Today’s post is a little different than my normal ones, but it was one I really wanted to make for a very special reason!
If you know me, you’ll know I’m completely obsessed with bookish merch – so much I’ve quite literally made two entire blog posts on some of my favourite bookish merch sites – and I’m always on the lookout for anything new.
It’s day 8 of Blogmas already!! It’s going so quick but I’m having so much fun – I hope you are too! Today I have a follow up post from one I posted a while ago, which was part 1 of this series of posts – you can find the first “Top 10 Bookish Merch Stores” post here! I thought since it’s Christmas soon, why not have a list of gift ideas for book lovers!
Here are ten more of my favourite bookish stores, that will be the perfect places to look for any last minute gifts for the book lover in your life!
Reading can be one of the most rewarding things that a person can do. I know there are many book lovers who, like me, have to take their book everywhere they go. One of the most annoying things about that however, is that if you read paperbacks they can get so easily damaged whilst being carried around! It’s so frustrating!
A user on Etsy called Benita however has thought of this exact problem and created the best product to save us all from having ruined paperbacks! She has created a product called a BookBeau and it’s perfect for carrying books! It’s basically a padded sleeve with a range of different patterns to choose from that perfectly fits a paperback in. Benita creates these sleeves herself so you can guarantee that each one if perfect.
Photo Credit: @bookbeau on Instagram
Photo Credit: @bookbeau on Instagram
I ordered my first BookBeau last month, and once it arrived I was so happy. The first thing I did was test out different sized books in it, to see what the biggest book was that I could fit inside it (the most important test). The biggest paperback that I tried was over 700 pages and it still fit wonderfully in the Beau, and still had room! You can easily put in smaller 200 page books, or bigger 700 page ones and feel at ease knowing that your book is safely tucked away in your bag.
It wasn’t until I first used it on a commute to university however that I really noticed the difference! No matter how hard I tried to look after my books, sometimes you couldn’t help something falling over in your bag and hitting the corner of your book, nearly ruining it. Yet as soon as I put my book sleeve in my bag instead I knew no matter what it was safe in my bag.
Since I got my BookBeau not only do I know that no matter what type of bag I put my beloved books into, I know I can also carry them fine (there’s nothing worse than carrying a book in your arms and it does that annoying part where one of the corners bends up!). I thought the padding of the sleeve may be problematic, and yes it does add a certain bulkiness to the book itself, which may be seen as a problem for bigger books, but if anything it just adds to the experience.
I’d much rather have a bit less space in my bag, than no padding and my book getting ruined. Also Benita’s designs are perfection, she has such a range of fabrics from the galaxy design that I have, to Disney princesses, candy skulls and even Harry Potter themed ones! She also takes suggestions for custom designs, so if you find a fabric that you like and think would be perfect for a beau, no doubt if you message her with the fabric name and place to get it from, she will do her best to create a custom one just for you!
There are a lot of unique products for sale on Etsy, with a lot of lovely users and sellers too. However I honestly have to say Benita is the kindest one I’ve talked to, she’s always so open to any suggestions, answers any queries as soon as she can, and will make sure that you enjoy your BookBeau as much as she does. Not only are the products amazing, the customer service is exceptional.
If you’re a book lover that is looking for that little bit more to help look after your beautiful books, then BookBeau’s are definitely the way for you. A perfect reading companion by your side each day, and constantly there to protect your books, what more could you want! I need some more in my life, one is definitely not enough!
Okay so buying bookish merchandise is one of my favourite things to do (other than buying books haha!) and over the past year I’ve found some amazing stores to buy things from so thought I’d share them with you! This post will probably be longer than usual (I can’t express my love for these stores enough!) so bear with me! Anyway, in no order, here are my top 10 favourite bookish merch stores!
The candles from Raquel are literal bookish perfection! She takes so much time in perfecting everyone’s scents, and makes the most beautiful candles! It’s my absolute dream to one day own at least one of the candles (THERE IS A JEM CANDLE GUYS), but the shipping kills me because it’s so much to where I live (don’t live in the UK guys, it ruins your life). However I still definitely recommend getting one of her candles, because she seems so lovely and her scents are PERFECT! Reading the descriptions it’s like she knows the characters personally, and knows exactly what they smell like! Definitely goals in bookish merchandise right here! Just a few of my favourite looking candles below! How wonderful:
Okay so EVERYTHING in this store on Etsy is amazing! Gina makes beautiful watercolour bookmarks, book boyfriend (and now girlfriend) soaps, and she’s also recently introduced lip balms!! I have such a love for lipbalms and bookmarks so this store is a must have for me. I’ve yet to order a lip balm (I’m making an order soon don’t worry, Manon and Jem you’re coming my way) but everything just seems amazing! Anything she creates is gold, and so unique too! I love the idea of book boyfriend/girlfriend items! Bringing the fictional into the real world, what more does a book lover need! Here’s some examples of the wonderful items!
I LOVE BENITA AND HER BOOKBEAUS. There I said it. I ordered my first bookbeau a couple of months ago and I haven’t stopped using it since! If you don’t know what one is, it’s a padded sleeve to put your paperback in so it doesn’t get damaged when you carry it around, and it is AMAZING. Her designs are beautiful, so well made, and she is just an angel. Definitely go check out her store, but they sell out fast (when they’re in stock) so make sure to get in there quick when she restocks! She’s currently out of stock so here’s a picture of my bookbeau!
I have a serious addiction to magnetic bookmarks at the moment, and it all began because of HappyHello! Vivi makes the most wonderful little book companions, from Throne of Glass characters to Harry Potter. I love the designs and how you can easily see which characters they are, and I own SO MANY of her collections it’s becoming an obsession. If you have a love for bookmarks, and can’t think of anything better than to share your reading adventure with your favourite characters, I definitely recommend this store! Here are the bookmarks I own and some other ones of Vivi’s!