Our bookish holiday gift guide is only the start of gift giving options, and always leads to this question: Anne, what are YOU giving and hoping to receive this year? I’m not surprised, because I’m always curious about what others enjoy giving and receiving.
To that end, I’m sharing a healthy round-up of gifts I have loved to receive over the years, and some of my go-to gifts, as well as those I know I’ll be giving this year.
(This isn’t the first year I’ve done this: click here for the 2019 edition, with houseplants and puzzles and teapots, oh my!)
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The chilly winter months always have me reaching for a blanket, beverage, and good book. This soft sherpa throw looks like an excellent choice!
CW Pencil Enterprise
The better question is, what don’t I want from CW Pencil Enterprise? (You may recall store owner Caroline Weaver appeared on WSIRN episode 99.) She has everything your pencil-loving heart could ever want, including this melamine pencil tray (my green one sits on my desk) and the best sharpeners EVER.
I would love an espresso machine, but have no idea where to begin. Do you have one you love and would recommend?
I was thrilled that my girls put this on their Christmas wish list. I can’t wait to watch it with them!
We’ve been avid puzzlers during the winter months but since the pandemic started, we always have a puzzle going. There are plenty of amazing puzzles out there; it just depends on what designs will hold your interest. Not only are Cavallini & Co. puzzles beautifully designed, look at how cute the container is for this Vintage Cacti & Succulents puzzle!
Be sure to check out puzzles at independent bookstores—they often have an amazing selection.
When I was young, my mom taught me this rule of thumb for gift-giving: think of something your recipient would LOVE, but wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves. For many, a really good bottle of wine from a boutique winemaker meets this description exactly, and this full-bodied red with a name just PERFECT for 2020 (and from a woman-owned vineyard!) is a personal favorite. Or a wine subscription could be the gift that keeps on giving.
I love gifting and receiving great writing supplies, and these Frixion pens are favorites.
Is there such a thing as having too many cozy sweaters? I don’t think so. It’s like giving your loved one—or yourself—a hug. I especially love this cashmere crew, which I own in multiple colors (thanks to gifts of Christmas past).
I love to give and receive tea from my favorites, Rishi Tea (turmeric ginger, please) and Harney and Sons (hot cinnamon spice), and maybe a cute mug, because you can never have too many of those, either. (Fair warning: my kids disagree on that last point.)
Will has his eye on whiskey stones this year. No more worrying about ice melting and diluting your cocktail! These are made of soapstone, and cool your favorite bourbon, scotch, or whiskey in 5 minutes.
American Giant Hoodie
Their slub v-neck t-shirt has become a recent wardrobe staple and I wore my Classic Zip Hoodie so much I bought a second. (I first discovered American Giant when they sponsored WSIRN: use the code READ to get 15% off your first order.)
Carrot Top Paper Shop
Maybe you can’t afford the first edition of your favorite book but you can buy a high quality photo print of it. There are so many classic novels to choose from.
What’s on your wish list this year? What are your favorite gifts to give? We’d love to hear more ideas in comments!
P.S. Need more gift ideas? Check out these posts:
- The MMD 2020 gift guide for book lovers
- 15 bookish gifts for kids who love to read
- Book gifts are the BEST gifts (literary matchmaking)
- 4 easy gifts for the men in your life
- Book gifts for your hardest-to-buy-for loved ones (more literary matchmaking!)
- 100 stocking stuffers that will actually be appreciated, don’t feel like a waste of money, and won’t be broken/forgotten/destroyed by New Year’s.