Today we have Alexandra in the house

Alexandra is our guest author today with a gift guide for and some goodies.

Gifts for the Book Lover

I’m delighted to be posting here today while Deanna if off on what is sure to be a glamorous and gorgeous December break. Since I blog…infrequently, it’s always fun to put together a special post. (Most days, you can find me on Twitter. That’s almost like blogging, right?) And this one is super special because it’s all about holiday gift giving.

There’s nothing I like more than finding the perfect gift for someone I love. (Scratch that—watching them open it is the best.) I’m a pretty excellent gift-giver, so I thought I’d curate a list of gifts to wow your favorite book lover this holiday season. Here, you’ll find items that range in price from cheap to outrageous. But be assured, everything on this list is terminally chic.

And…since the holiday spirit is alive in my heart, I’m giving away some extra fabulous goodies to those on my holiday card list. Sign up here and you just might get something on this list in your mailbox this December!

Alexandra Haughton

Haughton Gift Guide
Book Journal:
I cannot create a gift-giving post without some pretty paperie. And May Designs has some of the best. I love the customization options (monograms for everyone!), and they frequently have amazing sales. Designing your own is easy. These are the perfect size for reading journals. However, if you want something outrageous for the reader who has everything, personalize this croco-embossed leather beauty. It’s refillable and exquisite. ($20/$163)

Past Due:
This probably isn’t the best gift for the teen book lover in your life (unless they appreciate old school awesomeness), but your 30+ friends will get a kick out of these socks. What’s even more awesome? Out of Print donates a book to a community in need for each pair sold. While you’re there, pick up this cutie for your littlest book lover. ($7/$14)

Haute Bibliophile:
I don’t leave home without this bookish zippy pouch from Kate Spade. It comes with yucky pencils—I mean, they’re adorable, but I can’t tolerate a pencil—and some cute accessories, but I fill mine up with pens, pens, and more pens. Feeling extravagant? Give your book lover this clutch. Guaranteed to make a good first impression. ($30/$328)

Give Good Gift (Card):
We all walk away with tons of plastic rectangles after the holiday. I’m a big fan of the gift card. I’m also a big fan of a way to keep them all organized. (Bonus: this is a gift that keeps on giving…) This cheapie from The Container Store is an inexpensive way to give in style. And of course this Kate Spade glitter bug card keeper satisfies my love of all things sparkly—and it definitely won’t get lost in your handbag. Shopping for your book loving hubs, bro, or dad? Dudes will like these classic card holders from Graphic Image. ($5.99/$48/$38)
Totes Fabulous:
Monogram, check. Metallic gold details, check. This Lands’ End tote is virtually indestructible. Your book lover can carry a laptop and lots of library books in there. Trust me. A Longchamp tote like this saw me through college, and I bought one this summer and fell in love again. Sturdy and stylish. Never leave home without a book—or two or three—in your bag. ($34.50/$145)

Hot Ink:
I’m a wimp, so I’ll most likely never have a real tattoo. But I love flash tattoos something fierce. Although not metallic, this temporary tat will delight. And everybody who’s anybody on my twitter has one of these prints of Beast giving Belle some ink. ($5/30)

I’ve probably hand sold a hundred of these since I bought mine three years ago. The BookBook for laptop is a crowd pleaser—plus it’s pretty rugged. Don’t have a MacBook? These beauties now come in sizes perfect for phones and tablets. For little book lovers, this Penguin Classics/Puffin Books set features exquisite binding—and phenomenal stories. My niece is in love with her set. I am, too. If you really want to WOW your book lover this holiday season, this set of 30 Penguin Classics designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith should do the job. Cue: happy tears. ($80/$105/$649)

In the Kitchen:
Cheeky. Cheekier. Cheekiest. ($10/£7.95/$11.95)
Didn’t find something to suit your book lover on this curated list? Try Bas Bleu. I’ve loved them for about twenty years—and if my mom doesn’t get me a set of these for Christmas, I don’t know how I’ll face 2016.

P.S. Santa, if you could slip this Victorian book locket under the tree, that would be rad.

P.P.S. I wrote a holiday story. So did my friends. We bundled them up together for you. For free. (Just like love.) One Week in December, a collection of holiday shorts, is available now at your favorite eBook retailer: iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, kobo. ONE WEEK IN DECEMBER.

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*prices listed are subject to change. Neither Deanna nor I profit from the links in this post. Go forth and be a smart shopper.