasters make the perfect graduation-slash-apartment-warming gift.
Not to sound too much like your mom, but the key to surviving marathon study sessions and long days of classes is HYDRATION. This S’well water bottle comes in a composition notebook design, which is appropriately scholarly. Even better, it works as a container for cold and hot drinks, and is super insulated to keep beverages hot or cold. Plus, it’s good for the environment!
This tiny little gem from the great George Saunders is sort of the perfect gift for a graduate, and not just because it’s based on a commencement address he gave in 2013. It’s a honest, funny, and heartfelt meditation on the importance of kindness. I’ve read it 20+ times and the message resonates more each time: always be kind, and beware of swimming in monkey poop.
I heard about these for the first time on the podcast Reading Glasses. Basically, they give you a way to stamp the first page of your books with a logo signifying who the book belongs to. This one is great because it is customizable and features the tagline, “From the library of:”
When I graduated from college, I was really excited to spend more of my reading time on books I chose instead of books assigned by professors. A custom library stamp is the perfect gift for a book-loving grad starting their own personal library. It’s reasonably priced, personalized, and something they can treasure for years to come. There’s something that feels very adult about marking a book as your own when you add it to your shelves. A library stamp will also ensure that the books they treasure find their way back after being loaned out to friends and family.
I’m on my 4th diaper bag. As I didn’t make good diaper bag-buying decisions, let me tell you what’s essential. It must be able to hold all the child’s needs, plus everything that normally goes in a purse. While purse diaper bags seem chic, when you’re chasing a toddler and hauling its squirming body away from mischief, it tends to fall and hang heavy and awkward on your wrist. While I’m currently using a backpack diaper bag, it’s far too tiny to hold books, which means every time I visit the library or bookstore, I’m forced to carry a load of books, a diaper bag, and a squirming toddler. I dream of a diaper bag like this—chic, bookish, large.
I like lists. I especially like lists of things I like, like dogs, books, and coffee. Slap those three things on a shirt, and I’m so there. I can just walk into a room and inform every one of my three favorite things without having to open my mouth. Dogs! Books! Coffee! All the best things!
I’m definitely a Book Person, and I was an English Lit major, but even for grads who do not plan to go into English or writing of some sort, Dreyer’s English still makes an excellent gift. It’s a witty approach to language, and every student, no matter what subject they’re studying, will be writing so many papers it will feel like their fingernails will fall off from typing by the end of freshman year. They’ll be confused at first, but they’ll thank you later when they’re praised for their writing skills by the most critical professors.
I’ve tried every app and tool on my phone, but I’ve never been able to stay organized and focused as much as when I have a physical, paper-filled planner. Something about carrying around a big notebook for the purpose of keeping my shit together helps me do exactly that. Between reading assignments, papers due, upcoming tests, intramural games, and that fundraising night, these LifePlanners are not only literally made for organizing everything, but they are also beautiful, fun, and personalized. (I won’t tell if you’d rather doodle in here and play with the stickers than pay attention in that boring seminar lecture.)
I love the symbolism of the Patronus Charm in the Harry Potter series. Since I can’t have an actual corporeal animal friend to follow me around and keep the darkness at bay, this ring would be a constant reminder to summon the good memories during rough times, knowing that this too shall pass.
With the First Lines of Literature Coffee Mug, you can memorize famous first lines over your morning cup of coffee or tea. Once these quotes are lodged firmly in your brain, go forth and show off your uncanny ability to rattle off the opener to several different novels. But, the best part? The mug is massive. (Yes, yes, we all have too many mugs — I promise this one is worth it!)
Perfect for the bookworms! This bucket list poster consists of 100 classic novels across a range of genres, including much-loved authors like Roald Dahl, Agatha Christie, Charles Dickens, Malorie Blackman, J. K. Rowling, Khaled Hosseini and the Brontë sisters. Simply scratch off a novel once you’ve read it to reveal the beautiful image hiding beneath. Are you up for the challenge?
This is such a great resource for people who are new to sex as well as those who did not have a comprehensive sex education experience. While some of the language is gendered (ugh) and yes, there is a whole lot of straight, cis gender sex talked about, the information and techniques are pretty sound. It’s a hefty book but written in a way that is humorous and easy to understand. It’s super handy as a reference source for questions that a new grad may not want to ask in person.
