Wordcandy's Recommended Gift List, Part II

Behold: our latest and greatest gift suggestions, just in time for you to have to pay expedited shipping charges! (And last year's suggestions are still pretty awesome, if you're looking for even more ideas.)

Scour your local Goodwill or Value Village store for vintage romance, sci-fi, and mystery titles. You can buy a hefty stack of them for under five dollars, and they don't even need wrapping--just tie them up with some colorful ribbon and let their glorious covers speak for themselves.

For friends who love DIY projects, pair a book like Craftivity: 40 Projects for the DIY Lifestyle with a gift certificate from your local craft store. Then they can make this great puffball rug that we're lusting after (and give it to you).

Bookcloseouts.com is a phenomenal source for massively discounted Wordcandy titles: paperbacks for two to three dollars, hardbacks for five to seven. It's not the world's most user-friendly site, but their prices make a little hunting well worth it.

American Georgette Heyer fans take note: order RIGHT NOW, and you can probably get a copy of Georgette Heyer's Regency World shipped to your house before the holidays. This title is only available in England, so you'll need to pay extra for shipping, but it would make a wonderful present for any Heyer devotees on your list. ($25 or so, depending on the exchange rate.)

Sexy librarian pins complete any outfit. ($9)

...as do these Harry Potter scarves ($25)

Penguin Graphic Classics is a gorgeous line of novels featuring covers drawn by modern artists. If you're looking to scare the crap out of somebody, we recommend their edition of Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle. If not, try this beautiful copy of Voltaire's Candide.

We love this Cheshire Cat mug. Add hot water, and the cat fades away until only his grin is visible.

When all else fails, you can always give chocolate. We can personally vouch for the deliciousness of Moonstruck Chocolates. Their book-shaped box of truffles would make a lovely present for any chocolate-loving bibliophile. Doesn't everybody have a few of those to shop for? ($39)
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