Welcome to the first of many festive posts on This Northern Gal this December. Today is a guest post from Jessica, who is sharing some great bookish gifts with us all today. There are some great ideas on here and if you keep your eyes peeled, my literary wrap up will be coming your way next week…
Everyone knows that one person who loves to smell the pages of her books and claims bookstores are one of her favorite places on Earth. (Or, if you’re like me, that person is you.) For those of you with book-lovers in your life, stop worrying about what to buy them and grab up one of these 5 gifts hand-picked with devoted book fans in mind. And if you’re a book-lover yourself, don’t forget to add these ideas to your own list!
- Bookish Accessories
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
Etsy is filled with creative bookish accessories perfect for those ready to take their book-loving pride to a brand new wearable level. Etsy’s collection spans from Great Gatsby rings, book-themed bangles, earrings, and customizable necklaces to tie clips and cuff links, all the way to brooches and hair barrettes.
If you’re wanting something beyond jewelry, check out the company Litographs. It’s every book lover’s dream come true. They print sections of books, plays, poems, and screenplays onto scarves, tote bags, wall prints, and t-shirts. Their designs are classy and tasteful, with customizable options for colors and/or fonts. Thanks to their collection of 200+ classic and contemporary books, you’ll have a top-notch selection to choose from.
- Book Organizers
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”― Jorge Luis Borges
Your ever-reading friend probably owns a nice book collection. If so, finding a creative way to store books without cluttering up her room could be the perfect thoughtful gift. A corner bookshelf can add a lot of character to a room, as can floating bookshelves. You can find floating bookshelves shaped like an actual modern-looking shelf or ones that hide inside the books, making the books themselves look like they’re floating. If you’re handy with wood and don’t mind a decent-sized project, you can even make a beautiful rustic bookcase yourself by following this detailed guide. With your signature etched in the wood somewhere, this would be an incredibly thoughtful gift.
- Books, Books, and More Books
“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.” ― Jane Smiley
Never underestimate the power a new book holds over true book-lovers. If you’ve heard your friend mention a new book she’s wanting to read, then you already have the golden gem of gift ideas. Pair it with a cute mug like this bookish one and a pack of hot cocoa for a winning gift.
Other ways to find a book your friend will enjoy include searching the New York Times bestsellers list for one that fits the genre(s) they often read. Or give a book kit, containing an inspirational book, a book that relates to their career, and a fiction book for fun (if your friend likes fiction, of course). If your friend is also a movie-lover, give them a recently released movie along with a copy of the book it was based on.
Any of these ideas will delight your friend, because you gave her a gift that was more personal than the stereotypical coffee mug, candle, and lotion gift set. The best gifts are those thoughtfully selected with the recipient’s face in mind. And when it comes to avid readers, their faces often buried in a book.
To wrap up, Stephen King, someone who knows a thing or two about books, concisely summarizes what’s so special about them. “Books are a uniquely portable magic,” he says. Indeed! And it’s perfectly fitting to give such a magical gift at the most magical time of the year, don’t you think?
Now go find the perfect bookish gift for your friend. Happy shopping and merry Christmas!
Jessica Swanda is a freelance writer, with experience in both traditional and online marketing, social media, journalism, and magazine writing. She’s a devoted fan of words, chocolate, and coffee. A firm believer in the power of the written word, she views her writing as an opportunity to make a difference in her readers’ lives. When not writing, she enjoys frequenting book stores and coffee shops, baking, and reading fiction. You can find her here: Blog, Twitter (jessica_swanda), Instagram