It’s that time of the year where so many of us go down the rabbit hole trying to find gifts for our loved ones. It can get pretty stressful trying to find gifts for our friends and family. We want to get things for them that they will like, enjoy, and find useful. We also want to see that smile when they open their gifts. That smile can be serotonin inducing.

Down below I will try to hit the mark for all bookish babes. It can feel pretty intimidating buying for avid readers because sometimes you don’t know what kind of books they like, you don’t know where to start, or maybe you think they have enough books (we can never have too many) but there are loads of reasons why buying books for a bookish babe can be intimidating.


Well I am here to help you out.

1. Monies / Gift Card

Dragonfly Coffee Gift Card | Dragonfly Coffee Roasters

Okay so this one is really easy. Getting a gift card is the easiest choice when you don’t want to stress yourself out. If you want to get in and out of store and call it a day. You will still get that serotonin smile because HELLO who doesn’t want free money?! They get to buy the books they have been wanting for a while and you get to sleep easy.

Spice it up

[ ] One of way to make this a more intentional gift, is by making sure its to one of their favorite bookstores. Make it an independent bookstore and your gift is two fold!

[ ] Put it in a coffee mug or tumblr with their favorite tea bags or coffee.

[ ] Add a plush toy for extra cute points.

2. Art

This is a new one that I would have never thought about adding to the list before this year. I noticed that a lot of my bookish friends were commissioning art of their favorite characters. Obviously this one you might need more time to do but if you find artists who already has done similar work you can see if they have prints of those characters.

This artwork was created by @Pewchii_ you can find more of their work at https://rambutann.bigcartel.com/products . They do art commissions as well but their books are currently closed and wont open till the end of the month.

If you don’t want to do a character from their favorite book get them art that reminds you of them. People love adding stuff to their walls. There are so many artists who are doing beautiful work you just have to look.

A good way to find new artists is on Twitter believe it or not. Every day artists go viral. Plus if you pay attention to certain tags you will find artist quickly. You can look up different art styles based on tags #watercolor #acrylicpainting #newprints. You would be surprised at what you find!

I just bought a print from Mack Brim an artist who went viral on Twitter because their piece of work spoke to me on a spiritual level:

Spice it up

[ ] Get their favorite character commissioned with their favorite quote.

[ ] Get art that reminds you of them.

[ ] Chose a fun frame to put it in.

Places to look

Redbubble

Etsy

Uncommon Goods

3. TBR CART / BOOKISH CART

One must not forget the bookish cart. It is the magical unicorn in 85% of bookstagram pictures. It is the perfect gift for a bookish babe with an endless to be read pile. Why not get them something that helps them organize their life a little bit?

Spice it up

[ ] Get a cart in their favorite color.

[ ] If they a creative bookish babe get them some baskets from the dollar store for their art goodies.

[ ] Add some snacks to their cart.

4. DIY BITCH

If you don’t got monies, my friend that’s okay!! Right now many of us don’t. Its been a hard year for for a lot of people. I think a DIY gift is really underrated. You can do so many different projects that cost very little. As we grow older I believe we value more the time and effort someone puts into creating something. People really don’t understand how the work that they put into something can be just as valuable if not more than a bought gift.

Spice it up

[ ] Collage of your favorite memories together.

[ ] Digital artwork with with their favorite things.

[ ] Write a personal letter about how much they mean to you.

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5. Bookmarks Baybee

This is a simple one but a good bookmark goes a long way. If your bookish babe loves to read physical copies a personalized or artisan bookmark can be a fantastic addition to their collection. I got some beautiful resin bookmarks from Created by Cinda that I am obsessed with till this day. Nothing like a really pretty bookmark to get you excited for reading.

Spice it up

[ ] Put the bookmark in one of your favorite books.

[ ] Put it in a little gift basket with some stationary goodies.

[ ] Get them different sized bookmarks so they can use them depending on the size of the book.

6. Lamp / Book Light

Good lighting is essential for good reading! If your bookish babe has poor lighting ( you would be surprised how many houses don’t have lighting fixtures added to their rooms) a good lamp is the way to go. I personally love an LED lamp one that changes fun colors.

If they got good lighting than a cute little book lamp for their side table or book shelf is a nice detail to get.

Spice it up

[ ] Get a lamp for the corner and comfy pillow for the chair.

[ ] Personalize the book lamp.

[ ] Lamp and a cozy blanket

7. All things Comfy

The most optimal reading is done in comfort. On days that we don’t leave the house, on rainy, snowy, stormy days all we want to do is snuggle up in a good sweater, blanket, or pjs. I believe in CCA (Cute, Comfortable, and Affordable) so I am 100% certain that TJ MAXX, Marshalls, Ross has the connect for you in that area.

