Made You Book
Have you noticed lately how predominantly books factor into our other streams of pop culture? With the exception of music, these days it’s not uncommon to find everything from TV shows to movies to Broadway productions inspired by literary classics and modern hits. Of course, you’ll also see plenty of fun gift ideas tied into top tomes as well – and that’s exactly the focus of today’s gift guide.
Miles To Go Tees – $25 each
My first pick isn’t inspired by one single book, but a bunch of them. I actually spotted these tees while shopping this past weekend and knew they’d be a perfect fit for this post. Although this isn’t the first time I’ve featured literary tees, these ones combine a little bit of artistry with a whole lotta style for a totally different take. The shirts reference classics modern and old – can you guess what the three tomes above are? Also, shipping is just $5 – bargain!
The Hunger Games Mockingjay & District Pin Set – $32 @ Amazon.ca
Generally speaking the bigger the movie franchise, the more merch is released to support your book-on-film. Such is the case with the insanely popular Hunger Games series, which kicked off the first of three films last year with a huge bang. The second movie, Catching Fire, is due out this fall and with it you can expect a host of new goodies for fans of the dystopian series. I thought this was a particularly neat collectible – it features the official seals for each of the 12 (official) districts plus Katniss Everdeen’s trademark Mockingjay pin. Keep it in tact as a memento or break it up to decorate your bags or share with friends.
Pretty Little Liars Custom Script Necklace – $36.67 @ Thai Handcraft
Sara Shepard’s uber-popular teen-oriented series Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game have each spawned their own uber-popular TV shows on ABC Family. Borrowing from the Gossip Girl cannon of omnipresent secret-spillers, the Pretty Little Liars’ series combines the eeriness of Twin Peaks with plenty of teenage melodrama, earning them a huge legion of fans (for example, every time an episode runs, about half of the top trending hashtags on Twitter are related to the show). If your daughter or friend is a huge fan of the show, pay homage with one of these pretty custom script necklaces that use the same swirly font as the title sequence and book covers. Psst, they also come in a sleek Gossip Girl style as well.
Game of Thrones ‘Fire and Blood’ Brooch – $9.95 @ Kate’s Little Store
I think after every episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones show my Facebook feed pretty much implodes with reactions. Whether you’re a fan of the source material or the wildly popular fantasy show, this laser-engraved birchwood pin is a small token to speak to other Thrones’ fans, in the words of House Targaryen. It’s actually one of three GoT pins available, all of which would look swell on a briefcase, blazer or backpack.
The Great Gatsby Collection – $18+ @ Indigo
If you haven’t see Baz Luhrman’s dazzling artistic interpretation of The Great Gatsby, you’re missing out. Despite middling reviews, I (and virtually everyone I know) found the film to be utterly spectacular, and while it stayed true to the book’s general plot, the 21st century twists made this Great American Novel completely watchable and fresh. As a result, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book has shot up the charts and become a late-in-the-game bestseller once again, and spawned skyrocketing sales of book-themed merchandise including tote bags and tops depicting the book’s iconic, eerie cover. I personally own that sweatshirt and not only is it the softest thing on the planet, it also gets tons of compliments!
And with that, I’m psyched to tell you I’ve got a Great Gatsby sweater + a copy of the classic book to give away to one lucky winner. Here’s how to enter:
1) Leave a comment by June 28th with your favourite book-themed idea featured in this post.
2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around June 29th to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.
3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.
4) Bonus Entry: Like Indigo on Facebook, leave a comment on why you love their Great Gatsby collection, and leave a link back to your comment and / or your FB username to earn a bonus entry.