Friday, November 18, 2016

Holiday Gift Giving - Non Book Ideas

Yesterday I talked about which books you should give as gifts this holiday season. However, we all have those bookish friends that are difficult to buy a book for, or perhaps you're looking for a little something to go with the book you've already selected. Today offers up some ideas for some non book presents to get those bookish people on your list (and even some ideas for those just into pop culture stuff).

Etsy is a pretty fantastic site. I love it, so this post will focus on things you can get on Etsy.

First up is a shop that I adore. I adore it so much in fact that I am making it the feature shop for this post!

Brittany makes the most amazing sounding (and smelling) candles and plenty of them are booked themed (but she also has some Disney inspired ones for any Disney lovers on your list).

Two of my favourites are the following

copyright Brittany Smith, photo from Novelly Yours Etsy website

The second favourite of mine is her Stalking Jack The Ripper inspired candle. It looks amazing, almost too pretty to burn, and I predict it smell equally amazing.

copyright Brittany Smith, photo from Novelly Yours Etsy website

She has candles inspired by Harry Potter (including a delightful Fred and George one that sounds amazing) but also has ones for the Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J Maas, and Stephanie Perkins fans on your list.

Novelly Yours is currently on a brief break but she has some amazing holiday themed candles coming up and they sound very festive. Brittany's descriptions are as follows (descriptions taken from the Instagram post announcing these candles) ...

SWIRLY TWIRLY GUMDROPS is inspired by the movie Elf! It's one of my favorites to watch every holiday season. It smells like gumdrops! Fruity, sugary, and a little spice. 
PEPPERMINT PARADISE is another fun layer candle in a glass jar! It alternates layers of peppermint (red) and wintery/icy notes (white) for an overall wintery mint feeling as it burns! 

YOU'RE A MEAN ONE is a Grinch candle smelling like fir trees and fireplace for a cozy Christmas tree by the fire feeling (or the Grinch shoving a tree up the chimney... either way)! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

These will be available when the store reopens and you should visit the shops Instagram page for photos of what to expect from these candles. 

Brittany was kind enough to answer a few questions relating to ordering from the shop for the holidays so that you'll know what dates to get those orders in by (and she does custom orders too if you're looking for something specific she doesn't make).

1- Will your shop have any special promotions or events going on for the holiday season? 

Yes! My shop is having its first anniversary in late November so check out a coupon code the week of the 20th for an anniversary/Black Friday combo sale! I'll also have a quick Cyber Monday sale as well on the 28th. All coupon codes will be posted to my social media accounts! 

2 - Will you do custom orders for the holidays?

I do accept custom orders but am requesting all custom orders to be in by the end of November to allow time to work on any other holiday orders. 

3- When is the last date people should order to receive their items in time for Christmas?
I'm advising all holiday orders to be in by December 12th for US customers and December 5th for any international customers. Please be advised that these are guidelines and not guarantees! I cannot control how packages are handled by the postal service so earlier is always better if you're trying to get things in time for the holidays! 

A huge thank you to Brittany for taking the time to answer my questions. Be sure to visit the Novelly Yours Twitter account and Instagram page for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday specials and get your orders in!


Etsy is filled with so many amazing things that it impossible not to find something everyone on your list. A few of my personal faves are ..

1: A favourite things art print from the Magictrees and Bumblebees shop

copyright Danielle Ronald, photo from the MTandBB Etsy page

This is special because it can be personalized with nine of someone's favourite things. It's perfect for giving a best friend, or even a child for their room.

2: A tote bag from Pivot Book Totes 

Becca does AMAZING work. I know many people who have ordered totes from her and each of them raves. I have also used her for a giveaway on the blog previously. They are great and make excellent gifts. She has pre-made ones available to purchase, but also does custom orders. I especially love her totes inspired by Anna and the French Kiss

3: Bookmarks from HappyHelloCo

Not only does this shop offer bookish related bookmarks BUT they are adorable! I own quite a few myself and love them! 

This set of bookmarks inspired by the Anna/Lola/Isla series by Stephanie Perkins is a particular favourite of mine. The shop does custom orders if you don't see what you like and has the added bonus of being Canadian.

Those are just some of the fun things you'll find on Etsy. It's a treasure trove of unique and creative gift ideas. Browse around because I am positive you'll find something.

Stop by tomorrow and Sunday for more gift suggestions!

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