Art, ideas, literature – there is nothing more inspiring. And when you merge those human, feel-good concepts with items made with care and love, you’re really on to a winner.
Author, writer and presenter, Dawn O’Porter, knows a thing or two about this. Having written three novels now – Paper Aeroplanes, its follow-up Goose, and The Cows (now out in paperback) – she is the kind of insatiable scribe/bibliophile you’d happily take recommendations from. (She’s also just launched a book club on Instagram – look it up! @the_cold_water_book_club). ‘Etsy is my go-to location for gifts and treats for myself,’ says Dawn. ‘Reading can often feel like an indulgence of our personal time, so it feels right to partner with Etsy, who are all about gorgeous indulgences and making ourselves and each other feel good. The Cows is about three women, who refuse to be labelled. I wrote it because, now and again, we all need a reminder to say when things are wrong, take control and to break away from the herd.’
So take a look at Dawn’s pick of six stand-out literary gifts for your bookish pal (or your good self).
Love Hashtag pencils – I love making notes with pencils so I can rub out and go back. These are beautiful, and remind me of school and writing essays. Which I find oddly inspiring!
‘I read past my bedtime’ print – Nothing makes me happier than my kid loving books. This print should be a staple on all kids’ walls, reminding them how exciting reading should feel.
Sisterhood for Sistergood T-shirt – This tee is not only really cute, it’s for a good cause. At all times we should advertise the sisterhood and encourage women to support each other. Wear it loud and proud!
Handmade, personalised bookmarks – Even though I do it all the time, turning corners of pages down is a sin. These bookmarks are so pretty and keep those pages safe from harm.
Brush Strokes Notebook – I never go anywhere without a notebook, and the prettier it is the more likely I am to get it out. This one is gorgeous!
‘So many books, so little time’ mug – This statement is how I feel every single day. It seems right to have a mug that spells it out.
To celebrate the launch of Dawn O’Porter’s bestseller The Cows in paperback, we’re giving you the chance to win a £50 Etsy gift card and a copy of The Cows. To enter, follow @EtsyUK Instagram, comment on the post in connection with the promotion, tag a friend in the comment and use #DontFollowTheHerd. Four runner-ups will each receive a copy of The Cows. T&Cs here.
The Cows is available now in paperback, ebook and audiobook: smarturl.it/TheCows