It’s coming up to that time of year again where we end up patting our pockets and wondering what an Earth we are going to get Auntie Jackie this year for Christmas. Well I don’t have all the answers, but if you have a friend or a relative who is really into books and you don’t know what to get them, then here are a few suggestions.
1, Mystery Book Box.
A bit like a one time subscription box, this is basically a box with a novel inside and usually some extra little goodies. You don’t know what novel you’re going to get, but you can usually pick a genre. You can find these mystery book boxes on Etsy, Ebay and other online stores. These gifts range in price but the cheapest start at around £12.00 GBP, just be sure to check the postage and packaging. Click here for an example.
2. A Collectors Edition Of Their Favourite Book.
Whether it be a childhood classic or a popular modern book, you can usually find a nice, hardback, collectors edition. There are a number of publishing houses creating stunning editions of books that look great on the bookshelf with varying price points. The Folio Society have a beautifully illustrated range of hardback books with slipcases. However, if your budget won’t stretch quite that far, then Wordsworth Editions have just brought out a new range of collector’s edition, hardback books. Priced at £6.99 GBP. There are definitely more publishers out there with collector editions, including Barnes & Noble and Knopf, so make sure to have a look around.
3. Book Bag Or Purse.
Books on bags and purses? Yes Please! Check out Yoshi with their beautiful leather bags that feature literary classics, library books and cook books, all delicately handstitched onto the front of the bags. There is also Vendula London with their vegan leather, vintage style, old bookshop bags and purses.
4. Overnight Stay In A Booktown!
There are three booktowns in the U.K. where you can book an overnight stay and spend the day browsing the second-hand bookshops. Hay-On-Wye in Wales, Sedbergh in England and Wigtown in Scotland. All three have a number of bookshops and cafes, and of course plenty of sight-seeing and walking for the ramblers. Unless you want to go to a literary festival make sure to book your stay outside of the literary festival dates to get the best prices.
5. A Diary Of A Bookseller By Shaun Bythell.
If you haven’t seen this book yet, it is a laugh-out-loud must for book lovers. Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, and he has written in diary format a detailed account of running a bookshop, the odd customers he gets, and the quirky behaviour of his staff. It is easy to read and hilarious, giving an honest view on what it is like to run a bookshop. There is also a T.V. series coming out based on this book.
6. Book Towns By Alex Johnson.
Another book for book lovers everywhere. The synopsis reads; From Hay-on-Wye in Wales to Ureña in Spain, Fjaerland in Norway to Jimbochu in Japan, around 40 semi-official book towns now exist around the world. But until now, there has been no complete directory of their location, history and charm. Book Towns takes readers on a richly illustrated tour of these captivating, dedicated havens of literature, outlining the origins and development of each community, and offering practical travel advice. Explore bustling book markets in Calcutta and Buenos Aires, and pop-up shops in old churches, ferry waiting rooms and stables. A stylish and original guide, it is the perfect gift for both book lovers and travel enthusiasts.
7. Faux Hollow Book Storage Box.
A storage box that looks like a book! You can find these book boxes on Amazon, Ebay, Etsy and other online stores. They usually range in price from £10.00 GBP and up. Click here for an example.
8. A Fancy Bookmark
If you’re a book lover, you can never have too many bookmarks and there are so many out there to choose from. Some are made from wood, others plastic and some are even made out of metal. They come in all sorts of shapes and designs and you can find them on Etsy and other online stores. You can even get personalised bookmarks to make them extra special. These gifts range in price from around £5.00 GBP and up. Click here for an example.
9. A Reading Journal.
A little book where readers can record what they have read and other details about their favourite books. A simple but powerful little gift which won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Again these range in price from around £5.00 GBP and up. Click here for an example.
If you’re still unsure about what to get your book loving friends and relatives, try searching ‘literary gifts’ or ‘bookish gifts’ on Etsy, Ebay or whatever search engine you’re currently using. There are lots of book themed gifts out there from tea to candles to jewellery and more. And if you’re still struggling, well there’s always book vouchers.