Who We Are

At GiftLit we believe good books make great gifts. A book given should stand out and be worthy and enjoyable. GiftLit books are special because we work with many literary experts to carefully choose the best books in each category. If a book doesn't meet our quality standards, you won't find it in our collections.

GiftLit was founded in 2006 by two Bay Area mothers - Deirdre Hockett and Susheela Vasan - who wanted high-quality books for their children and for out-of-town friends and family. GiftLit values literacy and believes strongly in the special connection books create between people. GiftLit's goal is to make it easy to confidently give a gift of quality books to people of any age and reading preference that will make this special connection happen.

GiftLit recently became a subsidiary of Kepler's Books. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Kepler's is a 60-year old community bookstore known as an intellectual and cultural hub and for its outstanding literary events, knowledgeable staff, broad selection of books, and its deep ties to the community. Now customers can benefit from the combination of GiftLit's strong online ordering, national fulfillment capability and commitment to curated collections along with Kepler's strong traditional retail presence and extensive literary expertise. The combined staff of the two organizations has deep book knowledge, experience in literary curation, degrees in literature and journalism, and a commitment to superior customer service.

For our customers this combined expertise takes the guesswork out of finding excellent books to give and allows them to confidently give their gift of books by selecting from any of our over 100 hand curated collections across all literary categories.

We would love to hear from you. Part of the joy of GiftLit is meeting others who share our love of books. Whether it's an idea for a new collection or a new find you want to bring to our attention, please email us at service@giftlit.org.