Next week my fellow Americans and I will be celebrating Thanksgiving . . . and by “celebrating,” I mean eating triple our bodyweight in butter and PIE.
*throws confetti in the air* *shakes significantly larger booty* *does not care*
After that . . . well, after that the frenzy that is the month before Christmas begins.
If you’re anything like me, you’re bracing for the inevitable onslaught of:
“What do you want for Christmas? I never know what to get for you. You’re so hard to shop for, come on, give me a suggestion or twelve.”
Umm . . . No, I’m not. You just refuse to get me what I want, b/c:
“You already have so many books! You certainly don’t need more—I want to get you something different!”
*is simultaneously filled with RAGE and despair*
YOU KNOW WHY.
Or maybe your life is more balanced, and you have no idea what I’m talking about, b/c you also like to do things like . . . whatever people who don’t love books to distraction do in their spare time . . . I’m sure there are lots of possibilities . . . o.O
Whatever. I have a plan and this post is the plan. Not only do I get to geek-out and hopefully spread some of the bookish love, but when people start asking, I’ll send them a link.
And no, I’m not worried about inadvertently offending someone—I know my family. They won’t actually read the post, they’ll just look at the pictures and follow the oh-so-helpful-links. #winning
Right. So first up we have all the awesomeness that has sprung fully formed from the forehead of the global-yet-still-small-and-local commerce platforms like ETSY.
Fangirls don’t have to draw on t-shirts with permanent markers anymore, b/c chances are there is a fangirl of your distinct flavor plugging the best quotes from the best books into her pretty self-made graphics and mass-producing it on Society6 or RedBubble.
It’s like . . . the best thing EVER. You can get t-shirts, hoodies, notebooks, blankets, coffee mugs, SHOWER CURTAINS, all emblazoned with the words, with the line or two of text, that shattered you as you read it:
Or the line that made you sit up and shout, YAS:
Get it? *snickers*
Then there’s Maggie-friggin’-Stiefvater, who creates beautiful things that go along with her beautiful stories . . . Not that I have any of it, but look her up, b/c AMAZING.
I have to prioritize, and once I saw this, it was over:
Then there’s ETSY itself . . . WHUH.
I stumbled across these beauties whilst scrolling through the time suck that masquerades as helpfulness . . . “suggestions,” HA.
Not that I’m complaining, b/c LOOKIT what I found at Cartaban Cards:
They’re not limited to Shades of Magic. There are HUNDREDS of covers to choose from, classics as well as what’s currently popular.
And I want ALL of them.
What I love about ETSY is that the possibilities are truly endless.
I’ve already had one tank custom-made after searching out a shop that offered a wider variety of options than the many others—color choices for both the shirt and the font, as well as font choices:
I put my order in with Gigraffe Design Studio, and I think I had it in hand not much more than a week later, if that, AND I changed my mind about the font I wanted to use (after seeing the mock-up, b/c, yes, they do that).
I got the dragon separately from Wings-N-Things Boutique, and ironed it on myself (which is the extent of my craftiness).
You can even get custom funkos, like my KAZ BREKKER, from Six of Crows:
B/c Mason at Mason’s Custom Funkos is awesome.
Aaannnddd here’s some more stuff that I don’t already have and really, really want:
It’s a personal book embosser, and I LOVE it. This one is from BlumbergExcelsior, Inc., and there are several options for the book seal. I want the TREE OF KNOWLEDGE.
Also, rare as it is to ever get books, I will buy this one and gift it to myself if someone else doesn’t:
Same goes for this sweatshirt from Out of Print:
I don’t need this, but I want it, and I’m sure I could come up with a use for it . . . Hang it from my rearview mirror? Put the locket thingy on my keychain?
And just for fun, why not add Trivial Pursuit for Book Lovers:
A good time would be had by ALL.
And I’m done, even though this was part wishlist, part show-and-tell. I’m okay with it if you are. 😉
What about you? What’s on your bookish wishlist? Did I give you any ideas? Do you have ideas for me??