15 Hidden Treasures for Book Lovers This Holiday (That Aren't Books!)
'Tis the season, book lovers! We’re entering into the most wonderful time of the year. A time for fireside reading, festive lights, and holiday cheer. It’s also a time to start making out your Christmas or Hanukkah list, whether for yourself or a fellow bibliophile.
Obviously, we could always use more books, but there are also lots of unique, literary-inspired gifts other than books that are just as exciting. I’ve compiled a list of alternatives that I have either already purchased or have on my own wish list. Take a look and see who in your life would be thrilled to receive these bookworm-themed treasures.
1. Book Brooch*
I discovered PINSwithPERSONALITY at the annual Scituate Art Festival in Rhode Island this year and bought this lovely brooch. It’s proudly displayed on my winter coat to give it some bookish panache. If pins aren’t your thing, they also sell bookworm-inspired French barrettes. Other styles also include cat and tea lover designs.
Finishing your latest read is made all the more satisfying by logging it into a journal. You can jot down not only the basics like title, author, genre, page count, and more but also your thoughts and experiences while reading it. This journal helps you savor the experience and revisit it anytime you’d like (comparing your initial impressions to a reread at a later date can be fun too). In addition to the journal sections, keep track of your favorite books, to-be-read list, and recommendations to family and friends.
3. Bamboo Book Stand *
Made of high-quality bamboo, this adjustable book stand will greatly enhance your reading experience. You can change the angle to find the best reading position, and the book holders will keep the pages open so you don’t lose your spot. This is useful for studying, cooking, and especially late-night reading (when you want to prevent a dropped-book-on-the-face scenario).
This book locket necklace perfectly combines one’s love of books with meaningful memories. The antique bronze look gives it a charming vintage vibe. You can add the photos yourself or leave it empty for the recipient to choose which special memories to include.
This is my own design from my Etsy shop, The Nerdy Mermaid Shop. "Just one more chapter!" is a phrase uttered by countless book lovers is now presented in this beautiful lavender bead bangle bracelet. The bracelet features a laser-engraved stainless steel pendant (20 mm) and mini tea cup, glasses, and book charms. Perfect for readers, writers, editors, librarians, and teachers.
This is another design from my Etsy shop. It features an adorable mini book and antique bronze-tone pen charm. The book includes actual paper if you'd like to write your own messages inside. The necklace is available in 4 different colors: red, blue, green, and brown. Bronze-plated chain measures 7 inches when clasped and hanging. (Bonus: I also sell matching earrings!)
7. LitJoy Crate*
Are you or someone you know a fan of young adult books? Monthly book subscription services such as LitJoy Crate offer a new YA book release paired with a few curated items related to the story. Choose the subscription package based on your needs and interests. It’s a fun experience for both adults and young readers. Order for yourself or family/friends. Every month expect an exciting literary surprise with goodies inside!
Choose from numerous styles of canvas slip-on shoes with bookworm-inspired themes. Ideal for wearing around the house, to the nearest bookshop, or your next book club meet-up.
Book-loving fashionistas will love this one-of-a-kind, blinged-out book keychain! Design includes "Books and bling" black, silver, and gold vinyl decal; Swarovski white crystal stone for a touch of sparkle; and lobster claw clasp with chain. Attach to keys, a backpack, or a purse.
Get the book nerd in your family their very own personalized reading sign. Available in three sizes.
Looking to create a cozy, bookish theme in your office or reading nook? This wall mural based on artwork by Sung Kim will enhance any room with its traditional bookshop storefront design. You can also customize the size and material to suit your needs.
A positive, self-love message for book nerds. This round, pin-back button measures 1 in. and can be wornhttps://www.etsy.com/listing/741556078/antique-miniature-book-pen-charm?ref=shop_home_active_26&pro=1&frs=1 on shirts, jackets, or backpacks.
Stay hydrated during your reading marathons! This book-themed water bottle holds 32 oz. and even gives you a daily breakdown of how much liquid you should be consuming throughout the day. There are multiple designs to choose from and personalization options.
This one-of-a-kind pen holder is made of stone resin. It measures 5 inches in height. The rich details of the jewel-tone tomes make it not only a useful office supply but also an elegant book-themed accessory for one’s desk.
The writer in your life will love this vintage typewriter satchel bag. Its vibrant colors and fabric-lined interior ensure items are carried around in style. Sure to garner lots of compliments for the wearer!
Happy Holidays, and may the sales be ever in your favor!
*These are products I have either created in my own Etsy shop or have bought personally.