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The Holiday Period is upon us, guys! Time for all the fun (and some maybe not-so-fun) traditions that come along with the period. One of those traditions is probably the gifts.
So, how about a little gift guide to help you get some inspiration on what to get the book lover in your life?
*Note: if YOU are the only book lover in your life, these gifts are also perfectly acceptable to get yourself. Just saying…
Umm. Of course! If you are thinking about a gift for a book lover, the first thing that should come to mind is probably books. I always say to my own friends and family that I am by far the easiest person to shop for gifts for, and so is probably every other book lover. I mean, we all have TBR lists that are bigger than we are. So just ask the book lover in your life for a list of books they would still like. Chances are, you will leave with a list of about a hundred books. So there is even still an element of surprise!
What if they don’t give you a list of books? Well, if they have Goodreads, you can always check their TBR shelf. Easy-peezy. If they don’t, well then best is to ask for their preferrred genre if you don’t know already. It’s a big book world out there and not everybody like the same type of books!
Books – Special editions and boxsets
Yes, I am counting this separately. This is something I personally don’t buy for myself. I mean, I have my eyes on this gorgeous Harry Potter boxset for months now. But I have all the books, so I can’t justify me buying them again. But then again, I have practically every single Harry Potter book in a different edition and even language, so this boxset would look a lot nicer on my shelf… So basically, I’m waiting for someone to buy it for me so I don’t feel guilty about buying doubles… I’m strange like that.
But anyway, there are so many gorgeous boxsets or limited editions out there. Most bookworms will not say no to a gorgeous looking book so this is definitely always a good gift idea!
A Book Box Subscription
There are a ton of book box subscription services out there and they are the perfect book lover gift! They usually come out once a month, centered around a specific theme and contain a book and some bookish merch. Depending on the book box, you can probably just order one, or you can subscribe to get the box for a few months. Best is of course to do some research and search for one near you, to keep the shipping costs as low as possible. I’m in Belgium and I fell in love with Fairyloot, which is a book box subscription located in London. But be sure to also check out some of the other book boxes out there, such as Owlcrate, Uppercase or The Book(ish) Box.
Book Boyfriend or Girlfriend Lip Balm and/or soap
Most book lovers probably also have a ton of book boy- and/or girlfriends. So why not get some lip balm that reminds you of them? Or shower with ‘their’ soap? Behind The Pages can help you out! I have the Elias lip balm myself and I am in love with it. It smells good AND it looks beautiful so I definitely have my eyes set on more (I’m thinking Dorian, Chaol, Manon, The Darkling and Rhys. You know, as a start. Because one can never have too many lip balms)
When you’re done with the lip balm and the soap and you’re already smelling like your favorite book boyfriend/girlfriends, what can be the only next logical step? Make the entire room smell like your favorite book! Bonus points because it’s super cozy for reading! Check out Meraki Candles for more! They also have a monthly subscription box if you’d like to get a monthly supply of candles.
Warning: it may start with one Funko Pop. But then you just have to complete the set. And then there are other sets to collect. And keychains. So prepare the necessary shelf space.
These little collectibles are just too cute! And of course collecting them is half the fun. The bookish collection isn’t that big yet – if there are bookish Pops, it’s most likely because there was a movie adaptation. But does that dampen the fangirlish excitement even a smidge? Nope.
A book lover is ALWAYS in need of bookmarks. Sure, you can use any random piece of paper, receipt, grocery list, a pen, your phone or the tail of your pets (warning: pet tails have a tendancy to disappear when the owner walks away so time is of the essence there) BUT nothing beats a beautiful and cute bookmark. There are tons of amazing bookmark designers out there, but my favorite is probably Happy Hello Art. Because they are super cute and collectible! Check out these gorgeous Throne of Glass/Celaena or A Darker Shade of Magic bookmarks!
Books on t-shirts, posters or tote bags
Next step: wear your favorite book with you everywhere. Litographs is a cool shop which basically prints actual text from books on t-shirts, scarves, tote bags and more. It looks nice and intriguing and you always have something to read with you wherever you go!
All this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many amazing bookish designers out there and sites such as Society6 or RedBubble allow them to sell their art on everything from t-shirts to mugs to notebooks to tote bags. So just browse those sites for a bit and I’m sure you’ll find something you like! Here are some of the items on my wishlist to already give you an idea.
(click the image to go to the RedBubble page)