Holiday Gift Guide: For The Total Bookworm

Welcome to the second instalment of this years holiday gift guides! As some of my older readers will know, each year I do them by themes, depending on what sort of person you’re buying the gifts for. This year I have already put together a gift guide for The Total Foodie in your life, and today we have a guide almost as close to my heart as the foodie guide: the guide for The Total Bookworm! Be sure to stay tuned for my guides to shopping for The Globetrotters and The Londoners in your life, and if you’re looking for something for a makeup lover, over at The Glossy Guide I’ve put together a round up of this years best beauty gift sets!


Diptyque Oriental Spruce Limited Edition Scented Candle: £45 / $68, Hotel Chocolate Milk Chocolate Tiddly Reindeer: £5 / $10, The White Company Grey Marl Cashmere Cable Knit Bed Socks: £45, Bookworm Rubber Duck: £3.95, Waterstones Gift Card / Barnes & Noble Gift Card, Laura Mercier Vanilla Honey Bath: £31 / $40, Tea Pigs Spiced Winter Red Tea: £4.49

I think the thing on this gift guide I want for myself the most has to be this years festive offering from Parisian candle maker and perfumer Diptyque. I was sniffing it like a mad woman when went to shoot a feature in The Scent Bar in West Hollywood. It smells just like Christmas trees, and I know from press days where they’re always burning that Diptyque candles last for ages, and perfume your room like no other candle. So, if you don’t have a real Christmas tree, this is the best way to fill your home with the very best festive scent this Christmas, unless you want to start a gingerbread production line in your kitchen! 

Aside from having a scented candle burning, my two favourite states while reading a book have to be either snuggled up with a good cup of tea, or soaking in a nice, hot, fragrant bath. Tea Pigs have to be my favourite tea company; their blends are absolutely delicious, and at the moment they have a festive Spiced Winter Red Tea available. While you’re curled up with a good book and your cup of tea, nothing beats a comfy pair White Company cashmere bed socks keeping your toes warm! There is even Hotel Chocolate to nibble on too. Their miniature solid chocolate festive creatures are always a holiday favourite of mine. As for the bath, I think Laura Mercier’s Vanilla Honey Bath, complete with honey wand makes such an elegant gift, to be totally contrasted with this adorable little rubber duck who will keep you company in the bath while you are both engrossed in your literary adventures. 

Finally, if you’re still stuck for ideas what to buy your book obsessed friends and family, I absolutely urge you to buy them a Waterstones gift card if you’re based in the UK, or a Barnes & Noble gift card if they’re stateside. No one buys book tokens anymore, and the thing someone who loves to read wants the most is a book! For some reason people have stopped buying me these and have opted for iTunes and Amazon vouchers too which I always spending on something I need on on books for university. This upsets me greatly. Also, though I do not support this in the slightest, if they own one of those evil Kindles, they can buy themselves eBooks to read on their devices with these gift cards too. 

What are you planning on buying the bookworm in your life this year?