The Rumpus 2018 Holiday Gift Guide


Having trouble picking out a present that’s just right for that special someone? Out of ideas for that ever-growing gift list? We’ve gathered up our favorite gifting ideas for literary-minded friends and family this holiday season and put them together into one handy list!


It’s more important than ever to support free speech—why not snag cool gear at the same time? Check out the ACLU store, featuring giftable items like these cozy camo Trans Pride socks.


While we’re talking socks, check out Society Socks, a “sock subscription with a social cause.” For each pair of socks sold, a pair is donated to a homeless shelter on your behalf. Give to a friend and to the larger community—socks are the least donated but most needed item of clothing at many homeless shelters.


Give the gift of learning! Our friends at Catapult run amazing workshops, both online and IRL, featuring talented writers working in all disciplines. Subject matter ranges from how to write personal essays with substance to how to be funny and so much more.


Thrill any and all readers on your list with a Rumpus gift subscription—we have 6-month and 12-month subscriptions to our incredible Book Club, and 6-month and 12-month subscriptions to the equally awesome Poetry Book Club! (And if you’re really out to impress a reader in your life, sign ‘em for both clubs here.) And, we offer 6-month holiday gift subscriptions to Letters in the Mail and Letters for Kids! And, all subscriptions come with a PDF you can print out and slip under the tree, so these also make a great last-minute gift.

Based out of Minneapolis, Frostbeard’s scented candles evoke fictional worlds, literary characters, and the pleasure of reading. Each soy candle is made by hand—by book lovers, for book lovers.


For the Hermione Granger fans and library-lovers in your life, there’s this pretty great tee from the New York Public Library.



Or, show your love for a favorite poet in one of these stylish and comfy baseball tees from Brooklyn Poets.



Dear Sugar diehards will happily find a place to hang our “Sugar Says” poster. Already own the poster? Find all things Sugar here, including our famous Write Like a Motherfucker mug (available with gift wrap this year!), our Special Edition version, available in very limited quantities only for the holiday season, and our beautiful pink “Be Brave” mug.



Need to escape from the news? Curl up on a cold winter evening with a good book and the tea it inspired. Come for the NovelTeas, and stay for the puns.


Need somewhere to set down that cup of tea? These library checkout card coasters from The Traveled Lane will do the trick.


With all the brilliant books you’ll be sure to find under your tree, you’ll be needing a new bookmark or two. We suggest these hand-stamped, upcycled spoon bookmarks from StampAndSoul.


These clever pencils make a useful stocking stuffer for those who’ll be whiling away the winter months scribbling in notebooks (and chasing literary rabbits down holes).


Put on your favorite PJs and snuggle up with a pillow from Storiarts, a husband-and-wife-led team who have been making handmade literary-themed products in Oregon since 2011.


Need a new bag to carry around all the books you’ll be gifted this holiday season? Electric Literature’s “Read More Women” tote is an obvious choice—it’s got plenty of room, and shares an important reminder for everyone you’ll meet and greet in 2019.

Still haven’t found the perfect present? Click here to visit The Rumpus store, and explore all our merchandise. Your support is critical to our continued existence, and every purchase helps keep us alive.


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