Here’s a list of ten gifts for the storyteller and listener in your life:
1. A fresh journal. Inspiration for stories can strike anywhere. Jot them down! We like the classics from Moleskines, or these quirky designs from Emily McDowell.
2. The Storymatic. Simply combine a few cards and enjoy the experience of a story or memory taking shape behind your eyes. How you tell it is up to you. There are a few Storymatics to choose from: The Storymatic Classic, Storymatic Kids, Rememory, and Synapsis. Each one helps you experience and share stories and memories. Each one helps you say YES to your imagination. Available here or in ISC’s gift shop.
“Such a great choice for improving storytelling skills.” – Forbes
3. Experiences, Experiences, Experiences. Gift a weekend trip, a museum ticket, or a festival pass. Experiences lead to stories and stories lead to deeper connection. Of course, we’re fond of the National Storytelling Festival. Called “the leading event of its kind” by USA Today, the 3-day celebration takes place in Tennessee’s Oldest Town and showcases the very best storytellers from around the world. You can save $20 on a weekend pass through 12/31. To purchase a gift certificate for the National Storytelling Festival, call 800-952-8392.
4. Rory’s Story Cubes. Once upon a time, there was a game where your imagination had no limits. Epic, fabulous, or paranormal adventures… roll the cubes, make a story! Stop my ISC’s gift shop or buy online here.
5. Visit your favorite storyteller’s website for unique CDs or Books, like this box set from Bil Lepp. We have an excellent selection in-house and we love listening to the late and great storytellers, like Kathryn Windham Tucker, Jackie Torrence, or Ray Hicks. Right now, we’re featuring stories from Donald Davis, recorded live at the National Storytelling Festival, in our online store.
6. A story list. Gifts don’t have to cost money. Grab a piece of paper and a pen and make a list of recommended storytellers, podcasts, books, or movies that you think the person might enjoy. Story Vault, ISC’s podcast, includes archival recordings from the National Storytelling Festival and is free to download on Podbean, Spotify and iTunes.
7. Cover the cost to any cultural arts performance. Evidence shows that arts participation contributes directly to quality of life by increasing self-reported happiness and life satisfaction. Each week from May to October the International Storytelling Center features a different artist in the Center theater in live afternoon concerts, workshops, and other special events in our Storytelling Live! Teller-in-Residence program. Call 800-952-8392 for more information on how to purchase a season pass. They make great gifts, save you up to 44% off the retail purchase price, and guarantee a seat for sold-out shows.
8. Puppets are fun for both the young and young at heart. Our favorites are from Folkmanis and are also available in our gift shop.
9. Make a donation to a loved one’s favorite cause or organization in their honor. Interested in giving to the International Storytelling Center? Check out our Ways of Giving.
10. Coffee and tea are story fuel. You can never go wrong with a new mug and a story lover’s favorite beverage. Check your local coffee shop for something you can’t get just anywhere.