This Sunday is December first, and you know what that means: CHRISTMAS IS COMING!
I am so excited about the upcoming festive season. It means fairy lights, Christmas trees, the Michael Bublé Christmas album on repeat the whole month long, a few days of around the holidays and of course, for a lot of people, presents.
Within my family we don’t do a whole lot with Christmas. We try to get together to celebrate, and of course visit all the grandparents as well, but I feel like it’s not really a Dutch thing. However, Christmas is getting more and more popular here in The Netherlands, and we also of course have Sinterklaas (kind of the same as Santa, but celebrated on December 5th) which is celebrated with presents. So I thought I would do a little gift guide this year.
Over the next 5 days I’ll be sharing a post every day with some of my gift recommendation/ideas, starting today with my most favourite thing to gift and to get: books.
A Short History Of Drunkenness – Mark Forsyth
(This book is best gifted in combination with a bottle of wine)
This is a book I am thoroughly enjoying currently. It is a perfect book to gift to people, and also the thing that kind of inspired this whole gift guide series. It is basically exactly what the title suggest: a short history of drunkenness. It’s about alcohol, what role it has played in human history, different time periods and past and current cultures. From what I’ve read so far, which is a good few chapters, it is incredibly funny, but quite interesting as well. I feel like this would be the perfect gift for anyone with a good sense of humor that enjoys a drink every now and again.
A Treasury Of Irish Fairy And Folk Tales
This makes the absolute perfect gift for anyone like me who is a sucker for beautiful hardback books. I am mentioning the Irish Fairy And Folk Tales now because it is the one I have, but really any of the Barnes & Nobles Leatherbound Classics will do. These are incredibly stunning to look at, and thus make an amazing bookish gift. I haven’t read this one yet but I am sure it is great. It has a large collection of stories about different creatures, such as ghosts; giants and different sort of fairies, but also rocks & stones; treasure legends; kings, queens, princesses and legends of the Western Islands. It is a large book, like all of these are, and they are on the expensive side, but they are so worth it. Some of the other ones I’m lusting after are The Chronicles Of Narnia and The Arabian Nights, and so so many more.
Dracula – Bram Stoker
This one is for anyone who loves creepy classics, because that is exactly what this book is. A lot of people have probably already read this book, but a lot of people haven’t, so if you know anyone who loves vampire stories, this is a great gift. I feel like it is a very easy classic read, I flew through it quite quickly when I read it a few years ago, so it also makes a great gift for anyone who wants to read more classics. I personally own the Penguin English Library version which looks really pretty but is not too expensive, and seeing as it is paperback, it is also great to carry around. However I happened to spot this one as well as I was browsing Goodreads, and I think that would make an absolute great gift as well! Oh, and this clothbound one here is gorgeous too!
A bonus gift with this book would be Dracul by Dacre Stoker. From what I understand (I haven’t read the book myself, or even really read a lot about it) it is inspired by the life of Bram Stoker, but with a creepy twist. It is also written by his great-grand nephew, which makes it interesting as well.
Around The World In 80 Novels – Henry Russell
If you’re buying a gift for someone who loves books and also loves to travel, this is it. It is a book sharing 80 books that have a connection to different places around the world. It is a great way to get discover new books and new places, and to me that sounds just perfect. From what I’ve read about this book, the novels featured in it are mostly quite well known already, but I feel like it would still be a lovely read, and a way to match your next read with your next trip. The books are not all from authors from that area, nor are they all originally written in the language of the place that inspired them, but they are all great recommendations I am sure, and will keep any book lover satisfied for a long time.
Penguin Little Black Classics
This last bookish gift is a great budget one, but the combinations with this one are endless and if you want you can also spend quite some money on them. If you just want to buy something small and fun, you buy one of these. But you can also buy a whole lot for a bit of a bigger gift, I’m pretty sure you can even get a box set. I am, as you can see from the title, talking about the Penguin Little Black Classics. I love these little 50 page booklets, they are so quick and easy to go through and a great way to discover new writers. They are also very cheap, only €2 or €3, so if you’re budget is only €10, you can still get a few of these. I’ve read four of these little books now, and have loved most of them. One I didn’t enjoy that much, and so now I know that the writer maybe isn’t for me. The fun thing about gifting these is that you can go by theme: books set in winter; scary stories; female authors; books written in a certain time period. You can even go for writers who’s name starts with an H or G, or maybe spell out the name of the person you’re gifting the books to with the initial of the author. I think these are lovely little gifts for anyone who loves to read, especially people that love classics.
Penguin also does the mint version of these little booklets, which I think are modern classics. I haven’t read any of them yet, but I am pretty sure they are just as great!
Those are my top 5 book gifts for 2019. I love them all and think they would be the perfect gifts for any book lover, but let’s be real, books are always a good idea.
Thanks for stopping by ❤