This is going to be a super short post, but since one of my favorite Christmas traditions is book related, I wanted to share.
Every year on Christmas Eve, after we’d eaten Christmas dinner, gone to mass, and gotten into our pajamas, we would all pile on the couch and my dad would read us The Night Before Christmas. Even if we’d gone to midnight mass and it was super late, even if some of us were in high school, even if my Dad was almost falling asleep at the end of each sentence, we always read it. And I love that that was our tradition!
Our favorite version of the book is this one (which I still own).
We also had a mouse family version similar to the one below, which we read if we couldn’t find the other one. (We were all avid readers, so books roamed our house quite a bit. :))
I hope you and your families and friends have a wonderful Christmas!
Here are ten bookish gifts that you can make yourself! There will be less pictures on this post because I don’t want to use someone else’s photos without permission. For all of my other bookish gift guides, click here.
1. Penguin Classics Poster
This super colorful poster is easy to make and makes a great decoration. You can find it at Modern Mrs. Darcy.
2. Embroidery Art
If you’re good at embroidery, you can make some embroidery hoop art. I like this one from Flamingo Toes which says “Shh… I’m reading”. I also like this one from Etsy, which shows a woman carrying a huge stack of books.
3. Cross-stitch Art
Very similar, but I find cross-stitching easier than embroidery, because it’s more structured. I like this clever pattern, in which one book remarks to another “you look thinner” and the second book says “I had my appendix taken out”.
4. Book Lover Necklace
This cute necklace features a colorful stack of books. It looks simple to make, and the blog (blog.darice.com) has great step by step directions.
5. Reading Pillow
This pillow has a pocket to hold your book when you’re not reading it!
6. Book Page Art Print
There are so many cute way to do this! I’ve linked some of my favorites (no directions, just inspiration) here,here, and here.
7. Charging Station (That Looks Like a Book!)
This charging station hides your charging devices within a book. It’s easily customizable because you can choose the book/book cover you use.
8. Book Clutch!
A perfect accessory! Or, if the book is big enough, I think it could make a beautiful jewelry box. One tutorial can be found here.
9. Giant Quilted Book Cushion
These are so fun! They’re giant cushions made to look like books! I think these would be extra fantastic in a classroom library/reading center.
How could I do a week of bookish gifts without making a list for writers – the people who bring these books into our lives! This post is mainly inspired by my writer friend, Rebecca Thorne. You can check out her blog here.
If you’re looking for other bookish gift guides, you can see all of the ones I have here.
Amazon links are affiliate links, the rest are for your convenience.
1. A Writer’s Mug
Most writers I know always have a cup of coffee or tea or cocoa by their side while they write. So why not give them an inspirational mug to accompany them?
2. A T-Shirt
This T-Shirt says “Never wrong a writer. They get their revenge in print.” I think it’s pretty clever, and it’s a great way to show off that you’re a writer! For a more subtle t-shirt, check out this one which has a heartbeat pattern written by a quill. (It’s cuter than I make it sound. :P)
Etsy has many great options for this. One I’m particularly fond of says “writing isn’t a hobby, it’s a calling”. You can find it here.
5. Fuzzy Socks
Do these really need explanation? Laptop (or notebook) + coffee + fuzzy socks = a great novel! 😀
6. Journal Bandolier
This gift is great for those who prefer to write by hand or those who use a bullet journal to organize their thoughts. It’s a leather “belt” that wraps around a notebook/journal and holds their writing utensils of choice.
Help them get in a soothing, focused mindset with a candle. My friend (and now me too) is a fan of Woodwick candles, because they crackle as they burn. It sounds like you’re next to a fireplace without having to build a fire!
8. A Domain Name
I got this idea from another friend (hi Krissy!), and I think it’s great. If your friend is trying to get their writing career started, they probably already have a website in mind. So why not buy them their domain name? (For those who are not tech-y, a domain name is a website address. For example, mine is akbookworm.com.) You can buy domains on sites such as GoDaddy or BlueHost.
This is the word processor for writers. It allows you to split up your novel into chapters or scenes, and then helps with formatting one you’re finished. It’s also great for storyboards and character plotting. There are so many more benefits to this software that you’ll have to ask another writer (or Google) about!
9. A Writer’s Conference
This one is quite pricy, which is why it would be an amazing gift to give to a writer. Find a writer’s conference in your area, or in their area of expertise and purchase their registration. You can check out Writer’s Mag for the list of the top ten conferences in North America.
These bookends, which say WRI TER would be a great way to show off all of the books they have written!
What else should I add to this list? And shout out to all the awesome writers out there, who bring us the books we love so much!
It’s hard to find jewelry for men, but I think this leather cuff with a J. R. R. Tolkien quote can definitely fit the bill. If this isn’t their thing, you can also check out these quotation mark cufflinks, which is also from Etsy.
3. Atticus Finch T-Shirt
This t-shirt from Amazon looks like it could be for a law offfice – but it’s actually a reference to To Kill a Mockingbird!
