Most Poetic Gifts

If you've got a poetry lover in your life that you’ve always longed to gift something to as niche as their taste in literature, then you've clicked on the right page. As a poetry major, I've come across countless unique-Beatnik buffs ranging from crazy critics to carefree lyricists — so I can confidently declare that, despite the vast variety, there's a gift out there to delight the pickiest self-proclaimed wordsmiths or voracious readers. 

All it takes is one thoughtful trinket to impress your poet of choice — whether they're a die-hard Harlem-Renaissance fan, a Shakespeare stan, or a John Keats' Romantic-style poetry devotee. The genre may involve a lot of dusty pages and stuffy airs, but that doesn't mean your lyrically-inclined present needs to be. Ahead, find 17 gifts with some poetic punch: including modern and classic book recs, some Sylvia Plath Merch, a quirky Langston Hughes enamel pin, wordy tote bags, and even a candle that smells like the pages of their favorite poem.

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Floating Shelves

A floating bookshelf is a great way to save room and proudly display your collection of magazines, novels, etc. in a smaller living space. 

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Wallniture Minori Floating Shelves Set of 3, $, available at Amazon

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé

Morgan Parker's poetry is wacky humor meets black social justice and it's always a great read. If you want to dive into her unconventional writing or introduce someone, then this book is a great way to start.

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Tin House Books There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, $, available at Amazon

Moleskine Hard Cover Composition Notebook

Moleskines are perfect for writers because they are durable, easy to carry around, and of course, cute. 

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Moleskine 5" x 8" Hard Cover Composition Notebook, $, available at Target


Rechargeable Booklight

This tiny clip-on book light exists for those of us who stay up late reading in the dark when we’re 100% supposed to be asleep. It won’t help our eye bags but it will help our eyesight. 

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Kikkerland Design Rechargeable Clip Book Light, $, available at Urban Outfitters

Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass

Lana Del Rey released a poetry book this summer and it might be the Milk & Honey of 2020. I have yet to dive into it, but knowing the singer's infamously sultry yet sad lyrics, it has to be a good trendy book to gift a new wave poet.

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Readerlink Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass (Hardcover), $, available at Target


American Sonnets For My Past And Future Assassin – Terrance Hayes

Terrance Hayes reinvents the Shakespearean sonnet in this book. He sticks to the rhyme scheme and iambic pentameter but details the reality of being a black man in modern America. It is not a light read, but very powerful.

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Penguin Books American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin Poets), $, available at Amazon

Langston Hughes Soft Enamel Pin

Langston Hughes is a writing legend from the Harlem-Renaissance and his poetry still stands today. If your gift receiver is a fan of old school Black poets then this is a great little gift.

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ReformedSchool Langston Hughes – Soft Enamel Pin, $, available at Etsy

Illustrated John Keats Poetry Collection

This artsy book is, "three of Keats' most beloved poems, visually reimagined," and would make a great gift for all fans of John Keat's romantic writings.

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ObviousState Illustrated John Keats Poetry Collection, $, available at Etsy

Bullet Pen

Sometimes putting a pen to paper just hits different than typing on a computer and for that, you need a good tool. You could run over this pen and it would still glide effortlessly across the page.

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Fisher Space Pen Bullet Pen, $, available at Amazon

Sylvia Plath Shirt

Sylvia Plath is a household name in all of literature and her emotional poems resonate with the masses to this day. This shirt would be a good gift for people who don't even touch books, to be honest.

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ArtilyStore Sylvia Plath Shirt, $, available at Etsy

Book Club Candle

This candle is a part of Homesick's favorite fall collection and somehow infuses that wondrous feel of opening a fresh book into a candle. If you have zero ideas on what kind of literature your poetry lover is into, then this is a thoughtful and safe bet.

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Homesick Candles Book Club Candle, $, available at Homesick Candles

Grass Pen Stand

Attention: that random cup holding our pens is OUT and this super clever pen holder is IN. Guaranteed to make anyone constantly glued to their desk drafting stanzas smile.

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Urban Outfitters Grass Pen Stand, $, available at Urban Outfitters


Moon Crystal Magic Personalized Journals

There are few things that feel better than jotting down some thoughts in a cute journal, therefore, making them a great gift for any writer. 

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goodcabin Moon Crystal Magic Personalized Journals, $, available at Etsy

Poetic Justice Sublimation T-shirt

Justice writing poetry to grieve her loss in this iconic movie was a loyal sentiment to all writers. This t-shirt is perfect for fans of the movie, fans of Janet Jackson, and fans love poems.


KGCUSTOMDESIGNSSHOPS Poetic Justice Sublimation T-shirt, $, available at Etsy

Poetic Persistence Indigo Denim Tote

With this bag, you can carry all your books and let people know that you whole-heartedly support the art of self-expression. 

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A.P.C Poetic Persistence Indigo Denim Tote Bag, $, available at Garmentory

Night Sky With Exit Wounds

Ocean Vuong is a Vietnamese poet and delves into some dark themes with this book. However, his powerful display of emotions made me want to read the whole thing in one sitting.

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Copper Canyon Press Night Sky with Exit Wounds, $, available at Amazon

John Keats Shirt

A simple yet bold declaration of love for John Keats on a shirt. Not all poets/readers love the romantic era legend, but those who do would love this shirt.

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raymi John Keats T-Shirt, $, available at TeePublic

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