Christmas Is Coming

13 Dec

Readers are easy to shop for because they’re always happy to get a book.  But what if you want to validate their love of literature without adding to the addiction?  Here’s a list of some unique classic gifts that might appeal to us WEMers.  Feel free print it out and leave it in a conspicuous spot for the shoppers in your life.  Or not.

(If all went well, clicking on the picture should open a new window to the site where the item is available.)

Don Quixote

The question I want answered is do these earrings belong the beautiful Dulcinea of Don Quixote’s dreams, or the brawny girl of Sancho’s acquaintance?  Decide before wearing.

Pilgrim’s Progress

Because a Bunyan vest is better than Bunyan Shoes.

Gulliver’s Travels

The site says that the pages are still readable.  Never mind.  Do not buy this for me.

Pride and Prejudice

This is obviously a doll version of Darcy from the beginning of the novel.  You know, when he was really crochety, um I mean crotchety.

Oliver Twist

You could make up a batch of homemade gruel mix, put it in a mason jar, and add a festive bow, or you could give a Dickinsonian this lovely print of a giant gruel pot.

Jane Eyre

These hues of the moors are named “To the Stars,” “A Strange and Unearthly Thing,” and “Independent Will!” (Exclamation point the artists, not mine.)  Aside from the fact that I can’t imagine Jane Eyre for a moment considering her own appearance long enough to put on a coat of nail polish, they are kind of pretty, in a moody, murky way, of course.

Scarlet Letter

These days bearing a shirt with a scarlet A on it doesn’t denote you as an adulteress, although I think that meaning might be preferable.  So instead of clothing, the Scarlet Letter lover might appreciate this ignominious bracelet.

Moby Dick

The Herman Melville gift options seem endless, from “Call me Ishmael, maybe?” t-shirts to Captain Ahab Baby Swaddlers but this print is the item that really made my jaw drop.  It’s as striking and surprising as the novel itself.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Personally, I would much rather have a piece of Aunt Chloe’s pie.

Madame Bovary

What could be more fitting for Emma than a vanity mirror?

Crime and Punishment

There are hollow book safes available for nearly all of these classics, but this one for C&P has a certain, well, charm?  Although it doesn’t seem big enough to hide an axe.

Anna Karenina

If you can’t buy the gift you can always buy the pattern and knit it yourself this “adorable” and “cute” Anna Tea Cozy.  Also, shouldn’t it really be a samovar cozy?

The Return of the Native

And when in doubt, sending flowers is always a good idea.  Especially heather from the heath.  It’s much more beautiful than a furze faggot, and easier to carry.

Happy shopping and a Merry Christmas!  Oh, and don’t blame me if you get any of these things.


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13 responses to “Christmas Is Coming

  1. Ruth Lopez

    December 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I love them all, especially Mr. Darcy.

    • Christina Joy

      December 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      I think my favorite is the Moby Dick print. That may or may not be on my actual Christmas list.

      • Christine

        December 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm

        The Moby-Dick print is amazing, but it just gives me another reason to not like boats. Look at the size of that whale!

      • Christina Joy

        December 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm

        Excellent point. Make sure none of the 7/8 graders see this before their class trip in the spring. You never know when a giant sperm whale might make his way into Lake Michigan.

  2. Jeannette

    December 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Well, I don’t think it ever crossed my mind to crochet Mr. Darcy! Love the ideas.

  3. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    December 14, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I am now fully in the Christmas spirit!

    • Christina Joy

      December 14, 2012 at 11:50 am

      Me too, in fact I’m tempted to knit up a little Anna to keep my Christmas Blend tea cozy while I cyber-shop.

      • Adriana @ Classical Quest

        December 14, 2012 at 11:58 am

        Perfect. So quaint.

      • Christine

        December 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm

        When you do knit Anna, could you make her a brunette? I don’t remember Anna being blond. Whatever color hair, I’m sure she does a lovely job keeping the samovar warm.

      • Christina Joy

        December 15, 2012 at 4:00 pm

        I agree, very poor hair color choice. Did you see how many times the etsy description called her adorable and cute? It lost it’s adorability after the first seven times.

  4. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    December 14, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I’ve taken a moment to ponder the above options . . . I think I would go for the print and the heather. (But they’re all fabulous, Christina!!!)

  5. Christine

    December 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I think this should become an annual post. Wonder what treasure you’ll find for “Portrait of a Lady”.

    • Christina Joy

      December 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      Consider it slated for next year. Now, to find just the perfect portrait . . .


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