Christmas is coming! Which means it’s time for friends and family to get together and overindulge in both food and alcohol. And give presents, lots and lots of presents. But, getting the perfect present for your loved ones and the book worm in your life can be difficult. So we have trawled through and found the perfect presents that you can either put on your own wish list or wrap up and put under the tree.
For the dream library…
We all dream of that perfect Beauty and the Beast-esque library. Packed full of all the books you could ever want to read, with cozy reading books for you to sit and enjoy your reading. It’s the dream. A dream I have yet to realise, so I have trawled through looking for the perfect gifts that can help you spruce up your reading space. It may not reach Beauty and the Beast standards, but it is a great start.
I’m starting off with something I have bought myself. The 100 Books Bucket List poster. I love the idea of this. It’s a wall poster which has 100 must-read books on it and as you read the book you scratch off the square on the poster to reveal a picture. It’s a great way to discover some classic books you have on your TBR. I’ve bought the movie version of this for my sister and there are lots of different types posters you can get from places to visit to cheeses to try to music albums to listen to. It’s a great inexpensive gift, secret Santa present and it’s bound to be a good conversation starter.
It isn’t just books I like to have on my book shelves, I like to have something more decorative. Which is where these hand painted wooden letters come in. They are so beautiful! You can pick the ones on offer, or message the artist and have something unique to you…maybe the cover of a favourite book. These are all hand drawn and painted so you know you will be getting something unique.
Picture this! It’s a cold winters night. You’re clutching a cup of hot chocolate, (which happens to be in a very stylish mug, see below!) and your about to start that sexy sci fi romance that Suzanne from Under the Covers recommended. What’s missing in your reading corner? It’s hard to get cozy without a candle burning. Whether they smell beautiful or just look it, it’s essential for every quiet winter night in. So, we’ve found a gorgeous collection of bookish candles that are just right for stocking stuffers this year.
For more fantastic bookish candles, take a look at these shops:
For jazzing up books…
Although I mainly read using my beloved kindle, that doesn’t mean that my book shelf isn’t crammed with actual books. Most of them read, but there’s at least one shelf where I haven’t yet opened the cover. But, when I do get to picking up a physical book, I have a confession…I dog ear. I know it’s a cardinal sin for any bibliophile and it’s one which I am 100% guilty of. But maybe…if I had one of these really cute book marks I might change my evil ways! Look at how cute they are! I adore the Alice in Wonderland and the Gingerbread on, they are definitely on my list to Santa.
If you are anything like me, you can’t leave the house unless you have the following on your person: your keys, your phone, your kindle/book. But, having your kindle or book in your bag can cause a lot of wear and tear…which leads me to my next idea: book sleeves! They are cute sleeves you can put your book or your kindle in to protect it from damage. There are loads of these out there, you can just go on Amazon or Etsy and search “book sleeve” and you will have a wide variety of choice. But these are some of my favourites.
For morning coffee…
I’m actually a tea drinker, obviously, I am a Brit after all, and don’t like coffee (am I the only one?). But I know I am in the minority then again I hear you drink tea and coffee from the same contained, so these ideas should work for all! I love the mugs with the cute sayings or pictures on them and they make a great gift, fill them up with some chocolate goodness (I am partial to Lindor) and they make the perfect gift!
For more really great mugs, amongst other things, I highly recommend checking out:
For the fans…
I am a fan of so many things…Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Firefly, Battlestar Galatica, Star Trek and of course about a gazillion book series! My geekiness knows no bounds. So, why not cater to your inner fangirl and pick up some of these fabulous gifts!
I also highly recommend these online stores:
For the planner…
I hold my hands up, I am not much of a planner, although I am surrounded by them. When I plan what I want to read I use digital means to track what books are coming out and if I have read, them. I rely very heavily on Goodreads! Sometimes though it’s nice to have something more tangible to record your thoughts. This is where you need a book journal. There are a wide variety of book journals out there and you could even get yourself a plain notebook and design your own. However, when I was looking I found a couple I fell in love with.
The cover of the Read Harder journal is eye catching and inside it has some beautifully designed pages where you can record the details of the book you have read, write a review and give it a rating. Throughout the journal there are also 12 challenges you can complete if you fancy trying something you may not have picked up otherwise. What caught my eye about this journal over the many others on the market was the design. I really like the illustrated pages, the way the challenges are set out and the space it gives you to record each book you read. It’s also a really good price at less than $10. Another great stocking filler which shows you can give thoughtful and fun gifts even on a budget.
If you wanted to spend a bit more, then you need to check out Little Inklings Design’s Always Fully Booked 2019 Planner. It is bigger then the Read Harder journal and has a wider array of features and some beautiful graphic designs. You have a monthly calendar where you can plan your reads, blog posts or anything else you have going on. It has colouring pages, and cute ways of tracking your books, wishlists, TBR, series and new releases. It really is a complete planner for all your reading needs, all of which is beautifully illustrated. It’s a definite must have for all bibliophiles!
To fill in your journal though you need pens…and I have found the cutest ceramic vase to contain them. I’m already envisioning it on my desk and I think it will look perfect! There are different colours and patterns to chose from, but I loved the red and orange one, it’s definitely on my list for Santa.
For the rest of the year…
I am a big fan of Kindle Unlimited. I subscribed to it this year and I don’t regret it. It has encouraged me to try books and authors I wouldn’t have downloaded otherwise. So, if you want to treat someone year round than I would definitely recommend a Kindle Unlimited subscription.
But, if you don’t fancy ebooks, then why not try and book subscription box? I love these boxes, it’s like getting a present in the post, which you know will be full of all the bookish things you love. There are such a huge variety of book subscription boxes about. You can get one to cater to whichever genre (romance or otherwise!) you love. You can also get books that have various levels of books, but are filled with other bookish delights. Whatever you want, whatever tastes you’re buying for, there is a subscription box! I’ve had a look through and here are some of my favourites:
What’s on your Christmas list?
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?