4. Tequila Mockingbird book
Okay, so this is a book and not a bookish item, but it’s too awesome not to share! It’s an entire book of cocktails “with a literary twist”. Perfect for the man who likes to bartend for friends and family.
This book stand is a great way to set a book down for the night without losing your place!
8. Book-style Kindle Cover
Get them a cover for their Kindle that looks like a book! Check out this one which looks like Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, or this one, which looks like a book of spells from the Harry Potter series.
9. Book Dragon Mug
Forget being a bookworm! (Although I’m a fan, personally :P) Get them a mug that celebrates that they are a book dragon!
10. A Floating Bookshelf
The pictured doesn’t look too impressive, but this is a fun way to store books as if there is nothing holding them to the wall! They just “float” there. 🙂
There’s what I found! What do you think? Anything I should add?
Today I present to you some wonderful bookish gifts for women. If you want to see my other bookish gift guides, see the list of them here.
Amazon links are affiliate links, the others are for your convenience!
1. Geode Bookends
I think these bookends are so pretty, and they look much sturdier than the classic metal bookends! A beautiful household decoration that’s practical too.
2. Book Themed Travel Mug
If they’re not a coffee drinker, they probably drink tea or cocoa. So here’s a perfect bookish complement to that (often daily) habit.
3. Book Pillow
This one from Etsy is super colorful and reads “Drink Tea and Read Books”. Just looking at it makes me think of cozy winter days curled up with a good book and a warm beverage.
These are book themed conversation starters. I think this would be great for a book club, since we always seem to struggle to find book related conversation starters. Plus, it’s in really pretty packaging. 😛
5. I’d Rather Be Reading Print
I found this print on Etsy and I love it. It’s a downloadable, so you don’t even have to wait for shipping! It’s beautiful and I know I definitely want one to hang next to my bookshelf.
6. Book Basket
If you’re nifty, you can crochet a basket like the ones here. Or if you’re not as creatively inclined (or pressed for time) you can get this one off of Amazon. (Although, sadly, it isn’t very colorful.)
7. Just One More Chapter Necklace
This necklace from Etsy is classy, trendy, and perfect for the book-loving woman in your life! (As a book-loving woman myself, I can verify that “just one more chapter” is pretty much our motto. :P)
8. Book Scarf
You can find scarves with the print from many different books out there. I personally like this scarf from Out of Print (this time via Amazon).
Sorry that I wasn’t able to get all of these lists out in one week. It’s been a crazy week! (As a side note, I got to perform at the Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale, Arizona, so that’s pretty cool.)
Anywho, on to the list! This list is a collection of bookish items for teens. If you would like bookish gift ideas for a different age group, see all of my bookish gift lists here.
Amazon links are affiliate links, the other ones are just for your convenience.
1. My Weekend Is All Booked Mug
I love this phrase! What better way to spend a chilly day than to fill this with a cup of cocoa and grab a good book? This (and other items with this phrase) can be found at LookHuman.
2. Pride and Prejudice T-Shirt from Out of Print
Have I mentioned how much I love this website? Oh, I have? Well, here’s another item from them. This is a pretty Pride and Prejudice t-shirt.
3. Bookworm Necklace
This adorable necklace has a charm of a book and a worm. It pretty much sums me up in one jewelry piece. 🙂 It’s sure to please any book lover out there!
4. Hunger Games Collection of Nail Polish by China Glaze
Isn’t this the neatest idea ever? Hunger Games themed nail polish! There’s one color for each district. It includes fun shades such as Riveting (orange), Dress Me Up (rose), and Fast Track (glittery beige).
5. Book earrings
I found these fun earrings on Etsy. This particular pair has a pinkish version of the book Emma by Jane Austen. I’m sure you could easily find other variations on Etsy as well!
6. Book Washi Tape
This washi tape would be a cute way to decorate a planner, journal, scrapbook, and so much more!
I’m a big fan of this beautiful watercolor-style bookmark from Etsy. This one says “Just One More Chapter”, but Etsy has a lot of great bookmark options!
I think this scarf is more fashionable than warm, but either way, it’s another great addition to a bookworm’s accessory collection. (If this is too “girly” for your particular teenager, you can also find a Harry Potter house scarf as an alternative.)
10. Pouf Ottoman
This pouf would provide a fun/comfy place to read. Plus, it comes in a wide variety of colors, so you can find one to perfectly match their existing decor.
If you have a child who is too old to be a toddler but too young to be a teen, then this list is for you! Below are ten book themed gifts for children. (You can find all of my bookish gift guides here.)
(Amazon links are affiliate links, the other links are simply for your convenience.)
1. When in Doubt Go to the Library T-Shirt
This is a great shirt for all ages really. You can find it at Out of Print.
2. Book Print
What could be better than some bookish art to add color to the walls of their bedroom? My favorite is from Etsy and has an Emily Dickinson quote that says “To travel far, there is no better ship than a book.”
3. By the Book, a Novel Stacking Game
How cute is this game?? I’ve never played it, but if it’s as fun as it looks, it’ll be lots of entertainment! You can find it on Amazon.