Spice it up

[ ] Pajamas in different patterns.

[ ] You can never go wrong with adding some slippers.

[ ] Weighted blanket

8. Book Sleeves

Book sleeves are next level gifts because you can use them for anything. I have always been tempted to buy one but I personally can’t justify buying it but if someone else does it * shrugs shoulders* I would gladly receive it. There are so many styles and sizes of book sleeves that you can’t really go wrong with one. You can choose one in their favorite color, design, or even with a quote on it.

This is a image is from Book Beau.

Spice it up

[ ] Pair it with a gift card or put some hard cash in it.

[ ] Get a notebook or bullet journal.

[ ] Add their favorite treats in the bag.

9. Backpack / Purse

Classic Crossbody ITA Vegan leather bag w clear vinyl display Tan Brown

Where do books go if not a back pack or purse!? I personally have a weakness for backpacks and purses. I don’t know how people walk around with just putting things in their pockets. Every reader I have ever met has always kept a book in their bag. Not to say that there aren’t a rare few who only read in the house but I haven’t personally met them. There are certain bags that let you customize them and add letters or pins to certain pockets.

This purse is from Ziziandme

Spice it up

[ ] Get some hats and gloves in case they are still working

[ ] Get some notebooks and pens if they are students

[ ] Add a hand mirror, hand sanitizer, hand lotion, and a brush or wipes

10. Dollar Store Gift Basket

Are you trying to stick to a budget? The dollar store is the place you can hit up for all the basic stuff. You can get all kinds of functional gifts from the dollar store too. DO NOT SLEEP ON THE DOLLAR STORE!!

How to put it together:

First get a basket of your choice they have them in all colors.

Get some tissue paper and add:

A mug (the store has a good selection)

Their favorite candies

Stationary ex. little tabs, a notebook, some highlighters

Stickers

Okay okay let me stop here. Fam don’t go too wild because after that it can add up and you blow the budget but this is something light you can do. Its fun rearranging it and putting it together.

Spice it up

[ ] Add a key with what each thing is for.

[ ] Chose a theme.

[ ] Put things in it that reminds you of them.

And that is my list folk! I hope you found this helpful. I think one way to really get good at gift giving is by matching the gift to the bookish babes love language. Some people are kind of uncomfortable with gifts, some people might prefer words of affirmations, spending quality time with you, and others love gifts so it works out perfectly. By matching their love language you are showing them that you really know them.

Expand what your meaning of a gift is!

Let me know if you would get any of the bookish babes in your life one of these gifts? What would you add to this list?

Thanks for reading and stay colorful fam!

Oh my gawd my first ever book tag. The excitement! I was tagged by the lovely and oh so talented The Perks of Being Noura blog. I truly appreciate it.

Tag Rules:

+ Thank the person that nominated you.

+ Answer all the questions below

+ Ping to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx

+ Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about to do this tag

What are you currently reading?

Is this a trick question because it feels like a trick question?! I at any given time am reading 3+ books but right now I am trying to get through at least some of my tbr. My library keeps sending me more books its so hard.

What are your favorite ‘can’t leave the house’ activity?

This is very simple very easy answer:

Reading

Cooking

Watching some Anime

A book you’ve been meaning to read forever?

I have read the Bone Witch but haven’t read the last two in that series though I have been meaning two for the longest. Storm of Locusts is one I have picked up and put down too many times to count. Latinext is one I am salivating to read and will hopefully have it finished by the end of the month. The Passage has been on my bookshelf for three years. I will get to it!

An intimidating book on your tbr?

I know I am going to love it but I am scared.

Top three priority books on your tbr?

LOOK AT HOW COLORFUL THESE BOOKS ARE ?! Not only are they super colorful but also supposed to be well written and spectacular reads. They are definitely a priority!

Recommend a short book?

One of the types of books that I have been trying to read more of are short story collections and in general just shorter books. This one was surprisingly delicious and wildly different to what I usually read.

Recommend a long book?

Thorn had me transfixed and in love with my goose girl. The Poppy War had me sobbing and ready to go to battle.

Something you’d love to do while stuck at home?

I am starting incorporate more movement into my day to day so I have started working out in the morning with my work wife.

I have found that I love to blog so doing this has been a delight and a new joy for me.

I love talking with my friends over the phone or watching movies with them through Netflix party or Zoom. Staying connected with them has been really important to me.

What do you plan on reading next?

Tagging

The Wonderful Whitney over @Bookswithme

The Passionate Paola @Bymyshelff

The Jazzy Jas over @Jasbeingjas

The Honorable Henry over @Henrysbookshelf

The Terrific Tessi over @Bookraptblog