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A latey, librariany, stereotypey shopping treasury

You! Yes, you! So you know a librarian? And you like stereotypes? And you want to buy them something for Christmas that fits in nicely to that stereotype?*

Well, let me help…

Now, books can get poorly, so what could be better than to let your Beloved Librarian help support sickly books, with a Book Shoe from the National Trust (no, I had no idea what a book shoe was before either).

If you’re feeling flush, you could buy Beloved Librarian their very own mobile library! Of course, they won’t get to draw it around the hills and vales of Britain, or get to give the donkey a funny name, but they’ll get a warm, inner glow of Doing Good. Even warmer if you actually buy them some books to put in it.

Of course, if you’re feeling wildly extravangant, buy BL their own village library. Although for that price, I’d be demanding that the library be named after me.

Etsy is of course a world of weird and wonderful handmade gifts…how have I survived without the book ring? Maybe your BL needs this little black book necklace? They might like being able to use this subtle reminder mirror, to practice giving pointed stares in response to stupid questions, while holding it in the enquirers eyeline...

If BL is just starting out on their training they could need a print of the Novice Librarian. In fact there's reams of library or reading related prints, of varying...erm...quality. And of course there's always room for a granite book in a librarians life, and signs demanding we read (something made somewhat harder when the book is granite, and without words...).

So now you've decorated their home, and made them a Good Person by buying charity gifts, how about dressing them? They'll definitely need their cardigan clips (pearl, if possible) to keep that sensible cardie in the right position over their ladylike blouse, with a proper pleated skirt to go on the bottom half. Shoes are an essential part of any outfit, so give BL a choice. And there's to be no stepping out the door without a book-based handbag. Mind you, they're likely to be short sighted, so will need a pair of these to see where they're going, and all those books they're reading at once will need to go somewhere too. It's heavy work, dressing librariany!

Perhaps it would be easier just to get them a librarian doll? And no, it's not even the Nancy Pearl one!

So there you go: you've got a lot of gift options for your Beloved Librarian here..although of course...none of these will arrive in time for Christmas...SNOWMAGEDDON is coming, don't you know!?!?


*Yes, men are librarians too, but we're going with stereotypes here, so unless they're comfortable in skirts, sensible heels, wearing a bun and a cardigan, they're outta luck in this shopping guide.

Comments

Juno said…
I am loving the little granite book, but I think the shipping on that might be more than the cost of the book...
stupidgirl_no1 said…
I got a pearl earrings and necklace set, obviously those giving didn't read this..*sigh*
Gigglebot said…
Thanks for featuring my Librarian Pocket Mirror in this super amusing post. :)

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