A Poetry Major Waxes On About The Most Poetic Gifts

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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 19 gifts with some poetic punch: including writings from the inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, 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.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

<h2>Change Sings</h2><br><em>Change Sings</em> is the inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman's, debut lyrical children's book about a young girl who learns the power of change while on a musical journey. It is currently available for pre-order on <a href="https://bookshop.org/contributors/amanda-gorman" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:bookshop.org" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">bookshop.org</a>.<br><br><em>Shop</em> <strong><em><a href="https://bookshop.org/contributors/amanda-gorman" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amanda Gorman" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amanda Gorman</a></em></strong><br><br><strong>Penguin Random House</strong> Change Sings: A Children's Anthem, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fbookshop.org%2Fbooks%2Fchange-sings-a-children-s-anthem%2F9780593203224" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:bookshop.org" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">bookshop.org</a>

Change Sings


Change Sings is the inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman's, debut lyrical children's book about a young girl who learns the power of change while on a musical journey. It is currently available for pre-order on bookshop.org.

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Penguin Random House Change Sings: A Children's Anthem, $, available at bookshop.org
<h2>Poetic Justice Sublimation T-shirt</h2><br>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 of love poems. <br><br><em>Shop</em> <strong><em><a href="https://fave.co/3oarR0U" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:KGCUSTOMDESIGNSSHOPS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">KGCUSTOMDESIGNSSHOPS</a></em></strong><br><br><strong>KGCUSTOMDESIGNSSHOPS</strong> Poetic Justice Sublimation T-shirt, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F3dIqlho" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

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 of love poems.

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KGCUSTOMDESIGNSSHOPS Poetic Justice Sublimation T-shirt, $, available at Etsy
<h2>Vital Voices</h2><br>In this compelling anthology, you'll find writings, stories, and portraits from 100 women global leaders including but not limited to Amanda Gorman, Hilary Clinton, and Malala Yousafzai. Each vital voice delves into their influence across cultures and how they continue to redefine power. <br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.assouline.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Assouline" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Assouline</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Vital Voices</strong> 100 Women Using Their Power to Empower, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.assouline.com%2Fproducts%2Fvital-voices-100-women-using-their-power-to-empower" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Assouline" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Assouline</a>

Vital Voices


In this compelling anthology, you'll find writings, stories, and portraits from 100 women global leaders including but not limited to Amanda Gorman, Hilary Clinton, and Malala Yousafzai. Each vital voice delves into their influence across cultures and how they continue to redefine power.

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Vital Voices 100 Women Using Their Power to Empower, $, available at Assouline
<h2>Floating Shelves</h2><br>A floating bookshelf is a great way to save room and proudly display your collection of magazines, novels, etc. in a smaller living space. <br><br><em>Shop</em> <a href="https://amzn.to/3m5H1me" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Wallniture" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><strong><em>Wallniture</em></strong></a><br><br><strong>Wallniture</strong> Minori Floating Shelves Set of 3, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3khorXw" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

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.

Shop Wallniture

Wallniture Minori Floating Shelves Set of 3, $, available at Amazon
<h2>There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé</h2><br>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. <br><br><em>Shop</em> <a href="https://amzn.to/3jkw0LL" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Morgan Parker" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><strong><em>Morgan Parker</em></strong></a><br><br><strong>Tin House Books</strong> There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3c3qNZ7" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

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.

Shop Morgan Parker

Tin House Books There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Moleskine Hard Cover Composition Notebook</h2><br>Moleskines are perfect for writers because they are durable, easy to carry around, and of course, cute. <br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://goto.target.com/bLDaP" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Moleskine" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Moleskine</a></strong><br></em><br><br><strong>Moleskine</strong> 5" x 8" Hard Cover Composition Notebook, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fgoto.target.com%2Fay5QW" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a>

Moleskine Hard Cover Composition Notebook


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

Shop Moleskine


Moleskine 5" x 8" Hard Cover Composition Notebook, $, available at Target
<h2>Mini Folding Booklight</h2><br>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. <br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/brands/kikkerland-design" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Kikkerland Design" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Kikkerland Design</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Kikkerland Design</strong> Mini Folding Book Light, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.urbanoutfitters.com%2Fshop%2Fkikkerland-design-mini-folding-book-light2" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters</a>

Mini Folding 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.

Shop Kikkerland Design

Kikkerland Design Mini Folding Book Light, $, available at Urban Outfitters
<h2>Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass</h2><br>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. <br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="http://goto.target.com/9NMVW" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Readerlink" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Readerlink</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Readerlink</strong> Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass (Hardcover), $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fgoto.target.com%2FKVJnv" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a>

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.

