Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.
Originally, this post idea was going to be a list with multiple links to tons of things, but it honestly overwhelmed me and got out of hand, so I decided to pare down the idea for this week’s TTT.
From fairly inexpensive (under $15) to a little pricier ($25+), I feel like most of these could work as stand-alone gifts, but some might be more suited as stocking stuffers or small gifts to go with something else (like a book 😛 ).
I know, they don’t have the best reputation because they’re “impersonal” or whatever. But I personally love getting gift cards, and so does my kid, so they’re making the list. If you’re looking for specifically bookish gift cards, I highly recommend checking for an indie bookstore first. I’m not sure how many do gift cards/certificates, but it’s worth checking into.
Then, there’s Barnes & Noble or Books-a-Million in the US, BookOutlet for online ordering, Amazon, and Waterstones in the UK also offers gift cards. (Sorry to non-US folks out there, but Waterstones is the only non-US bookseller I know of that offers gift cards )
There are sooo many styles to choose from, but I personally recommend metal, wooden, or magnetic bookmarks. Etsy is a great place to look for unique designs (and also to support small businesses), but you can also find magnetic ones in a lot of stores (I’ve even seen them in Walmart and Target).
In a recent OwlCrate, we got a set of magnetic bookmarks from CraftedVan which I love, and I’m probably going to order from them at some point. We also got a metal bookmark from HerPaperWorld that is gorgeous.
I only have one bookish candle (from FlickTheWick, and I love it), but there are a bunch on my wishlist. Etsy is also a good place to look for these, but I’ve always heard great things about Frostbeard Studios, Wick and Fable, and Novelly Yours Candles.
I hardly know where to begin with recommending pin designers because there are so many great ones out there. I really love many designs from That’s Lovely Dear, Dust and Pages, Brio and Brandish, Icey Designs, and I’m dying to get a few pins from Alchemy & Ink (I actually do have one from designed by them for the January OwlCrate this year and it is gorgeous omg).
I don’t actually own any book sleeves, but I want one so bad! I recommend checking them out on Etsy. There are loads of designs from generically bookish to fandom specific, as well as some with simple prints, animal prints, etc. Prices I’ve seen start around $10, with $15-25 being the average (but I’ve also seem some closer to $40).
This is one I don’t have many recommendations for, but I’ve gotten tea from Adagio Teas before and they have a lot of fandom blends. Mostly it’s TV and movie stuff, but there are also bookish ones. I also really want to try some tea from Riddle’s Tea Shoppe, which I’ve only heard good things about.
Is it just me, or do bookish people seem to really love mugs? I like pretty much all the mugs (and other merch 😛 ) from Out of Print, but this mug is more “generically” bookish, instead of fandom-specific. So, if you know they love books, but you don’t know which books, something like that, or the many designs on Etsy, could be nice options.
There are a lot of reading trackers/journals out there, but before I got the OwlCrate ones (they’re planners, but multi-purpose planners that double as reading trackers/journals), I was considering some like this one and this one. I’m thinking about getting this one for my kid this year, but I’m still checking around to see if I find something I like more. (I keep coming back to that one, though, so I think it’s the winner.)
Coloring books for various fandoms have become really popular, and I’m becoming just a tiny bit obsessed now that I know so many exist. I actually only have one that I picked out (Beauty and the Beast ❤ ), but I’ve been considering picking up at least one Harry Potter one and maybe checking around for other bookish ones. I know I’ve seen Red Queen, Throne of Glass, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and I’m 90% sure I’ve seen Percy Jackson ones and at least a few classics, so I’m excited to actually look around for some I might like, and I’d be delighted to get one as a gift.
Book Subscription Box
This one is probably the priciest thing on the list. Not all subscription boxes have a gift option, but I know OwlCrate and OwlCrate Jr. do, as well as Once Upon a Bookclub (I haven’t tried this one, but it’s kind of cool because the items in the box are wrapped and have page numbers so you unwrap them as you read), and Unplugged Book Box (which offers a YA or adult option, but I also have not tried either of these yet). I’m pretty sure you can still purchase a single box from FairyLoot, but I’ve never been able to complete a purchase because they sold out so fast.
Do you give bookish gifts?
Do you have any bookish things on your wishlist?