To-morrow, to-morrow – the turkey is only a day awaaaayyy!
Okay, but seriously. Thanksgiving is basically here, and that means we can all stop pretending to wait for the Christmas carols, get out the red and green decor without being judged, and yes, start tackling those shopping lists.
What better way to get some creative, affordable gift ideas than checking out gift guides?! Actually, the last time I made a gift guide was in 2014 and it was a guide for people in a relationship. Ha!
How times have changed. I know absolutely ZERO about what to get a man for Christmas, so you won’t find any of that around these parts. I’m sticking to what I know, and what I know, is that book lovers need cool gifts, and I’ve rounded up some of the best ones, at affordable prices.
All of these ideas were approved by the Book Club Queen herself, Blanche.
1. Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4 Pillowcase
I admit it – I’ve been following Pottery Barn Teen on Instagram (@pbteen) and they have some of the best bedroom decor I’ve seen in awhile. Not to mention, it’s a JACKPOT if you’re looking for Harry Potter gifts. They’ve got themed pajamas, velvet robes with embroidered crests, and even bedding with little snitches on them!
I saw this pillowcase and while I think it’s lame that it doesn’t come with the insert, I love that this is sort of discreetly Harry Potter – the colors are upscale and you could definitely throw this on your reading chair and standard muggles would never know what 9 3/4 was.
At the time of this writing, it’s $27 (down from $40), plus if you sign up for the newsletter, you can get an additional 15% off your first purchase. I also found an insert for $7 on Amazon (with Prime, of course).
2. Paddywax Library Scented Candle
I love a good candle, and many book lovers say they love the smell of a library. Naturally, someone combined the best of both worlds and there are all sorts of book and library scented candles out there.
I’m putting the John Steinbeck scented soy wax candle in this guide because it says it smells like smoked birch and amber… yes! There are other authors (and scents) to choose from, including:
- Jane Austen: gardenia, tuberose, and jasmine
- Ralph Waldo Emerson: cedar and wild fern
- Oscar Wilde: cedarwood, thyme, and basil
Each candle retails for about $20.
3. Rechargeable Book Light
As embarrassing as this is to admit, I STILL do not have bedside tables in my apartment. This means no bedside lamps, so when I want to read in bed, I need a quality book light. A friend got me one last year, and I use it all the time, so I know it belongs on this gift guide!
I found this one that’s rechargeable, and when it’s at full-charge, it lasts up to 40 hours, which is pretty awesome! It also has different light temperatures, so you can choose a white light or more of a yellow light, depending on your preference. It’s currently $15 with free shipping.
4. Kate Spade Bookshelf Pencil Pouch Set
I love all of the Kate Spade office supplies, and this Bookshelf print is one of my favorites. I don’t really use pencils much, but I love a pencil pouch, and I’ll bite at the chance to feel like a new school year is starting any day. The pouch comes with two pencils, a ruler, and an eraser, which all fit inside. This is currently $30 and qualifies for free shipping.
5. Harry Potter Chocolate Wand
‘Tis the season for Harry Potter swag, and much like Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma is full of it, too (they are owned by the same company though). If you’re more into candy and baking – Williams Sonoma has Potter spatulas, aprons, cookie cutters, and candy.
Most importantly though, are the chocolate wands. You can choose from Dumbledore, Harry, or Hermoine, $32 each (it had better be solid chocolate for that price), but right now it’s free to ship.
6. Bathtub Caddy for Reading
I used to never take baths, or long baths for that matter, but this year, I’ve taken so many baths mostly so I can wear a face mask while soaking and reading my latest library book (#multitasking). I never thought much about a caddy to hold said book until I dropped one into the bathwater and had to pay $36 for it. Whoops.
This bamboo bath caddy holds a book or a tablet, your phone, a glass of wine, and even has extendable arms to fit any tub. It’s only $27 and qualifies for free shipping!
7. Novel Teas
There’s a range of “literary teas” to choose from, but I picked these because each bag of English Breakfast Tea has a quote on it from a modern American classic, such as “A streetcar Named Desire” or “Grapes of Wrath”. Clever! Retails for $14.
8. Book Journal
If it weren’t for this blog and Blanche’s Book Club, I probably wouldn’t remember books I read years ago (except for the super stellar ones, of course). That’s why I picked this little red notebook that helps anyone keep track of the books they’ve read. It also has a place for notes and a separate section to write books you want to read or favorite books. Retails for $9 and qualifies for free shipping.
9. A Book Club Subscription
Of course, I am partial to Blanche’s Book Club – especially since we keep things pretty casual (and free) over here. But one of my favorite podcasts is “What Should I Read Next”, which accompanies an online book club. The club membership is $10/month and provides access to forums, videos, personal profiles, and chats. It’s really an entire community for book lovers!
10. A Bestselling Book
Depending on how well you know the person you’re buying for, perhaps you get them a book. Seems sort of like a “duh” idea, but I know I rarely treat myself to books anymore – if the library has it, I get it from there, and if not, I look for used copies (if at all). Getting a brand new book, especially one picked out from a friend is a luxurious gift! Amazon has put together all sorts of lists to help you choose – from editor picks to top sellers, certainly you can find one!
Ta-da! Gift guide number one is down… be on the lookout for many more this season (think: gifts for the traveler and foodie possibly…). Also, this has nothing to do with books, but I wanted to let you know that my Etsy shop is running it’s LAST SALE of 2018 right now! Get 20% off + free shipping when you buy any two (or more) items in the shop. The sale lasts through Sunday, and then, well, I buckle down and make more items until the new year 🙂
If you’ve got any more ideas for my Book Lover’s Gift Guide, leave a comment – or, need more guides? Let me know what you want to see! Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you!