Great Stocking Stuffers for Book Lovers
By Floyd Miller
Have some lit lovers in your life? Want to make stocking stuffers extra special for them this year? Here are a few great ideas:Personalized BookmarksOutfit bibliophiles with some cool new reading gear. Encourage them to scrap the scrap paper with a personalized bookmark. Consider cross stitching or engraving a message onto wood or metal.If you aren’t crafty, many artisans make personalized bookmarks, and their wares are available online. Just be sure to place your order ahead of time! Consider a message that includes a favorite literary quote.Postcard BooksPostcard books make perfect gifts. Check out two new titles borne out of Wilhelm Staehle’s web comic, “Sihouette Masterpiece Theater.” Book lovers may recognize his signature style, as he’s illustrated jackets for top authors like Michael Chabon and Michael Crichton.“Hugs and Misses,” is perfect for romantics with a sense of humor, featuring lovelorn ladies, roguish gentleman, renegade Cupids and indecent proposals. “Stars and Swipes,” offers a hilarious vision of classic Americana, with farcical frontiersman, prattling presidents and other all-American oddities.Book LampFor night owls, a reading lamp can keep the party going. The ideal lamp will have focused, task lighting and a flexible neck to illuminate the page without disturbing bedfellows or roommates. Some book lights even attach directly to the book, making nocturnal reading simple.A Little HumorServe up some laughter in book format with comedian Carol Leifer’s new collection of essays “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying,” which charts her three-decade journey through show business, illuminating her many triumphs and some missteps along the way — and offering valuable lessons for women and men in any profession. Part memoir, part guide to life, it offers tips and tricks for getting ahead.Some InspirationFor readers who are also aspiring writers, be a patron of their art. Consider gifting a beautiful journal and fountain pen. Or make an I.O.U. certificate to fund a class at a local or online creative writing school.Don’t fret, when it comes to avid readers, there are plenty of ways to make the holiday season merry.