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!

The Virgo Book Tag Part 1

Hello and welcome to my first ever book tag!

I love me some horoscopes and seeing as I have gotten to learn more about astrology I thought it would be fun to do a book tag about my sign Acrostic style.

Henry, a colorfully bookish friend, and I have decided to collaborate for this tag. We are both Virgos and love astrology. You can expect to see his post over on his Instagram page Henrys Bookshelf.

We had a lot of fun putting this together, choosing our words, and coming up with ways to do this tag. I hope you enjoy doing it and have as much fun as we did creating it.

Before we get started lets talk about some rules.

+Please make sure to tag the creators.

+Thank the person who tagged you

+Follow the prompts

+Nominate 5 bookish friends when your done

+And don’t forget to have fun!

Now lets begin.

Buckle up, you are now entering an astrological zone.

So excited to see what you all choose for this book tag. I had so much fun creating it and hope you have just as much fun doing yours.

If you would like the template let me know and I will happily send it over. I will be posting it on all the platforms that I use so keep a look out and don’t forget to like and share.

Swoon Worthy Wednesday

First Batch

1. Opposites Attract: It is absolutely necessary that I start with my all time favorite trope opposites attract. Every combination of this trope is a sweet treat. We can always trust for this to deliver excellence. The bubbly artist and the serious business man, the angry chef and caring baker, the serious teacher and their carefree counterpart. 10/10 every time. One of my favorite moments is when our Grumpy main character realizes that they can’t live without their lovely piece of Sunshine that is absolutely swoon inducing.

Delightfully swoon worthy examples:

2. Fated Love: Somewhere out there is the person that you are meant to be with. You are fated to marry or have a scorching love affair. It is such a classic trope. I don’t know about you but this one right here makes my heart sing. I have had a soft spot for this baby growing up on Wattpad. Vampires and Werewolves searching for their forever mates was a sure way to get me to save the book to my library. These days while I still have a soft spot for this trope I like the reincarnation aspect of it. Being destined even in the next life NOW THAT IS TOP TIER.

Two deliciously terrific examples:

3. Marriage of Convenience: Who doesn’t want to enter a marriage with a set of rules that slowly get disregarded, as you start to fall in love with each other, and realize that this fake marriage might turn into something more serious and beautiful than you ever expected? This marvelous trope can have me purchasing a book with just the mention of this alone. Marriage of Convenience has you laughing at a the main characters when they think they can enter this little agreement unscathed and without falling in love. JOKES ON YOU MC WE KNOW AND YOU KNOW THAT LOVE IS INEVITABLE.

Two wonderfully iconic examples:

4. Friends to Lovers: For many this trope can feel a little stale and not carry much excitement which is honestly not true. The slow burn, the spark that you didn’t feel before, the realization that this companionship is obviously not enough for you, the knowledge that you can trust this person with your heart because you have known each other all your life, the comfortable feeling of being in each others presence, the teasing and playfulness of it all. How is this boring?!? Such a quality trope it needs more credit for what it does.

Two finger-licking and mouth watering examples:

5. Forbidden Love: This trope can get a little intense. My favorite kind of combination of this trope is with hate to love. But forbidden romance is an Oscar Award winning trope. This one can have you clutching your heart and fanning yourself from the tension, the secret looks, the jealousy, the back and forth between the “we can’t be with each other but I can’t live without you” lines. I am personally partial to the bodyguard and cultural differences aspect combination. The forbidden love between a bodyguard and their client is juicy and tension filled. It is the being able to look past the cultural differences and biases to really look at the person and realize that none of that matters and you love them regardless.

Two heart fluttering, stomach clenching examples of this trope:

Enemies to Lovers when done right can make me clutch my pearls when done wrong which I find that it often is makes me want to scream. A lot of times I find that Enemies to Lovers can be made to be a hella abusive and manipulative. I get stuck like y’all put each other through so much and are forgiving each other without a proper reconciliation. No no no no thank you. That being said I think these two books do a pretty good job of not disappointing me though Burn Me by Ilona Andrews was really close to having me put it up. There are so many ways to do this trope but my favorite is childhood friends to enemies to lovers and rivalry based enemies to lovers. I loved good ole fashion rivalry.

Second Chance at Love: I absolutely love a second chance at love trope. Give me hometown romance, give me rekindled relationships. The relearning the person you thought you knew so well, the reminders that you really love this person, give me THIS time your gonna do it right. Even the mutual yearning, missed opportunities, always having eyes for each other but it was never the right time. The first time might not have been the right time but the SECOND you know that it was meant to be.

Slow Burn: In order to love a good slow burn you must have patience. In a slow burn the stakes are low but just the process and story telling alone can be enough to get the blood pumping. I love a slow burn because often times romance is depicted as something that happens really fast but that isn’t the case for many folk. Sometimes love takes time to seep in and take full affect. In a slow burn there is lots of wooing and courting there are more details and getting to know each other. I love the timidness but also the fierceness that it can bring out.

Hope you enjoyed the first batch of my Swoon Worthy Wednesdays

Let me know what you think ❤

Stay Colorful Friends!