Libraries are for lovers: literary-themed Valentine s Day gifts

Feb 12, 2013
Valentine’s Day is this Thursday! This year, forget the typical box of chocolates and tired bouquetof red roses and try something a little different. If you’re like me, there’s no better gift than a book, especially one with a handwritten note inside or one that has been selected just for you. I thought it would be fun to draw up a list of other literary-inspired gifts to give your significant others or friends who, like a good book, make every day better. Any other ideas? Share them here! For the everyday reader:Clifford’s Valentine’s Dayis the sweetest book about Valentine’s Day in history. Nothing makes you feel all lovey-dovey insidelike everyone’s favorite Big Red Dog. You also can’t go wrong with these gorgeouscolorful bookplates and bookmarks. Just download and print them! Thesepersonalized bookplate stampsare handy, too. For the grammar fiend:How beautiful are these dictionary-page art prints? The prints, like this Big BenClock Towerpiece, are made from recycled pages of old dictionaries. The artwork is printed right on top, and they have hundreds of designs to choose from. For the poet: Have any Emily Dickinson or T.S. Eliot fans in your life?These scarvesare printed with lines of their poetry. For the on-the-go reader: Everyone loves a eco-friendly tote bag, and one that includes something clever about reading is going to draw attention at the grocery store or library. Here are a few favorites: this “Never judge a book by its movie” tote, this tote printed with a lovely Louisa M. Alcott quote, and this clever tote with book spines along the side. For the librarian in your life:Send him or her this card, which is a play on the old library sign-out cards. How cute? Also, this “She blinded me with library science” tote is incredible. Or, if you’re feeling crafty, try making these DIY Valentine’s Day bookmarks out of paint chip samples—so easy! Have a happy, happy Valentine’s Day.