Christmas is only 13 days away, and if you haven’t already, it’s time to hit that shopping list hard. I’ve posted a few more literary gifts that are sure to please the bookworms on your list.
They make playing cards with Disney princesses, Star Wars characters and even Littlest Pet Shop figures, but these might be a little more appealing to adults on your list. And at $10, they make a unique stocking stuffer.
They are described on The Reader’s Catalog web site as “beautiful playing cards with quotes and illustrations on every card. Every card features a quote from Lewis Carroll’s original “Alice in Wonderland” tale or his companion book, “Through the Looking-Glass,” with the full-color artwork of famous English illustrator Sir John Tenniel as featured in the classic original first edition.
The text on these cards by Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) has delighted children and the literary elite for over a century. Sir John Tenniel (1820-1914) is one of the most famous illustrators in English literature. Each deck contains 54 cards with a blue back. 3.5″ x 2.25″.”
I’ve always had a fascination for bookplates and longed to have a beautiful set for my own books. These are sold by The Reader’s Catalog and is a classic choice.
As described on the web site, they are “based on the design of the cover of the first edition of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” published in 1876, in the collection of The Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Conn.”
The web site also says “a portion of the proceeds of the sale of these bookplates benefits the education programs and ongoing preservation of this National Historic Landmark.” They are printed in black and gold on Nile blue stock. There are 25 bookplates per pack.
You’ll also find a variety of design choices at www.bookplates.com. They are a little pricey. The minimum order is 125 plates for $90, but they do come with your name printed on them. Barnes and Noble also offers a pretty good variety of bookplates that are much more affordable – you just write your own name on each one. B&N also sells clip art so that you can design your own.
Anyone who loves to read and has an interest in gardening would probably enjoy this book. It’s similar to The Book Lover’s Cookbook I mentioned in a post earlier this week, but instead of featuring recipes, it gives step-by-step instructions on how to recreate gardens made famous by literary works.
The description on Amazon says the garden plans are accompanied by excerpts from the works of
A practical step-by-step guide accompanies excerpts from the works of Louisa May Alcott, Ivan Turgenev, Carl Sandburg, D. H. Lawrence, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charlotte Brontë, Thomas Hardy, Edith Wharton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Victor Hugo, and others.
Twilight Barbie dolls
Twilight fans are hardcore, so if there’s one on your shopping list, these dolls might be just the thing to make their holidays merry and bright.
Team Jacob fans are sure to be giddy about the new doll, which is, of course, shirtless. You can pre-order the Jacob doll, and it will be shipped in January.
To me, Edward’s doll looks a little “off,” but that’s probably a discussion for a different day.