December 2021 - Like Honey

A Book Lover's Last Minute Gift Guide

I know I'm not the only one who waits until the last possible moment for at least one recipient on my holiday gift list. However proactive I try to be, I always seem to miss one person or another in the end and find myself scrambling for a quick idea. Since I know there are plenty of gift guides available sorted by gender, age, and relationship, I thought I'd take a minute to throw together a gift guide of my own based on my personal favorite pasttime: reading.

Here's a quick breakdown of the perfect gifts for any bookworm in your life:

Canvas Book Print Tote Bag // This tote is one of my personal favorite purchases I've made this year! It's the perfect size for carrying all of our thrift store book finds, library loans, and even snacks and entertainment on a recent road trip. It's fairly sturdy compared to other canvas totes I've had in the past and has an inside pocket for smaller items. This brand has many other unique prints to choose from, as well.

"The Book Was Better" Tee // I think most avid readers will agree--the book is always better. I put this saying on a sweatshirt recently with my mom's Cricut and I wear it super often! If you don't have the time or means to DIY your own design, this tee is a great option and comes in mens, womens, and youth sizes alike.

Book Locket // The perfect accessory for any bookworm in your life! Include a sweet note or quote from a favorite novel inside to make it personal.

Book Light // If you didn't sneak a few more chapters under the covers with a booklight or flashlight as a kid, did you even love books? Maybe adults don't have to sneak to stay up and read the last few pages, but a booklight is still great to have on hand for reading next to a sleeping spouse or in the car on a late night road trip. I'm getting Lucy her first booklight this year and I know she'll be using it every night so this rechargeable option is a must!

Quill Pen // What could be fancier than sending out correspondence with an inky plume? If nothing else, this is a beautiful item to have on display deskside and comes with 6 different nibs and a bottle of ink for those who want to learn a little calligraphy.

Collectible Edition Classic Novels // Barnes & Noble has a beautiful selection of collectible editions of all the literary greats, all at extremely reasonable prices. Some of them are not hardcover (they're considered a "flexibound", kind of a cross between hardcover and paperback), but the quality is still great for the cost and they look stunning on the shelf.

Magnetic Poetry Kit // Make your next trip to the refrigerator a little more interesting by creating your own poetry right there on the stainless steel! This is a fun gift for adults and kids, alike.

Pressed Flower Bookmarks // Another of my favorite purchases this year! Lucy and I both have one of these beautiful bookmarks and I was so impressed (no pun intended) with the quality that I purchased us each another one for Christmas, as well as one for my mom. They design each bookmark after a literary character, including Harry Potter, Little Women, Twilight, and more, but they also just launched several customization options so you can really make it your own. Highly, highly recommend!

Lounging Pillow // What better place to relax with a new novel than on a comfy bed rest pillow? This one looks extra cozy made with Sherpa material.

Bookstore Puzzle // Anyone else get super into puzzles during the pandemic? This bookstore photo is so serene and perfect for any bookworm.

"Bookmarks are for Quitters" Mug // Okay, I live for great bookmarks, but this mug was too cute not to share. I'm sure a steaming serving of tea or coffee would be perfect in this enamelware mug.

Wax Sealing Kit // Finish off your Christmas cards with a beautiful wax seal! My love for historic novels makes me pine for a day when we will embrace snail mail again and I know I can't be the only one. Start up a pen pal club or just display this on your desk and dream of your literary gentleman writing back from the front.

Book Handbag // This handbag is made to look like a popular novel and I love the mix of quirkiness and practicality! Choose from favorites like Sherlock Holmes, The Great Gatsby, Anne of Green Gables, & more.

Lord of the Rings Inspired Cookbook // Because reading goes best with a good snack--this Lord of the Rings inspired cookbook features recipes from the world of Tolkien. Be still, my nerdy heart.

Library Card Socks // These fun printed socks make a great stocking stuffer or small gift for an avid reader. They come in multiple colors and sizes!

Literary Candle // These candles are some of my all-time favorites! I have the Mark Twain fragrance (vanilla + tobacco--equally sweet and musky and SO cozy) but there are several options inspired by other famous authors so you can pick the right scent for your budding writer.

Book Quote Art Print // This is one of my favorite quotes regarding the love of books! Put it in a pretty antique frame before wrapping to really wow your recipient. (I found several other quotes here, you can browse to find the perfect one!)

Leatherbound Journal // Keep track of that TBR list or just use this for your next grocery trip--but feel fancy while you do it. A quality journal is always a good gift, for guys and girls!

Cozy Knit Throw Blanket // Only $20 and comes in several colors, this is the perfect accessory to cozying up with a good book all winter long.

Pride & Prejudice Scarf // My sister-in-law has a scarf similar to this and I've always loved it! Maybe it's time I grabbed one for myself...

What do you think? Did I miss any great literary gifts? If you're a reader, what would you like to receive this year??

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