It's the most wonderful time of the year! Which means it's time for buying presents! Which means you are wondering what to get for all the bookworms on your list. Because I am a bookworm and associate almost exclusively with bookworms, I have many great ideas for you. I have personal experience with all these products, and they are all bona fide smash hits.
1. A Book!
Of course bookworms love a good book, but buying one can be tricky, because tastes differ so widely. But if you know their style or a specific book they want, or there's a particular book you love and want to share with them, go for it!
2. The Puffin in Bloom Collection (or other boxed sets)
A safe bet is going with a beautiful edition of books you know they love. Puffin teamed up with Rifle Paper Co.'s Anna Bond to create lovely versions of Anne of Green Gables, A Little Princess, Little Women, Heidi, and Alice in Wonderland. The first four can be bought together in a boxed set. These are the perfect gifts for long time fans or for introducing these stories to readers for the first time. They're very affordable, at about $13 per book and $38 for the set of four.
If you have a lot more money to drop ($102), I don't think you would go awry with this gorgeous Jane Austen boxed set. It has just been released, so I don't have personal experience with it, but it looks great.
Andy and I just saw this fun Harry Potter one at LAX. The spines put together show Hogwarts. $55 in paperback.
Note to the publishing powers that be (who of course read this blog): amongst all these new boxed sets, could someone take it upon themselves to create an aesthetically pleasing Anne of Green Gables set? Thank you!
3. Fantasy Maps of Real Places (Lord of the Rings)
There is an amazing shop on Etsy where a guy sells maps in the style of Lord of the Rings. They are very fun and relatively inexpensive ($10). Last year I got Andy one of Lake Tahoe, which is where his family goes on summer vacation. He loved it.
4. Book Lovers' Soy Candles (All the Books)
This company makes amazing smelling soy candles to accompany all your favorite books, including the Harry Potters, Narnia, Outlander, Game of Thrones, Gatsby, Pride and Prejudice, and Alice. They also have more general reading scents, like Oxford Library and Reading at the Cafe. Last year I got Andy a candle scented like The Shire to go along with his LOTR themed gifts. Andy would light it while listening to the Shire Theme on repeat for the total hobbit experience. These are more expensive--the candles are $18, but you can get tea light samplers for $12 and wax tarts for $6.75.
5. Narnia Travel Poster (The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe)
Everyone wants to travel to Narnia (I check every large wardrobe I come across). If I cannot get into Narnia, I can at least have a beautiful travel poster of Narnia on my wall. Only $8.
6. Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist (All the Books)
If you have friends who love reading and drinking, then look no further! Fun drinks to try with ridiculously punny names inspired by all of your favorite books for only $11.
Those are my best ideas this Christmas! If you are a bookworm, what do you like to receive? What do you like to give? Let me know in the comments, because I need more ideas!