As we did last year, we’re offering up our favorite suggestions for the smart, stylish women in your life. (Or, you know, just send this list along to any friends and family wondering what to get you this holiday season.)
Jewelry that declares one’s affinity for words is never out of style. How about a pair of choose-your-own-word earrings (“Theory” and “Practice”? “Performative” and “Subjectivity”? “Academic” and “Chic”?) or bibliophile earrings, little silver discs subtly stamped with “read” and “write”?
The self-defining “word” jewelry by Tickette is both witty and stylish. It’s like conceptual art you can wear.
They won’t make you any smarter, but we look the scholar-chic feel of these Hours at the Library heels from Modcloth.
And what better way to add some surrealist flair to an outfit than with a scarf silk screened with Salvador Dali’s face? (A. and E. just might have to pick this up for the department’s resident scholar on Dada and Surrealism.)
It’s hard to have too many zippered pouches to help bring some semblance of order to a spacious tote. Brightly colored and patterned, these little wristlets are perfect for stashing writing implements, post-it notes, keys, the projector adapter for your computer, a pack of gum, an energy bar, etc.
We are all enamored with the idea of an old fashioned book strap. What better way to turn your books themselves into an accessory while keeping your most necessary reading on hand?
A woman can’t live on books alone. Sometimes she needs lunch. And wouldn’t you be far more likely to bring your own food to campus if you could put it in a bag this pretty?
Even better, stash your sandwich in this sweet Eating Apple Sandwich Keeper!
Brush up on your feminist critique of western art history with the boisterous, biting commentary of the Guerilla Girls in their Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art. Why did nuns have more fun in medieval times?
Be honest in your filing. These snarky folders let you be realistic about what’s really going to happen to everything you stuff inside.
Since you never know when inspiration might strike, it’s useful to have a pocket-sized notepad to keep track of all your great ideas. Each page is helpfully numbered and prompts you to plot out your next step, post-epiphany.
Remember clipboards from grade school? Now they’ve been updated with fun designs and can be tucked away in an extra-functional storage box.
Any teacher or academic would be happy to receive stocking stuffers in the form of grading pens, dustless chalk, colorful mini binder clips, or a Swiss Army knife with a built in flash drive or laser pointer!
E. is off swooning in the corner over these wedges with Manet’s Olympia and Bar at the Folies-Bergère painted on the heels. Can you just imagine showing up to teach in these?!