It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, until you have to start writing a shopping list for your book-loving friends, and are at a loss as to what to buy them. You could stalk their Goodreads To-Be-Read list, and hope that what’s on there isn’t already sitting on their shelf at home. Or you could ask them what they want and ruin the surprise, and there’s no fun in that!
So, let me make a few suggestions.
In the (Christmas) spirit of what we do here at Underground, most of the items included on this list are from small Aussie businesses.
This diary is awesome! Made for readers and writers by the kindred spirits at Saint Gertrude, this diary is equipped with all kinds of things pertaining to the life of a writer. The website states that the diary includes a “Week to a page planner, including major and regional Australian literary and book festivals, cultural events, competition and submission deadlines and monthly book recommendations.” Pre-order yours (with a 10% discount) for $44.95.
There’s nothing better than sitting down with a steaming cup of tea and a good book. Even better is the idea of sitting down with a cuppa that is curated after your favourite classical author. The teas come in a snazzy metal tin (perfect to hold your bookmarks once you’ve finished!) and there are a myriad of “authors” to choose from. Each tin also comes with a quote from the author on the front.
Get yours from LiteraryTeaCompany’s Etsy page for $16.47.
What is a better accompaniment to a literary tea than a bookish mug to put it in!
Here are a few of my favourites that I have come across in my travels around the internet, and at a range of price points. Bonus points for the punny ones!
These wooden bookmarks are stunning! They come in 4 different wood types, and are printed with images from a range of books and genres. The Harry Potter themed ones are my favourite, and they are super cheap! Only $8.99 per bookmark and free shipping for around Australia. Ink & Wonder also offer a Wonder Crate for $49.99 which could also be a great gift!
Nook and Burrow are an Australian-based gift shop that offers a wide range of bookish gift ideas. From candles to bookmarks to socks and anything in between, Nook and Burrow is a one-stop shop for all of your quirky gift needs. The website is pretty extensive in its range of stock, so I have included a few of my favourite things from the website.
For the more charitable people out there, why not donate some money to a good cause in their name? Red Room Poetry is an amazing organisation, giving a voice to people who might otherwise not have a voice in our literary community. Their mission statement is as follows:
We create poetic projects and learning programs in collaboration with a spectrum of poets, schools, communities and partners for positive social impact. Our mission is to make poetry accessible to all, especially those who face the greatest barriers to creative opportunities.
For more information, visit: redroomcompany.org/about/
I swear by Scribd. As far as I’m concerned, this app is lightyears better than Audible, and cheaper too. For $12.49 a month, you have access to audiobooks, ebooks, documents and sheet music – all of which you can download and access at any time, anywhere. As someone who listens to more audiobooks than reading physical books, having unlimited access to audiobooks rather than waiting for a monthly credit to roll around was amazing. If you know anyone that listens to a lot of audiobooks, or reads a tonne of ebooks – get this for them!
For those that live in Perth, Blind Date with a Book books are available at Elizabeth’s Bookshop in Freo, or in Perth City. Perfect for someone who generally sticks to one genre of book, or is keen to try a new genre but doesn’t know where to start, random books are wrapped in brown paper and have only brief clues as to the contents written on the outside. Their website even says they are perfect for a Secret Santa gift!
Now, if you excuse me, I’m about to go and buy myself all of these things!
In the wise words of Aziz Ansari, “treat yo’ self”.