Book Fitting: Cheap and Thoughtful Gifts

Book Fitting: In Which a Librarian Tries On a Book

I can tell you of a gift card that you can get for free. It doesn’t expire if you keep using it and you can get probably, oh, I don’t know, like a million dollars worth of stuff with it.  Can you guess what it is? Wait for it…

It’s your public library card guyzzzzz.

Don’t roll your eyes at me. It’s true. The library is your Santee Claus. And this year, if you’re good, your library card will not only provide you with gifts aplenty, it can even help you give gifts. No money to buy your loved ones presents? No idea what to do except panic? No problem.

Here is a list of books to help you give the best gifts this holiday season.

Are you crafty?

If you’ve graduated from using safety scissors, you can make a thoughtful gift using one of these books. I would pretty much love anything from Danny Seo’s Upcycling, especially the plastic banana fruit tray and bad art glitter (in case I’m on your list).


50 Knitted Gifts for Year-Round Giving, Last-Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, Paper Crafts with Style, WrapagamiUpcycling: Create Beautiful Things with Stuff You Already Have

Are you long-winded?

Got a way with words? Make your friend a comic book. Write a letter or a poem or come over and use our genealogy section to research your family’s history and give your relative a family tree, or as I like to call it (begin echo) THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE .


Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: Making Comics, For the Love of Letters: A 21st Century Guide to the Art of Letter Writing, Raw Art Journaling ,

Are you stylish?

If you have taste or if you have friends who think you have taste, make an awesome winter flower arrangement (out of paper) for them, create your BF’s signature scent, or offer to help re-do their closet for them.


Ikebana: The Art of Arranging Flowers, The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers, The Perfume Kit: Create Your Own Unique Fragrances, Adorn: 25 Stylish DIY Fashion Projects, Style Bible

Are you hungry?

There are lots of creative and easy foodie gifts to make. Who wouldn’t love a homemade cheese and beer kit (I would!)? Or delicious holiday pudding (me again!)?


One-Hour Cheese, Treats: Delicious Food Gifts to Make at Home, Mini-Farming Guide to Fermenting, Puddin’: Luscious and Unforgettable Puddings, Parfaits, Pudding Cakes, Pies, and Pops

Are you surly?

Don’t tell The Mall, but it’s actually not required that you buy gifts for people at all. At least not according to this guy: Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn’t Buy Presents for the Holidays by Joel Waldfogel.









Did you get or give a library-inspired gift? Share it with us!


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