It's way past time for me to clear out some tabs:
Read Why Stories are Important at Something to Read for the Train.
Read The Gingerbread Man at Fairy Tales for Twenty Somethings.
Not fairy tale related, but I definitely relate: The Book Hangover at All About Romance. Actually, I've been craving one of these. Need a book hangover badly. They are purging and I come out feeling refreshed, after I catch up on sleep, like a great vacation was taken without leaving my cozy home.
And, finally, wow, SurLaLune's CafePress site was recommended by Sycorax as a place for gift buying at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. Thanks!
Sycorax says, "One of my favourite places to find presents for like-minded people is the Sur La Lune shop. It has products with old illustrations from fairy tales on them. You can look at these by fairy tale (which to my delight includes some of the less well-known ones), by illustrator (they have about twenty) or by product. I was already in love with Arthur Rackham's work, but this place made me discover the gorgeousness of Kay Nielson, Ivan Bilibin and several others."
Once you see a design you like, you can have it placed on just about anything, from tshirts to waterbottles. They also have journals with illustrated covers, as well