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The last months of the year are some of my favorites. It’s the time of the year when the weather gets colder and the days grow shorter — a time for warm drinks, cozy blankets, and books by the fireplace. With Thanksgiving gone and the winter solstice and Christmas just a few weeks away, I’ve been feeling extra festive lately. The mantle is decked with holly and poinsettias, the bells are in the tree, cinnamon and fir are in the diffuser, and gifts are getting wrapped and tied up with string.
Gift giving is one of my love languages. I love finding the perfect gift for someone at any time of the year, not just Christmas. Whenever I walk through stores locally or browse online, I often see items that remind me a people in my life. Since I am somewhat of a bookworm myself, I thought I would put together a gift guide for the book lover in your life.
Bookworm Gift Guide
Literary Inspired Candle
As a reader and all around book lover, I’m a sucker for anything that will help toss me into the world of books. Besides, who doesn’t love candles?
Book Subscription Box
Subscription boxes are always fun to receive in the mail, and, depending on which one you sign up for, can keep on giving for a few months after the initial gifting.
Book Of The Month: Each month a panel of judges selects a limited number of books to offer their members. The selections are announced on the first of the month, and the members have six days to decide which book they would like to receive. The books are shipped out to all members at the same time so everyone can read and participate (if they wish) in the online discussion forum. They currently have a give a gift, get a gift promo, where you can get a free month for yourself when you buy a gift for someone else.
Owl Crate: Each month readers are sent a young adult novel and 3-5 bookish items tailored to a specific theme. They offer both their usual subscription box as a well a junior option for younger readers. I love that they work with small businesses to offers unique items each month.
LitJoy Crate: Readers are sent out a package each month on the 20th. There are three different subscriptions offered, which include the Young Adult Crate, Young Adult Book Only, and
Literati: If you are looking for a subscription box for your tiny readers this box is perfect. Each month members are sent five books in the mail that are tailored to a specific theme. You then have seven days to read the books and decide if you want to keep them or return the ones you don’t want in the provided mailer. Membership is $9.95 a month and they offer boxes for newborns all the way up to age nine. Click here to get $25 in free books when you place your first order.
If your gift recipient is anything like me, then they are in constant need of bookmarks. I have a habit of losing bookmarks (usually in books that I finished and put back on the shelf), and I have used everything from old receipts to spoons to save my page. Bookmarks are great stocking stuffers or easy to throw in a bag or basket as a little something extra.
Your Favorite Book
I think you can tell a lot about a person by what their favorite things are. If you are looking for a truly personal gift, try gifting them your favorite book. How many people do you know that you can say what their favorite book is?
There is nothing better than curling up with a good book and some tea in your favorite mug.
Kindle Unlimited is every reader’s dream. It is a subscription through Amazon that allows you to access a large selection of titles from the Kindle store. This is great for people who are always on the go since you can borrow up to ten titles at once and access it from any device that has the Kindle reading app. It is basically like a virtual library with no due dates.
Here are some of the newest titles added to the library:
Audible is another great subscription for the reader on the go. If you know someone who travels often, has a long commute, or maybe loves reading but just doesn’t have time to pick up a book, Audible is great choice. I personally love a solid book in my hands, but having two young kids makes it hard sometimes to read. I have listened to books through Audible while doing dishes and putting babies to bed.
I don’t think one can ever go wrong with socks. Socks can really be picked up anywhere, but I thought I’d add in some fun options for ideas.
I like the idea of wearing a scarf that is a mystery. Some literary scarves are more evident as to what they are, but others can be harder to tell. These make for great conversation starters or could be a secret to the wearer…and what reader doesn’t like a secret?
Book Haul Tote
I am one of those people who brings a tote bag to the library. If the reader in your life is anything like me, then they would appreciate a cute tote for their many book buying/borrowing adventures.
Shelves are important guys! Just search #shelfie on Instagram and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Pillows + Throws
Reading and comfort go together like PB&J. If you are at a complete loss of what to get for your reader
Wall decor is always a fun gift. A printed quote from a favorite book or author or some literary-inspired sketches is a great way to show that you really know your friend or family member. Etsy has endless options for wall art, and many of the creators do custom work as well.
Journals + Pens
If you were to borrow a book from me you would find pages with underlining, highlighting, and marginal notes and probably a journal somewhere with more notes. Many people who love to read also like to write. Whether they are list makers, note takers, songwriters, or aspiring authors, they can never have enough journals and writing utensils.
Graphic t-shirts are a fun way to express yourself and show off your interests. If you are able to find a shirt relating to something someone is a fan of, it
I worked with a girl once who came in wearing the Arwen’s Evenstar pendant, which of course I fangirled over for the rest of the day. Like with t-shirts, it is fun to wear something that shows your interests, and it’s even more fun when people around can easily acknowledge that and say, “hey man, me too!”