Hello everyone! It’s that time of the week again! Top Ten Tuesday is a book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Basically, you get a different bookish topic every Tuesday, and you comprise a list of ten (or however many you’re able to list) relating to said topic.
This week’s topic is one that will hopefully prove useful to you, as well as me. Although I only casually celebrate Christmas, and don’t have many friends that enjoy books as much as I do, I always ask my parents to get me some bookish things- for which I need to go hunting a few days before the holidays. Here’s a tentative list of bookish goodies that any book-lover in your life (including you) must want.
10. Bookish Subscription Boxes
You must have heard of a few subscription boxes by now, including perhaps FairyLoot, OwlCrate, Uppercase or – my personal favorite – Book of the Month box. A subscription box is a wonderful present to get anyone. Most boxes have monthly, 3-month, 6-month and yearly plans and the longer the subscription you buy initially, the cheaper it is.
Perhaps the most famous of all of these is OwlCrate (in the US) and FairyLoot has been catching up more recently. I had an OwlCrate subscription; I thought they do a really great job some months, but lately I’ve felt that I didn’t really use their extra goodies much, so I was basically spending a lot of money for stuff I didn’t use. If you know someone who enjoys bookish swag to put on their shelves, or just have around, check out OwlCrate, FairyLoot and Uppercase.
If you’re like me, you’re probably far more interested in a good value for a box that you will use fully. My favorite box is Book of the Month subscription box, where you actually get to choose from among 5 of that month’s most critically acclaimed reads. BOTM is one of the most popular, oldest boxes with a large readership, so you’re bound to find a great book and other readers online who will be more than willing to converse.
If you use my referral link, you can get a 3-month subscription for only $9.99 a month. Which means you’ll get a new-released, critically acclaimed, adult hardcover for $10 a month- and you can always add two more books to your box for $9.99 each. I cannot recommend this box enough; their selections are always fantastic, and their price is also unbeatable. So head over and join. 🙂
9. Harry Potter Bracelet
I don’t know about you, but I love to flaunt my love for a fandom when I go out into public. It’s honestly such a great way to strike up a conversation, make a new friend or simply get compliments from people who like the same stuff as you. Although I don’t yet own one of these nifty bracelets, I’m so in love with the idea of having book covers of your favorite series dangling from your wrist. You can get necklaces like this, but I really liked this particular bracelet because the maker also added cute little charms. 🙂 You can check this bracelet out here.
8. Bookish Scarves
This is another shop that I’ve never tried anything from, but I’ve heard such brilliant things. They make bookish scarves that seem to flow really well and have wonderful patterns- from popular, classic book covers to fantasy maps and quotes. Not only are they a fangirl’s dream-come-true, they look very, very classy and can be used everyday to accessorize any outfit. Check out the shop here.
7. Harry Potter Bath Set
What better gift to give a busy-body than this set that’s guaranteed to give you a relaxing evening. Personally, I think it’s a great value- it’s $35 for a ton of stuff that separately costs a ton of money because it’s customizable and homemade. Bath salts, bubble bath, soap, lip balm and a candle; I think the bundle is a great value, and if someone got it for me, I’d honestly be over the moon happy. The set featured above is just one of their many, many sets- from Hogwarts houses to Butterbeer to all those nifty potions and spells, this shop is a Harry Potter lover’s dream. Check it out here.
6. Kindle & e-Reader Covers
In this day and age where technology is slowly taking over our lives, more and more people have turned to e-readers- part-time, if not full-time. And taking care of e-readers is important, so why not do it while making them look beautiful? Some of my favorite book accessories (that I ogle at all the time when I’m on the subway) are bookish Kindle covers. They look stunning and it gives you the illusion of reading an actual book, even if your eyes are actually glued to a screen. 😉 Check them out here.
Tea’s great year-round, but it’s especially wonderful during the winter months. And I know many book-lovers enjoy curling up in blankets with a good book with a cup of tea nearby; it’s a favorite past-time! So get the book-lover in your life (or yourself) literary-themed tea that comes in beautiful, colorful packaging. Check out the shop here!
4. Book Ends
Book ends always come in handy, and since we’re talking about book-lovers here, they definitely have need of these. Sure, since they’re made of metal, they’re kind of on the pricey side (around $60) but this shop has fantastic reviews, and it seems that they make their products with top-notch materials. They also have a large range of designs! Check out the shop here!
I don’t know about you but I hate bare walls. I’m always looking for stuff to vamp up my room, whether that’s posters, bookish swag, photos, fun quotes- anything at all! I love prints, but they’re always so expensive, it seems. This shop has fantastic, eye-catching prints for around $12-15, which is such a great price! If you really want to spruce up your gift, you can get it framed for a few extra bucks and it’s sure to light up any book-lover’s room! Check out the wide variety here.
This list wouldn’t be a list without candles! I love candles; I think they look so cute on bookshelves, and if they’re literary-themed, that’s a special bonus. Who doesn’t want their room to smell like the Gryffindor common room, or Camp Half-Blood or Gatsby’s mansion? Check out my favorite candle-shop here.
1. Magnetic Bookmarks
You didn’t think I’d make a gift-guide without including magnetic bookmarks, did you?! Bookmarks are a staple in any book-lover’s life, and I’ve recently started getting into magnetic bookmarks. They’re convenient, they’re incredibly cute and they look wonderful hanging on a rope on your bookshelves. There are so many shops producing beautiful designs of magnetic bookmarks, but one of my favorite shops is relatively new. Her art is beautiful, and her characters are some of the most detailed I’ve ever encountered on top of being very affordable. Check her shop out here!