Buying a gift for a recent grad can be tricky. You want to get them something they can use since (unless they’re graduating from kindergarten) there’s a good chance they’re thinking about how to start and fund their next chapter of life. On the other hand, there’s no fun in a gift that’s too practical. That’s where these notebooks come in: even graduates need to write stuff, but since these are homemade and come in a variety of sizes and styles, you’re giving a useful gift with some personality.
The perfect gift for your favorite Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin! I mean, who doesn’t love a campfire mug? Especially one with your Hogwarts House on it. I love that these mugs feature House traits from the Sorting Hat songs, and that they’re all so different and yet equally adorable. Because, honestly, what do book nerds and Potterheads love more than representing their love of books while sipping a hot beverage? Nothing, that’s what. Trust me, I’ve gifted these to several Potter fans—they’re always a big success.
No matter where your favorite study nook may be, this Harry Potter inspired lap desk will help you stay productive. It’s got a comfy base and a hidden compartment to store your quills and pens. The flat top also comes with a ledge so that your laptop or notebooks won’t slide off. Get ready to be cozy and studious.
Declare your Hogwarts house allegiance with this Ravenclaw backpack! Made of sturdy canvas in a Ravenclaw-themed print and embellished with three Ravenclaw patches, this backpack is just the thing for all of your books and study supplies. Sadly, it does not come with a Hogwarts acceptance letter.
The most important school supply you can have is a library card! This fun enamel pin is a good reminder that you can also find a lot of fun at a library, and it’s the perfect piece of swag for your backpack or jean jacket as you launch into a new school year.
Add a heavy dose of girl power and inspiration to your dorm or study space with this poster of over 100 strong girls in YA fiction! Broken down into genres, the poster shows off characters from classics and contemporary YA fiction alike, including Alanna of Tortall, Xiomara from The Poet X, Mal and Molly from Lumberjanes, and Kamala Khan from Ms. Marvel, plus many more!
For people on that ladder to success, this satirical how-to guide will provide some comic relief during a busy and stressful school year. With funny illustrations and cut out mustaches, this book will give you some laughs whenever you need a quick escape.
If there’s one single book about how to adult for the modern graduate, this is it.
This first book from the creators of the Daily Skimm newsletter is intended to set Millennials on the right course for adulthood. It covers a wide range of topics from day-to-day budgeting, to long-term investing, negotiating your first salary, reading wine lists and much more of the common challenges that come with trying to life an adult life. And it all in the Skimm’s signature snarky, savvier-than-you big sister tone.
It releases June 11, but you can pre-order this for the graduate in your life any time.
Transitioning to life after graduation can be tough. Unlike academic environments, life doesn’t offer goalposts, tests, and grades to let you know how you’re doing. A carefully crafted and checked off to-do list can take you far in school, but it doesn’t always lead to happiness in your career, family, and love life. This essay collection from notoriously Type A writer Mary Laura Philpott feels like a conversation with a kind and wise older sister, full of thoughts on the moments that count and how our best laid plans can leave us feeling empty. This is the perfect book for a grad looking at the world and thinking, “What happens now?”
Our homes always need more bookish decor, and nothing is more adorable than Ideal Bookshelf’s prints based on the original work by Jane Mount. Select a particular collection (Novels of the 1800s, Banned Books, Black Writers, Mysteries, and so many more) and behold as art graces your walls depicting the spines and cover art of the world’s most beloved books. These prints are full of charm and whimsy and booknerdery!
Deck out your folders and binders with these beautiful stickers featuring quotes about science from Carl Sagan, the poet Sarah Wilson, and more! Even if science is your least favorite subject, these stickers remind us that there is poetry in the natural world.
Have you ever gotten super into your book only to forget about your coffee? The next thing you know, your brew’s gone cold, and you have to start the perpetual task of heating it in the microwave then letting it cool down enough to drink.
Grab an insulated coffee mug, and you can lose yourself in your book without your coffee getting cold.
“You and I are history. We carry our history. We act our history.” Carry James Baldwin’s wise words on your backpack or jacket this school year for a dose of inspiration! This set includes his quote and image with strong rubber backings so they won’t fall off during your busy days.
The perfect addition to the mug collection of tea-loving parents everywhere! This gorgeous mug features a quote from Jane Austen: “I would rather have nothing but tea.” Hear, hear, Jane! The lovely design is made up of a pattern of tiny tea cups, and it couldn’t be any cuter. Pair it with their favorite tea for a thoughtful, personalized gift.
