Apart from books, what gifts could you give to a book lover? We asked our rep team to compile a list of gifts from small and independent shops that would delight any bookworm. Becky (@blogsofabookaholic) was the main contributor for this one and we're loving the ideas she came up with!
All the shops offer worldwide shipping, but we have divided it into EU/US sections to make shopping easier.
Bookish gifts from EU-based shops
The avid reader can add a bit of flair to their book collection (and prevent any loss of their precious books) with a custom "Ex Libris" stamp. The vintage design would look good no matter what you plan to stamp - bookmarks, book plates or gift tags! Ships to Europe and US from Spain.
Literary Emporium is a UK gift company for book lovers. Shop a range of items including stationary, key rings, clothing and beautiful enamel pins. Most of their items are inspired by classic novels from Shakespeare to the Bronte sisters, and are made with love in their home studio. Their designs are delicate while still making a statement. You'll find a love for poetry and feminism weaved throughout everything they create.
Of These Pages is a UK pin hoop company run by the talented one woman wonder Kat. Shop fabric hoops inspired by popular books such as Stalking Jack the Ripper and Outlander, as well as more general bookish themed ones such as the Bronte and Classic Lover hoops. Pin hoops look wonderful decorating booksheves or hanging on a wall as a statement piece. You can even request your own design with custom fabric!
Paper and Word is based in UK and offer handmade book sleeves, an essential gift for any book lover who likes to keep their novels in pristine condition! Their sleeves can also double as great ipad or ereader protecters, and they look wonderfully stylish too! Designs are updated regularly and the company have also recently expanded to offer bookish candles.
Make cookies in the shape of the iconic Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland! Bakerlogy ships worldwide from UK and offers a huge range of adorable cookie cutters - from unicorns to Pride and Prejudice.
Yoshi Goods is a UK company with a stunning range of leather goods. Their Bookworm Library collection features everything from key tags, card holders, wallets, bags and women's purses.
Madame Alchemie is a UK-based apothecarie and perfumery with a dark gothic style. All items are vegan and cruelty free, and are packaged and shipped plastic free. Their products include perfumes, body butters, bath soaks, lip balms, hair and face oils, and under eye serums in a range of different decadent scents.
Midnight Flame Candles is based in Belfast and offer a range of different candles inspired by fictional characters and locations. Each candle is always topped with flowers or glitter for some extra magic, and are handmade and vegan-friendly. Their packaging is usually either reused or recyclable.
Literary Lip Balms is a Dublin based company that offers the best range of natural, handmade lip balms and other skincare items such as lotion bars, soaps, and face oils. All their skincare is made with 100% essential oils and natural ingredients.They also source a variety of bookish candles from other independent brands.
Bookish Gifts from US-based shops
Call Me Sweetea creates unique tea blends inspired both by fandoms and by Dani's home county Oregon. Their Tea with Tumnus blend promises to turn even the most dreary of winter days into a cozy tea party. Packed with ginger, cinnamon, and hints of spearmint, it's a favourite for the winter season! A percentage of the proceeds from Call Me Sweetea's "Fair" collection goes directly to charity.
Make your own adorable dragon with this high quality kit from Bear Creek Felting! Teresa is a needle felting artist who raises her own flock of sheep and teaches people to felt through classes and kits.
In The Reads is a US company that creates amazing artwork inspired by fandoms such as Outlander, Game of Thrones and The Witcher. Their bookmarks are made of 100% sustainably sourced wood cut thinly with artwork on the front. Each bookmark comes wrapped with brown paper and string, and with a themed wax sealed stamp. The shop also sell pins, coasters, and fantasy map prints.
Get Fictional is a US based candle company with a wide range of scents inspired by TV shows, horror movies and Halloween. Poison Apple smells crisp and slightly tart like a newly picked apple with added notes of hot cinnamon and orange peel. Available both as candle and wax melts.
Irewolf is a US company that curates and crafts "timeless goods for the homeward spirit". Author and owner Brian has created a collection of beautiful candles, wax melts, home goods, vintage maps and curiosities (such as tiny herbariums and geode sets) that make perfect gifts for readers.
Pins with Personality has a fantastic backstory. Its owner Karen has made jewellery for decades and is now in her 60s; her beautiful designs adorns high quality French barrettes and make unique stocking filler gifts. Choose from a range of motifs including dragons, books, dragonflies, owls and more!
Peg and Awl's bookbinding kit teaches the art of hand-bound bookbinding. Available in different sizes. The company also offers an online tutorial so you can see the exact process of creating your very own book.
Sweet Melissa Gifts & Etc is based in US and offers unique merchandise and jewellery inspired by bookish fandoms and TV shows. Their range of paper replicas from memorable fantasy series will fill any nerd's heart full of happiness!
Rather Keen is based in Arizona, US and is husband/wife team. They design playful and sophisticated accessories, such as this super cute enamel pin with the words "Night Owl Book Club". Find a wide range of charms, pins, jewellery and stickers in their online shop.
What better stocking filler could there be than... more socks? . This pair from US based company Out of Print features a list of iconic books that have been banned, from The Great Gatsby and 1984 to Ulysses and Gone With The Wind. Each purchase helps to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need.
BONUS: Little Black Classics by Penguin
When all else fails, you can never go wrong with classics. Penguin's "Little Black Classics" series are incredibly affordable at €1.50 EUR / £1 GBP / $2 USD per book. Remember to shop independent and check if your local bookseller has them! See options below:
Ireland: Winding Stairs Bookshop
US: (anyone know alternatives to Amazon?)
Will you buy anything from this list?