The 2010 Academichic Gift Guide

December 8th, 2010 § 10 comments

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”?

(Left: Choose Your Own Word Glass Marble Earrings. Right: Bibliophile Earrings)

The self-defining “word” jewelry by Tickette is both witty and stylish. It’s like conceptual art you can wear.

Necklace Charm in Black

They won’t make you any smarter, but we look the scholar-chic feel of these Hours at the Library heels from Modcloth.

Hours at the Library Heels

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.)

Salvador Dali Raw-Edge Scarf


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.

Pleated Wristlet Zipper Pouch

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?

Old School Book Strap

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?

Ollie Insulated Eco-Friendly Lunch Bag

Even better, stash your sandwich in this sweet Eating Apple Sandwich Keeper!

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?

Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art

Be honest in your filing. These snarky folders let you be realistic about what’s really going to happen to everything you stuff inside.

Do/Ponder/File Folders

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.

Great Ideas Note Pad

Remember clipboards from grade school? Now they’ve been updated with fun designs and can be tucked away in an extra-functional storage box.

(Left: Two-Sided Clipboard. Right: Officemate Slim Clipboard Storage Box, Translucent Blue)

Any teacher or academic would be happy to receive stocking stuffers in the form of grading pensdustless chalkcolorful mini binder clips, or a Swiss Army knife with a built in flash drive or laser pointer!

(Left: Dustless Chalk. Right: Swiss Army Victorinox Flash 4GB Alox)


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?!

Hand-painted Black Patent Wedge Heels


§ 10 Responses to The 2010 Academichic Gift Guide"

  1. Rebekah says:

    I like the snarky folders best.

    I bought that “Great Ideas” notebook for my boyfriend three Christmases ago and used the first few pages to document great ideas he’d mentioned recently.

    What did you think of the Guerilla Girls’ book?

  2. Meri says:

    oooh I love those bibliophile earrings- but finding earrings to request/give as gifts isn’t my problem. How does one shop for a man? Argh!

  3. admin says:

    @Rebekah – I think that the Guerilla Girls book is a good, light introduction to anyone who is casually interested in a feminist critique of art history. Certainly it’s not a very nuanced account, and issues like race, class, and sexuality definitely take a back seat to gender, but it’s funny and engaging and it will fan any ember of nascent feminist sentiment the reader might have.

    @Meri – My husband loves the snarky folders and I gave the Great Ideas notebook to my brother-in-law last year. I’ll chat with the other chics and see if we can’t come up with a little list aimed at our male colleagues.

  4. Holley says:

    LOVE the apple-shaped sandwich keeper! Cutest thing ever! And the word jewelry is fantastic as well.

    Dang, now I just want to shop for myself! :)

  5. Terri says:

    I want the book strap!

  6. Jess says:

    I will stop eating for a week for those Manet heels.

    Ok no I won’t but that tells you how much I want them.

  7. Karissa says:

    I also recommend buying Fair Trade or products made by women who benefit from their products at

    Awesome jewelry, cool home items, and supportive of women abroad!

  8. Janet says:

    Great gift ideas! LOVE the tickette word necklace. And so…I bought it! :-)

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