2018 City of Literature Gift Guide

Still searching for the perfect gift for the lit-lover in your life? Check out our literary gift guide for all of your last minute gift needs.

For the Bookaholic

Does your aunt Sally seem to eat up novels faster than Santa sneaking Christmas cookies? Luckily, Iowa City has a plethora of local bookshops filled with a genre for every readers’ appetite.
Prairie LightsFrom Poetry to fiction head to this cozy shop to find signed copies from their most recent readings! Grab a gift card if you’re unsure what is up next in your loved-one’s “To Be Read” stack.
Iowa BookThis Iowa City staple isn’t just for textbooks. With a delightful selection of books in the basement you’re sure to find something for both the readers and the Hawkeyes in your home.
The Book EndDid you know the Iowa City Public Library has their own bookstore? Find the Book End on the second floor of the ICPL, and enjoy their wide range of gently used books, and audio-books.
The Haunted BookshopNot only is The Haunted Bookshop full of books (and cats), but they also have the best toys! Cross two people off your list in one spooky stop.

For the Coffee Connoisseur

Whether you’ve got a writer that practically lives at their local coffee shop, or a student that needs a little motivation to get through finals week we’ve listed our favorite local coffee shops to grab a gift card from!
Java House Cozy ambiance, antique furniture, and piping hot coffee, what else do you need to get in the creative spirit? You’ll find it all in the Java House! Gift cards available, as well as beans for at home brewing.
High Ground CafeWith coffee, tea, smoothies, a full lunch menu, and a wide selection of beers and wine you could spend the whole day at High Ground…and you just might! High Ground also has locations in Coralville, if your giftee prefers to stay away from the downtown scene.
Prairie Lights CafeAs if you didn’t need another reason to go to Prairie Lights head up to their second floor coffee shop. Featuring pastries from Deluxe Iowa City, and staff created lattes this spot is a favorite of writers from all over Iowa City.
CortadoNeed a place you can really zen out and focus in? Cortado may just be the spot. Bright comfortable lighting and a WIFI-free coffee shop means you’ll have no distractions from getting your writing or reading done. (Try out the Peppermint Mocha featured in this photo!)


For the Artist

Still haven’t found the perfect gift idea? Iowa City is full of local shops that offer a variety of literary gifts!
RSVPHere you’ll find a notebook for every type of writer, and pens that come in every color. They also carry a series of note cards featuring local authors! This is the store to head to whether you’ve got a budding author on your hands, or someone that wants to explore bullet journaling!
White RabbitFor the fashion and book lover this women’s store carries both vintage and new clothes, as well as cheeky posters, and City of Lit hoodies and prints.
Artisans GalleryJewelry and art from local artists the Artisans Gallery has gifts you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Check out the City of Literature bookmarks near the front of the store!
Raygun If you haven’t bought someone a tee-shirt from Raygun as a gift yet, are you even a true Iowa Citian? Check out our “Iowa City is Lit-erature” shirt.
BlickBlick not only has notebooks, and all the art supplies you could ever dream of, but they also carry calligraphy sets! Set up your loved one with their new favorite writing hobby.
The Iowa Writers’ HouseWith workshops starting in January and going on throughout spring give your loved one the gift of creativity this year! The IWH has gift cards, and workshops available for purchase.


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