Dear readers, I didn’t intend to make this list so long, but there’s so much good bookish stuff out there this year that I couldn’t help myself. I present to you my wish list (and maybe yours).
1. Book darts
These magical little bookmarks are invaluable for not only marking your place, but prepping for book club (or blog post writing). Mark not only your page, but the exact line you want to remember. Take it from a convert: once you try them you can’t go back to your old bookmarking ways.
2. Book weight
A beautiful book weight holds your book open and looks good doing it. An essential for writerly types. My own book weight is technically a trivet, but it does the job just fine. This is another classic option, in leather.
3. Blackwing pencils
4. Fountain pen
Try the hand-stamped, upcycled spoon collection from Stamp and Soul, including “one more chapter,” “I read past my bedtime,” and “Bookmark? You mean Quitter Strip.” Also don’t miss the literary heroine bookmarks from Carrot Top Paper Shop.
I am loving the charming, painterly designs on these new Penguin edition. (Rules I live by: you can never have too many copies of Anne of Green Gables or Jane Austen anything.)
8. Personalized bookplates
9. Jewelry made from books
From Made From Books, by Yes and Yes Designs. I especially love the Nancy Drew pin and initial necklace.
We gave this to my daughters last year and it was a hit! But it’s not just for kids; several adults I know use this to up the odds the books they loan out get returned to them. Also: it’s so fun.
11. A bookish subscription
Got a literary fiction lover in your life? Consider a First Editions Club, like those run by Parnassus Books and Book Passage, and they’ll get a new, carefully chosen hardcover (often signed by the author) in the mail every month.
Or try A Novel subscription from The Novel Neighbor in St. Louis, and send your loved one a staff-selected, recently released hardcover book as often as you choose (monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly), customized to each reader’s taste.
12. Pencil pouch
13. Reading journal
So many good options to choose from! This is my favorite $6 reading journal. A nice blank Moleskine or Leuchtturm will also do the job (and does double duty for bullet journal fans). This dotted Leuchtturm is what I use, and comes in a rainbow of pretty colors.
Also of interest: Emily McDowell’s journals, bearing cover designs like “Totally Legitimate Feelings” and “Notes for My Future Therapist.” Or the Novel Journals, in which the text of your favorite novels—in a teeny tiny font—make the lines you write on.
14. Beautiful books
Clothbound editions, colorful box sets, or a matching set of classics. Lots of ideas here.
15. Frostbeard candles
Scents of note: Old Books, Sherlock’s Study, Pemberly, Oxford Library, Sassenach, Christmas at the Burrow, Gatsby’s Mansion … you get the idea.
16. Modern bookends
To the people who love me: I would so like to see this beautiful handmade modern bookend under my tree.
17. Books and booze
Every month Book of the Month pores through hundreds of newly published titles and selects the five best to share with their members. Membership is easy and fun; the selections are interesting and varied, and because you can skip a month whenever you choose, your loved one will never be stuck with a book they don’t want. I gave myself this gift last year and have been enjoying it all year long.
The name says it all: a handy tool for those of us that have trouble writing in a straight line.
20. Bath caddy
A gift that keeps on giving: give your loved one a place to hold their candles, cup of tea, and book so they can enjoy luxurious soaks in the bath all year long.
This option is brand new! Make someone’s month–or year–with a Modern Mrs Darcy book club membership, or add it to your own wish list. 3 month, 6 month, or 12 month memberships available.
What’s on YOUR wish list this season? What are you giving the book lovers in your life?