The holidays are here, dear readers, and once again, the brave Wordcandy staff has been on the lookout for the coolest literature-inspired gifts... and, keeping in mind the current financial atmosphere, everything we chose is $25 and under. Happy holidays, and we really hope these suggestions help:
For manga fans:
Manga plushies are cute, you can usually find them for specific series, and they're relatively cheap—this xxxHolic plushie is $12 full price, and currently on sale for $8.99.
For crafty types:
These "Sexy Librarian" embroidery patterns are a mere three dollars, and totally adorable.
Why not look for a vintage copy of one of their favorite titles online? I've always wanted a first edition Georgette Heyer hardcover, and you can usually find those for well under $10 on sites like AbeBooks.com.
For people willing to wear their book-geek-ness in their ears:
You can find anything on etsy—these Nancy Drew earrings are only $6.
For pop fiction fans:
Check out big-box retailers' bargain-priced books. Right now, Barnes and Noble's online discount section is offering Meg Cabot’s How To Be Popular, Marta Acosta’s Happy Hour at Casa Dracula, and Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, all for less than $6.
The Klutz series of how-to books are fun, easy to understand, and most retail for under $25.
For fans of the classics:
This elegant $14 paperback combines two of the earliest versions of The Nutcracker, both in new translations: E.T.A. Hoffmann's 1826 story Nutcracker and Mouse King, and Alexandre Dumas's 1845 retelling of Hoffmann's story, The Tale of the Nutcracker.
For general fairytale fans:
Jim Henson's delightfully creepy series The Storyteller is currently available on Overstock.com for a trifling $15.
For fairytale purists:
More than 200 stories are combined in this gorgeous paperback reissue of The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales, currently available for $18.
For readers with, uh, lively senses of humor:
Chris Onstad's twisted-yet-awesome Achewood collections (as well as assorted Achewood-themed shirts, art, etc.) are available at his online store for $14 apiece.