This list includes products from some of my favorite online stores, items that reflect a real love for language but also a wonderful sense of artistry and craftsmanship. I also included some classics (pens, e-readers, books) and things I already own and love. Enjoy!
"Whether you’re a book buff, an English teacher, or a hard-line grammarian, this diagrammatical dissertation has something for the aesthete in all of us."
The Awakening is one of my favorite books, so I'm thrilled to see the text used to create this beautiful artwork. Litograph uses text from a number of classic books to create beautiful illustrations; they then print the resulting art on t-shirts, posters, and totes.
The technology in e-readers has come a long way, and the Paperwhite offers the best of that—legible text, crisp backlighting, responsive interface for highlighting or using the built-in dictionary, and a great battery life. Purchasing ebooks through the device is a breeze, but I am also surprised at how easy it is to add rented ebooks from my local library and to use Amazon's own Kindle Unlimited subscription service.
This pen is compact and durable and writes in almost every conceivable condition. The burnished brass (gold) finish is my personal favorite; I keep one of these pens with me at all times, stashing one in my purse most days or tucking one in a clutch for an evening out. Use it to take notes for your next novel or to correct a typo in someone else's novel.
"The Lamy Safari Fountain Pen is the perfect introductory fountain pen and is used by beginners and fountain pen aficionados alike." It is taking all my willpower not to fill this entire gift list with pen suggestions, but I just couldn't ignore this one. It's sturdy, writes well, is easy to refill, and looks very classy sitting atop a journal on any desk or nightstand.
I'm biased toward the Chicago Manual of Style because I like generously spaced ellipses and because I live in Chicago. Personally, I like having a physical copy of style guides, but a subscription to the online edition of the CMOS would also make a lovely gift.
"Nothing speaks to us like great literature. It presents us with truth, challenges, humor, and delight. This collection of 100 postcards showcases bold graphic interpretations of 50 provocative literary quotes. From Virginia Wolf to Oscar Wilde, from Brontë to Poe to Austen, each piece will spark your imagination and kindle your creative spirit."