10 Best Holiday Cards


I’m a huge fan of stationery, and the holidays are prime time for giving and receiving beautiful cards and letters. Even people who never write letters or send snail mail may buckle down and send something for the holidays. Are you planning to send out a card this year? Consider this roundup of my current favorite holiday cards from five of my favorite stationers.

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Gift Guide | Gifts for Word Lovers, Round 2

gift ideas for writers, readers, editors, librarians, authors | Kelsey Mitchener Editing Services

I had a lot of fun putting together my previous gift guide for word lovers, so I thought I’d assemble one more for this holiday season. Here are some additional picks for writers, readers, editors, and anyone else who loves the written word.

1. Card Catalog Cuff Bracelet, Book Stack Cuff Bracelet, and Henry David Thoreau Quote Bangle | Accessoreads on Etsy, $38, $38, $20
There’s lots of great literary-themed jewelry from this shop. I especially love the Thoreau quote on this bangle: “All good things are wild and free.”

2. Word Dominoes | Chronicle Books, $25

3. Card Catalog Box with Notecards | Chronicle Books on Amazon, $18

4. Pen Nib Lapel Pin | The Literary Gift Company, £4

5. Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition | University of Chicago Press on Amazon, $41
Every list needs at least one practical item, right? The online version of CMOS is also handy, but nothing beats a physical reference book. (Here’s another reference book on my wishlist this year.)

6. Borges Library Cushion Cover | The Literary Gift Company, £15
Love Jorge Luis Borges.

7. Old Books Candle | Frostbeard on Etsy, $18
This candle uses a weird but somehow perfect blend of timber, white tea, newsprint, and must scents to create that unique “old books” smell—so good. Also check out their Oxford Library (oakmoss, amber, sandalwood, tobacco, and leather) and Book Cellar (“dirt,” “basement,” and vanilla bean) candles.

8. Library Due Date Scarf | Cyberoptix on Etsy, $44

9. BookBook Laptop Case | Twelve South on Amazon, $67
It’s a splurge, but this beautiful leather case looks and feels just like a hardcover book. (I’ve seen it in person!)

What other ideas have you come across online? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to check out your recommendations!

Kelsey Mitchener, editor

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Gift Guide | Gift Ideas for Word Lovers

gift ideas for writers, readers, editors, librarians, authors

‘Tis the season for gift guides! I love seeing what can be pulled together from the far corners of the internet: fun pieces you can’t always find (easily) in stores—or maybe that’s just me, living in Smalltown, USA. It’s like window-shopping from your armchair! Since I get such a kick out of them, this year I thought I’d try my hand at creating a gift guide of my own, so I’ve put together a list of gift ideas for word lovers of all stripes—editors, writers, readers, librarians…

1. Color Reference Drawers | Land of Nod, $109

It’s now sold out, but I’m in love with this technicolor card catalog.

2. Poe-ka Dots Tote | Out of Print Clothing, $20

Disembodied Edgar Allan Poe heads in one of my favorite patterns? I’m sold.

3. By the Book Pendant | Kate Spade, $54

4. Lined Paper Notepad and Legal Notepad (similar) | Rifle Paper Co., $8

If you know me, you know I’m fanatical about all things Rifle Paper Co. Both of these notepads are on my wishlist.

5. Pen Temporary Tattoo | Peagreen Designs for Tattly, $5 for two

Check out the pencil design, too.

6. Personal Library Kit | Knock Knock, $16

So mini. So cute! Plus you can find refills on Amazon.

7. A Diagrammatical Dissertation on Opening Lines of Notable Novels Poster | Pop Chart Lab, $30

Check out the dimensions on this enormous piece!

8. Banned Books Match Book Set | Out of Print Clothing, $8

9. On the Road Travel Thermos | Penguin, $26

Anything strike your fancy? What’s on your wishlist this year?

Kelsey Mitchener, editor

Edit: Check out my second gift guide for word lovers, too!

Looking for an editor? Kelsey Mitchener Editing specializes in nonfiction copy editing and proofreading. Get in touch and let’s work together on your next project!