Holiday Gift Guide | Literary Gifts that Keep on Giving

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As I did last year, this I will be sharing a few different holiday gift guides – obviously geared towards bookworms. Today, I have my first installment of this series, and it might just be my favorite. While I am all for giving people books, I think there is something so fun about getting someone a gift that keeps coming after the holidays are over. For me, the months after Christmas are always a bit slow and a bit anticlimactic (for lack of a better word). So I love the idea of having something to look forward to after the holidays. These gifts are just that! It’s almost like giving someone bonus gifts, and who doesn’t like that? (P. S. They are also excellent if you need a gift at the last minute!)

Book of the Month

I’ve talked about how much I love Book of the Month, and I think a subscription would make an excellent gift for pretty much anyone. I would be thrilled to receive this as a gift, and, if I were buying a gift for someone who loves reading, this would be at the top of my list. You can choose between three-, six-, and twelve-month plans, which includes the recipients choice of one of five books each month. As a bonus: if you give someone a gift of Book of the Month, you get a free book added to your subscription! And if you use THIS LINK to sign up, I get a free book, too, so we all win. Just saying. The books are new releases geared towards adults, and selections are typically a mix of fiction and nonfiction, so I think most people will be able to find something they like (and if they don’t you can easily skip a month and roll over the credit).


You probably already know that I’m a HUGE fan of Audible, and love listening to audiobooks, especially on my commute. I’ve already gotten several family members and friends to join, because, even if you don’t read that much, it’s so easy to put on an audiobook while you’re driving or doing the dishes. I think this is a great gift for readers or just anyone who has a long commute – I get through about 6-10 hours each week just on my way to and from work. Again, you can choose between three-, six-, and twelve-month plans, which include one credit per month (membership also includes a huge discount on audiobooks if you purchase additional ones). Click here to explore the gifting options.


If you’re shopping for young readers (or children you hope to turn into young readers), I absolutely love the idea of Lillypost, which is a subscription box – created by Book Outlet – geared towards young readers. Subscription boxes can be purchased one, three, six, or twelve months at a time and include your choice of either board books (ages 0-2) or picture books (ages 3+). I don’t personally subscribe, but I am seriously considering getting one for the little boy I nanny. For this one, you don’t actually gift subscriptions, but you can get gift cards, which are kind of nice because then the parents can choose what options they think their child will like best.


For young adult readers, or readers who enjoy young adult books, I’m a fan of OwlCrate. I don’t personally subscribe, but I follow them on social media and covet the boxes each month (I would not object to someone buying me a subscription for Christmas). These boxes are great, because you not only get a new young adult book each month – many of which I have actually read and enjoyed – but you get lots of adorable extras! You can choose from monthly, three-month, and six-month plans OR purchase past boxes (which would make a really great one-time gift) – click here for more info.

Do you have any bookish subscriptions? Are there any other ones you’d recommend as holiday gifts? Let me know in the comments!

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