Happy Holidays everyone! I know we’re all in the middle of getting ready for the biggest season of the year and I’m super psyched too. There’s something about the holidays that really gets me in the mood to share and give as much as possible. I love buying gifts for underprivileged families. I love volunteering at my local church. I love giving the most, so I wanted to share that with you all with my first ever Holiday Gift Guide.
When I was thinking about putting this list together, I honestly couldn’t stop wanting these things for myself. LOL. Don’t you find it funny when you shop for friends and family you just want to shop for yourself? So I’ve decided to give you a list of fun bookish accessories and fun books to share with your loved ones and a little for ourself.
I hope you enjoy it! These items are all from my own heart and I hope you all love them as much as I do.
For the cozy Bookstagrammer
Bookstagram is home for me. It’s where I found so many lovely friends online and it’s made me feel a part of a bigger community without having to put on pants. Don’t worry, I’m wearing pants right now. But if you have an aspiring bookstagrammer in your life or if you just like to cozy up with a good book, then these might be on your holiday list this year:
I absolutely love tea and so do all the bookstagrammers. If you want to treat your bookstagrammer friend, go for a tea subscription that caters to your personal tastes and sends four fabulous teas to you every month. This is one of the only subscriptions I keep because the teas are really good and I get to have a little stash for whatever move I’m in.
I fell in love with these mugs and secretly adding them to my own holiday shopping list. I love how it looks like something from a subway and that makes me miss New York a little. It comes in all the initials, so get one for your favorite bookstagrammer!
This is the silliest gift you can give someone, but it’s absolutely amazing. I tend to read a lot of heavy books and this little seat helps me to prop them up in my lap without weighing down on my precious fingers. Also, it’s good if you want to go hands free and read.
I will swear up and down this mountain about this blanket. I love a snuggie. The reason? Well, I’m usually annoyingly cold all the time, so the blanket keeps me warm. It’s made of 100% plastic, so definitely going to be keeping me warm. The best part is that it has holes for your arms, so you can easily wear the blanket, feel the comfort, and turn the pages of your current read.
I featured this necklace on one of my Currently Loving editions, but I had to add it here. If you’re looking for someone who loves to stay at home and read, then this necklace is for you. I have one as well and I absolutely love it.
Well, I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter and these lovely socks will keep your toes extra cozy this winter while reading your favorite books. I love these in particular because they’re not beholden to a certain house, but has enough Harry Potter magic on them to make any other fans in the house jealous.
For New Readers
Brand new reading friends, I see you. I think that it’s great you’ve picked up reading either for the first time in earnest or again after a few years. Reading is like getting on a bike. You go away from it for a while, but when you get back then you definitely can’t stop. For those new readers in your life, I wanted to put together some of the best books I read in 2018. Thre were many and I’ll try to keep the genres varied, but here’s some great books to share with those new readers that came out in 2018:
For fans of general fiction
For fans of science fiction
For fans of romance
For fans of diverse reads
For fans of YA
For fans of memoirs and autobiographies
This was definitely the year of the memoir. So many great celebrity memoirs came out and if you have non-fiction readers in your life, you may consider some of these for their reading list:
For the book reader always on the go
We all have that one friend that’s always too busy to do stuff. The kind of friend that loves to read, but also loves to double book their nights with two birthday parties to attend. For these friends, I have some lovely treats for readers on the go
As an avid reader, sometimes you need a device to get you reading that backlist of Netgalley ARCs you’ve collected. Luckily, the new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite can help with that. This new version of the Paperwhite is waterproof, has a longer battery life, and connects to bluetooth for audile book listening. I’m super jazzed to have this little device especially when I’m traveling and don’t want to carry around super heavy reads.
I might be in love with David’s Teas recently, but I also absolutely love their travel mugs. They’re double-walled for added warmth and they even have ones with tea diffusers if your bookish loved one loves tea over coffee.
For all your book lovers
If you’re not a fan of giving gift cards to your bookish loved ones (although gift cards are much appreciated by us), there’s always some fun gifts that any reader will love.
This year was a big year for Asian Americans. We had a big box office romcom and we all watched To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netflix. I thought a scrunchie with Lara Jean’s trademark bow on it would be a great gift for anyone with a penchant for bookish souvenirs and a little bit of nostalgia. I remember I used to wear a scrunchie everywhere. I would hike the scrunchie up past my elbow because I thought that was cool. I was very uncool in high school.
I absolutely love these Page Anchor bookmarks. If you’re a new reader or an avid reader for years, this little bookmark is a lifesaver. Not only does it keep the page for you, but you can also use it to prop open your book. It comes in handy when you’re eating and you want to read, if you’re on the subway and you want to read, or if you just happen to be a fan of anchors. It also comes in different metallic colors, so you can’t not get the rose gold.
I’m a fan of t-shirts with pockets. I’m a double fan of pockets with cute subtle designs and this is right up my alley. For any of your bookish loved ones, this one will definitely be a win.
I recently found out that my Books are Magic pin is actually made by this artist named Jane Mount. When I found that out, I went to her site and found these amazing little enamel pins of many favorite novels. OMG, they are so adorable, petite, and look good on any denim jacket or tote bag. If you’re not sure what your bookish loved ones wants, there’s some general “book reader” pins as well. I’m particularly smitten with this Bibliophile one.
While Books Are Magic continues to be a small independently owned bookstore in Brooklyn, everyone who is anyone in the book world is wearing their merch. Specifically, people are obsessed with the Books Are Magic t-shirts. I think it’s because the message is plain and clear; books ARE magic.
Reading, for me, is also a process of writing my thoughts. I love to use Leuchtturm notebooks to write my bookish feelings and thoughts for blog posts. Just a little insight to how this blogger writes her posts.