The Official 2015 Grub Holiday Gift Guide

Tired of buying bookstore and coffee shop gift certificates for the writer in your life? Check out these fun, quirky ideas for this holiday season and say nevermore to gift cards!


1. Ready, Set, Novel! Writer's Workbook

The perfect holiday gift for an established or aspiring novelist. This Writer’s Workbook is full of helpful exercises to help guide you in plotting and planning a novel. Help the creative writer in your life get words on the page. (ModCloth, $16.99)


2. The Folio Society Books

The Folio Society offers a variety of new editions of beautiful classic books that make a wonderful gift. Give someone a copy of their favorite literary classic redesigned with a unique and modern twist. (The Folio Society, prices vary) 


3. Frostbeard Studio Book Lovers’ Scented Candles

Who doesn’t love a nice candle? This adorable Etsy shop makes an array of book themed scented soy candles. Some scents are more specific to particular books like “The Shire” scent or “Sherlock’s Study,” while others capture scents every book lover can appreciate like “Old Books” or “Reading at the Café.” (Etsy, $18.00) 


4. Litographs Books on T-Shirts

This collection of stylish literary shirts is a unique way for anyone to express their literary interests. Each T-shirt features a fun design that’s formed entirely from the text of a classic book. There are a variety of categories to choose from in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction so you’re bound to find something that any bookworm will love to wear. (Litographs, $34.00) 


5. Redbubble Literary iPhone Cases

A modern twist on a literary gift. This website offers a wide array of phone literary cases. From quotes and book covers, favorite authors, or just general literary designs, you’ll find something for anybody who loves to read – just as long as they have an iPhone! (Redbubble, prices vary) 


6. 642 Tiny Things To Write About Diary

Give the gift of inspiration to the writer in your life. This cute journal contains 642 writing prompts that are sure to get creative juices flowing. That’s enough writing prompts to last for almost two years! (Urban Outfitters, $9.95) 


7. Penguin Books Tie

This is a perfect gift for the sharply dressed writer in your life. This cool tie features a collage of classic Penguin covers for a fun, yet formal, way to express a love for books. (The Literary Gift Company, $46.06) 


8. Literary Mugs

How can any writer or reader function without caffeine? Help fuel someone’s literary and caffeine addiction with a mug from The Literary Gift Company. They offer a variety of designs, including the "Grammar Grumbles" range, and be sure to check out the rest of the website for even more fun literary gift ideas. (The Literary Gift Company, prices vary) 


9. Custom Printed Book Scarf

Looking for something personalized? Look no further! This Etsy gift allows you to personalize a scarf with whatever book text you want. This is a very unique gift that’s perfect for someone who has a distinct or obscure literary taste. (Etsy, $59.38) 


10. GrubStreet

Give the gift of Grub this holiday season! An individual membership ($60.00) is a lasting gift that any creative writer will appreciate, no matter their preferred genre. Shopping for someone who already has a membership? Get them a GrubStreet Gift Certificate instead! We also have a variety of GrubStreet swag to choose from including mugs, pint glasses, and tote bags. Or if you’re feeling particularly giving, making a donation is a great way to give back to the community and help other writers succeed. 


Caitlin O'Beirne is a senior at Emerson College where she is earning a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing with a minor in Journalism. She enjoys writing fiction, reading great books, wishing she had a cat, and drinking too much coffee. 

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Margaret is currently a Barista at Fabulist Cafe and is actively pursuing a degree in English at Northeastern University. Margaret has always lived in the Boston area and is happy to be a team member at GrubStreet's Seaport location. On any day that she is not at GrubStreet, they can be found reading books from all genres from satire to horror, watching movies, and combating writer's block with bizarre stream of consciousness writing exercises.  

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