6 Bookish Gifts For Bookish People

6 Bookish Gifts For Bookish People

All we want for Christmas (and every other gift-related holiday).

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Ah yes, winter. It is freezing, the sky is gray, and the falling snow is rapidly accumulating to the point where you are trapped indoors—it's perfect :'). Now, you have a valid excuse for staying in, wrapping up in your favorite blanket, and reading a good book all day. If that sounds like a dream snow day to you, or perhaps sounds like something your friend dreams about, then this list should be helpful in finding a thoughtful and well-appreciated Christmas gift. Or Birthday gift. Or Valentines Day gift. Or a gift for any day, really.

Litographs

One of many book designs to choose from.

I found this website a few years ago and it just keeps growing! From posters, t-shirts, and more, Litographs offers unique designs made up of the entire text of your favorite book. They add new books to their collection all the time as well as new merchandise to get those book designs printed on to. Recently, they've started offering blankets and pillows which would be a dream to cuddle up with this winter (while reading, of course).

Cornerfolds Candles

I don't really remember how I came across this candle brand, but I've been following them on Instagram for a while now. They offer a wide range of candles from ones based off of books and book characters to even movies and TV shows. Honestly, I haven't purchased a candle from this business before, but their Etsy shop has extremely high ratings, so I'm confident any pick will be well worth the buy. And, for those who like to shop small, these candles are all handmade in Florida!

Enamel Pins

Who doesn't love a super pretty pin? Even if you or your friend doesn't avidly collect pins, it's still cute to have one or two you really like to put on your backpack or purse. It's the perfect way to subtly personalize something or add to your growing collection while also showing off your love of reading. You can find enamel pins on places like Amazon or Redbubble, but I personally recommend Literary Emporium on Etsy for their elegant designs (shown above).

The Perfect Mug

Knock out two things at once for someone who loves coffee, tea, etc. and reading! A new mug will never not be appreciated- especially if it's book-themed. These are pretty easy to find anywhere, but this one from The Literary Gift Company featuring the names of cats from different books and poems is too cute not to share. This is also a good website in general for other bookish gifts.

A Pretty Journal

This may not be for everyone, but I personally like to write about books after I read them. Mainly so I can remember what is going on if I ever pick up a sequel to something I read, but also because you tend to forget the little things that you thought and felt after reading a book. If you or your friends do something like this, then a new journal would make an inexpensive and thoughtful gift. If not, I highly recommend you start or recommend that they start. Soooo satisfying flipping back through all of the entries and reflecting on things you may have forgotten. I love these small pocket notebooks but obviously, you have a million choices out there.

Literary Jewelry

A little reminder to not let the bastards grind you down- in bracelet form!

We all have our favorite necklace, bracelet, earrings, etc., so why not find yourself or a friend a new favorite piece of jewelry that can also show off a favorite book? There are multitudes of options on Amazon, various Etsy shops, and other online retailers that might have something perfect for you or your gift recipient. Check out this list from Buzzfeed with all kinds of jewelry from all kinds of places.

If all else fails, a shiny new gift card to the closest bookstore can never hurt. Maybe throw in some candy with it. Still a pretty solid gift in most any bookworm's opinion.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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For Camille, With Love

To my godmother, my second mom, my rooted confidence, my support

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First grade, March. It was my first birthday without my mom. You through a huge party for me, a sleepover with friends from school. It included dress up games and making pizza and Disney trivia. You, along with help from my grandma, threw me the best birthday party a 7-year-old could possibly want.

During elementary school, I carpooled with you and a few of the neighborhood kids. I was always the last one to be dropped off, sometimes you would sneak a donut for me. Living next door to you was a blessing. You helped me with everything. In second grade, you helped me rehearse lines for history day so I could get extra credit. In 4th grade, you helped me build my California mission.

You and your sister came out to my 6th grade "graduation". You bought me balloons and made me feel as if moving onto middle school was the coolest thing in the entire world.

While you moved away from next door, you were a constant in my life. Going to Ruby's Diner for my birthday, seeing movies at the Irvine Spectrum and just hanging out, I saw you all the time. During these times, you told me about all of the silly things you did with my mom and dad, how my mom was your best friend. I couldn't have had a greater godmother.

In middle school, you pushed me to do my best and to enroll in honors. You helped me through puberty and the awkward stages of being a woman.

Every single time I saw you, it would light up my entire day, my week. You were more than my godmother, you were my second mom. You understood things that my grandma didn't.

When you married John, you included me in your wedding. I still have that picture of you, Jessica, Aaron and myself on my wall at college. I was so happy for you.

Freshmen year of high school, you told me to do my best. I did my best because of you. When my grandma passed away that year, your shoulder was the one I wanted to cry on.

You were there when I needed to escape home. You understood me when I thought no one would. You helped me learn to drive, letting me drive all the way from San Clemente to Orange.

When I was applying to colleges, you encouraged me to spread my wings and fly. You told me I should explore, get out of California. I wanted to study in London, you told me to do it. That's why, when I study abroad this Spring in London, I will do it for you.

When I had gotten into UWT, you told me to go there. I did and here I am, succeeding and living my best in Tacoma. I do it for you, because of you.

When I graduated high school and I was able to deliver a speech during our baccalaureate, you cheered me on. You recorded it for me, so I could show people who weren't able to make it to the ceremony. You were one of the few people able to come to my actual graduation. You helped me celebrate the accomplishments and awards from my hard work.

When your cancer came back, I was so worried. I was afraid for you, I was afraid of what I would do without the support you had always given me. When I was in Rome, I went to the Vatican and had gotten a Cross with a purple gem in the middle blessed by the Pope to help you with your treatments. It was something from me and a little bit of my mom in the necklace, the gem.

Now, sitting so far from you away at college just like you wanted me to. I miss you. I wish I was there to say goodbye.

I'll travel the world for you, write lots of stories and books for you, I will live life to the fullest for you.

You are another angel taken too early in life. Please say hello to my parents and grandma in Heaven for me.

Lots of love,

Haiden

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