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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

“Librarian in Black’s Gift Guide for Librarians and Book Lovers”

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  3. Jenn Says:

    Hooray Etsy! I am a fan of frogpod’s 2010 Letterpress Calendar for Book Lovers.

  4. Jen Says:

    There are some nice t-shirts and other stuff for librarians at

  5. Lorilei Says:

    My friend sells jewelry made out of those old library due date cards on Etsy. Check her out!

  6. Linda Odelson Says:

    I love the necklace I bought on etsy through your recommendation! Kids love it too.

  7. Lori Reed Says:

    Thanks for sharing these Sarah! I have never shopped Etsy before and this gives me lots of ideas now for other occupations!

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  10. Sarah Says:

    Thank you for the wonderful post about etsy! I am addicted to that site, and it is always great to see the word spread to a new group of people.

  11. Lorraine Says:

    Thank you for posting this … I just received my handbags from Spoonful Of Chocolate and I’m over the moon about them!

  12. Werbegeschenke Says:

    Good blog, I know lots of people who love books but not being much of a bookworm myself I’m not always sure which books I should give to my family and friends! Thanks!

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  16. Werbeartikel Says:

    I love the jewelry creation by NangijalaJewelry. It´s really worth to have a look on it, expecially when you are looking for a present that is one of a kind. The loving jewelry is hand made. Thanks to etsy – a good address, when you are looking for something unique

  17. Benjamin Says:

    My girlfriend is such a cat lover, so the articles of Susan Faye will help me with my choice of her next birthday gift!! The other gift ideas are also great, since I have so much bookworm friends… Thank you for this awesome list!

  18. Brad Wirz Says:

    Great ideas. Finding great gifts for readers and book lovers can be so frustrating. You’re right that Etsy has turned out to be a great source for quirky, creative gifts. Thanks for posting!

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