I don’t know about, but it’s always a hard for me when I decide to get a gift for a friend.
I overthink things and the search for the ‘perfect’ gift just never ends. Perhaps I’m too empathetic, but I always put myself in the other person’s shoes but then I take it too far because I end up coming up with all sorts of reasons my gift idea won’t be acceptable to the person.
So to take the heavy lifting out of gift giving, I will be slowly curating a list of things I think will work in different situations. I already made one when you want to gift a female friend or lover.
This time I am starting with gifts for the book worm. You for sure have at least one avid book reader in your life, I myself am one. So let’s break these literary gift ideas down. This goes without saying, but if you feel like something is missing, you can comment down below or just DM me on my socials.
- Book sleeves – I thought this was great because I experience not having one each and every time. When I commute to work I like to bring a book along with me to read as I sit in the train. But the problem is because my shoulder bag is usually smaller than most sized books, it usually takes a fall or develops some dog ears. I really hate dog ears. (in primary school, if your books got dog ears that was one good reason to be punished!) So having a book sleeve would prevent that, plus this one has some handles so it’s easier to carry the book around!
- Book darts – any serious reader will tell you how annoying it is to figure out where exactly you left off the last time. I also love that these come in a box with many so technically you could use them as bookmarkers for the sections you want to revisit. Either way, I say this is a useful one too!
- Candle – close your eyes and picture this: it’s rainy outside, you have a weighted blanket plus a nice cup of hot chocolate and you’re deep in a novel and to top it all off there is a candle burning flavor is peony and vanilla. Just magical right? I wouldn’t dare move, you would catch me in the same place all day long.
- Mug warmer – You’ll legit never catch me without a drink in hand. In the mornings it’s always a tea and then later a coffee. And it’s one of my pet peeves when my warm drinks get cold. So I always drink them really fast but the downside is I don’t actually get to enjoy them then. I found it so weird when I discovered that my colleagues microwave their hot beverages when they get cold. I guess we all have different ways of dealing with the problem. But this mug warmer is a game changer. Plus it works with different cup materials and it uses a weight sensor so when the cup is empty, it stops automatically in case you forget to switch it off.
- Out Of Print Socks curated on LTK (shopltk.com) – this a bit pretentious of me to recommend a book I’ve never read, but hear me out. I read her novel November 9 and it was really good. At some point it almost became cheesy but she managed to turn it around and it was really worth the read. So I think (and hope) Verity lives up to the hype.
- Reading journal – I have a similar logging journal but it’s digital. I think a physical version of it would be really cool too! It’s sometimes annoying to recall what a book was about but having a log is a great way to have a central place to store which book you’ve read and if you liked it. I think having a physical one will also help with entering the details in your long term memory.
- Library stamp – This is in my shopping cart on Etsy. When I found it, I thought it was such a cool idea. At some point I got addicted to audiobooks because I can listen to them at 2x the speed and finish books faster. But lately I decided to come back to physical books because I realized my listening and reading speed is the same. Plus I’m trying to make a no-device-an-hour-before-bed habit so I read to while up that time. I’ll show you guys how mine look IRL when I get it.
- Literary socks – This one is a bit cheesy but cute still. Most people wear socks indoors during winter and this that kinda pair that one would just pull on, on such days.
- Book page holder – I find this one to be a where-were-you-all-my-life kinda devices. Since I’ve gotten back to reading physical book copies, it’s been a pain holding down the book spine. I immediately added this to my book cart.
- Quote pencils – Featuring three of the leading women poets of the 19th century: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson and Christina Rossetti. If you know someone who loves poetry they’ll appreciate these pencils. I also like how easy this gift is – you can literally give it to anyone like your English teacher, your lover or your neighbour!
- Out Of Print Socks curated on LTK (shopltk.com)
- Magnetic Book Marker- another small but mighty gift idea. Traditional book markers always fall off or are sometimes too long for the book. This one stays where you put it because it’s magnetic.
Now that we have nailed down a gift list for all the bibliophiles and book nerds in our lives, that’s it for now friends. Don’t forget to make recommendations or requests for gift ideas and I’ll be sure to get to it later.
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