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The Library Shop Guide to Bookish Gift-Giving


Here at NYPL, we believe that if you think you’re not a book person, you’ve just been reading the wrong books! We promise no matter their age, interest, or reading level, we’ve got something for everyone on your list. Read on for the best literary accessories and apparel of the season.

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1. Bestseller footwear


Dumbledore himself said that one can never have enough socks. These are possibly the best, coziest stocking stuffers! First, there’s our sassy Talk Dewey to Me socks—perfect for anyone who still believes in 398.2. Or check out this A Sockwork Orange set in bright red, featuring the dystopic novel’s protagonist Alex. For the Potterhead, these Muggles socks proudly (and truthfully) proclaim “Books turn Muggles into wizards!” And finally, the timeless Wizard of Oz socks, inspired by W.W. Denslow’s illustrations from the beloved novel, first published in 1900. Get one or four pairs for your favorite bookworm!

2. Pins! Readers’ and writers’ pins galore!


Where can’t you put your favorite pins? Decorate your book bags, hats, collars and beyond!  There’s our book buds set, a tiny pair of reading glasses with an accompanying stack of books; everyone’s favorite reading buddy, the bookstore cat; the classic notebook and pencil set, a composition notebook and a number two pencil (great for teachers!); and the writer’s best duo of friends, caffeine and a typewriter!

3. Literary earrings for the well-read fashionista


Look stylish and bookish with these wearable, adorable books! A quirky, mismatched pair of book stack enamel earrings set; the teacher favorite, notebook and pencil earring set; and our chic NYPL book stacks set, which is available in silver and gold.

4. Winter wear for the snuggliest of bookworms


For your favorite Potterhead, this Magical sweatshirt quotes Hermione Granger’s timeless wisdom, “When in doubt, go to the library.” And if you also want to rep your favorite Library (of course you do!) check out the super-soft NYPL crewneck sweatshirt! It’s simply designed with a vintage Library logo from 1895. And lastly, you can now wear everyone’s childhood favorite, The Little Prince. Stay warm in this soft sweatshirt, featuring the French-language cover art of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic. Did you know he did all of the iconic illustrations, too?

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