A Bookish Christmas Gift Guide

Tis the season to be bookish.

If you’re looking for the perfect literary-themed Christmas gift this year, we’ve found a few good’uns worth considering.

Hunger Games chocolates

Oh yes my Hunger Games-loving friend, these exist! They come in 12 different flavours representing each district of Panem. The kind folks over at Buzzfeed have even ranked them for you (raise your hand if you want their jobs). District 12 (mining) is mined salt and milk chocolate, while District 10 (livestock) is beef jerky, smoked mesquite and milk chocolate (yum?).

You can buy the whole limited-edition box for $US65, or individual character blocks for Katniss (made up of apples, smoked bacon, alderwood smoked sea salt and milk chocolate), Effie and President Snow, though unfortunately they don’t ship to Australia. Your US, Canadian or UK dwelling friends are in luck, however, so maybe you can work out some kind of arrangement?

Tequila Mockingbird

Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist

Want some puntastic cocktail recipes based on literary classics? Of course you do! Drinks include Romeo and JulepThe Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose and Love in the Time of Kahlúa.

As a self-confessed board game geek, I want this. You can learn and whoop ass building a property empire – but one full of bookstores and libraries. Instead of passing Go, you advance to Read, and instead of going to jail you ‘exercise your mind.’ Basically Monopoly will never be enough for me again.
The Book Lo Journal

Organisation fiends, this one’s for you. The Book Lovers Journal lets you record all of the books you read and when, who gave them to you, how they affected you and what was happening in your life when you read them. It’s also full of recommended reads, bestseller lists, book quotes and writing facts.

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
Have you ever worked in a bookshop? Even if you haven’t you should be able to appreciate some of the corkers in this one, like “Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?” and “I’ve forgotten my glasses, can you read me the first chapter?”
This street map, which is based on a turn of the century London street map, condenses over 600 works of literary history into fictional parks, streets, lakes and shops. For example there’s Mansfield Park, Norwegian Wood, Treasure Island and Lunar Park. There’s also, naturally, a lot of Harry Potter.
The Best of the Lifted Brow
Literary magazine The Lifted Brow recently released an anthology of its most accomplished works, from acclaimed overseas writers such as David Foster Wallace to local talents like Christos Tsiolkas and Frank Moorhouse. Enjoy the best of five years’ worth of short stories, essays and reportage.
Writers Victoria

Writers Victoria membership

For those in Victoria, why not gift the aspiring writer in your life with a year-long Writers Vic membership? It includes benefits like discounts on courses, ten issues of The Victorian Writer magazine throughout the year and access to the Writers Victoria library. Sounds like the perfect pressie to us.

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