Peeps, it is nearly Christmas! And along with festive cheer that the holiday season brings, it also brings along the anxiety of trying to find that perfect item for the fellow book nerd in our life!
Buying for book nerds can be HARD! Sure, book nerds like books, but what book? Do they already have it? Do they like that genre? Do they prefer hardcovers or paperbacks? SO MANY QUESTIONS! So, I have put together a list of suggestions to find the perfect present for a book lover.
You can find my suggestions for buying the perfect present that hard to buy for bibliophiles below:
It is the year of Harry Potter
Well, when isn’t it the year of Harry Potter? Lets be honest here, Harry is always a win! And along with this old favourite there are some fantastic new items for any Harry Potter fan:
The screen play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2 in book form!
Based on a new story from J.K. Rowling herself, we get to explore more of this magical world through the eyes of the next generation. But never fear, there are cameos from our favourite trio – and a few new twists you won’t see coming!
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Illustrated Edition!
This book is a must have for a Harry Potter fan!
The second illustrated book in the series was released recently, and this is another glorious edition to the Harry Potter series. Hardcover, thick glossy pages with wonderful illustrations throughout bring a new magic element to the story we all love!
Just when you thought you everything Harry Potter was already out, something new and wonderful comes along! And now, it is a range of book and model sets to collect! The set offers you a book with a thrilling behind-the-scenes look at your chosen character/XX plus a 3D model! You can get Dobby, Aragog, Quidditch and Buckbeak.
Another screenplay in book form! And this time it comes from the brand new world of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!
The movie is set to be a fantastic edition to the Harry Potter world, and although there is a book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it is not a novel. However J.K. Rowling has made her screenwriting debut and brought the story of Newt Scamander to life and to the big screen – and here is the screenplay in written form :)
For the collector
Every book nerd loves a good collectors edition, special edition, box set, new cover… well the list goes on and on actually. So here a few suggestions:
I know it is the TV show that has bought this series into so many lives, but it all started with a book – 20 years ago!
To celebrate this milestone an illustrated edition has been released! This is perfect for any A Song of Ice and Fire fan, or fans of the television show would like to delve into the original version of the show that has captured so many by heart.
Miss Peregrines Peculiar Boxed Set
After the release of the Miss Peregrines Peculiar Children movie, the craze for this creepy but truly special series is bigger than ever. And while says special more than a boxed set, this boxed set is is absolutely gorgeous featuring those ever-so-intriguing images!
Getting ready for the A Monster Calls movie brings us to a special collectors edition!
This is a deluxe hardcover ullustrated edition of Patrick Ness’ masterpiece! It also features more than one hundred pages of extraordinary film-inspired content. Illustrated by Jim Kay, this is sure to please any little monster in your life!
I know many fans were not happy to hear that the last movie won’t be making it to the big screen, but that does not take away their love for this series.
This hardcover collectors edition is not only pretty enough for any Divergent fan to want it, but it also contains 72 pages of bonus content! Including excerpts from early drafts of Divergent, an excerpt from the movie script, favourite quotes from Divergent, illustrated by fellow Initiates, a map of the Dauntless compound and more!
Oh, and did I mention it is super cheap at Booktopia right now? Click below
Colour me happy
Adult (or young adult) colouring books is a craze that seems to be here to stay. And not only that, there is now a market for YA/fantasy lovers to go forth and paint the town (well book) red.
There a range of Harry Potter colouring books, so you are sure to to find something for everyone!
The range includes:
- Harry Potter The Official Adult Colouring Book
- Harry Potter Magical Creatures Colouring Book
- Harry Potter Magical Places & Characters Colouring Book
- Harry Potter Magical Artifacts Colouring Book
Click the links above to purchase.
A colourful world to get into this new world of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!
You have two wonderful colouring books to choose from:
- Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Colouring Book
- Fantastic Beasts Magical Creatures Colouring Book
Click the links above to purchase.
Every Throne of Glass fan needs this for their collection!
Many favourite moments, characters and objects come to life as you explore the vibrantly detailed realm of Throne of Glass.
Red Queen: The Official Colouring Book
Right before Christmas the Red Queen colouring book is being released! I cannot guarantee if you order online that it will arrive before Christmas, but I am sure any fan would happy to wait for it!
The Lord of the Rings Movie Trilogy Colouring Book
Embark on your own colouring adventure through Middle-earth, from the peaceful Hobbit holes of the Shire to the majestic realms of Rivendell and Minas Tirith, and join in the Fellowship’s terrifying journey through the mines of Moria to the unforgettable landscape of Mount Doom.
PS: this is another bargain at Booktopia – super cheap!
