If you’re looking for a unique gift this year for a book lover in your life but don’t want to splurge the cash, or are unsure about what books your bookish friend has/ hasn’t read, here are some stocking filler ideas – all for less than a tenner!
Reading Journal – Literary Emporium, £4.50
A stylish A5 reading journal to record your thoughts on your recent reads. A perfect gift for book lovers and avid readers – even if they prefer to use Good Reads, this is a really cute little pad for them to jot down thoughts and ideas about each book their reading.
Penguin Books Tea Towel – Penguin, £8.99
This tea towel would make a lovely gift for a book lover who is also a keen cook. Also, I’ve got friends who don’t have much storage space for books as they live in small flats so this makes a great space saving, book-themed gift. They have a few different designs on the Penguin shop, including some vintage alphabet icons.
The Book Was Better Pin – Punkypins, Etsy, £7.00
Now, how often do you hear book lovers utter these words. As soon as I saw this little enamel pin it made me smile. This teeny pin would lovely on a backpack or jacket and proudly shows that you’re a book lover, without being too in your face. Even better, it is from a small business and was hand designed in the UK.
Book Lover’s Cup of Tea Infuser, The Book Depository – £5.99
Most book lovers I know love curling up with a good book, in cosy clothes and a cup of tea in hand. This gift marries tea and reading – The Book Lover’s Cup of Tea is a book-shaped tea infuser (titled A Tale of Two Ci-Teas) that offers two ways to brew: Dunk the entire book into your cup, or let the cover rest on the rim of your tea cup and hang the tea-filled pages into your hot water to steep. A gift which gives the perfect cosy reading experience.
Map of Fictional London – The Literary Gift Company, £5.99
I absolutely love this one – it is a navigable map of London featuring streets, parks, gardens, prisons, hospitals, rivers etc. as mentioned in over 600 novels, plays and poems. It features places from over 400 different authors’ work, including including Angela Carter, Agatha Christie, Neil Gaiman, Shirley Conran, Douglas Adams, Charles Dickens, Lee Child, Iris Murdoch, Geoff Ryman and many many more. This gift is also available as a poster – if you know the recipient well, you could always frame it for their house, or plan a special walking trip around London visiting places from their favourite reads.
Reading This, Bookmark Pad – Waterstones, £3.95
This is similar to the journal, but in a bookmark form – this is a pad of bookmarks, which you can keep notes on. I think this is a perfect gift for someone who has a blog, or regularly attends bookclub as there is a little section for ideas to discuss and conversations to strike up. You can’t write loads on it, but it’s good to jot down small notes as you’re reading.
I’ll be posting a few other gift guides during Blogmas including the best bookish gifts under £25 and special books to buy.