Thursday, December 3, 2015

Literary Christmas Gifts

Got your Christmas shopping done yet? Yeah. I didn't think so. Never fear. I'm here to help. For all your bookish friends and family, why not buy them a book and something else that goes along with the story?

GIFT: Jewellry (a pair of earrings or a necklace)
BOOK: Great Expectations
AUTHOR: Charles Dickens

Miss Havisham creates a beauty out of Estella, and part of that creation is her gift of jewelry. Estella is merely a pawn in the game of Miss Havisham’s revenge. This is a story of duty, honor, and yes, ugly bitterness.

GIFT: Bread (something artisanal or sweet)
BOOK: The Hunger Games
AUTHOR: Suzanne Collins

Peeta once gave Katniss a loaf of bread because she was starving. This small act of kindness plays a bigger part in the relationship between the two Hunger Games victors. What? You’ll have to read the first book to find out, so a copy of it should go along with the loaf of bread.

GIFT: Chocolate (truffles or bars or anything, really)
BOOK: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
AUTHOR: Roald Dahl

Charlie Bucket is the winner of a golden ticket into Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory . . . but he never would’ve won had he not bought a chocolate bar. Not that anyone needs an excuse to buy chocolate, mind you. ’Nuff said.

GIFT: Cologne (Bath & Body Works has an affordable collection)
BOOK: Little Women
AUTHOR: Louisa May Alcott

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents.” That’s straight from the mouth of Jo March, who chips in with her sisters to buy their mom some presents, one of which is some sweet perfume.

GIFT: Socks (Smartwools are my faves)
BOOK: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
AUTHOR: J.K. Rowling

Okay, so yeah, this one is a stretch. Technically in the book it’s a dirty sock that’s given to set Dobby free from his life of serving the Malfoys. No one wants a dirty sock, though, so spring for a new pair along with this book.

GIFT: Coffee (beans / mug / gift card)
BOOK: Brentwood’s Ward
AUTHOR: Michelle Griep

Hero Nicholas Brentwood takes heroine Emily Payne out for coffee. Sure, it’s a manipulation on her part, but he gets a great cup of coffee out of the deal.

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chappydebbie said...

I love the sock one! Maybe a clean made-to-look-dirty sock? Placed between the pages, like in the movie LOL I loved that scene! Take that Malfoy! I'm hoping to own the entire Harry Potter book series. I read my daughter's copies and I own the movies. I love the good vs those kids are so cute!

Beverly said...

Michelle, what a delightful shopping list! Very clever pairing of gifts and books. And lovely teasers about each story.
Next cup of coffee, I'll think of Nicholas Brentwood. And sigh.

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