Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist
For the classier book-lover in your life – the bibliophile who wouldn’t look out of place sipping from a crystal champagne coupe at one of Gatsby’s parties or stepping out from between the pages of an Ian Fleming novel preened for a game of baccarat and a martini – perhaps this volume of finecocktail recipes with literary twists is the perfect gift. From something a little stiffer like a “Rye and Prejudice” to the more floral notes of “One Flew over the Cosmo’s Nest”, there’s really something here for any taste.
Personalised Embosser or Stamp for Writing Supplies
If you’re looking for a gift with a distinctly personal touch, this just may be the ticket! Whether they’re a messy librarian with books piled precariously high on shelves, or a meticulous curator who alphabetises their anthology, a book embosser is a lovely, personal way to bring their collection together. This is also a great choice for those who favour poetry or even keep a diary! You can find an assortment of customisable embossers and stamps on websites like Etsy, from independent businesses such as Fernbank Studio and Sweet Backflip.
Bath Book Caddy
For those in your life who struggle to carve out some quality alone time – maybe it’s a hoard of kids running rampant all day, or just a hectic work schedule – a bath book caddy is the perfect way to combine the relaxation of a soak in the tub at the end of a long, tiring day and the joyous escapism of a new book. And you could always pair it with a new bath bomb or bath salts to take that oasis of calm to the next level! This is another gift you can find a diverse range of options for on Etsy.Our stand-out choices are from Prosperous Way, Norfolk Bespoke Wood and Lux Bath Store.
Amber Book Light
Whether they’re too busy in the day or just a night owl by nature, this amber book light is the perfect companion for those with nocturnal reading habits. It allows them to read without straining or damaging their eyes in harsh blue light, and otherwise is just a nice calming light to provide a cosy ambience for night-time reading whilst they’re cuddled up with a cup of tea and a fluffy blanket. This night-time companion can be found here.
Stylish New Bookends
We all know the struggle of trying to find a home for new books, having to jumble about bookshelves and storage space just to squeeze in a few more titles – especially at Christmas. Why not buy your book lover some tasteful new bookends to help solve this problem in style? There area plethora ofdesigns available from a range of UK-based independent businesses, from this homely rustic style by Ivy’s Woodland Fairies, to these dazzling teal agate bookends by Sunset Crystalz,to this classic wood chicstyle(which can be personalised) by MijMoj Design.This is truly the perfect book-lover gift,which you can tailor to their home and aesthetic whilst also being super practical.
Bibliophilia: 100 Literary Postcards
Christmas is, for some Phileas Fogg-esque wanderers, the precious brief time they get to spend quality time with friends and family. For the frequent flyers in your life, always off on some wild adventure around the globe with a suitcase full of books in tow, these literary postcards are a cute and fun way to stay connected year-round. Whether they’re navigating Parisian streets in search of Victor Hugo’s hunchback or chasing Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s stunning depictions of Nigeria, these literary postcards are an easy way to stay connected to their fellow book lovers at home and hopefully relay their own stories of adventure! These can be found at The Literary Gift Company, a business offering a fantastic range of literary themed gifts – an invaluable resource at Christmas.
Literary-Inspired Board or Card Games
A literary-inspired board or card game can be a great way to combine perfect gift giving and bringing together all the book lovers in your life at Christmastime! In that post-turkey daze, the perfect way to revel in chill quality time together may be getting out that new book board game and digging in. You can find a myriad of literary games in independent retailers such as The Literary Gift Company; from Trivial Pursuit’s Book Lovers’ Edition to Ex Libris, a game of writing prowess and bluffing combined, to something a little more frivolous like Bards Dispense Profanity, a Cards Against Humanity-esque game with a Shakespearian twist. The perfect way to fuse Christmas fun and a love of books!
The Book Lover’s Cookbookby Shaunda Kennedy Wenger and Janet Kay Jensen
Something a little similar to Tequila Mockingbird, but for the gourmand bibliophiles in your life, this cookbook that lifts recipes from passages in famous novels is something a little different, sure to catch their attention. It includes a sensational array of recipes.Examples include Mr Causobon’s Chicken Noodle Soup from George Eliot’s Middlemarch and a Turkish delight recipe plucked from C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
Book Subscription Service
And finally, quite simply, books! Simple as it is, there’s no greater gift for the bibliophiles in your life than a good old book. Nowadays you can find a hugely diverse range of book subscriptions to choose from, from Queer Book Box, a service dedicated to the works of LGBTQ+ authors, to Rare Birds Book Club which celebrates the work of female authors, or simply The Willoughby Book Club which caters to all genres and all readers, you really can’t go wrong. These services tend to send out around four books per month, and some even offer tasty extras such as herbal teas, bookmarks, totes or even craft beers!