Bookfessional: Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Posted December 1, 2017 by Jessica in Bookfessional, Jessica / 5 Comments

Bookfessional: What Booklovers Want for Christmas/Hanukkah/Winter Solstice/Festivus, etc.

Happy December, Rabid Readers!

It’s that time of year again. The time that our loved ones demand gift ideas while steadfastly refusing to buy us books, “b/c you already have so many.”

Do you draw a blank when you can’t just say, “books”? Do you know someone in desperate need of direction?

THIS IS THE POST FOR YOU. *grins cheekily*


You’re welcome.

1. Clothing that proclaims our bookish affinities.

The options are limitless. And right now they’re almost ALL ON SALE.

Look Human:

Look Human is one of my favorite sites for graphic tanks and sweatshirts. It’s extremely current—scroll through just the first few pages of “New” anything and you’ll find everything from we-hate-trump to Stranger Things-themed Christmas paraphernalia.


SOCKS. Who doesn’t love socks? And these socks are the besssssst.

And for those of you who prefer a more classic approach to your bookish declarations, we have Out of Print:

But not too classic, b/c there’s awesome HARRY POTTER stuff too. ALSO, I have a limited edition Red Rising tee shirt that I wouldn’t trade for love or money, so yeah . . . Out of Print is definitely worth a looksy.

2. Favorite Character Inspired Candles.

YES, really.

The market for this sort of thing is huge, b/c like socks, everyone loves candles, and if you have the option of getting one (or twenty) named after a best loved heroine OR vanilla, which would you prefer? Hmm??

These are a few of my favorites from two different vendors on ETSY:

A Court of Candles:

Icey Designs:

3. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream:

I first heard of Jeni’s through Chuck Wendig, and it is AMAZING, so I’m shamelessly stealing it.


B/c books break our hearts sometimes, and ice cream helps. Regular, everyday ice cream helps. Jeni’s . . . Jeni’s goes a long way to making you not care b/c food coma. And with a $10 flat rate for shipping, it’s definitely an extravagance, but it’s not OTT ridiculous.

ALSO, my local Fresh Market carries a limited selection, so if you’re lucky, you can avoid shipping altogether.

My favorite flavor I can get locally is Brambleberry Crisp, but if I’m going all out, I want Lemon & Blueberries Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt, and before you say:


I don’t even like frozen yogurt. Jeni’s is the exception. Always.

4. Concert Tickets.

B/c as much as we love to hole up with a book and a blanket, we do occasionally need to breathe outside air . . . Not that the air in concert venues is particularly great, but whatever, socialization is good.

For example, BFF and I are going to see Neko Case in January.

5. The book we won’t buy for ourselves.

Like the beautiful illustrated versions of HARRY POTTER or FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM.

Or if you’re into graphic novels, the deluxe edition of your favorite series:

And this, dear friends, is merely the tip of the iceberg. If I were to enumerate ALL THE THINGS that are bookishly wonderful and gift-worthy, I’d be here . . . way too long.

What do you guys think? Did I miss anything? What’s at the top of your wish list?

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My name is Jessica and I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’m trying my hand at writing, but mostly I read. My favorite genres are Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and the YA versions of those genres, but if there is a book of a different color getting lots of buzz, I’ll read it too, just to be informed. If I’m not reading or writing, I’m probably on Goodreads or Pinterest or baking blueberry pies because I love them.



5 responses to “Bookfessional: Holiday Gift Guide 2017

  1. Yeah, just what the heck is the deal with family members saying they won’t buy us books because we have too many?!? First of all, there’s no such thing. And secondly, if I’m asking for a book it’s because I *want* a book! LOL However, I’ll take some of those socks. Oh, and um, some of those t-shirts, too! 😉
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  2. Trix

    As someone who loves books AND Jeni’s (and can’t handle the high shipping), I’m here to tell you that the Jeni’s cookbooks produce amazing results! (She swears that they’re the exact same recipes she uses in the stores, and I’m inclined to believe her.) I’ve tried almost every recipe, and only the cucumber melon fro yo wasn’t for me. The first book is probably all most amateur ice cream cooks will need, but the second one has some really fun dessert and baked good ideas (not to mention a raspberry sorbet that will upstage anything you serve with it, guaranteed).