It should be easy to buy gifts for book lovers, right? Wrong!!!!! Every time I try to buy a book for my girlfriend it turns into an arduous process of 1. Trying to find out if she has already read said book 2. Trying to find out if she already owns said book (although it just got easier ever since we shrunk and organized our shelves) and 3. Trying to find out if she would even like said book. In theory, the latter should be easy! I have tons of data to work with. I know what books she read recently that she liked. I know his all-time favorites. We’re both writers, so we talk about booksâ¦ almost every day? And yet, because she’s read so many books, I try to turn to writers she’s never read before, and sometimes that’s a risk! I know it’s not my fault that I give her a book that ends up being good or not totally her thing, and yet I DON’T WANT IT TO HAPPEN! I just love putting unnecessary pressure on myself during the holiday season.
All that aside, the holidays are an incredibly stressful year for independent bookstores and booksellers. This year, that stress is magnified by looming supply chain issues. Frankly, if you are thinking of buying books for your holiday shopping, you should have. month since! There is still time, of course, to visit your local independent bookstore in person. And please (hope this goes without saying?) Don’t throw a fit if they don’t have exactly the book you want in stock! There is a very serious shortage of books impacting all aspects of the book industry right now. Take that into consideration when shopping for book gifts this year, especially now that it’s December.
Also consider this: you do not have buy a book for the reader in your life. You can celebrate their passion in other ways, like with some of the products below! You can also support independent bookstores by purchasing gift cards! It’s a great stocking stuffer gift and it allows the recipient to choose their own books, relieving some of the pressure on you to figure out what they haven’t read yet. Check it out list of black-owned bookstores by state, this list of Native owned bookstores, and this list of queer independent merchants (command + F “reserve” to find bookstores). Also check to see if your local bookstore sells products such as mugs, bags, and shirts.
Here are some freebies for book lovers (most are $ 35 and under!)
Look, you don’t want to mess with another person’s book organization system, but here are some non-invasive shelving-related gift ideas. Etsy is full of fancy displays, like this one suspended which also serves as a bookmark for the titles on display. It would look great in a bedroom for someone who reads several books at once! Shelf dividers give any space a library feel, and bookends can be multi-functional, like this vase a where hybrid pencil holder / bookend set. And chances are, if they like to read, they’ve got a stack to read through the roof. Maybe instead of just leaving a random stack of books on their nightstand or coffee table (guilty!), They could use a wooden table book display stand to add some style and panache to the chaos. Make them feel special with a vintage version like this one Where this one.
Every bookworm’s house could use lighted decor, be it something in your face like this literary insults poster or something a little more personal and subtle, like this one small customizable planter with someone’s favorite book titles. For a gift exchange or stocking stuffer, consider a bookish ornament, like this one made from vintage books Where these in fact vintage options. For a lesbian pulp lover: this cup with multiple lids where Lesbian Hell Print. And every reading nook could use soft pillows. There are sophisticated options, like these velvets, but I also like a good old man reading pillow with arm.
Having fun is not difficult when you have a library card
Reading power tools
I have been obsessed with pressed flowers lately, and Etsy is full of squeezed flower shit, including bookmarks! An underestimated technology: clip-on reading lights! My parents gave me a light book for Christmas when I was in college, and it was a perfect gift, as it meant I could secretly stay awake after reading before bed. If you have an academic reader or writer to buy for, highlighters are always helpful. With that, I don’t think I’ve ever met a reader (or writer!) Who doesn’t appreciate post-its / sticky tabs! They make a fun Christmas stocking, especially a part of the ~ aesthetic ~ sold on Etsy. The idea of ââa “book journalâAlways seemed a little cheesy to me, but this year I started following every book I read on Instagram, and I loved it? It might be good to have a more physical record.
I know I’ve already said what I want for Christmas in our Ultimate Team Gift Guide, but I’m taking it back! All I want for Christmas is Fancy scrabble Where boggle fantasy Or simply Bananagrams! Also, Ex-libris is one of the most underrated games of all time, and if there are any writers / bookworms in your life, you should definitely get it for them.
You know, gifts for book lovers that double as bar cart decor! Perfect for the book club that more about wine than on the books.