Well, team, the Christmas season is finally upon us, and that brings about thoughts of what to get those in your lives who love books.
Naturally, a book lover will appreciate any novel you pick up, especially if you have access to either their Goodreads account or Amazon wish list.
But, what if you wanted to be different? What if you wanted to grab them something that they would have never thought of themselves but you know they would love? Never fear, I have compiled a list of five items that I think would be A) awesome to get the bookworms in your lives and B) I would love to get myself for Christmas.
- First on the list, is, you guessed it, a book, or more specifically a collection of books that would tantalize that book lover in your life that likes to read award winning novels.
BookPeople, a bookseller out of the UK, has a bundle of books that were either shortlisted or won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2015. If you are unfamiliar with what the Man Booker is, it’s a literary prize awarded each year to the best original novel, written in the English language, and published in the UK. Furthermore, the winner of the Booker Prize, as it’s more commonly known, has garnered both national and international renown.
Among those who have won the Booker Prize includes; Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, and the 2014 winner The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan.
This year’s collection of novels includes; A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Taylor, Satin Island by Tom McCarthy, A Little Life by Hana Yanagihara, The Fisherman by Chigozie Obioma, The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota, and the winner for 2015 A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James.
This package costs £30, which comes to roughly $60.98 CAN. Given the state of our dollar, and the fact that each of these books would cost around $20 each in a store, this is a good deal for six books, in my humble opinion.
Also, if this package doesn’t seem like the right fit, BookPeople offers a variety of different packages for books that fall under classics, young adult, and adult fiction and non-fiction.
- Second on the list is a little-known site called Redbubble that has a variety of things (t-shirts, phone cases, pillows, etc.) that all have to do with books.
My personal favourite is to use the search bar for searches
pertaining to my favourite novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, which is when I found the print on the left that can be put on a t-shirt.
Redbubble itself is a lot like the website Etsy, where amazingly creative individuals can put up their work for others to buy. In their “About Us” blurb, Redbubble explains themselves as:
Redbubble is quite simply the finest and most diverse creative community and marketplace on the interlink. There, we said it. With artists and designers hailing from every corner of the globe, displaying eye opening talent, skill, passion and enthusiasm for all forms of creativity there really is no better place for you to get your artistic kicks.
The prices of Redbubble merchandise varies depending on what you intend to purchase, however just keep in mind that all prices are charged in USD, so there will be a difference in the actual price you pay.
All in all, even if you can’t find something for the book lover in your life, I am sure you can find something to give yourself for Christmas.
- Coming in at number three on this list of things to buy the book lover in your life is (drumroll please) a book subscription box. It’s honestly the gift that keeps on giving!
If you don’t know what subscription box to get, head over to the website Hello Subscription, which has a list of book subscription services, what each of them has to offer, pricing along with any available coupons, and reviews.
Some of my favourites include:
Owl Crate: a subscription service that send you a box each month tailored around a theme. Each box contains one new Young Adult novel, as well as 3-5 other bookish items. $37 per month
Once Upon a Bookcase: a subscription service that sends you a box each month, based off of the phone that you own. That’s right, you get a book related phone case every month, and if that’s not enough, other bookish items to round out the theme. $23 per month
Muse Monthly: A subscription service that send you a box each month with a new novel and a full box or tin of tea. I don’t know about you, but nothing is better on a cold winter’s night than cuddling up with a good book and a cup of tea. $21.00 per month
Once again, these prices are in USD so keep that in mind before you sign up. This is a great gift in my mind because even if you only get a one-month subscription for a person, the anticipation of receiving something is there long after Christmas is over.
- Well keeping along with the theme of this post, who would I be if I didn’t mention another set of books.
I don’t know about you, but I love the aesthetic appeal of a good front cover, So much so in fact, that I have rebought editions of books I already own, just to replace them with the “pretty version.”
It’s a vicious cycle I know, but if you have a book lover who is exactly like me, let me then recommend either the Barns and Noble Leather Bound Classics or the Penguin Clothbound Classics.
I own quite a few of the Barns and Noble Leather Bound Classics, from a complete collection of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to a complete collection of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, these covers are second to none. Also, Barns and Noble shipment options are great, however, all prices are once again in USD, but the editions don’t usually run over $22.50, so they won’t break the bank.
On the other hand, the Penguin Clothbound Classics can be found in Canadian bookstores, hurray! One that I’ve had my eye on for someone on my Christmas shopping list is A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings by Charles Dickens. This book, as well as other Penguin Clothbound Classics, tend to cost no more than $23.00 CAN, which is great if you need a last minute idea and can’t wait for it to be shipped out.
- Finally, the last recommendation I have for you for book lovers can be found on the website Lithographs.
Lithographs is amazing as it takes popular books, from a variety of different genres, and puts them word for word on a poster, a tote, or a t-shirt.
Personally, the one that is definitely on my Christmas list this year is the King Lear t-shirt in grey. Both sides are utilized so if I ever need a quick-witted Shakespearean insult, I can look no further than my t-shirt (or the internet whatever works, okay!)
The t-shirts are $34.00 USD with $8.99 shipping rates for Canada, so once again it won’t be too expensive.
Well peeps, there you have it, my recommendations for the book lovers in your life. Even if none of these tickle your fancy, remember that Christmas isn’t all about the perfect gift, but instead about spending time with the ones you love. I hope you all have an amazing holiday season, and I’ll be back with another post soon!
*All of the pictures featured were found on Google, or the corresponding websites*