Welcome to the first annual She’s All Booked Gift Guide series! I know I’m not the only person who looooves both Christmas shopping and perusing gift guides. I figured why not make my own this year?Really, these could be anytime gifts – birthdays, holidays, just because days, I-screwed-up-and-I’m-sorry days. You get the idea. Expect a few of these posts over the next few weeks, starting with this first one, Gifts for Book Lovers.
Jimmie and I are both big book lovers, and we always get each other a huge stack of books. And those are great, believe me. But, I’ve found it’s a little tough to buy books for other people. While I know they love to read, I don’t always know what they’ll like or have already read. So then, what do you get that book lover in your life, besides books? (Or book subscriptions, which are almost as problematic!)
I searched out a handful of gifts well under $100. Scroll down to see some of my favorites this year, and if you pick up one (or two!) for yourself, no judgement here.
Bookish Stocking Stuffers
I usually get Jimmie a couple pairs of fun socks for his Christmas stocking, and this year I just love these $12 Banned Book Socks. They even come in different sizes! This is the first pair I’ve seen that’s mismatched. One sock is the crossed out titles, and one sock is legible. And even better, with each pair purchased, Out of Print donates a book to a community in need.
If you’re in my Facebook group, you might have seen the chat about dog-earred pages and how much I hate them! Amazon has tons of cute little bookmarks, but I’m partial to the Robots Magnetic Bookmarks. They come in a set of 6, so it’s no big deal if you lose one – or read multiple books at once. And at $3, they’re a steal.
Bookish Gifts Under $50
These Literary Candles from Uncommon Goods feature the locations from four classics: Baker Street from Sherlock Holmes, the Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland, Thornfield Garden from Jane Eyre, and Pemberley from Pride & Prejudice. Each location has its own custom-blended scent designed to transport you right into the story. They’re made of soy, are hand-poured, and will burn for 55 hours. Perfect for cozying up with an old favorite! I’m intrigued by the Sherlock Holmes one – black currant and leather. Yum.
I try to live by Commander Adama’s motto in Battlestar Galactica to “Never Lend Books.” Books should be gifts, given with the expectation that you won’t get them back. I’ve learned the hard way that this is true. But I still love Knock Knock’s Personal Library Kit ($16). Maybe it’ll help get your books back, maybe it won’t. Either way, it’ll leave you nostalgic for the old days when libraries used paper cards! The kit comes with 20 adhesive pockets and matching library cards, a stamp, and a stamp pad.
A couple years ago I reviewed a Superhero poster from Pop Chart Labs. The printing quality is great, and I love all their different designs. Book lovers will get a kick out of scratching off the books they’ve read with the 100 Essential Novels Scratch Off Chart ($35). The poster features 100 books on most “must-read” lists, such as Lord of the Flies and Gone With the Wind. Once scratched, the book’s cover is revealed. For a little extra, you can even get it framed. Wouldn’t this be perfect hanging in your library or reading nook?
I adore this $30 Best Friends Book Lovers Sculpture from Uncommon Goods so much it’s on my wishlist. This sculpture perfectly captures what it’s like to read with a pup nearby. I can just see Olga pawing at the pages! Cat lovers, check out these bookends!
Is there anything better than a glass of wine, a good book, and a hot bath? How about not having to hold your arms out of the water while you read? There’s no shortage of options out there, but I like this $28 Bamboo Bath Caddy because it’s expandable, has plenty of space, and most importantly, has a spot for wine.
Bookish Gift Splurge
I love the look of this Minimalist Teak Wall Shelf, but at $75, it’s a bit of a splurge. I’d be likely to DIY it, but if you need a last-minute gift, it might be a good option. Nevertheless, it’d look great next to the bed – and might help clear up some nightstand space!
Happy shopping, book lovers!
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