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Top Ten Tuesday: bookish gifts for the holidays!

Top ten bookish gifts for the holidays!
(photo by Madara Parma)

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is a freebie, so I thought it was a perfect time to roll out my guide to the best bookish gifts to wrap up this holiday season! Giving a new book is great, but if you’re scratching your head on what title to pick out (or worried about buying something they already have, or may not enjoy), here are some other bookish gifts including apparel, decor, and more.

  1. A subscription to a book box. You’ve probably seen these subscriptions on your social media channels, such as Book of the Month or Owl Crate. I found a HUGE list of bookish gift subscription boxes over at Crate Joy—who knew there were so many options? This is a great “gift that keeps on giving” option, especially if you’re sending a gift long-distance and don’t want to fuss with shipping times and costs.
  2. Bookish candles. I love books. I love candles. This is clearly one of those bookish gifts that couldn’t be any more perfect! You’ll probably be able to find book-themed candles in the gift section of your local bookstore, but if you’re shopping online, two popular options are Frostbeard Studio and Book Scents Candles.
  3. A framed print of one of their favorite bookish quotes. If your bookworm is decorating a cozy nook, why not give them a framed print of a favorite literary quote or book cover? You can find plenty online but again, you might be surprised by what your local bookstore has in stock as well!
  4. A special or signed edition of one of their favorite books. Just don’t ask to borrow it later…they’ll probably say no!
  5. Bookish mugs + tea or coffee. A mug and a hot drink are the perfect companion to a day of winter reading; I love this “one more chapter” mug from Etsy and this awesome Jane Eyre-themed mug from Society6.
  6. Snacks to fuel their next reading session. Something savory, something sweet, and maybe a box of tea or a bottle of wine. Or if you know a bookworm who tends to read late and skip a meal, give them a gift card for delivery so they’re not left eating cold cereal for dinner (again).
  7. Something cozy for chilly reading days. Plush socks or blankets make a marathon reading session all the more comfortable.
  8. Bookish apparel. I’m partial to this “books and coffee” t-shirt from Etsy, but you can find a bookish shirt, scarf, or jewelry item for almost any taste. (By the way, if you’re searching for bookish gifts online, typing “book lover” into the Etsy search bar will probably keep you occupied for the next few hours! You’ve been warned!)
  9. Basically any type of bookish accessories featuring books and animals. I think we all know a bookworm whose next favorite love is their pet. Bookish gifts that feature both books and cute animals are sure to please; since I’m a cat lady, I especially love Tobe Fonseca’s reading cats (available on stickers, pillows and more) from Society6.
  10. A gift certificate to their favorite bookstore. Are gift cards a cop-out? That’s debatable. I just know I’ve never met a bookworm who complained about getting a gift card for MORE books!
What are your favorite bookish gifts to give and to get at the holidays? Any picks I missed that I should know about? Leave me a comment and let me know!


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