Bookish Gift ideas for the Holidays
Looking for the perfect gift for that special book lover in your life? Here are a few ideas.
- A Book Subscription. For those who want to go all out and spoil their special someone, a book subscription is a great way to go. Here are a few options:
- Indiespensables: Powell’s subscription service. It is awesome for the literary fiction fan. You get one first edition, signed novel plus a few extra items (coffee, snacks) and sometimes other books. They are waitlist only and it took me about a month to go from waitlist to subscription list. So, sign up now. Cost is approximately $40 per shipment and it ships every 6-8 weeks.
- Just the Right Book: Personalized book subscription service. You answer a bunch of questions about your literary tastes and they pick the perfect book for you (or teens or kids). You also get to pick frequency (montly, bi-monthly or quarterly). Cost: $90-$400 for year long subscription.
- Book Riot box: These boxes ship out every three months and contain two books and a variety of bookish items. I personally haven’t loved the Book Riot boxes, as I think they are best for young adult and college-age readers who love books but don’t necessarily read a ton. The past two boxes I received contained books that have been out for a while so avid readers run the risk of already owning the book. Plus some of the bookish items (pennants, posters, etc) work best for hanging in college dorms. Cost: $50 per box. Options include regular box & young adult box.
- Literary cookbook: For those that like to read and cook/bake there are several books that combine recipes and fiction. One such book, A Literary Feast: Recipes Inspired by Novels, Poems and Plays features recipes for some of our most beloved literature. Each recipe comes with a quote or passage from a famous book or poem. Cost: $9-$14, depending on which vendor you use.
- Literary candles: I love candles and Paddy Wax Candles collection features a variety of very nice soy wax candles with a literary twist. They have fragrances and each one comes with a famous literary quote, gift box with author photo and bio. They have quite a few options to choose from, including Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Leo Tolstoy, Mark Twain, and more. Cost: $20-$25. Find them here: Paddywax Candles Library Collection Charles Dickens Soy Wax Candle, 6.5-Ounce (Tangerine Juniper and Clove)
- Litographs: This is a company that sells posters, T-shirts, and tote bags. What is cool about their products is that they use the text from books as the foundation of their designs. They basically convert your favorite book into a wearable item. They have over 100 titles and you can pick your color and style. Their T-shirts are about $35, posters about $25, and the totes $30. You can browse their products here. Items are 15-50% off today for Black Friday.
- Audible Subscription: We’ve mentioned book boxes already, but we also think Audible subscriptions are great. I commute an hour each way to work and I go though a lot of audios.
- Bookish phone cases: I’ve been eyeing some of these cases for a few months and perhaps the main reason why I still don’t have a case for my phone is because I can’t decide which one I want. Here are a few options: Library card, books, Jane Austen Case. Friends and family who read this – feel free to buy me one:) We’ve also included a wider selection in our Amazon Associate’s store.
- Jewelry & Accessories. There’s a wide range of options and quality to choose from. We’ve added a bunch to our store for you to check out. Here are some of my favorite selections: Pride & Prejudice – Real Page Fragement Earrings; Vintage Book Pendant & Earring Set; Book in A Bottle Necklace.
- Want to splurge? How about buying that special someone a little free library kit? I love Little Free Libraries and the site has a range of prices starting at $150 and into the thousands for some original artwork. Several holiday specials (including the $149 version) are available that include an already-built little library, $200 worth of books for all ages, and one copy of “Because It’s Small: The Little Free Library DVD. These are great as gifts because they also help to promote community interaction and reading. You can visit their website for the full inventory.
- Literary Stocking Stuffers: There are all kinds of bookish items that would work for stocking stuffers, including: 1) Accoutrements Shakespearean Insult Bandages, 2) bookmarks, 3) Literary Paper Dolls, 4) Jane Austen Tattoos. You can find more ideas in our store (see link below).
- Books: This is a tough one because you have to know your gift recipients’ tastes and personal library very well. I am going to make one recommendation for a fun-looking book that I received at Book Riot Live: Bats of the Republic: An Illuminated Novel (I haven’t read it yet, so check out this review first). I think this book will make a great present for book lovers because it is beautiful and unlike anything I’ve seen before. This book is jam-packed with artwork and items that make it interactive and unique reading experience.
Looking for more ideas? We have created a holiday gift section in our Amazon store with a few products that we think are cute (and get high ratings). You can check that out here. Also, check out Susan’s blog: Susan Who Reads. She has featured a bunch of fun ideas too. Here’s the link.