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Christmas Gifts for Bookworms That (Mostly) Aren’t Books

Look, I get it. We’re hard to buy for. Writers, bookworms, introverts – we’re weird…

Look, I get it. We’re hard to buy for. Writers, bookworms, introverts – we’re weird little creatures that can be very particular (and peculiar) in our tastes and likes. And you don’t want to get us book vouchers. Again. Although, let’s be honest here – book vouchers are awesome. I love them. A free pass to buy anything I want? Yes, please.

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But finding Christmas gifts for bookworms that aren’t vouchers, books we’ve specifically requested, e-readers, or bookish socks starts getting tricky. After a few years of mugs and scarves and throws, the pickings start getting a little slim. I mean, as a tea-lover and bookworm, I always welcome mugs, but I can see how if you bought me one last year you might want to shake things up a bit. Maybe. I like mugs. I’m good with them, if anyone’s checking this. Hi.

And because I know you want to be a little inventive, I’ve complied this list of Christmas gifts for bookworms (and writers and introverts) that will hopefully be a little unusual and different, and will win you much kudos on the gift-giving front. I know I’d be impressed with any and all of these…

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The Christmas ones are so cute!

1. Bookmarks

Okay, look – I know that sounds kind of boring, but these little guys, made by MyBookmark in Kiev, are amazing. The SO bought me one last year (a dragon’s bum – it’s ridiculously cute, and I’m going to squeeze an extra photo in here just so I can show it off). The bookmark itself is made of solid, plasticky material, and in my case was printed with a dragonish quote. The little legs are securely fastened, and it just looks completely adorable. The only thing I’d say is that it’s surprising just how heavy a dragon bum is, so it can slip out of the book if you’re moving it around a lot.

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Dragon bum!

2. Bookish tea

Okay, yes, I know not all bookworms drink tea. But a lot do. And these look so cool maybe the coffee drinkers will switch, and we can commence our tea-based takeover of the world *laughs evilly*. Plus, coffee drinkers get all the really fun mugs and t-shirts and notebooks and everything, so it’s only fair that there should be some amazing tea stuff coming out to balance it out. The Literary Tea Company does everything from Sherlock-themed tea balls to Mary Shelly tin tea caddies, and they’re beautiful. Take that, coffee drinkers.

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3. Shakespearean insults chart

Because if you’re going to insult someone, you may as well be all Shakespearean and elegant about it. It confuses people. This is sold on Uncommon Goods as an unframed poster, so it should be easy enough to post to your long distance bookworm, or you could get a fancy frame for it so it can sit on the mantelpiece all Christmas Day. Imagine all the ways you could insult your great-uncle Trevor with this to work from! Hours of amusement!

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4. Slightly rude journals

Sticking with my PG rating here, I’ll warn you that Literatia Journals have slightly sweary covers. However, they’re utterly, utterly perfect for the bookworms in your life who are less than inspired by pastel journals covered in butterflies and flowers, full of swooning platitudes. And if they don’t quite hit the spot, check out the Whiskey River Soap Co’s range of journals. They gained a lot of attention for their range of soaps that included scents such as Writer’s Block (“smells like regurgitated ideas and probably a vampire”) and Awkward Moments (“smells like your whole life”). Well, now they do a whole range of candles, mugs, bath bombs, and some pretty fun journals, too. Because if you’re going to go down the journal route, make it a good one.

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5. The Pause Pod

Okay, I’m a little confused here, as in theory this Kickstarter should be finished, but it still seems to be running. And, well. Well. What more does a bookworm (or writer, or introvert) need, than a way to take a pause? Especially a portable way, that comes with its own carry case? And a reading light? Sick of small talk at the Christmas party? No problems. Just break out the Pause Pod. That annoying coworker still trying to tell you about his weekend? Pause Pod on the office floor. Need a time out from family dinners? Pause Pod …

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Look at the many opportunities for avoiding people!

6. Awesome mugs

I did say I liked mugs, right? And obviously I have Beaufort mugs for sale, which are the most awesome mugs of all, so I definitely think you should buy one for everyone, including the dog. However, other designs are also available – I love PaperFury’s mugs (and if you’re on Twitter and don’t follow her, you should. She’s hilarious), and Etsy has some fantastic designs like this very pretty green one and this library love one.

But I still think you should get the dragon ones…

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Dragon mugs to go with dragon books and dragon bum bookmarks!

7. Christmas reading

You didn’t think I was going to miss this opportunity to give Yule Be Sorry a clumsy plug, did you? But what could be better than a dragonish Christmas mystery, full of explosions and abductions and stolen turkeys, read while sipping tea in your dragonish mug and cosily ensconced in your Pause Pod, with a dragon bum bookmark to keep your spot? And then you can shout Shakespearean insults at anyone who dares disturb you.

Too much? Okay, then. The two Christmas books I love this year, and will be doing videos on in December, are Terry Pratchett’s Father Christmas’s Fake Beard, and Christoper Moore’s The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror. I thoroughly recommend both of them as being lovely books to both look at and to read, although you might not want to give the Christopher Moore one to any younger relatives. Or your granny, unless she has a good sense of humour.

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And those are my favourite Christmas gifts for bookworms – for this year anyway. I did a list for writers a couple of years ago, so you could also check that one out if you’re stuck.

Or get us vouchers. Seriously, vouchers are awesome.

How about you, lovely people? What are you hoping to get for Christmas? What’s your ultimate reading or writing related gift? Let me know below!

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  1. Lisa Sell says:

    My problem is that I see posts like this, get impatient, want all the shiny bookish things, and buy them for myself. Oh well, gifts for yourself are the best ones, right?

    By the way, I used to teach my pupils from the Shakespearean insult kit. They loved it!

    1. kimwatt says:

      Ach, I want to buy SO MANY of the things on this list! Honestly, researching it was torture. The only reason I don’t have seven new bookish mugs is space.

      And the more I hear about your classes, the more I wish you’d been my English teacher. I mean I had some amazing teachers, but some of your ideas…

  2. Over the years, the list of people we have to buy for has grown smaller, and I have to say I’m grateful. I like giving gifts that actually mean something to the recipient—and don’t get me wrong, they can be practical if that’s what the person would enjoy—but despise having to search for something just because the calendar tells me to.

    I love the book recommendations! Of course I’m all on board for Yule Be Sorry, and since I’ve never read the other two but trust your judgment, I’ll be sure to look them up.

    1. kimwatt says:

      Yes! There’s something so wonderful, as well, about finding just the right gift for someone. I do a lot of homemade stuff if there’s nothing that I think of for someone – cookies and cake and chutneys. I figure that food never goes amiss…

      And I hope you enjoy the books! I’m reading one of the stories from the Terry Pratchett book in next week’s video ?

  3. For ONCE, I’m actually on top of the whole Christmas gift thing, but I’m gonna save this one for next year! ?
    Might just get the Shakespearean insult chart for my own office, though…

    1. kimwatt says:

      Well done on being on top of presents! I thought I was doing quite well, then just realised today that I’ve forgotten half my overseas Christmas cards…

      And that Shakespearean insult chart *may* have been included as a hefty hint regarding my own Christmas list. *May*

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