Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide

Following on the heels of yesterday’s post about book related gifts comes this “2016 Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide” that I found on the School Library Journal site. While these aren’t exactly gifts that everyone would want, I must admit, I’m kind of obsessing over the Bookworm Starfish Ornament, and I’m pretty sure there would be many library staff members who would go for this HarryPotter/Gilmore Girls mash-up:

il_570xn-1086005178_mndyStill, it’s a funny list. Take a minute to look through it. There are many wonderful things out there in Etsy land….


Gifting for Book Lovers

Our summer student Emma sent me this link from Buzzfeed for “24 Insanely Clever Gifts for Book Lovers”. There are wonderful ideas here for that person who might be hard to buy for, or just something unique to get for someone who loves books.  I think my favourite is this soy candle that smells like Old Books. Wonder if it really does……

candleThere are links to all of the products, so don’t forget to shop early in case they sell out. Which one is your favourite?

Why I’m Broke

For our regular Frivolous Friday post, one of my co-workers, Sheila, came across this fantastic site, filled with plenty of ideas for those hard to buy for people on your list this year. It’s called This is Why I’m Broke, and includes such things as:

Google Sneakers

Snuggle Pillow

Coffee Table Aquarium

There are links to all of the items which are available online (many through Amazon and other well-known sites), and there is something for everyone with a price tag to match. (Yes, there are even items as much as $55,000! I don’t know who would have a list like that, but hey, maybe someone’s been saving a little more than I have this year!)

Take a few minutes to browse through the list.  You’ll have a laugh or two, but you might even get a great idea. Happy shopping!

Frivolous Friday

With your last big weekend to shop before Christmas, I wanted to provide a few ideas.  Just what do these items have in common?

These are just three of the great ideas on the 2010 Gift Guide, the Core 77 under $77.  Core77 is  design magazine and this year, they’ve chosen 77 favourites sure to make you smile.  It might be too late for shipping, but there’s always next year!

Book lover’s Christmas list!

If you haven’t quite finished your shopping and have a few book lovers on your list, you might want to check out a few of these fun ideas.

I just LOVE the items you can find at Perpetual Kid and especially this wacky burning bookmark.  How fun would it be to have this out while you’re reading on the bus or subway! (I must note that shipping to Canada involves the use of Bongo, a shipping service which allows you to have things shipped to a US address to avoid large international shipping costs.  Then, they ship to you for a pre-determined fee.  A little trickier, but an interesting idea.)

How about a painting of your ideal bookshelf?  Artist Jane Mount created this painting of all of her favourite picture books and you can purchase a copy on here site here.

Or how about a classic Monopoly game, boxed to look like a vintage book?  Amazon offers a whole line of these classic board games which can sit on your shelves just like a collection of books.

Hopefully, this will give you a few great ideas for gift-giving this holiday season. Thanks to The Literary Pursuit blog for the great ideas!