I know it’s been a while since the last post, but here’s my Christmas gift guide that’s all things bookish. Over 15 suggestions for your look loving friends/family!
For the Stranger Things Fan: I highly recommend the book Meddling kids by Edgar Cantero, It’s obviously based on the classic Scooby Doo show but it has a very stranger tings feel to it, right down the cover. It’s got a similar sense of humour to the show (swear words a-plenty) and gives you a real sense of nostalgia for your childhood.
For the Magical Realism fan: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is a book I have mentioned so many times but it’s truly one of the most wonderful reads of the year and deserves more recognition. It’s warm-hearted, magical in every sense and features the most lovely characters.
For the young-at-heart: The Toymakers is a book I’ve only just read but the magic toystore setting is so beautiful and takes you back to your childhood. I’m just going to copy part of the description right here. “The Emporium opens with the first frost of winter. It is the same every year. Across the city, when children wake to see ferns of white stretched across their windows, or walk to school to hear ice crackling underfoot, the whispers begin: the Emporium is open”. Warning though, it’s not a kids book and it does get quite dark, but the world-building is wonderful.
For the fairytale fan: Seanan McGuire’s wayward children series is a must-read for people who love fairy-tale retellings. Every heart a doorway is the gateway into this magical world and it doesn’t just tell one story, but many and with sequels that delve further into the lives of these magical characters it’s the series that just keeps on giving.
For the short Story fan: The beginning of the world in the middle of the Night by Jen Campbell is a wonderful short story collection focusing on the surreal and the magical. It’s a really quick read and was one of my favourite reads of the year.For the Sarcastic friend: There are so many books out there
For the quirky friend: Either Jasper Fforde’s Nursery Crime series or Robert Rankins Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse should satisfy the needs of any friend with a quirky sense of humour. Both options are totally overlooked in the book community and need more love
For the Harry Potter Fan: There are so many beautiful editions of Harry Potter and it’s many companion books, I don’t think you can go wrong buying one of those. How many copies of HP is too many? For the biggest fan, there are no limits! Or buy a HP themed book sleeve so their most treasured copy doesn’t get ruined!
For the Dystopian lover: The Testing series by Joelle Charbonneau combines what we love from books such as Hunger Games/Maze Runner/ Divergent and rolls them all into one package. For me it’s nostalgic of the books I used to read as a teen. For the older reader I recommend Wool by Hugh Howey, it’s a really quite dark, gripping read with fantastic writing and characters.
For the one on a budget: sometimes you can’t afford to spend much on a Christmas gift. How about buying a cheap mug, some hot chocolate, some socks (all from the pound shop) and topping it off with a penguin modern classic. The perfect gift for a night in, all under £5!
for the movie buff: Cinemaps is an illustrated book by Andrew DeGraff known as an atlas of 35 great movies, I think for someone with a love for film this will interest them greatly. Alternatively a book like ‘the art of…’ or ‘the making of..’ their favourite film is a good shout!
for the book collector: Although Folio society books aren’t cheap, they are absolutely gorgeous and a timeless present they will keep forever, I know a few people who would love to receive a copy. A cheaper option would be buying a signed book, I find Waterstones and Forbidden Planet always have a decent selection or for anyone in the York area The little Apple Bookshop had loads!
for the Christmas lover: We all have that one friend who is nuts for Christmas (you know who you are) so give them the gift of A Christmas Carol, this edition in particular is my favourite. Or for a more informative book about the best time of the year, try The book of Christmas, packed with facts from time gone by.
For the Friend who doesn’t need more books: So their bookshelves are packed, falling apart at the seams, stacks of books have made their way onto the floor. Buy them a bookish gift from Etsy, Inspired by a favourite book of theirs. There’s book covers, candles, earrings, bookmarks, clothing, prints and pins… literally everything, just search a book title and have a gander!
For the sentimental one: Journals and list books have been popular for a while now, but there’s some really nice ones out on the market this year, the 5 year diaries are really nice, documenting memories, dreams or answering a question every day so you can look back in years to come. Photo books are gorgeous too, and are often on offer, an easier alternative to scrapbooking because everything is done online!
For the child in your life: Personalised books are a thing now! A quick google will bring up so many fun options, I know my niece will be getting one when she’s older. Or how about a choose your own adventure book so they can make up their own stories.
I really hope this gift guide helps you out! If there is any other Christmas content you would like to see, please let me know! Amy x