The Rumpus 2019 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!


If you aren’t familiar with Corporeal Writing, get familiar—founded by the inimitable Lidia Yuknavitch, this Portland-based organization offers IRL and online workshops that will lead you “into new and unknown territories from which [you] can make art.” Support their work and inspire any writer in your life with Corporeal gear! We especially love these handmade gloves featuring passages from The Book of Joan and written in Yuknavitch’s own handwriting.


Headed to a party this holiday season? Bring the fun with Papercuts, Electric Literature’s “literary card game for the rude and well-read”—it’s the perfect present for the book-loving party host!


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 this tee for the liberty-loving pup in your life!


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.

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.



Cold winter days are best spent inside with friends and family. This 500-piece Little Women puzzle is sure to keep your mind off the frigid outdoor temps a while.


Speaking of frigid temps, these book-inspired scarves from Storiarts, a husband-and-wife-led team who have been making handmade literary-themed products in Oregon since 2011, will keep your and your loved ones warm till spring!


Or, keep warm with literary cocktails! From barflies to book clubs, Tequila Mockingbird is the world’s bestselling cocktail book for the literary obsessed. Featuring 65 delicious drink recipes paired with wry commentary on history’s most beloved novels, Tequila Mockingbird also includes bar bites, drinking games, and whimsical illustrations throughout.


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.



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 flash nonfiction to how to be funny and so much more.

For literary penpals, consider Penguin’s collection of 100 postcards, each featuring a different and iconic Penguin book jacket! Sometimes, you definitely should judge a book by its cover.


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.


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.


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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