Top Ten Tuesday | Holiday Gift Guide: The Etsy Bookish Edition

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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 boxwhere 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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


5. Tea

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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

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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!


3. Prints

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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.


2. Candles

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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

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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 out best gifts for girls!


That’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! What are some shops that you frequently visit? Let me know in the comments below; as always, thanks for stopping by and happy reading! 🙂

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Comments

  1. Check out Klevercase. They are in the UK, and I got my iPad cover that’s the Harry Potter book of spells. Made like a real book, people think I’m carrying around a pretty novel instead of technology. It’s purple and gold and I love it! $50 but when it came with a tiny flaw, they sent me another free of charge. Excellent company!

  2. People can give me all these gifts for Christmas and I’d be a very happy bookworm! Also, books would be nice too! But CANDLES ARE MY FAVVVV!!!! <3

  3. I love the idea of a subscription, but I’d definitely need to receive it as a gift. The candle and HP bath set would also be awesome to receive as gifts.

  4. So many great ideas! I know that I definitely frequent bookish candle shops on Etsy. I have the worst book candle addiction. 😂🙈
    Also, those Kindle covers 😍! I just might have to point my mom in that direction when she asks what I want for Christmas.

  5. Great picks for this week, as a major book fan I would be more than happy with any of these for Christmas. Also I had no idea there were bookish scarves (which now that I think about it I’m not sure why I thought that) but I really want one now I’ve seen your post.
    I think subscription boxes are the best Christmas present. There are so many kinds out there so there’s bound to be something unique for whoever you’re buying gifts for. Same with bookish candles in a way as well. 🙂
    I love your take on this week’s theme, and I may even be buying some of these items for people for Christmas, or for me for Christmas! 😀

  6. I love getting bookends for Christmas, especially because the way I organize my bookshelf means I need a lot of them. I only have one set that are actually mine (and they’re modeled after the game Portal), the rest I’ve had to… um… borrow from around my house, haha.

    Great list! 🙂

  7. I love this weeks topic, mostly as it is helping me find more and more things I want to buy for myself. I absolutely love your picks! I am obsessed with bookish candles, I would love to get more of those for Christmas. I completely forgot about bookmarks, I love those!!! I especially love Happy Hello Arts bookmarks, they are so cute. You can check out my gift guide here.

  8. Those bookends are an absolute must have. This weeks topic has definitely made it easier to sort my Christmas list out cause my parents keep complaining that I only ask for books so all these ideas are a great way to switch things up haha. I might treat myself to a kindle this year but I’m still on the fence, the cover are definitely a good selling point for me. 😛

  9. I love every last item you put on this list! I had Uppercase for a few months but then I wasn’t able to afford it anymore so i had to cancel it, but I loved it while it lasted. I received a bookish scarf from Uppercase once, I believe, and I haven’t worn it yet, but it’s beautiful. I’ve been seeing so many creative bath bombs and bath stuff lately, I guess it’s a trend? I’d probably choose the butterbeer one (I am in love with that stuff ever since visiting Universal). I’m more of a coffee drinker then tea, which is why I’d probably get a mug (I would use it every day). I actually have a marauders map mug, where the footprints on the map appear when the mug is hot. I love it, but my sister put it in the dishwasher when it wasn’t supposed to be put in the dishwasher, so it got messed up:/ Anyway, how cool would it be to light up a Harry Potter candle while reading (or even watching) Harry Potter?

  10. Great list!! I can’t get enough of the bookish candles on Etsy. There are so many amazing stores, but Frostbeard has the most delicious smelling chocolate candle. I’m going to check out the bookends store. A new obsession? Hahaha

  11. I’ve always wanted a pair of intricate, beautiful bookends, but they’re so EXPENSIVE. Hopefully Santa has some tricks up his sleeve 🙂 Great list!

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