4. Very Hungry Caterpillar Tote
I think discovering Out of Print was one of the best finds this year, for me at least. This Hungry Caterpillar tote would be perfect for carrying books to and from school or the library. (And to be honest, I want one too!)
I wanted to feature those whimsical teacup shaped bookshelves that keep showing up on Pinterest, but they are apparently made by an Etsy artist and are out of stock. So here is a fun Mickey Mouse bookshelf I found on Amazon! They also have Minnie Mouse and Frozen versions as well. (I imagine ordering a bookshelf on Amazon is nicer than getting it at the store, because you don’t have to haul it home, it just shows up at your door. :P)
6. Book sling
If you don’t want to purchase or put together a bookshelf, you can always opt for a book sling (like this one from Amazon). I like these because they display the books pretty well, and are great for picture books because there’s not a height restriction. Plus, they’d tuck easily into the corner of a living room or bedroom, for easy access to even more awesome books. 🙂
7. Bookworm bookmark
This one is for you crocheters out there – a DIY bookworm bookmark. You can find the free pattern here.
8. Bookmarks to color
A friend got me some bookmarks to color for my birthday this year, and I love them. Not only are the practical (you can never have too many bookmarks), but they’re a fun art project as well. The ones on sale at Target right now are ocean themed, but if that isn’t your child’s favorite, you can also search Etsy for lots of great options!
I know Scooby-Doo started out as a TV show and then became a book series, but since I loved (and still read) the books, I think it would be great to give Scooby-Doo legos (like these from Amazon). Pair them with a couple of the books and you have a great gift set!
10. Hungry Caterpillar Bookends
I’m sort of sorry I keep featuring Hungry Caterpillar items, but at the same time, not really. These bookends are sooooooo cute. Perfect for any child’s set of books!
What’s your favorite item from this list? Have you given or received any fantastic bookish gifts for children?
Welcome to my first post about bookish gifts! Today I’m featuring gifts for toddlers. I have three nephews under the age of five, so most of these gifts were picked with them in mind. Most of these gifts are not books, but can easily be given with one.
(Amazon links are affiliate links, the other ones are just for your convenience. 🙂)
1. Hungry Caterpillar SocksThese are both adorable and practical! I know my nephews love the Hungry Caterpillar story because it’s repetitive enough for them to “read” by themselves! You can find these socks at Out of Print.
2. Hunger Caterpillar Plushie (See my post about the plushie here)
Something to snuggle during storytime. Plus, if you crochet, it’s a relatively inexpensive gift.
3. I Spy Book with I Spy Jar
This is another fun DIY gift. You basically put rice and a bunch of little toys in a clear bottle or jar to make a fun, shakeable, I Spy game. I think this would be fun to give with an I Spy book. A couple of my favorite tutorials for this can be found here and here. You can also just by one on Amazon.
4. Book Bag or Backpack
Your favorite toddler will definitely need something to carry their favorite books around, especially for frequent trips to the library! Here is a tutorial to make one of your own.
5. Lowly Worm Plushie
This is another crochet stuffed animal to snuggle with or play with while reading Richard Scarry. You can read my post about it here.
6. Blue Truck and Blue Truck
I can’t take credit for this one – my mom gave this to my nephew a couple of years ago. She bought the super cute truck pictured below and gave it with a copy of the board book Little Blue Truck. My nephew especially loved the truck because its shape made it easy to play with.
7. Polar Bear Nursery Print
Really, any nursery print I think would be a great idea. My favorite is this print of a polar bear reading a book, which I found on Etsy. There are a lot of great options out there if this particular one doesn’t strike your fancy.
8. Dr. Suess Matching Game
I loved playing matching games when I was younger. So why not pick up one that’s book themed? Pictured below is a Dr. Suess one from Amazon, but you can also find ones that are Curious George, Eric Carle, or Richard Scarry themed.
9. Curious George T-Shirt
Curious George (or “Monkey George” to my nephews) is another popular book character for toddlers. I love this t-shirt, which is another great find from Out of Print.
Exposing them to the alphabet at a young age will hopefully help them foster a love for reading and writing different words.
There are a lot of great options out there! I’m still finding great adorable stuff. What else would you add to this list?
If you’re still doing some Christmas shopping, I have some good news! This week I will be posting gift guides (one a day) for all the book lovers in your family. Below is the list of anticipated posts – I will try to turn them into links when the actual posts come out. I hope you enjoy them – I definitely enjoyed putting them together!
The list contains mostly items, not just books, because I think it’s fun to mix things up. Plus, there are quite a lot of great book themed items out there! Most of these aren’t holiday specific, so you can use the gift guides for Christmas, Hanukkah, birthdays, and more.
Happy holidays! I love this entire season, so you’ll be seeing many posts from me about Christmas. (Christmas is what I celebrate, but if you celebrate something else [or nothing at all] I hope you have a great December as well!)
Without further ado, here are some awesome bookish Christmas decorations I found, mostly via Pinterest. Because none of the images are mine, you will only find links to the original posts below. Go check them out! 🙂