{Guest Post} 7 Gifts for Hamilton Book Lovers

A special treat for you today... we have a new guest blogger joining us, Jessica Rose. Jessica is a writer and editor who lives (but unfortunately doesn’t work) in downtown Hamilton. When she’s not editing children’s books, she's blogging at www.notmytypewriter.com or tweeting at @NMTblog. Please give her a warm welcome!

What's the perfect gift for a book lover? The easy answer is, of course, a book, but unless you know exactly what someone has read or likes to read, buying for a book lover isn't always as easy as heading to the best-seller section. Here are a few unique and local gifts that any reader or writer on your list will love.

1. Quills Magnetic Bookmarks: Anyone in my family will tell you that Quills magnetic bookmarks are a personal favourite because each has received at least one from me over the past few years. These perfect stocking stuffers are available by appointment at the Quills studio on Arkledun Avenue, or at the Royal Botanical Garden's gift shop, the Paper Place in Toronto, Chapters in Ancaster or Erin Mills, or at Rustic Routes in Beeton, Ontario.
2. A Child's Christmas in Hamilton: Written by Ryan Moran, and illustrated by Chelsea Robinson, A Child’s Christmas in Hamilton is inspired by Moran’s own experiences growing up in Hamilton in the 1980s. This pocket-sized book is available at a number of independent retailers, including Mixed Media and Citizen Kid (188 Locke Street South). Proceeds from the sale of the book go to City Kidz, a charity that helps support children in the inner city.

3. Pull-Down Educational Chart: Sheri at Gritty City Goods offers one of the most unique gifts for language lovers — this etymological chart of the English Language. Sheri printed this chart, and her many others, fashioning it in the style of a vintage pull-down map. It’s not too late to contact Sheri to arrange a pick-up of one of these unique gifts.

4. Hamilton Illustrated: 
A unique book like David Collier's graphic novel Hamilton Illustrated is better than something plucked off the shelf at a big-box store. Hamilton Illustrated, which was released in November, is available at Mixed Media (154 James Street North) and independent booksellers across the city.

5. Book Jewellery: If the reader or writer on your list is a jewellery lover, Laura at The Unwritten Word uses recycled pages of novels to create her necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Laura’s shipping deadline has passed, but if you live in Hamilton, Ancaster, Burlington, or Brantford, she’ll hand deliver your gift for free, as long as your order is placed before December 21st. Just enter the promo code HAMMER.

6. You Can Do Anything in Hamilton Tote: If the book lover on your list is anything like me, he or she needs a good tote bag to lug books home from the Hamilton Public Library. Russell Gibbs' You Can Do Anything in Hamilton totes are large and durable enough for a haul of hardcovers, also sporting a message that captures the spirit of the city. It's available at White Elephant (133 James Street North) and Tourism Hamilton (28 James Street North).

7. Vintage Books: Used booksellers across the city pride themselves on their carefully curated collection of vintage books. Whether you’re looking for a vintage children’s picture book, a hard-to-find classic, or just hoping to shave a few dollars off a cover price, the folks at shops like J.H. Gordon Books (314 King Street East) and James Street Bookseller (134 James Street South) are happy to help. (Image via J.H. Gordon Books)

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