It’s already past the middle of November, and you know what that means – the festive season is well and truly upon us! The nights are getting colder, the shops are full of figgy puddings and mulled wine, and the streets are a sea of hats and scarves.
Now, whilst that may conjure a nice, cosy image in your head, it may equally strike fear into your heart, because you need to do your Christmas shopping! And, just as stressfully, everyone from your mum to your not-very-subtle colleague who’s clearly drawn your name from the Secret Santa hat is asking what you want to open on the 25th.
Hopefully, this list of goodies will help you in two ways; firstly, it’ll give you some ideas of gifts for fellow bookworms, and secondly, it gives you a foolproof list of ideas to give to your friends and family – that way, you can get stuff you know you want, and there can still be an element of surprise if you want, as you don’t have to select specific items from the places named below! Leave it up to them to choose 😉
Whether they’re a page-folder, an “anything’s a bookmark” pioneer, or a proud collector, every bookworm appreciates a good bookmark. Since it’s gift-giving season, why not make it a special one?
Some of my favourite places for bookmarks are Ink and Wonder, who make beautiful wooden bookmarks; Words by Jasmine, who brings your favourite book characters to life, Marked by Mary, who creates woodburned inscriptions on bookmarks, and the Noble Collection if your budget’s a little higher, as they make stunning metal marks, or special ones such as Horcrux bookmarks for Harry Potter fans. The great thing about bookmarks is they’re so cheap to post, so you don’t have to worry about high shipping fees if you’re buying something special from overseas.
L – R: Gandalf bookmark from Ink and Wonder; Lila Bard from A Darker Shade of Magic series bookmark from Words by Jasmine, and the Noble Collection’s Ravenclaw bookmark
2) Bookish candles
For the non-Bookstagram bookworms and the rest of the world in general, book-themed candles are a niche they’ve not yet discovered. But if you/your bookworm loves candles, this is a match made in heaven! There’s tonnes of bookish candle companies all over the world! Below of some of the ones I’ve tried; left to right, top to bottom, it goes: Booky Candles – a new company who make the most beautifully scented natural candles from coconut oil and beeswax; Meraki Candles who pretty much cover every fandom you can think of; William and Joseph, who cover fandoms but also classics for a range of bookworms; Flick the Wick, who make delightful candles in a range of sizes from teeny tiny samplers to large jars (you can see a range of their sizes in the next photo), and lastly, Book & Nook, who cover lots of fandoms and also Disney and a range of TV shows! Honourable mentions go to Two Candle Thieves and A Court of Candles too, as I’ve tried both of these brands too – just can’t find any pics I’ve taken!
3) Audible or Kindle Unlimited subscription
Here’s an easy one to wrap – an Audible or Kindle Unlimited gift card or subscription! Audible is an audio book library – you get one credit per month, and you can download any book you like with that. You can also trade it back in if you don’t like it, and exchange for another book immediately. As well as your monthly credit, you can buy audio books and take advantage of special offers and discounts on Audible, for £7.99 a month.
Kindle Unlimited is pretty new and offers its service for the same price as Audible, but has a few more features. It offers unlimited reading and listening on the books within the Kindle Unlimited subscription, which, in my experience, has been thousands. There’s less choice in terms of books with audio than Audible, but that’s to be expected really, and even so, there’s still a good range. There’s also manga and comics on there – I’ve started reading Attack on Titan because I enjoyed the show. On top of that, you can browse a selection of magazines each month, and you don’t need a Kindle to access the service – just download the app on your phone. They’ve also started a cool new feature called Kindle in Motion, where certain books include art, animation and video content – I downloaded this version of The Secret Garden, and the illustrations are animated so you can see them coming to life.
4) Bookish bath products
I am obsessed with a company called Behind the Pages. They sell everything from lip balms and perfumes to bath fizzies, soaps, posters, bookmarks and more.
They’re all made from delicious ingredients that are actually good for your skin too, so not only are they delectably scented, they make your skin super smooth and super smelling! There’s also personalisation options – you can make a “Ship Yourself” soap where half of it is a personalised scent you design, and half is the scent for your favourite book character!
How does this relate to bookworms, you ask? Well, you may have gathered from the name, but everything is book-themed! There’s pretty much every popular book fandom covered, and there’s constantly more being added. If you take a look now, there’s actually an awesome Harry Potter-themed Christmas box full of exclusive products at a fraction of the price it’d be if you buy each item separately – it’s only on sale until 26th November, though, so make sure you get it now! I’m most excited about the Butterbeer soap with a frothy top, and a SORTING HAT SOAP. Seriously, how cool is that?!
Plus, you can get a 10% discount with my code TSUNDOKU10 at the check out 🙂 It’s in Australian dollars, but I know that when I convert it into GBP, it’s so cheap even with shipping, so make sure you check it out!
5) Subscription boxes
There’s tonnes of ’em now. The most popular ones are probably Fairy Loot, and Owl Crate. I’ve tried both, and loved both! They include an exclusive book – either a brand new release, or a special collector’s edition cover only in the box – and a whole host of other bookish goodies around a theme, e.g. Witches and Wizards. Such a good way to get a range of treats you might not have found otherwise!
