I love Etsy, the online craft & vintage store where individual artists get to proffer their wares. Amazingly, there are thousands of library, librarian, book, and reading-themed gift options available. And in most cases you still have time to get them before the holidays this year. I did most of my holiday shopping through independent artists, craftspeople, or local farmers. It’s important to me to support, with my dollars, the people working hard to make their dreams come true. So, to that end, here are a few suggestions for gifts for co-workers, spouses, and those book-loving folks in your life.
My favorite library & reading oriented Etsy artists
- A Likely Story: Dozens of library & book-themed items, from bookmarks to charms, bracelets, keychains, watches, and earrings. A few caffeine-inspired items thrown in too.
- Rhymes with Magic: In addition to the librarian-themed items (novel lover, reading is sexy, book off, word nerd, naughty librarian) she also creates book art–sculptures made from discarded books that would look good on any shelf.
- Spoonful Of Chocolate: handbags, bookshelves, and wallets…all made out of recycled hardcover books.
- Aroha Sillhouettes: stack of books optical illusion earrings, brooches, and necklaces, most made out of recycled vinyl records (other similar items sold too).
- The Empty Nest: dozens of different items pre-made and custom-made from typewriter keys, bingo scrabble tiles, maps, and dictionary entries under glass–bracelets, tie tacks, cufflinks, earrings, pins, rings, necklaces, pocket mirrors, etc. Get a necklace with a word of your choice underneath it, or a bracelet with typewriter keys you choose, or a necklace with a map area you pick. Argh! I want to buy everything in this store. Plus, right now you get 15% orders of $100 or more.
- Susan Faye: Custom Reader with Cat portraits, Cat Lady portraits, and Pet portraits. Just give her the description of the human and the cat or dog and voila! Also sells magnets, pins, etc. with her artwork.
- Isette: cat eyeglasses earrings & ring, and other nifty font, ampersand, and reading/writing-related lasercut acrylic items too.
Some other individual items
- greeting card made from a library date due slip (papertrail)
- framed original letterpress poster with “see lively librarians!” at the top, from a real RIT Library event and a serious gift at $150 (dock2letterpress)
- Librarian necklace, laser-cut acrylic (brookadelphia)
- Mr. Applecheeks the felted librarian mouse (thehouseofmouse)
- Sexy Librarian lip balm and room spray, all vegan (elladean)
- I Love Books pouch–cute little girl with stacks of books all around her (kukubee)
- folded book sculptures, set of 3 for $49 (milamoore)
- tin box with a cute black and white photo and the phrase “Lookin’ for Adventure–Hit Me Up at the Library” (nataliesnest)