Whether you are a bookseller, agent, or just know people who like to write, at some point you will be expected to buy a gift for an author. I remember my first days at Hicklebee’s having events and freaking out about what to buy for author gifts. I think a lot of people share this anxiety and the author probably ends up with a lot of the same. I wanted to be unique. So, I turn to Etsy. Handmade swag from artsy folks and a lot of times the item will be one of a kind. I’m going to showcase what I would buy for today’s YA authors if the need arose.
For Holly I would buy these fingerless black gloves for $15. Holly writes the Curseworkers series and in her world magical people must wear gloves to hamper spreading magic and curses. Holly, however, is not magical (that I know of) and these could make a rockin’ addition to her wardrobe.
Cassandra writes three popular series featuring Shadow Hunters who draw runes on their bodies. I would buy this wooden box with rounded runes for her to set upon her bookshelves near her own titles. So for $20 you have a really cute relevant gift.
Sarah Rees Brennan:
For Sarah whose UNSPOKEN is coming out soon and quite frankly one of the best books to come out in the history of history I would buy this gothic gate charm from creepy fingered lady for $9. Sarah could then keep it or give it away with one of her sparkly books.
For Maureen I would buy this reproduction of Jack the Ripper’s letters for $10. On budget and relevant to her latest series, the first book is titled The Name of the Star.
For John I would buy five of these constellation greeting cards at $4.75! He could use them for personal notes when he sends his book The Fault in our Stars out.
So what do you guys think… am I a horrible gift buyer? Do you use Etsy?