We’re excited to share our favorite bookish gifts for this holiday season. We’ve chosen to focus on products from small businesses this year, and we know you’ll find some gems you’ll love just in time for gifting!
Bookish Candles from Candle Lit Creations. $14.49.
This Etsy shop sells literary-inspired soy candles that smell incredible. The shop’s page says: “Just like books, candles transport us. It’s only natural we should combine story and smells to create the ultimate literary lover’s experience.”
The pictured candles are from her Summer Reading Collection and are no longer available, but she always has an amazing selection, and when I ordered from her, her packaging was darling. She seems to go above and beyond, which makes her the perfect place to buy your next bookish candle! (We aren’t affiliated with this product, and we don’t know this shop owner. We were just very impressed with her products.)
The Tears of My Readers mug from Teen Author Boot Camp. $12.
This mug would be an amazing gift for any writer in your life. According to their website, it’s a “12 oz cafe mug perfect for the author who knows how to be cruel to their readers.” We love the mug, and we love TABC’s nonprofit mission of promoting literacy and authorship in teens. Go check out their amazing swag store for lots of bookish goodies.
Find the mug and lots of TABC book swag here.
Naming Your Little Geek by Scott Rubin. Published by Workman Publishing. $24.99
This guide is an essential library staple for any lover of geek culture. Whether you or your geekish friend is naming a child, a pet, or your houseplants, you won’t want to miss out on this super fun guide.
According to Workman Publishing: “From Anakin and Frodo to Indiana and Clark, Gwen and Wanda to Buffy and Xena, you can choose which is best for you and your baby. But use it with caution―a kid will never live down a name like Legolas! (But who says that’s a bad thing?)”
You can grab the book here or wherever books are sold.
Witchy Tea Bag Rest by Owl Crate. $9.99.
Anyone who has spent any amount of time in the bookish world has probably heard of Owl Crate, a fabulous subscription box that focuses on the most popular Young Adult titles and amazing bookish swag to accompany them. On our team, we’ve all been subscribers or bookish goody purchasers at some point, and this was one of our favorite recent finds: a ceramic tea bag rest that says “There’s a little witch in all of us.” Whether you’re settling down with a good book and a hot cup of tea or whether you use it as a trinket tray on your night stand, this little charmer is sure to delight the bookish witchy person on your gift list.
Update: This item has recently sold out on Owl Crate’s website, but we’ve linked you to tons of other great finds similar to the Witchy Tea Bag Rest here.
Book Queen Canvas Tote by Owl Hollow Press. $14.99.
Every bookish person needs a high quality canvas tote (or ten) for hauling books from the library or filling with odds and end. This roomy, durable Book Queen tote is the perfect gift because it’s practical, stylish, and who doesn’t want to feel like a queen every day of the week?
Check out the book queen tote here.
Junglekeepers t-shirt by Tamandua Expeditions. $25.
Because most bookish people are explorers at heart, we wanted to feature this t-shirt by Junglekeepers, a non-profit focused on environmental teaching and conservation in the Amazon. Sure, some people like to read in a cozy throw, but what about wearing this shirt that support naturalists who protect the Earth’s ecosystems so we can keep having those real and bookish adventures? Or if you’re feeling very generous, you could spring for one of their jungle expedition trips to go along with it!
100% of the shirt’s profits goes to fund Junglekeepers conservation initiatives around the world, and the wildlife director of Junglekeepers, Paul Rosolie, is also the author of Mother of God and The Girl and the Tiger, great books that bring awareness to the wild spaces in the Amazon and India.
Find the t-shirts here.
Book Sleeves by Book Beau. $24.99.
Book Beau is one of our favorite stops for protective book sleeves. They always have the cutest patterns and styles. From fairy tales to Pride and Prejudice to Addie LaRue, there’s something for everyone and there’s always something new in their shop.
This protective book sleeve is a gift your bookish friend will use daily and is sure to delight even the hardest booklover to shop for.
Check them out here.
Jane Austen Silver Charm Necklaces by Owl Hollow Press. $11.99.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a great necklace is about the best bookish bling anyone could ask for!”
These simple but stunning charmers are the perfect gift for any Austen fan on your list. You can choose from three of our favorite Jane Austen novels—Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, or Emma—recreated in a delicate silver necklace.
You can choose your favorite Austen style and length here.
Teen Author Boot Camp 2022 Writing Conference gift registration. Various online and in-person options, starting at $49.
Teen Author Boot Camp is the nation’s largest conference specifically for teens. They are also a non-profit that works year round to bring free content and literacy building activities to teens worldwide.
If there’s a creative teen in your life, they would love to attend this conference, either in person or virtually. And right now, if you register before the end of the year, their literary elves will ship out a holiday card with two TABC 2022 themed vinyl stickers to gift the registration.
You can grab the holiday pack here, and poke around their amazing website and resources while you’re there.
Marrying Mr. Darcy sold by Cat & Mouse Games. $34.99.
What could be more fun than a role-playing game where you get to be one of the characters from Pride and Prejudice? According to the Cat & Mouse website, “Players work to improve themselves and become more desirable as potential wives for the available Suitors. The ladies do this by attending Events and improving their Characters, but advantage can be gained by the use of Cunning. All of their efforts are in hopes of securing the husband that will make them the most satisfied character at the end of the game.”
It’s the perfect gift for the Jane Austen lover in your life. And let’s be honest… Who isn’t an Austen fan?
Find the game here.