The holiday season is coming, people! And luckily, there are so many incredible gifts online for readers. So thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top Tuesday prompt for this week, I have pulled together a little list of my favorite bookish items for all budgets, including those millionaire friends I know I have out there somewhere.
1. Clear book weight $19.99
This one happens to be one of my top favorite gift ideas. I’m sure most of you have struggled with reading over lunch – it’s hard to hold a book with one hand and eat with the other (not to mention kind of uncomfortable). It’s also a little unsanitary sometimes – there’s nothing worse than dribbling soup on the page of your book. That’s what makes this book weight so amazing – it holds your book open and protects the pages from spills, and doesn’t get in the way of actually reading it.
2. Book embosser $26.99
There are a lot of personal library kits out there, but there’s something so elegant about this embosser. I would love to own this and would seriously go through and emboss all of my books right away.
3. Book-shaped light $?
Okay, so I don’t have a price on this yet – I don’t think it’s actually for sale yet. But when it comes out I NEED this for my home library. It honestly reminds me a lot of the forbidden section of the Hogwarts library. I don’t recall the books actually glowing, but that’s the association I have. Imagine reading a book by the light of other books… This would also make an incredible night light.
4. Sweatshirt $45
I have such a love-hate relationship with hoodies. Hoodies are warm and comfortable and practical, but they usually aren’t very cute. That’s what I love about this one! It’s cute and nerdy and also warm and comfortable and practical. All of the things!
5. Blanket Throw $55
According to my husband, we have way too many blankets laying around our house. But I still feel like we need a library-specific blanket, and this one is perfect for our room! I love the book print, and it looks super cozy.
6. Kindle Paperwhite 4 $129.99
My collection of ebooks has been steadily growing over the last few years, and while I appreciate the convenience of reading on my phone, I do wish I had a tablet for this. The Paperwhite looks amazing because I could actually read the screen outside, and the newest is supposedly waterproof which would be awesome! But of course that convenience comes with a price tag that makes me wince a little.
7. Pod Hanging Chair $699
I have always loved swings as a kid, so I want this chair so bad because it just looks like a grown-up swing. It looks so comfortable and would look cute in our backyard – but we don’t really have anything to hang it from right now. But I can dream!
8. Rolling library ladder $2,500
Ok, so I know even adding this to my wishlist turns me into a stereotype, but I have this dream of putting built-ins in our home library (see below) and they would definitely need a ladder!
9. Built-in bookshelves $5,000
I’ve talked about this before, but our home library is rather oddly shaped. We don’t have a ton of floor space, but it has very high ceilings and I don’t feel like we really have an inexpensive way to take advantage of that. But someday, I want to put in built-in bookshelves in that space and to all the way to the ceiling. It would really take that room to the next level, and I am quite certain that I have enough books for them. Right now by books are split between the library, the bedroom, the closet, the basement, and the garage. It would be nice to put them all in the same place.
10. 1st Edition of Ulysses $75,000
I love Ulysses. I just can’t help it. I love the history, I love Joyce’s writing style, I love all the controversy about Ulysses and Dubliners. And I would pay a pretty penny to own a 1st edition of Ulysses. Unfortunately I just can’t afford this price tag – and I’m not sure that I ever will. So I’m relying on you all. If you are seriously rich and you want to buy me a copy, I encourage your generosity!