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Recommendations: Bookish Holiday Shopping Guide

Hey all, Dani here.

Oh man, the winter holidays are approaching, and no matter what you celebrate, it seems like most of those friend and family gatherings are accompanied by some sort of gift exchange. Now, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE getting books as presents. However, most people around me don’t want to choose books as gifts for me because they don’t know what I would need or want, and they don’t want to outright ask for a specific title.

With some people I give a list of 5-10 books that I would be happy to receive, and let them choose from that. And because my book wish list is so long, I can give unique lists to each person. Or, hey, the other option is to just buy a gift card for Barnes & Noble or any other bookstore (especially indie bookstores).

However, for the people who want to get a gift for the book lover in their life without actually buying them a book, here’s just a few ideas for book-related items that could make a great holiday gift. If you want my original list of suggestions from two years ago, then you can check out this post, because those ideas are all still definitely applicable.

The first handy bookish item that will work for the book and bath lovers in your life, or hey, just the bath lovers in your life is this handy dandy bath tray. It will hold a cup for a drink and a little bowl or something for a snack, and has a place to rest your book or tablet so you don’t have to hold it the whole time. I have been looking into these for a while, and I definitely want one for myself.

While I’m on this topic of relaxation, there are so many wonderful comfort items you can give your book loving friends and family. I’m talking about bookish socks, bookish blankets, bookish pillows, and naturally bookish cups and mugs for their reading beverages of choice. I don’t own any of these, but I really like the products at Litographs. They have blankets, scarves, tote bags, art prints and more, all with the  printed text of some of your favorite classic pieces of literature.

Oh hey, and I should also mention that right now TeeTurtle is doing a sale on reading shirts and pins. The sale ends on November 26, and it is 50% off at the moment. Check it out now.

While not always bookish in theme, I also feel like recommending bath salts, bath bombs, candles, and any other sort of soothing and relaxing smell-good item. I’m going to recommend a company I really love, that I found when I went to the Ohio Renaissance Festival. Global Scent Company makes a wide variety of perfume and essential oils, bathing crystals, incense sticks, lotions, and more. We have a ceramic dispenser for oils in our car and it has been using the same dose of oil for over two years now, and still has remarkable scent coming from it. It is wonderful.

Another great holiday gift option is to give the book lover in your life a way to protect their current read or their reading tablet. Why not get them a book sleeve, like the ones offered by Book Beau. Their sleeves come in a few different sizes, so you can be sure to protect all of your books.

Mini Book Beau: Perfect for e-readers and smaller paperbacks Approximately 6 x 8.5 inches.

Indie Book Beau: Perfect for mid-size paperbacks and smaller hardcovers. Approximately 7.5 x 10 inches.

XL Book Beau: Perfect for standard size hardcover books. Approximately 8 x 10.5 inches.

Jumbeau:. Fits everything above and then some! It is for your larger reads like hardback Harry Potter and Sarah J Maas Books. It also has a zipper enclosure. Approximately 10 x 12 inches.

Or hey, why not get them a book based tabletop game. There are a number out there, but I’m going to recommend Ex Libris, which makes each player a book collector vying for a job as Grand Librarian. You do this by curating the best personal library you can, earning points by making sets and having certain items in it.

So there you go, just a few gift ideas for the book lover in your life that are not books.

That’s all from me for today, but I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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