Michelle Simkins specializes in nature writing, spiritual writing, speculative fiction, and hand-crafted talismans, spirit dolls, and other magical art.

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Gifts for Witches: The Witch's Bookshelf

If you have a witch on your gift list and aren't sure what to give him or her for the holidays, I have some great ideas for you. Each Wednesday from now until Yule, I'll be sharing a little list of gifts for witches and pagans (and a lot of them would make great gifts for regular folk too). My lists will emphasize hand crafted, ethically sourced, organic ingredients and natural materials. And most of what I feature will be created by small or family-owned businesses in the United States.



Today's gift list is all about the witch's bookshelf (though it might be a virtual one): reading, writing, and planning.


We'Moon 2018 Day Planner. A culturally diverse, woman-centered planner created by a women's collective in Oregon, full of astrological and seasonal information and gorgeous art by women around the world.


Why you can feel good about it: We'Moon is printed on recycled paper with soy ink. In addition, the publisher donates a portion of their proceeds to an organization bringing positive change to the world and the lives of women. They choose a different organization each year. They also donate hundreds of copies of We'Moon to women in prisons and to social services organizations each year.


Also try a donation to the Women in Prison Program in your recipient's name.



Spirit Animal Decomposition Book by Michael Roger, for the witch who is always taking notes and scribbling ideas (or who, like me, sometimes writes fiction longhand).


Why you can feel good about it: Michael Roger is a family owned company that creates beautiful notebooks with 100% post-consumer-waste recycled pages and soy ink printing (which contains fewer volatile organic compounds than regular, petroleum-based ink and is also easier to recycle). Notebooks are manufactured in the United States in a mill powered by methane captured from a local landfill.


Also try Beachwood Decomposition Book


The Hedge Witch's Herbal Grimoire from Poison Apple Printshop. A collaboration between artist Adrienne Rozzi of Poison Apple, and herbalist Allison Garber of Native Apothecary, the grimoire profiles nine medicinal herbs which grow in the United states. Gorgeous and one of a kind, I've been coveting this book since it was first conceived.


Why you can feel good about it: Independently published by the author and illustrator on recyled paper. Includes a discussion on the ethics of wildcrafting, which is extremely important as more of us turn to plants for medicine and magic.


This might be the last week you can really order physical items which need to be shipped, so the rest of the items on this week's list are digital.


The Start Witchin' Manifest Your Magickal Year Workbook, a guide towards setting your goals and the practical magick methods of achieving them. These methods include the use of astrology, numerology, tarot, law of attraction, sigils, and more, from December F. Bryant of Stop Bitchin, Start Witchin'.


Why you can feel good about it: December's work centers on "Empowering Magickally-Minded Women to Stop Bitchin', Start Witchin' - to Step Into Their Power to Create the Life of Their Dreams." What's not to love about that?


(Note, March 2019: the Start Witchin' site will be deleted soon, but December's publications may be available elsewhere in the future. I'll update this post if that happens.)



A subscription to Witch Way Magazine. According to their Facebook page, "Witch Way Magazine is a Digital Witch E-Magazine that aims at helping our readers learn about topics from different perspectives, growing their knowledge base and igniting new passions within their craft." It's also full of beautiful pics and valuable information.


Why you can feel good about it: Witch Way is made by witches, for witches. They are engaged in the on-line pagan community and offer up a variety of perspectives and a lot of knowlege to their readers.


Also try Book of Shadows Printed Magazine, volume 1 and 2


A digital subscription to Witches & Pagans Magazine by BBI media. Witches & Pagans covers the people, places, and practice of the contemporary Pagan movement.


Why you can feel good about it:

BBI Media has served the Pagan community for over 20 years. In addition to publishing several magazines, they provide the free-to-users, infinitely informative Witches and Pagans website, with a variety of columns which focus on many different paths and persepectives.


Also try a subscription to Sage Woman Magazine.


Some links are affiliate links, which means if you purchase by clicking the link a small percentage of the proceeds from your sale go to support this site. I promise to never recommend anything I don't personally enjoy or believe in.

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