Every year I do a wee post with some Christmas gift ideas for book lovers. I know it’s still mid-November and some of you might not be thinking about the holiday season yet, but at least one of the items I’m going to recommend is limited in quantity so I thought it best to get this post out!
Let’s start with that limited item then – V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic Collector’s Edition.
Forbidden Planet have SIGNED copies of the UK version. There are only 200 copies of this signed, special edition. I have my copy and it’s stunning! I believe all of the first edition US special editions are signed but this signed, numbered copy is perfect for Schwab fans!
Next, I have to mention Jen Campbell.
Jen will sign, dedicate and even wrap her books for you! I posted a mini-review of her short stories collection, The Beginning of the World In The Middle of the Night, recently – it would make a gorgeous Christmas gift! Just order on Jen’s website!
In that same post, I gushed about Leigh Bardugo’s The Language of Thorns.
Waterstones still have some signed copies available however they are in-store only. You can check on their website to see if your local store has a copy though. I had a nosey and there are definitely some still strewn across the country.
I haven’t read this book yet, but, if you have someone in your life who loved The Martian, Waterstones have signed copies of Andy Weir’s new book Artemis available. UPDATE – these are now Click and Collect only, so check to see if your local store has a copy.
One of my favourite items to give (and receive) over the past few years has been the illustrated copies of Harry Potter. The latest edition, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was released last month and Foyles still have some signed first editions available (note this is signed by the illustrator Jim Kay, not JK Rowling).
I think they make beautiful gifts for young and old alike! They are stunning books and well worth collecting.
If you’re not so sure what signed book your loved one would like, may I recommend a voucher from Goldsboro Books?
I’ve had several books from them, and receiving a parcel from them feels so special. They often offer exclusive editions as well as specialising in signed first editions and have a Book of the Month service, so a GB voucher is the perfect gift for book collectors in your life!
It’s no secret that I love Illumicrate, the quarterly book subscription box. I’ve been signed up since the first box (you can see all of my unboxings here). So, obviously, I think an Illumicrate subscription would make a fantastic present!
However, Daphne has a special, limited edition box lined up for January…
It’s The Howler Edition, curated and inspired by Pierce Brown’s Red Rising trilogy. You could buy this one-off box for a loved one, give them a voucher telling them they are getting one for Christmas and eke out the festivities when their box arrives in January.
Sticking with the subscription box theme, there’s still time to order the December box from Book Box Club.
The theme is Winter Fairytales and will feature TWO books. I have a sneaky suspicion I know what they are and, having read one of them, I can tell you that they will make the perfect gift!! The December box will be the first box I’ve received from them so I can’t tell you much about them, but if you want to find out what their previous boxes have included you can find them here.
A final subscription idea, Fairyloot. The December edition of Fairyloot has sold out, but you could buy a loved one a subscription starting from January.
It’s a while since I’ve managed to snag a Fairyloot box but you can find my previous unboxings here.
My sister gave me a beautiful tote bag from Fable and Black for my birthday and I love it!
Since then I’ve been lusting over their shop and considering some Christmas purchases. They have some gorgeous items, something for everyone!
Sticking with Etsy stores, I was first introduced to Nutmeg and Arlo when they appeared in an Illumicrate box a few months ago. We received a “swish and flick” keyring which I love and use every day!
The site is full of cute gifts – possibly my favourites are her Game of Thrones pins though!
My final recommendation is, of course, for bookish candles. This year’s suggestion is Book and Nook, a company I used earlier in the year. I received one of their monthly boxes to celebrate the publication of ACOWAR.
Sadly I don’t have a post on it, but I loved all of the scents! I’ve been savouring them and am nearly finished burning my last candle from the box.
So there’s my wee 2017 Christmas gift guide for you! I hope you’ve found it useful. If you’re interested in perusing last year’s guide you can find it here. Happy gifting!
What are your gift suggestions for book lovers?