All Jane Austen fans have their favorite hero. With this screen printed t-shirt you can wear them all proudly, from Darcy to Wentworth to Collins (who you can also request be left of the shirt). What a conversation starter! Jane Austen swag often is frilly and ornate – which I love – but this is the perfect understated gift for the Austenites on your gift list this year.
Soothe your parent’s sore reading neck and shoulders with this microwavable rice bag, featuring a bright stained glass print of the four Hogwarts Houses. The large size makes this bag perfect for soothing the lower back and other large areas of the body. Add an optional scent, such as peppermint or eucalyptus for a bit of aromatherapy. Microwave for heat treatment or freeze for cold treatment. Give the gift of relaxation with this comforting rice bag.
Tired of the little bump your average clip-on book light leaves on your pages? Read while the lights are out with a less intrusive (and destructive) way to light up each page and keep track when you’re ready for bed (or it’s time to get up). It’s battery powered, so you don’t have to charge it or replace it when it runs out of power. The perfect gift for the bookworm who has been keeping you up with their lamp.
Avoid digging through the bottom of your bag for a pen at the beginning of every class period! This cute zippered pouch is the perfect size for all of your little supplies—pens, pencils, erasers, sticky notes, study flags, library card, and more! The retro library card design can even be written on for customization!
Do you use notecards to study? It can be difficult to keep track of all your cards across semesters and subjects, but these tabbed dividers, originally for card catalogs, are perfect for storing and organizing your notes. You’ll thank yourself for keeping your notecards organized when exam time rolls around!
Spruce up your dorm room or study corner with this fun literary insults wall poster. Bright graphics showcase some of the most creative insults penned by literary luminaries such as Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Oscar Wilde. Each quote is broken down in this funny chart into categories like “food” and “character traits,” making it easy to find the perfect phrase.
Stay fueled through long days and nights of studying with these clever literary tea blends. Choose from over 48 authors and poets and receive a tin with an author’s quote and a specially blended tea that matches the author’s style. From Agatha Christie to Hans Christian Andersen, there’s a tea for every literary taste and palette!
No matter your caffeine vehicle of choice, this adorable book shelf mug inspired by Hogwarts houses is a great addition to your study arsenal. This ceramic mug holds 11 ounces, and shows off really cute bookshelves with lots of fun, tiny details including wands, inkwells, and quills. Use it to perk up first thing in the morning, or to keep you going through late-night marathon study sessions.
I have become that mom who wants to coordinate outfits with her daughter. But like many moms, I wouldn’t spend 40+ dollars to do so. That’s what makes this the perfect gift. And there are a lot of options. I went with llamas because my daughter LOVES Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney, so much so that we all call ourselves llamas now, but these Where the Wild Things Are shirts are pretty awesome too. All you need to do is find out what the child’s favorite book is, and you have the perfect family gift.
Show off your love for one of the most iconic, brainy heroines in children’s literature—Matilda. This set of five pencils are hand-wrapped in pages from the Roald Dahl classic, and they come already sharpened, so they’ll be ready for some studious note taking on the first day of class.
This Maya Angelou print is the perfect gift to remind your parent just how awesome and resilient they are. The black and white typography has a beautiful modern, minimalist look, and it commemorates a truly iconic poet. Mixing literature and design–it doesn’t get any better than that.
I love a touch of whimsy in my bookshelves, and absolutely love these mountain bookends because of that. They’re a fantastic find for the hiking readers in your life (or reading hikers), for a fantasy-themed kid’s room, or a cabin retreat. They’re handmade and also come in navy blue and gray options.
This buzzy Nigerian mystery/thriller is the perfect gift for book lovers. It’s a quick, engaging read, and since it was only released in late November, there’s a good chance your loved one hasn’t already read it. Korede has always been overshadowed by her attractive and charming little sister, Ayoola. And when Ayoola starts murdering the men she dates, Korede gets stuck cleaning up the messes. It’s dark, witty, and thought-provoking, equal parts twisty-turny thriller and smart commentary on domestic violence.
Shoutout to everyone trying to fit everything they need for the school year in a small dorm room or apartment! When space is at a premium, this narrow bookshelf is perfect for wedging into small spaces. It’s about 15 inches wide, and contains five roomy shelves (not counting the surface)! This shelf comes in white, pink, blue, and green.
Novel Notes Bookmarks are a handy tool for readers who like to take notes as they read, or avid annotators who have to rely on library books this semester (don’t mark up those library books!). With a set of 15 heavy cardstock bookmarks, they’re the perfect study tool for English classes.
