After recently seeing a delightful article on Buzzfeed about book inspired accessories, I felt compelled to do a bit of my own online hunting for literary trinkets to add to the wishlist.
I’ve had an imaginary wishlist for a while now; I’m constantly spotting little items of jewelry, notebooks, phone covers and clothes inspired by the classics close to my heart. However, they’re those items that you can’t really justify buying for yourself… well, a 22 year old graduate can’t justify it anyway!
So I think it’s about time I created a solid list of these sweet gifts. Perhaps I’ll make my way through them like my ever expanding book list. Or perhaps it will simply introduce these literary stores to you, passing on a touch of the excitement that they provide me with.
West and East egg pendants – The Great Gatsby
This one does what it says on the tin. A gorgeous selection of literary gifts ranging from pendants, to book ends, to quotable chocolate bars and wrapping paper! I could spend hours on this website… there really is something for book lovers everywhere. I’ve particularly got my eye on this “best friends” necklace. Gold plated, one side of the pendant reads “West” and “East” whilst the other sides read “Jay” and “Daisy”. If you’re a fan of the Gatz this can’t fail to melt your heart. Simple, quaint and a bit tongue in cheek; I love it.
Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare
I love this site because of its exquisite references to the most mesmerising quotes of our literary past. Each item is presented on a hand-crafted postcard with a quote that promises to inspire, touch and delight the buyer. Albeit one of the most quoted and discussed Shakespeare plays, I can’t help but favour Romeo and Juliet above all other romantic plays. The quotes will never get old, and they will always find a way to lift me to a magical place.
The Great Gatsby tote
Similar to The Literary Gift Shop, Bookish England is a buffet for bookworms. They have a dedicated focus to Alice in Wonderland, Pride and Prejudice and The Great Gatsby. Easily one of my favourite books of all time, I am instantly drawn to anything Great Gatsby, and this tote would be an adorable accompaniment to… well, anything!
Shakespeare bard in a bottle
Scribbelicious hand-makes bespoke literary jewelry from real pages of vintage books. Everything they make is unique as they personalise all items made to order. If you have a favourite quote, poem or song lyric, they can turn it into the perfect gift. Based in Wales (hooray!), they recycle old books and make them into something beautiful. I could spend so much on this website! I love these Shakespeare ‘Bard in a bottle’ necklaces; the Midsummer Night’s Dream pendant has a firm place on my wishlist.
The Great Gatsby Unisex Jumper
Truffle Shuffle is the place to go for all things retro. They have a brilliant selection of fairy tale / book based tops and jumpers. For a ridiculously long time (hint hint family!) I have longed for this jumper. But let’s face it, if I can’t justify buying anything other than “value” food, I can’t spend £55 on a jumper for myself. But as the days pass and I see my sad little wardrobe crying out for this jumper, I’m becoming more and more inclined to just throw caution to the wind and get it.
Hermione Granger Time Turner necklace
$1.88 plus postage
Etsy is well known for their stunning literary items. And my wishlist wouldn’t be complete without some Harry Potter items. I would do anything for my own Time Turner necklace; and this one is authentic looking and a perfect size. It was hard to choose only one thing from Etsy to put on the list; their website is full of incredible and magical items from all the novels you could imagine. I. Need. This. In. My. Life.
If you have any other hints and tips on where to find the best literary items, please drop me a comment; it’s always great to hear of other secret little discoveries!