Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is a gift inspired freebie, so I picked Top Ten Gift Ideas for Book Lovers.
Christmas is fast approaching now, like seriously fast. How it is less than one month to go now until December 25th?! I love Christmas shopping but constantly feel like I’m either behind on all the gifts I need to buy or that I’ve forgotten someone important, plus there are some people I find it so hard to buy for. Luckily a few of my friends are just as crazy about books as I am so they’re always easy to buy for.
Special or Limited Editions
Everyone loves special or limited editions of their favourite books, not only do they have the stories we know so well but they’re always so beautifully put together.
Bloomsbury for the illustrated Harry Potter books. So far only the Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets have been released but it’s enough to start off a collection. The illustrations are gorgeous and if you have a big budget for you can even go for the deluxe editions.
Barnes and Noble do collectors editions for many well known classics featuring not just one story but all of them; the complete works of Sherlock Holmes, all of the Grimm Brothers Fairytales, Alice in Wonderland with other short stories by Lewis Carroll, and so many more.
There are so many places you can buy prints for all kinds of books; the only issue is how to narrow down your choice. Do you go for prints with quotes or prints with art, prints for classic books and prints for YA ones?
Litographs takes the text from well known and popular books, they have a large collection of classic novels but a few modern and YA titles available as well, and uses it to create a print you can purchase as a poster, t-shirt, or a tote bag.
If there is one thing worse than my book buying habits it’s my handbag buying ones. I have so many despite the fact I tend to use the same bag for months on end, day and night; and don’t even get me started on tote bags.
Krukrustudio create amazing bags that look like actual books. What better way to carry your copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone than in a book that looks exactly like your edition?
Whoever first thought of combing books and candles together is a genius. Bookish candles are my second favourite thing to receive in the post, the first is obviously books, and what’s more there are so many shops out there all offering unique and amazing smelling candles.
Meraki Candles is a more recent find of mine and a shop based in England, which seems to be a rarity from what I’ve seen so far. Of course they have a few Harry Potter candles (they seem to be everywhere) but there are plenty of others that can make your home smell more like Cabeswater or the Night Court.
Meraki Candles also do a monthly subscription box, which leads me nicely onto my next topic.
Getting my box each month is like a mini present. I’m always so excited to see what’s in each; both in terms of the book and the bookish goodies. There are a lot of choices out there so if you’re ever stumped for gift ideas you can’t go wrong with a subscription box.
Fairy Loot is the subscription box I have gotten since July, and over the course of the five months I have been subscribed I’ve yet to be disappointed with what’s been in it. The December box is sold out and the theme hasn’t been released for January yet but whatever it is it’s sure to be amazing.
I’m not sure if this is a book blogger thing or just a me thing but I am a huge fan of stationary. I have a collection of pretty notebooks and I’m always looking to buy more.
Literary Emporium not only have a collection of book inspired notebooks, offering you the chance to write in your own Harry Potter Potions or Divination workbook, but plenty of pencils engraved with quotes or phrases from classic books to write with.
Literary Emporium also have a gorgeous selection of jewellery and quote cards, all book inspired of course.
Although I rarely use bookmarks when reading my books I definitely think there is no better present for a bookworm than a gorgeous bookmark so they can remember where they left off reading their favourite book.
Happy Hello create really cute magnetic bookmarks. They have bookish inspired ones, and TV and film inspired ones. The art style is adorable and you can have your favourite characters mark where you left off in your favourite book.
Behind the Pages do truly beautiful watercolour bookmarks, and there are even opportunities to buy uncoloured ones for people to decorate themselves. There are so many I’ve seen from my favourite series that I want so I know where my next paycheck will be going.
Behind the Pages also do a selection of bookish soaps and lip balms.
Has anyone ever had a Christmas where they haven’t received some kind of sweet or chocolate in their stocking? It seems to be a staple and in my opinion the only thing better than chocolate is book inspired chocolate.
Harry Potter Studio Tour has all the sweets made popular by the series; Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, be careful because as the names suggests not all of them are nice flavours, and chocolate frogs, compete with a famous wizard card, Jelly Slugs and Peppermint Toads . It’s a little taste of a Hogwarts for everyone who never got their letter.
So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what you picked for this week’s themed free-for-all, or what bookish gifts you have your eye on, either for yourself or for other people.
Also to celebrate reaching my one year blogiversary I am hosting a giveaway and Q&A. The chance to enter and ask me any questions ends in less than a week, on the 1st of December at midnight GMT. For more information you can check out my original post here.