I love to customize my books. For years, I would buy sets of bookplates, but these rubber stamps changed everything. The designs are beautiful and pristinely executed, the stamps easy to maintain, and the artists incredibly professional. They will run the custom design by you and make sure that all is as you want it before shipping the item to you. I have had my own stamp for a year now and am never looking back.
Some people take pride in their eyesight. Others take pride in the glasses, like me. In any case, glasses are here to stay, along with contacts and Lasic surgery. We need them to see, to navigate the world and to read.
This owl-shaped eyeglasses holder is a perfect place to rest your reading glasses, and to reassure us that we can add an adorable factor. The ridges are tactile, and the owl seems to approve of the prescription.
One of the worst things about lugging around a bunch of textbooks in a large bag is that it can be so hard on your fun, more fragile books—especially paperbacks. Never fear, for this padded book pouch with a fun book nerd design will protect your smaller books from the mayhem of your school bag. This design comes in three different sizes and two closure options.
Personalize this metal bookmark with a special message in your own handwriting. The stainless metal bookmark lays flat against the book spine so you can admire it even when you’re not reading. It’s a perfect gift for the book lover or bookstagrammer in your life. Let the shelfies begin!
Set your intentions for the upcoming school year with this sturdy, spiral bound notebook proclaiming a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Choose between graph or lined paper on the inside, and let the writer’s words motivate you!
These hand-crafted American White Oak bookends spent the first part of their lives as barrels aging Kentucky bourbon. They live on as the perfect gift for bourbon- and book-loving parents. Handmade in Little Rock, Arkansas, each set of bookends is unique and will be sure to last longer than any bottle of bourbon ever would!
If you’re looking to write your favorite teacher an appreciative note, or wish someone luck on the start of a new semester, you can’t go wrong with this pack of notecards featuring an illustration of school supplies and books. You get 10 cards, which are blank inside, and ten envelopes. Slip them inside your backpack so you can pen encouraging notes to friends on the go!
Does a little one in your life have first day of school anxiety? This adorable picture book is all about exploring those nerves, from the point of view of the school. Ultimately, this story shows that everyone has first day jitters, even teachers and the school–and that’s okay!
“Above All Else, To Own Thine Self Be True!” Keep this inspirational quote from Shakespeare close this school year. With a vibrant green cover and your choice of interior pages (blank, lined, grid, or to-do list), this flexible notebook is great for class notes, organizing your day, or keeping track of all of your extracurricular activities.
This beautiful, customizable pen is decorated with pages of Shakespeare’s sonnets (you can choose which sonnet) and also allows you to include a personal message on the clip. You can also choose from blue or black ink. Whether you use it for note-taking in English class or penning sonnets of your own, you’re sure to feel inspired wielding this pen!
For the parent with a green thumb and a love of Shakespeare. Just add water to this growbar full of sweet violet, marigold and columbine seeds to get a collection of flowers straight from the lines of Shakespeare. This makes such a fun and creative gift. I can’t imagine any parent who wouldn’t enjoy a Shakespearean growbar for their windowsill!
For all of you who already take your books everywhere you go, here’s a customizable purse made from a Sherlock Holmes book! You can choose both the button for the snap and type of handle. (And if you prefer another book, NovelCrafts have many other books you can choose from).
Staying organized is the key to success during the school year, and sometimes doing so means taking lots and lots of notes. If you’re looking for a blank mini notebook that is easy to slip into a pocket or tote bag, then snag this set of three mini bookish notebooks. With blank pages inside, you can use them for to-do lists, sketches, or taking notes as you read novels for English class.
Burial Grounds Coffee makes a fantastic selection of literary and pop culture themed coffees, and this Snape blend is the perfect balance between light and dark. Dark coffee is balanced out with lighter chai notes, for a great caffeine-heavy brew that will keep you powered through late-night study sessions.
This Spider-Man Inspired Etched Pint Glass is a reminder that parents are everyday heroes. Make it extra special by getting it personalized with your parent’s name or better yet, what you call them. Spider-Man happens to be my dad’s favorite but this shop has a selection of both Marvel and DC characters.
You know what no one tells you about your entrance into the working world? The joys of office AC wars! If the grad in your life is headed towards any sort of office environment (or, you know, actual cold weather), these gorgeous writing gloves help keep hands warm when the temps get low. They come in assorted literary prints inspired by classic lit (the Jane Eyre pair are my fave). They’re super soft and they’re fingerless too, making typing, filing, writing, etc a breeze.
