Around here, we firmly believe books make great gifts. Period. But sometimes, it’s fun to elevate the gift giving experience by pairing that book with a little something special. Today we’re sharing good gifts to give with a book.
These 10 bookish pairings mean your giftee will not only enjoy their reading experience, but they’ll also have a souvenir for long after the book is done—and they’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness twofold. Happy holidays indeed!
10 bookish bundles that are perfect for book lovers
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She Come By It Natural + Be The Dolly You Wish To See In The World tee
For the Dolly Parton fan. She Come By It Natural was the book I didn’t know I needed in my life this year. With history, biography, and close-reading of Parton’s famous songs, Smarsh weaves a tale of female empowerment, brilliant songwriting, and the importance of self-expression. I always love to hear the behind-the-scenes stories of my favorite artists, and this one delivered on that count, as expected. Even if someone isn’t necessarily a fan of her music, there’s a lot to appreciate about what she’s done to better the world so this t-shirt is not to be missed. It’s also available as a tote bag.
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston + There Are Years That Ask Questions print
For the person who wants to read more classics. Their Eyes Were Watching God is an atmospheric story about expectations, marriage, and unexpected love with well-developed characters and a thought-provoking story line. Pair it with this print of one of my favorite quotes and ponder where 2020 falls.
My Own Words + Dissent Collar earrings
For the nonfiction reader. Learn more about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s career with this compilation of her writing over the years, aptly titled My Own Words. Ginsburg was known for her special dissent collar and they’ve been immortalized as earrings, pins, and necklaces.
A Christmas Carol + Bah Humbug tea towel
For the holiday fiction lover. You can’t go wrong with a Penguin Clothbound classic like Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Especially when Scrooge’s catchphrase looks like this on a tea towel! But if you want more holiday fiction options, we’ve got you covered.
The Lunar Chronicles + Once Upon A Time bookmark
For the YA reader. Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series puts a new spin on an old fairy tale. In Cinder, Cinderella becomes a kickass mechanic, despised by her mother and stepsisters because she’s a cyborg. (Yes, really!) Fresh, fun, and compulsively readable. They can mark their page with this beautiful bookmark.
Boyfriend Material + Love’s Sweet Arrow Signature Candle
For the romance reader. Any number of romances will pair well with this custom-made candle for romance bookstore Love’s Sweet Arrow—they’ll be glad to give you suggestions. The candle includes the scent of vanilla, peony, cedar, and patchouli. The holidays have romcoms on my brain and Alexis Hall’s Boyfriend Material is such an enjoyable, funny read about a fake relationship turned real. (They’re out of stock right now but these Boyfriend Material-inspired pencils are also great.)
Notes From A Young Black Chef + Delicious Happens Here mug
For the Top Chef fan or food memoir aficionado. Contestant Kwame Onwuachi’s memoir Notes From A Young Black Chef delves into his time on the reality show, as well as how he started his own catering company with the twenty thousand dollars he made selling candy on the subway in NYC and the notable restaurants he’s worked in. Read while drinking out of this Top Chef mug.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern + heat reactive mug
For the person who wants to get lost in a good story. “The circus arrives without warning.” And now there’s visual proof via this heat reactive mug. I can’t imagine a more perfect accompaniment for The Night Circus, a magical, inventive tale. If your giftee is more of an audiobook person, Jim Dale narrates and I thoroughly enjoyed listening.
Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel + Shhh…I’m overthinking socks
For the overthinker. Sometimes you have to laugh when you catch yourself overthinking. These cute socks are a great, albeit ironic, choice to wear while reading my book Don’t Overthink It. (Many thanks to the reader who gifted me these at an early book tour stop!) If you know someone who is stuck in a cycle of what-ifs, plagued by indecision, or paralyzed by the fear of getting it wrong, this just might be the book they need.
The Guest List + Thriller candle
For the thriller fan. This Novelly Yours candle is described as smelling of “creaking floors, whispering wind, and smoke.” I can’t think of a better candle to burn while reading any number of the great thrillers and mysteries out there—And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall, When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole, Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden. Lucy Foley’s The Guest List puts a clever, modern spin on Agatha Christie’s classic And Then There Were None, setting a destination wedding on a remote Irish island, accessible only by boat, with guests whose lives are connected in ways they never could have guessed.
Do you have any bookish pairing ideas? Have you ever been delighted by a bookish pairing you were given? Please share in the comments section!