Shop Readerlink

Readerlink Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass (Hardcover), $, available at Target
<strong><h2>American Sonnets For My Past And Future Assassin - Terrance Hayes</h2></strong><br>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.<br><br><em>Shop</em> <a href="https://amzn.to/2Hmi7ja" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Terrance Hayes" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><strong><em>Terrance Hayes</em></strong></a><br><br><br><br><strong>Penguin Books</strong> American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin Poets), $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/37uyF3z" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

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.

Shop Terrance Hayes



Penguin Books American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin Poets), $, available at Amazon
<h2>Langston Hughes Soft Enamel Pin</h2><br>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. <br><br><em>Shop</em> <strong><em><a href="https://fave.co/31sHYgx" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Reformed School" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Reformed School</a></em></strong><br><br><strong>ReformedSchool</strong> Langston Hughes - Soft Enamel Pin, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F2HiNZVU" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

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.

Shop Reformed School

ReformedSchool Langston Hughes - Soft Enamel Pin, $, available at Etsy
<h2>Illustrated John Keats Poetry Collection</h2><br>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. <br><br><em>Shop</em> <strong><em><a href="https://fave.co/3mbHrrj" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Obvious State" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Obvious State</a></em></strong><br><br><strong>ObviousState</strong> Illustrated John Keats Poetry Collection, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F3kjC9cz" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

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.

Shop Obvious State

ObviousState Illustrated John Keats Poetry Collection, $, available at Etsy
<h2>Bullet Pen</h2><br>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. <br><em><br>Shop <strong><a href="https://amzn.to/35ehtws" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Fisher Space Pen" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Fisher Space Pen</a></strong></em><br><br><br><strong>Fisher Space Pen</strong> Bullet Pen, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/31l7Hr9" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

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.

Shop Fisher Space Pen



Fisher Space Pen Bullet Pen, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Sylvia Plath Shirt</h2><br>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. <br><br><em>Shop</em> <a href="https://fave.co/31lKeWP" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Artily Store" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><strong><em>Artily Store</em></strong></a><br><br><strong>ArtilyStore</strong> Sylvia Plath Shirt, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F2IHjBVG" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

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.

Shop Artily Store

ArtilyStore Sylvia Plath Shirt, $, available at Etsy
<h2>Book Club Candle</h2><br>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.<br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://fave.co/2FOoBa4" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Homesick Candles" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Homesick Candles </a></strong></em><br><br><br><strong>Homesick Candles</strong> Book Club Candle, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F2FNUZJW" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Homesick Candles" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Homesick Candles</a>

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.

Shop Homesick Candles


Homesick Candles Book Club Candle, $, available at Homesick Candles
<h2>Grass Pen Stand<br></h2><br>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. <br><br><em>Shop </em><a href="https://fave.co/31sH03T" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em><strong>Urban Outfitters</strong></em></a><br><br><strong>Urban Outfitters</strong> Grass Pen Stand, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F2H8AVCN" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters</a>

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.

Shop Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters Grass Pen Stand, $, available at Urban Outfitters
<br><h2>Moon Crystal Magic Personalized Journals</h2><br>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. <br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://fave.co/2HgCfDb" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Good Cabin" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Good Cabin</a></strong></em><br><br><br><strong>goodcabin</strong> Moon Crystal Magic Personalized Journals, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F2T868bu" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

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.

Shop Good Cabin


goodcabin Moon Crystal Magic Personalized Journals, $, available at Etsy
<h2>Poetry Is My Love Language Eco-Friendly Tote</h2><br>With this bag, you can carry all your books and let people know that you whole-heartedly support the art of self-expression. <br><br><em>Shop</em> <strong><em><a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/TristaMateerShop" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Trista Mateer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Trista Mateer</a></em></strong><br><br><br><br><strong>A.P.C</strong> Poetic Persistence Indigo Denim Tote Bag, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffave.co%2F2T9aHSL" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Garmentory" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Garmentory</a>

Poetry Is My Love Language Eco-Friendly 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
<h2>Night Sky With Exit Wounds</h2><br>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. <br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://amzn.to/3janIWU" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ocean Vuong" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ocean Vuong</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Copper Canyon Press</strong> Night Sky with Exit Wounds, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/35w9s6f" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

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.

Shop Ocean Vuong

Copper Canyon Press Night Sky with Exit Wounds, $, available at Amazon
<strong><h2>John Keats Shirt</h2></strong><br>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. <br><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/exploringwithwords" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Exploring With Words" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Exploring With Words</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Exploring With Words</strong> Keats T-Shirt, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F637178910%2Fkeats-quality-shirt-keats-shirt-john" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

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.

Shop Exploring With Words

Exploring With Words Keats T-Shirt, $, available at Etsy

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