I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life for something like ckbk, a monthly subscription site that puts the world’s best cookbooks at your fingertips. Fully searchable by ingredients, dishes, authors, books, cuisine, style, occasion, and more, this is a phenomenal resource for anyone in your life who cooks. You can also search by era, which absolutely blows my mind. To say that I’m obsessed is an understatement. Some of the cookbooks on the site I also have on my shelves and it’s great to be able to have them in an easily searchable form. Along with recipes, ckbk also includes cooking reference books. Ckbk gets my highest recommendations.
No matter how many millions of recipes populate the internet, there will always be something about a cookbook. My mom still uses the same cookbooks she’s been using for decades, and the way they have handwritten notes and vanilla extract stains throughout makes them precious to me in a way that an online recipe just isn’t. But if we have one strong family trait (besides a deep love of sarcasm) it’s practicality, and there’s nothing fun or sentimental about having to use a variety of pots and bags of flour to hold a cookbook open. So do the cookbook devotee in your life a favor and get them a cookbook stand.
If you and your mom and like me and mine, you go into every True Crime documentary or murder mystery just sending side-eye and knowing glances to one another. With this T-shirt, she doesn’t have to say anything at all, but still gets to say I told you so.
My dad reads, but he doesn’t usually read fiction. He liked these books, though, because they played like western movies in his head. If your dad likes westerns, and he has a plane trip coming up, this trilogy might be the perfect gift for him. (I love these books, too, though, so maybe your mom will like them, too!)
The Shire Candle
Transport your parents straight to the Shire with this tobacco, clover, and grassy meadow scented candle from Forage Candles. This elegant, Middle Earth-inspired candle will look just as good on a shelf as it will next to the bath. Serve along with second breakfast in bed for the perfect gift!
If you like to keep all of your important papers where you won’t forget them, then this set of magnets featuring pages from To Kill a Mockingbird are perfect for your locker or refrigerator! They’re sturdy and great for holding up to-do lists and reminders, and you should feel no shame in using them to display an A+ paper or quiz.
Good lighting is important to productive work, especially if you opt for late-night studying! These lamps are handmade out of rescued books, giving them new life as a quirky accessory to your desk or dorm room. They offer a cozy ring of light for all the reading you need to get through this semester.
Every day the world wrecks itself a little more and it’s hard to keep my head in the game. This is the perfect, empowering reminder that I can do something. That thinking is fighting. That I’m contributing to making the world a better place by being mentally present and engaged. This print is a perfect gift for any feminist reader.
When my older brother bought me a Kindle as a high school graduation gift, I admit I was skeptical at first. He said it was so I wouldn’t have to carry around so many textbooks, and he was right. I was able to read most of my English major-assigned reading. This will help your reading graduates, from high school or college, and save them some back pain. It also means when they’re traveling they will always have something new to read.
When Kobi Yamata’s What Do You Do With an Idea? came out a few years ago, almost everybody on my Christmas list received a copy. It was a poignant and succinct reminder for children and adults about the beauty of our ideas. Yamata’s What Do You Do With a Chance? provides the same hopeful, beautiful view of failure and perseverance and gently admonishes the reader to remember just how precious chances are. It’s a perfect gift for grads and an alternative inspirational book for those who are Dr. Suessed out.
Ugly sweater parties get more and more popular every year. Don’t you want to show off your love of all things bookish/comics/Wonder Woman? There are a lot of super hero-themed ugly sweaters out there, but most of them are screen printed. This is a high quality sweater with the Wonder Woman logo and pattern actually knitted in. It may not give you super strength, but this comfy and cute sweater will make you (or your loved one) the star of any holiday party.
This blazer is perfect for the Super Parent in your life. From the outside, it’s a snazzy red blazer. But surprise! The inside has a blue and white Wonder Woman stars pattern. And who doesn’t love a surprise lining? This is the perfect pick for anyone who needs a little Wonder Woman energy to help them take on everyday challenges. They do tend to run a little small, so be sure to order a size up.
Know someone who needs a little pumping up before launching into a new school year? Gift them this book, which is all about being open to new possibilities and saying YES! Shonda Rhimes is the ultra-successful TV show creator and producer, and her book is an inspiring take on what can happen if you open yourself up.
Are you a fan of Jen Sincero’s swear-y and empowering self-help guide, You Are a Badass? Then this companion planner is for you! It includes quotes, nuggets of wisdom, and two sheets of stickers! Perfect for scholars who need a little kick to the butt and NSFW motivation to have an amazing school year.