Whenever I sit down to make my wishlist for the holiday season, my family asks if I want anything besides books (books are wonderful gifts, why can’t that be all I get?). Since they usually keep insisting I need more variety on my list, I look for book-related gifts so that everybody wins. We’re doing two posts on this topic and the first one is focusing on enhancing your actual reading experience. Add these to your list the next time someone asks you what to get.
One really great option is book sleeves! We’re not talking those stretchy pieces of fabric you wrap around textbooks when you’re in school. While these book sleeves serve the same purpose, they’re very different and much cooler. You can select sizes that are small enough for your e-reader or big enough to hold multiple oversized hardcovers. They come in different prints and some have closures or pockets, so there’s a lot of variety to explore. The one warning to keep in mind is that a lot of these shops make their sleeves by hand, so they need to be ordered early. We recommend checking out Pages Remembered, The Cozy Life Shop, Baby My Book, and Book Beau.
Bookmarks are pretty easy to come by for a bookworm – events, book shops, pre-order giveaways – but magnetic bookmarks are a bit trickier to find . . . and a bit harder to lose. The magnetic, wrap around property makes it easier to find your page and you can stick them on your fridge or any metal surface when you aren’t using them, so it’s great to have them on hand. We recommend checking out CraftedVan, HappyHelloCo, Nerdy Grl Designs, and Read and Wonder.
One downside of reading physical books is that it can be hard or annoying or painful to hold the book open. For studying or homework purposes, for cooking, or just for reading, sometimes you just don’t want to force your book open. Introducing Page Anchor! This company sells small clips that are designed to do that for you. They’re high quality and come in two different colors, so you can decide which fits your vibe or get two if you want to save one in your bag.
Baths are great places for reading and relaxing and there are plenty of products you can use – bath salts, bath bombs, bubble bath – to enhance your bath. Along with bath products, many of these shops also make other bath and body goods. To make your reading experience even better, why not use bookish scents? We recommend The Soap Librarian, Of Baths and Books, Georgia Charms, Fizzy Fairy Apothecary, Geeky Clean, Behind the Pages, Geek Chic Cosmetics, Jezebel Charms, and The Macbath.
Be sure to check back next week for part two of our bookish gift guide!