Hello, boys and girls. It’s the first week of December, and that, more than anything, is a signal for me to start thinking about holiday gift giving. Of course, I’ve been unemployed since the end of August so everyone on my list is getting handmade jewelry, lovingly crafted from macaroni and dental floss, but for those of you who still have jobs, I have compiled a list of gift ideas, all of which can be purchased online so you won’t have to deal with going to any madhouse stores this time of year. Bonus: the gifts on this list are all for under $20 (except one, which is still under $30), perfect for those of you who are frugal, yet still on the lookout for something cool to get for the literary nerd on your list. Here we go:
— Eco gift wrap! This is very cool and pretty and probably, if you’re clever, reusable. Who wouldn’t like to get a macaroni necklace wrapped up in paper from a French text book? It wouldn’t even have to be a macaroni necklace! It could be anything (well, anything on the small side). Recycled gift wrap is a good idea, and this particular gift wrap has style.
— Continuing with the handmade theme (because handmade stuff is cool), here’s a mail art-inspired book. It’ll be shipped without packaging, so you could have it sent directly to the person you’re giving it to.
— How about a bookmark made from a vintage typewriter key? Pretty neat.
— Speaking of bookmarks, here’s one inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright window design. If I had a bookmark like that maybe I would try harder not to lose my bookmarks all the time.
— The words of everyone’s favorite insanely quoteable literary figure (that’s Oscar Wilde, by the way), adorn this money clip.
— Do you know any Scrabble addicts? Would they appreciate being able to play on the go?
— Or maybe they’d like a Scrabble shirt with the worst letters ever? Oh, the game-based hilarity.
— And here’s a book for the science-loving food geek in your life. Come on, everyone knows at least one of them, right?
— Who isn’t down with OED?
— An invisible bookshelf might be handy for someone in need of storage.
— I really like this clock. A lot.