Your Short Bookish Christmas Gift Guide

Trying to find the perfect book or gift for a friend, a hard-to-buy-for relative, or the perfect stocking stuffer?

Look no further: here’s your short bookish Christmas gift guide!


For the Book Lover:

Leuchtturm 1917 Notebook — Comes in so many great colors! I use these every year for my bullet journal. I actually like them more than Moleskine (gasp!). Table of contents, numbered pages, dotted pages makes it a fabulous notebook to use for a calendar, journal, or simply keeping track of all your lists. Purchase here.

Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith + Art, Madeleine L’Engle — a great book for anyone interested in art and faith in readable, lovely prose. Purchase here.

Micron colored pens (archival ink) — no bleeding or smearing, fine tips and colored ink. Perfect for Bible study or writing in your bullet journal! Larger sets, but this 6-pen set is a great starter. Purchase here.

Book light — lightweight, comes in cute colors and rechargeable LED battery. Purchase here.

Book stand — I adored using a book stand when I was working with lots of material and needed to read and type at the same time. Perfect for cookbooks, tablets, and books of course! Comes in bamboo and wood. Adjustable holders and angles. Purchase here.

Jane Austen and other bookish mugs — This mug with quotes from Jane Austen is adorable. There are also mugs from other authors as well as the best first lines in literature. Purchase here.

Pilot p-500 blue ink pens — my absolute favorite blue gel ink pens out there. I’ve used up countless ones. I just told my husband to put some in my stocking. Plus my PhD supervisor also had them. Buy the pens, you’ll get smart. :) Purchase here.

Homesick Candles: Books — Who doesn’t love a great candle while you read? And a candle that smells like books? Perfect. Purchase here.

These teakwood candles are some other non-book favorite candles that have a fabulous scent, perfect for men and women who don’t want an overpowering floral scent.


For the hard-to-buy-for person (including some lighter reading):

Teapot with tea infuser — Get out your loose leaf tea and infuse it in its own pot! Perfect for a little quiet time. It even comes with its own tea cozy to keep it warm! Add some homemade treats or something you pick up from Trader Joe’s. Purchase here.

Still Life — The Chief Inspector Gamache novels, Louise Penny — No one I’ve met whose read Louise Penny hasn’t loved her books. Her characters are great, the mysteries compelling, and you’ll want to run away to Three Pines, a fictional village outside of Quebec. The first novel is Still Life. Amazon also sells the first three as a set. Purchase here.

Memory Foam Adjustable Pillows — My friend says these are life-changing. And I’ll tell you I wake up with a sore neck or weird kink in my shoulder often. It’s made from cut-up memory foam so the firmness is adjustable! I may buy them for myself! Purchase here.

Elizabeth Berg novels — I really enjoyed Open House, Durable Goods, and The Year of Pleasures. Light reading, but then you get hit with lines that hit to your marrow. Wonderful books especially for the grown women in your life as they deal with womanhood, coming of age, death, and motherhood. Purchase here.

Loopy phone cases — I just bought one since my phone cracked and I couldn’t bare for it to crack any more. It’s slim, sturdy and best of all, there’s a loop to help you hold the phone and text at the same time. I love mine. No breaks when it drops. Purchase here.

Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillin Smith — According to Amazon, my book is often bought with Myquillin’s. And I have a copy! Beautiful pictures and a book to help to create a home that’s cozy but without too much stuff. Purchase here.

One Line a Day Journal — These come in florals and so many different colors. This gray one is great for the men in your life. Great gift to help friends and loved ones preserve memories and have them all in one spot. A great gratitude practice. Purchase here.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson — I find travel writing lovely and Bill Bryson is hilarious, smart, and fun. Bryce and I have read Notes from a Small Island and Notes from a Big Country with tears rolling down our cheeks. A Walk in the Woods is his book about his attempting to walk the Appalachian Trail. May be good for the hard-to-buy-for man in your life. Purchase here.


Some of the books that bring wonder (i.e., Ashley’s new and perennial favorites):

Advent: The Once and Coming Future of Jesus Christ by Fleming Rutledge — A collection of essays and short sermons on the themes of Advent, this book is lovely to read in bits or all the way through. Would make a terrific resource for Advent (obvs) and Lent too. Purchase here.

Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren — Tish is a favorite of mine (and she’s agreed to be on The Finding Holy Podcast); she’s thoughtful, clear, practical and her book is golden. For anyone who wants to take the elements of worship into the everyday. Accessible read. Purchase here.

The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis — A perennial favorite, Lewis gets at all our longings. Purchase here.

Breath for the Bones by Luci Shaw — Like L’Engle’s Walking on Water, this is a treasure of quiet contemplation and delight. Purchase here.

Quotidian Mysteries by Kathleen Norris — I’m a big Kathleen Norris fan and this little book (it’s actually a lecture) helped shape a turn in my own life regarding the mundane art of housekeeping. Purchase here.

Wild in the Hollow by Amber Haines — Amber is a poet and her memoir is gorgeous. Buy it here.

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson — Favorite. Pulitzer prize winner. Tender, moving, compassionate and lyrical. My copy is underlined and dog-eared. Purchase here.

Finding Holy in the Suburbs by me! — If I may be so bold, I’m putting my own book on here. I wrote my heart out and I offer you beautiful stories, angst and challenge, robust theological discussion and practical take-aways! Purchase here.


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