Hi, my name is Cara …and I’m a book nerd.
There, I said it. Now, while I don’t mind receiving a bit of frosting for my fingers from the HBH, or tickets to cheer on Cousin James in Book of Mormon (making my inner ENFP squeal excitedly), I relish those gifts that scream, “BOOK NERD! BOOK NERD!” So perhaps you know someone like this – if so, this gift list might help you in choosing the perfect gift for him or her:
1. A bumper sticker, like this:
2. A cozy blanket – because there’s nothing better than snuggling up in a blanket with a good book under your nose.
3. An epic mug, complete with a box of Good Earth Original, Caffeine Free tea. Because it’s good. Because you get insightful nuggets with each dunk of your tea bag; you also then have the ability to drink said tea at 9 pm, and go to bed on time.
4. Remember in the 7th grade, when putting a paperclip grill over your teeth was considered cool because it meant you – almost – had braces? Well, let the same be true for his eyes: get your book nerd some faux glasses to rock at home. Of course, for those of us with far from 20-20 vision, this might not be the Best Gift Ever, so let the idea slide. But bonus, you might look as cool as this cat:
5. A first-edition copy of her favorite book, preferably signed by the author. If you’re a hunter at heart, finding this gift for your Love could be your ultimate holiday mission. For instance, Annie Dillard’s, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, is one of my faves, and while a worn and tattered, taught-thru, read-thru copy antiquated paperback remains my go-to favorite, a first-edition hardback of the book sits prominently on the dining room shelf. And UGH. It is beautiful.
6. Now here’s one I rocked as a six-year-old, but haven’t committed to as an adult: book plates. Give your nerd 10 book plates for his 10 favorite books, or customize something dreamy like this:
7. A subscription to Audible. If you’ve been following be, mama. be for awhile now, you know that I get a lot of reading done via my iPhone; whether at home, in the car, or at the gym, I love “reading” via the voices in my ear. It’s pretty dreamy.
8. Five wish list books. While the slight problem of having way too many books still left to read on my shelf remains, I remain a sucker for more. There, I said it. So, take a look at her Goodreads “to read” profile or Amazon Wish List, and surprise her with reading joy! But be forewarned: do your homework. Do not just browse the clearance section at Barnes & Nobles in an effort to save a few bucks, and also think about giving a gift receipt in case 12 other people think she’d just love that same book.
9. A one-day, there and back flight to Portland, Oregon to spend the day at Powell’s Books. Bam. It’s kind of the best place on earth. Do it and you will have his love for the rest of your live-long days. Amen.
That is it! Eat, read and be merry!
What about you? What would you add or take away from this list? And, more importantly, would you like to contribute to the send Cara to Powell’s there and back in one day fund?