Hi guys! It's December 1st today (can you believe it?!), which means Christmas is only 24 days away! Are you prepared?! If you're still trying to find gifts for your book-loving friends and family members, hopefully I can help you decide what to get! I present you with the Bookish Christmas Shopping Guide for December 2015!
What we have here is a collection of brands/Etsy stores / companies and subscription boxes that I have personally worked with / bought from in the past and can definitely and wholeheartedly recommend!
We all know that bookworms love books, but did you know that bookworms really love bookish merch, too? Many of my fellow bookworms, when asked, told me they would actually prefer to get a bookish gift instead of book! Consider this when choosing a gift for your beloved bookwormy person^__^
Let's start with one of my favorite bookish stores that I had the pleasure of working with twice in the past, GoneReading.com:
Gone Reading is, to put simply, any nerd's heaven. Especially if you're into classics like Jane Austen, Edgar Allan Poe, etc. They have an amazing assortment of bookish gifts, from fabulous smelling candles (The Jane Austen library candle is DIVINE!), to cool mugs, journals, calendars, bookish plates (on my to-buy list for after we move next year), shot glasses, playing cards - even toothpaste!
Find them here -> GoneReading
Now, let's jump straight onto my favorite Etsy stores!
If you've been a follower for a while, you are most likely familiar with the fabulous mother-son duo from Crafting Call. I adore these guys and their creative inventions! In their store, you can find necklaces, bracelets, keychains, bookmarks and more! They're all hand crafted and they all feature most beloved books - adult and young adult alike!
I got this beautiful ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES necklace a while ago - its a locket with a place to put a picture inside! It's still one of my favorite pieces of bookish jewelry ever! :)
Find them here -> Crafting Call
I discovered Frostbeard studio through the amazing instagram community. All of a sudden, their gorgeous candles started popping up on almost all the bookstagram accounts I've been following! I simply couldn't deny myself the pleasure of owning one of their candles...
I got the READING AT THE CAFE candle - which smells like coffee and chocolate pastry - and gosh, people, this candle is HEAVEN! It brings me back to my Starbucks reading days and makes me feel so cozy and happy ^____^ It smells AMAZING!
Frostbeard Studio has many more bookish inspired candles and you absolutely must check their store out! Trust me, you will LOVE them!
Find them here -> Frostbeard Studio
My BookMark is yet another phenomenal store that I discovered via the awesome Instagram community. Who doesn't love bookmarks?! I've got a whole shoebox of bookmarks, some awesome magnetic ones and like a ton different ones, too. But what really sets these guys apart from the rest of the bookmark makers, is the fact that these are all handcrafted with care and love. Hand-made, hand-painted and packaged in the most stunning, gorgeous way!
I got this Alice in Wonderland bookmark for review and I absolutely ADORE it. It's perfect! The body of it is metal + wood, so it's extremely durable, won't get all bent out of shape or damaged. It's crafted with incredible attention to detail. SO BEAUTIFUL!!! I highly recommend My Bookmark store!
ALERT -> My Bookmark has many of their designs on CLEARENCE right now, you can get up to 55% off! HURRY!
Plus! The awesome owner of the store gave me a special coupon code to share with you! USE: BOOKISHXMAS to get 15% OFF!!!Find them here -> My Bookmark
And finally, I have two AMAZING bookish subscription boxes that I am a HUGE fan of! They're - in my opinion - two of the best bookish boxes on the market. Not only do they always include super-dooper books and bookish items such as bookmarks, jewelry, signed bookplates, and more, they are ran by some truly fantastic, dedicated and caring people in the industry. I wholeheartedly recommend both of these boxes!!!
OwlCrate is a Vancouver based subscription box ran by a team of awesome. These guys really know what booklovers love the most and they are determined to provide just that! I am always in awe of their book selection and all the bookish merch they include in their boxes - just look at that Poe pouch! (Poe-ch!).
For rates and to subscribe, follow the link here: OWLCRATE
UpperCase Box is just as amazing. I could honestly not pick between these two boxes, so as soon as we're all settled in after the big move, I am going to get year of both of these boxes. I absolutely LOVE the fact that this box comes with a personalized letter - it's like an extra ray of sunshine that really brightens up your day. A lovely touch for sure! And yet again - the selection of books,as well as many options in which you can personalize your subscription, makes this an awesome choice for any bookworm!
For rates and to subscribe, follow the link here: UPPERCASE
And last, but not least, as you are probably aware, yours, truly runs two bookish stores with bookish merch, too. Not to be a douche, but a little self promotion never hurt anyone, right?
Both stores have the same designs, but both of them have a bit different options when it comes to products. Society 6 has great hoodies, pillows, mugs, throw blankies, shower curtains, etc. While RedBubble has pouches, drawstring bags, notebooks and stickers.
Society 6 also offers FREE WW shipping at least twice a month, sometimes more often, and they run many promotions. For example TODAY ONLY - you can get FREE WW shipping + $6 OFF all apparel!!
On RedBubble, TODAY ONLY - you can get 40% off posters!
Society 6: CLICK
I've teamed up with all of these amazing stores to bring you a special HOLIDAY SEASON giveaway!
There will be 7 WINNERS, it will END on 12/15.
First winner will win: $25 Gift Card to GONE READING (US/Canada)
Second winner will win: a necklace, bookmark or keychain of choice from CRAFTING CALL (International)
Third winner will win: a choice of one candle from FROSTED BEARD (either Bookworm, Old Books, Reading at the Cafe or Wizardy Buttery Drink) (US/Canada)
Fourth Winner will win: a choice of bookmark from MY BOOKMARK (Interntional)
Fifth Winner will win: one subscription box from OWLCRATE (US/Canada)
Sixth Winner will win: December subscription box from UPPERCASE (US/Canada)
Seventh Winner will win: a choice of mug from my Society6 store