It’s almost Christmas… WOOPEEE!
I love the lead up to Christmas; buying gifts for all my friends and family is one of my favourite parts, along with wrapping them up in pretty paper and ribbons, and of course Christmas Dinner! Who doesn’t love to stuff their faces with yummy roast potatoes, pigs in blankets (unless you’re a veggie?!) and gallons of gravy. Being a Yorkshire “lass”, I’m also impartial to a perfectly formed Yorkshire pudding…
But enough about food.
What do you buy for a bookworm who devours books for desert and who’s shelves are stuffed with exciting worlds?
Aside from books, that is?
Here’s my gift guide for the bookiest of bookworms!
We all love candles. Especially ones that don names of our favourite characters and smell exactly how we imagine our imaginary worlds would smell.
There are some fantastic small business shops which create incredible bookish candles. Here are some of my personal favourites:
Mugs… Bookish Ones.
For all of those nights when you need copies amounts of coffee, tea or hot chocolate to gulp whilst you tensely read battle scenes in the hope that your favourite character survives…
There are some incredible designers out there who print onto mugs. I’m obsessed and I know a lot of other book dragons are too! And not only can these designs be printed on mugs, but you’ll also find cushion covers, coasters, phone cases and more! Here’s a selection of some amazing designers:
There’s nothing better than a super cute bookmark to mark your progress in your current read, especially if you can get it to match your book!
There are several different types. Standard paper/card ones, magnetic clip bookmarks and gorgeous woodmarks. I personally love and collect all of them!
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Enamel Pin Badges
These are super cute and I’m pretty sure 99% of book lovers love them, even if, most of the time, we have no where to display them..! There’s such a variety of styles and fandoms out there, but these three stores knock it out of the park in my opinion:
Bookish subscription boxes are such a great idea, particularly if you have a slightly higher budget. For an average of £30 ($45) you get a box filled with amazing goodies based on bookish fandoms, and in most cases, a brand new hardback book which often comes as a special edition with sprayed edges, exclusive covers or even signed by the author.
Again, there are so many out there to choose from, but being based in the UK where it seems significantly harder to get hold of one for a decent price, here are some UK curated boxes that I love:
Illumicrate was one of the first ever boxes I subscribed to, and I haven’t turned back since! It’s such a well curated box that gets better each and every month.
This box is quarterly, so you only get one every 3 months. In my opinion, this makes the box much more affordable and the items are incredibly well thought through and of amazing quality. Plus, Daphne is a real gem!
Illumicrate also do special edition boxes, which tend to be quite a bit more expensive but so worth it if you have the budget! The next upcoming box is for the highly anticipated King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo!
FairyLoot is one of the most popular boxes out there, and for very good reason. It’s a monthly, auto-renewing subscription but you can also do single purchase if there are any boxes left after subs close each month. The themes are such good fun, and perfect for fantasy lovers with the occasional sci-fi theme thrown in from time to time.
Still at a loss of what to get the book lover in your life? Why not see if you can find a special edition of their favourite book, or keep it simple and get a gift card for their favourite book store? There’s always something; whatever you decide to get them, they’re going to love the thought you’ve put in anyway!
Have you got any favourite small business shops? Add them in the comments below and let’s make this the Ultimate Book Lovers Gift Guide!