Owl Crate and Fairy Loot are more YA-based, but I’ve also tried Book Voyage, which isn’t. I did a review of it a while back which might be handy for you to check out – it’s all about discovering the world via books, so each box includes a book, some food and drink, a bookmark, and info from the country of origin! You can also get a discount with TSUNDOKUGIRL10 🙂
6) Special edition books
There’s loads of ways to buy a bookworm a book to remember. There’s collectors’ editions, illustrated editions, signed copies, cover art from round the world, etc.! So, for example, I love the Darker Shades of Magic series, but I loooove the American edition covers, and don’t really like the UK ones so much. So my friend Amber bought me the US edition, and got it signed by the author at a book convention for me! I also end up getting a book in the Macmillan Collectors’ Library from my parents at Christmas and birthdays.
Recent special editions that have come out that could be ideal gifts include the City of Bones 10 year anniversary illustrated edition, Name of the Wind 10 year anniversary illustrated edition, A Darker Shade of Magic collectors’ edition (there’s the UK and US covers to choose from), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them illustrated edition, and the How to Stop Time signed and illustrated edition.
Here’s a few of my special editions below – left to right, top to bottom, there’s the signed US edition of A Darker Shade of Magic, the newly redesigned Shadowhunters series with new cover art and illustrated spines; the Harry Potter house editions (I have the hardback versions for Slytherin and Ravenclaw, and the paperback for Ravenclaw too, which is bright blue. I’m a Ravenclaw, just to clear it up 😉 ), the special edition copy of The Great Gatsby from the Penguin Hardback Collection, the leatherbound Barnes and Noble edition of Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales, and the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,
7) Funko Pops!
They’re cute cartoony figurines of book, TV, manga/anime, game, and movie characters! You’ve probably spotted them in my photos already if you’ve been on my Instagram. There’s hundreds of them, so it’s likely the range includes your favourite or your favourite bookworm’s favourite! You can also find less mainstream character Funkos thanks to customisations from artists such as Margarita and Cait!
L – R top to bottom; L from Death Note, Harry on Hogwarts Express (there’s millions of variations of HP characters, Gus Gus from Cinderella with Cinderella’s glass slipper; Hermione, warrior Belle from Once Upon a Time, and Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts)
8) A reading diary
Take a look on Amazon, Etsy, or your favourite bookstore’s website, and you’ll find a whole host of these. It’s like an on-paper Goodreads for keeping track of your favourite reads, books you want to read, favourite quotes, etc.! Here’s some shots of mine, which I got from Amazon:
9) Bespoke bookish goods
Etsy is a gold mine for this, as well as Red Bubble and Society 6. Evie Seo and Story Fall Creations are some of my favourites – you can see my personalised, handcarved wand from Story Fall in the background of the photo on the left!
Whatever your favourite fandom is, there’ll be artwork on t-shirts, pillows, tote bags, badges, wall hangings, jewellery, mugs, phone cases, and more!
As well as that, there will be items taken straight from the pages of your favourite books, such as potion bottles, spell books, necklaces and more!
10) Bookstagram props!
If you/your bookworm in mind is an avid Bookstagrammer, why not buy them props?! I’m constantly buying new props to make my photos pop! Whether it’s flowers, butterflies, candles, scrapbooking paper, or bookmarks, I try to find pretty items that look nice visually and make my photos stand out. How many props can you spot in my photo below?! Clue: there’s only one item I didn’t buy for Bookstagram! (Well, two if you count the book, which I plan to read and not just photograph!)
11) Travel accessories
So, bookworms always have a book to hand. What happens to that book if you’re say, getting on a train? It gets put in your handbag, and the pages can get dishevelled, the cover can get bashed…the horror! So, depending on your preferences, you could either invest in a pretty and protective book sleeve such as the ones by Melvis Makes or Pages Remembered (mine’s an Alice in Wonderland one from Melvis in the photo below), or buy a Kindle so it’s all plastic instead!
12) The Noble Collection
This is for the serious fans, as it is quite pricey, but these are luxury collector’s items inspired by movies. So books that got turned into movies – I’m talking Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings for example – are brought to life in the form of delicate and true-to-the-movie-props jewellery, bookmarks, swords, book ends, statues, and loads more! With everything from Death Eater masks to Galadriel’s head dress, Robert Langdon’s cryptex, Newt Scamander’s wand and more, there’s a real range to choose from! My collection includes Arwen’s Evenstar, the Ravenclaw bookmark, and Hermione’s Time Turner.
13) Tote bags
What else can you carry your new book haul in?! Ink and Wonder and Evie Seo, who I’ve mentioned in this post already, sell some beautiful ones with their artwork, but you can also find them on the high street – I know in the UK, Primark and Waterstones sell a lot of book-themed bags! I’ve also spotted some on the Barnes and Noble website for US readers, and on the Penguin website!
14) Other ideas
If you want to make it more personal, you could create something like coasters with their favourite book covers/Bookstagram photos on, or create them a TBR Jar! TBR stands for To Be Read, and bookworms can fill the jar with the names of books they’ve yet to read to help them pick their next book!
It’s also a good idea to check any bookworm’s “to read” shelf on Goodreads for ideas of new books to buy, and their 5-star ratings for their favourites to buy special edition versions/merchandise of 😉
I hope this post helped you come up with some good ideas for Christmas, whether it’s for yourself or for the bookworm in your life!
Leave me a comment and let me know what you’re hoping for this Christmas, how you’re doing with your Christmas shopping, and if I’ve given you any cool ideas! Maybe you can pick up a bargain on Black Friday 🙂