Whilst none of us are quite sure what Christmas 2020 is going to look like, I’m sure many
of us still have plans to encourage as much normalcy as we can. Christmas decorations, Christmas dinner, time with family (with as many members as social distancing allows us!) and gift giving. Especially as 2020 has kept a lot of us apart, now more than ever we need to show one another how much we love and appreciate one another. There are of course so many ways of doing this, but picking out a present especially for someone that you know they’ll love is a great way of doing this, and what better time than Christmas?!
As shipping times are a little haywire right now, it’s best to get on top of things, so here are some bookish gifts to give to the bookworms in your lives, or to even ask for yourself if your friends and family are asking for ideas of what to get you!
Who doesn’t love a candle? They smell gorgeous, and add such a warm, cosy vibe to any room. There are plenty of sellers on Etsy that sell candles with scents inspired by different fictional characters and locations. They can sometimes be a bit pricier than your standard candle from the high street, but not only are they inspired by books but by buying one, you’re likely supporting an independent seller who really needs your support during this time of year!
PRICE RANGE £5-10
Maybe your friend doesn’t read
a whole lot of books, but has one particular book that they adore, and constantly re-read. Why not consider getting them a beautiful collectors edition of the book to add to their collection? Collectors editions often have additional content, and even special physical features such as embossing, ribbon bookmarks, or sprayed edges! They look stunning on bookshelves, too, and are extra great presents if your friend or family member considers themselves a collector, not just a reader!
PRICE RANGE: £10-30
This idea is super cool if you are looking for a gift inspired by a fantasy book or series. A lot of sellers again on Etsy specialise in making prop and costume replicas from different books, such as replicas of the One Ring from Lord of the Rings, the Mortal Cup from the Shadowhunter universe; I even have a replica of Bag End from the Hobbit! It’s hard to put a price range on this, as it could be something small like the One Ring, or a £200 replica of the Sword of Godric Gryffindor, so it’s best to have a look around yourself here!
It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people just use receipts and sticky notes amongst other random things as bookmarks because they’re always losing theirs. However, metal book marks are becoming really popular, and often have beautiful patterns inscribed on them, as well as a tassel at the top to show your place more clearly. This gift is especially good if you’re on a budget!
PRICE RANGE: £3-6
One of my favourite gifts that I ever received are two sets of earrings made from upcycled book pages! One reads “Magnus” and the other reads “Warlock”, an ode to my favourite character from the Shadowhunter universe. These are easier found for popular YA series characters, but are awesome for adding a subtle booklover vibe to any outfit! A lot of Etsy sellers (can you tell I love Etsy?!) also make earrings that look like book stacks out of clay, which are super sweet! They come in so many colours and designs, so they go well with any outfit. As they are usually quite dainty too, they aren’t too heavy to wear on a casual day. Jewellery is such a special gift, especially if it’s designed with something someone loves in mind!
PRICE RANGE: £5-12