Under the Tree

Elizabeth Bluemle -- December 28th, 2012

Hello from snowy Vermont! Josie and I had our first completely relaxing day in months, and it felt wonderfully decadent to have a leisurely brunch, hang out with the dogs, and do nothing more strenuous than make cookie dough and write thank-you notes. Ahhhh.

It’s not often my family can completely surprise me with a book-related gift I’ve never seen before, but my sister outdid herself this year by finding a Booksi, which is an iPhone charger made from a book. The one she chose for me was Houghton’s handsome green-and-blue hardcover of The Hobbit with J.R.R. Tolkien’s original cover art and design — the exact version our mom read to us when we were young. This was such a fantastic present! It will sit on my bedside table, acting as charger and stand for my phone so unobtrusively you wouldn’t even realize it isn’t a book unless you caught sight of the slim white USB cord exiting the pages.

My new Booksi!

My sister discovered it in the Rich Neeley Designs shop on Etsy.com. That website is such a great source of book-related arts and crafts!

The other booky gift was a happy flying pig painting made for me by a student from my last picture-book-writing workshop. I was so touched by the thoughtfulness of this painting and its fun details:

The book the pig is reading?

And the little tag at the bottom reads:

Thanks, Kristen Littlefield, for the painting, and thanks, Tiff, for the Booksi!

And now to settle in with some of the books I wrapped for myself (since few dare to give booksellers actual books)….

What books and book-related gifts were you delighted to find under your tree or at your Chanukah celebration?