For the fangirl (or boy)
Sometimes it is just too hard to buy books for fangirls and fanboys. Sorry, but is true. But never fear, there are still some fantastic bookish options for these hard to buy for people
Fellow Aussie Gina (from Behind the Pages) has so many absolutely lovely and gorgeous booksmarks! They are beautiful, with sparkly foil to make them that extra bit special. I honestly cannot describe how beautiful these bookmarks are!
And there is a massive selection including: The Raven Cycle, Throne of Glass, Illuminae, Harry Potter, The Lunar Chronicles, The Hunger Games, Shatter Me, The Grisha Trilogy, Illuminae, Nevernight, The Raven Cycle and many more!
And don’t worry, there is international shipping available!
Visit Behind the Pages.
Book boyfriend and Book Girlfriend Soap
A genius id from Gina at Behind the Pages: take your favourite character in the shower with you!
These lovely soaps will leave you smelling of your favourite character all day long, and are made of XXX
And there is a massive selection including: Harry Potter, The Raven Cycle, Throne of Glass, A Court of Thorns and Roses, The Dark Artifices, An Ember in the Ashes, Outlander and many more.
Oh, and there is a soap of the month with is a bookish ship!!! The first ship soap is Romione (Harry Potter). But be quick, these are a monthly special only!
And don’t worry, there is international shipping available! Visit Behind the Pages here.
And just when you didn’t think Gina could give you something else you never knew you wanted… she gives you the Book boyfriend and Book Girlfriend lipbalm!
These are lovely and kissable and… well do I need to say more?
And there is a massive selection including: The Wrath and the Dawn, The Raven Cycle, A Court of Thorns & Roses, The Hunger Games, Grisha, Six of Crows, Throne of Glass, Harry Potter and Vampire Academe and many more.
Visit the Behind the Pages website.
Who doesn’t want their favourite bookish scent throughout their whole house? I know I do!
At Book and Nook you can get two sizes of your favourite bookish scents, including Throne of Glass, Grisha Trilogy, An Ember in the Ashes, Illuminae, Caraval and many more!
Visit the Book and Nook Etsy store.
Bookish Nail Polish
Pages & Polish are bringing book lovers the perfect nail polish!
The selection includes polishes inspired by Six of Crows, Throne of Glass, A Torch Against the Night and Three Dark Crowns.
Visit the Pages & Polish Etsy store.
For that REALLY hard to buy for person
Sometimes there is that person who is just too hard to buy for no matter what fantastic ideas you come up with, so here are some fantastic bookish options for these people.
Illumicrate is a quarterly subscription service for book lovers everywhere!
When you subscribe to Illumicrate, you will receive a carefully curated quarterly box with a newly released book and a supply of fun, bookish goodies, like bookmarks, jewellery, stationery, and more! You will receive at least 3-5 items in each box.
Illumicrate offers worldwide shipping. You can subscribe here.
The YA Chronicles is an Aussie young adult monthly subscription box with a new release book and awesome theme-related things.
Every month you will receive a box containing; one book, a TYAC bookmark and 2 to 5 other items and you can subscribe to The YA Chronicles for a single month, three months or six months.
Even though The YA Chronicles is based in Australia, they offer shipping internationally as well!
You can subscribe here.
On the cheap
That special gift doesn’t always have to be expensive – especially when it comes to collectors and fangirls.
Books for trade
A good, often cheap, way of finding someone that special something, you have to go no further than Twitter.
The #booksfortrade trend has taken off in a big way – and if you are lucky you can find that special edition, foreign edition, ARC, proof and even swag, via the hashtag.
Be mindful that sometimes, especially when trading internationally, can get expensive, so keep a level head when negotiating trades. Also, some people want to trade like for like (ie ARC for ARC), some are happy if the other party just pays for postage, some want to trade an ARC for finished copies. So be clear when entering into negotiations on what you can do, what the other person is looking for and even if they will trade internationally (some people will, some people won’t).
To try to find that special something check out the following hashtags on Twitter:
General trading, predominantly U.S. based: #booksfortrade
Australian based trading: #booksfortradeAU
U.K. based trading: #booksfortradeUK
Swag trading: #swagfortrade
ARC trading: #arcsfortrade
And when all else fails
When all else fails, try a bookish gift card! These are also great for people who are just too hard to buy for or are leaving interstate or overseas.
All links to purchase books go to Booktopia, an Australian online retailer. For international friends, I suggest you check for availability at The Book Depository, Amazon or your local indie bookstore!
That is all for Christmas Shopping for Book Nerds 2016. Did this help at all? Do you have any suggestions for presents for book lovers? Let me know below.
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