Happy December!! The most wonderful time of the year has arrived, and along with it comes the question of what to get that special someone on your Christmas list. Since May and June both share a passion for everything books, we thought we would give you a few fun gift ideas for the book lover in your life.
For us, there is nothing like an old edition of a favorite book. Many Christmas’ ago, May’s mom gave her a vintage edition of a beloved book from childhood, Little Women. It is old and beautiful and is the perfect accessory on a coffee table or mantle.
How about something from a favorite independent book store? In addition to great books, many independent book shops sell t-shirts, coffee mugs, gift cards, and of course tote bags at reasonable prices. Book lovers can always use a new tote bag. They need some way to carry their book haul, especially when all of their holds come in at the library at the exact same time (June knows from experience).
If you’re looking for a great stocking stuffer, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful book mark. We found some unique and beautiful book marks online. Check out this store for a wide selection.
We love Etsy for great book gifts. A favorite shop is Carrot Top Paper Shop, which creates illustrations and quotes of literary heroines including Anne of Green Gables and Elizabeth Bennett as well as their authors Jane Austen, L.M. Montgomery, and Louisa May Alcott.
A subscription to a book club could be fun. Now, before you have flashbacks to the Columbia House record/cassette/cd of the month club, these are more flexible. We have not signed up for any of them, however Book of the Month Club is getting good press. Each month, a rotating cast of judges select five titles. The recipient has the opportunity to select the title of their choice, or they can choose to skip a month.
A reading journal and other tools to help read are also a great gift. Some readers like to track their titles either for a reading challenge or just for their own spotty memories, plus some readers like to mark passages or take notes. The Modern Mrs. Darcy sells really great reading journal kits that include a really nice journal, book darts and other fun goodies. June will tell you those book darts are magical for having the ability to go back and reference ideas, or to re-read a really beautiful sentence.
If the book lover on your list reads physical books, but also multi-tasks while doing so (we are looking at June who blow dries her hair and reads at the same time), a book weight is a great gift. The book weight holds the book open and allows your reader to get one more chapter in hands free, for the most part. June’s husband got her this one last Christmas and it has changed her life. No more trying to figure out if the toothpaste tube is heavy enough to hold the book open.
A lot of readers belong to book clubs and most book clubs involve wine. So, why not give your reader their very own book club of wine. June is currently working on writing a book (more on that later) and her writing mentor, Ann Garvin’s book, I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around, is featured in a new seasonal gift box called Books & Bottles, which pairs two bottles of Francis Ford Coppola’s wine with a featured book. Check it out. It looks like a fun gift combining most readers two loves.
Of course you can always buy the gift of a new book. Readers love new titles and authors to check out. Consider not only the newest best seller, but also look to the backlist titles that may have been missed. As we readers know, there are simply too many titles to read in a lifetime. Get a gift receipt just in case they have already had the pleasure of reading your picked title, and don’t be offended, it just means that you have great reading taste.
Have a great weekend and happy Christmas shopping! – May and June
Books may well be the only true magic. Alice Hoffman