If you are a regular reader of The Englewood Review of Books, chances are that you are a book lover, and that others among your friends and family are also book lovers. Here are ten great literary gifts of 2020 for the book lovers on your Christmas list (or for you to add to your Christmas list)
(We’ve linked to these literary gifts of 2020 on Amazon, but many of them are available from other local / indie retailers)
The Book Journal is created to grow over time into a detailed and uniquely personalized record of every book you read, from novels to non-fiction and everything in between. The alphabetized pages give you a structured space to note down key information about each book, alongside general reflections and the quotes or passages that made the biggest impression.
Every book transports us to another place and time, into someone else’s shoes and inside someone else’s mind. The Book Journal maps your story through all the books that have transported you far, far away, becoming a customized literary refuge full of stories, people and places. It sits happily on the shelf next to the written works that inspire you most and comes in a smart box – making it a wonderful gift for any bookworms in your life.
Retail Price: $29.95 [ Learn More ]
Available in Five colors: Black, Navy, Olive, Dark Heather, Purple.
Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem.
Retail Price: $16.99 [ Learn More ]
Clip on Reading Lights for Books in Bed, Infinite Brightness Levels, Soft Light Easy for Eyes, Built-in USB Cable Easy Charge. Perfect for Avid Readers. PERFECT BOOK LIGHT FOR BEDTIME READING – Experts agree that reading is the very last thing most successful people do before going to sleep. We are committed to creating a booklight for you to enjoy reading at night. It takes more care of your eyes. You can click to adjust color temperature (warm, white, mixed) and long press to adjust the brightness. Choose your favorite mode.
Retail Price: $12.99 [ Learn More ]
Personalize your library with this sophisticated set of bookplates. Each features a beloved literary quote and a charming illustration that makes each book in your collection even more special.
Never again will you be in search of the perfect present for your book-loving friend – you can now give a whole set of bookplates with quotes from the likes of Jane Austen, Johnathan Swift, and Samuel Johnson. In the style of antique books, these 55 labels are classic and sophisticated and will appeal to a wide range of tastes and genres.
A few sample quotes include:
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”—Jane Austen
“A room without books is a body without a soul.”—Cicero
Retail Price: $12.99 [ Learn More ]
For the theology nerd on your Christmas list!
Three Colors: White, Silver, Heather Gray
Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem
Retail Price: $17.99 [ Learn More ]
*** Which of these literary gifts of 2020 will you give to friends and family?
Includes 3, 4 oz candles – Things you will find at a library, especially one with an “antique book” section.
The Set Includes:
– Antique Books – a leathery blend of cedarwood and patchouli -This is not an “old book” smell, but an antique book with an old, worn leather binding and cover. These books would have included parchment as paper, attached with wooden boards and covered in leather. The books are considered rare and have a unique fragrance.
– New Books – My interpretation of a new book smell, and fresh paper. A mixture of cedarwood, jasmine, sandalwood and patchouli
– Ancient Scrolls has that old, musty, oily scent – frankincense and myrrh combined with sandalwood and more
FEATURES: Natural Soy Wax / Lead-free Cotton wicks / Premium Grade (Phthalate free) Scents / Handcrafted Made-to-Order (not stocked on shelves) / Net 4 Fluid Ounces (approx 1/2 lb of wax) per candle / Reusable Glass Jars and Lids / Burn-time Approx 30 Hours per candle / Packaged in a nice corrugated white box ready to be gifted
Retail Price: $26.95 [ Learn More ]
Available in a variety of styles and options (ruled paper vs. graph paper vs. plain paper), these handy notebooks fit easily in a pocket.
Inspired by the vanishing sub-genre of agricultural memo books, ornate pocket ledgers, and the simple, unassuming beauty of a well-crafted list, the Draplin Design Company of Portland and Coudal Partners, a Chicago creative firm, created Field Notes, a collection of vintage-styled pocket notebooks.
Practical American design with a sense of history and familiarity is what we’re all about. In addition to our standard products we also produce quarterly limited editions using different papers, form factors, and printing techniques. All Field Notes paper products are manufactured in the U.S.A.
Retail Price for 3-pack: $9.95 – $14.95 [ Learn More ]
- STRONG GIRL ROLE MODELS for readers age 13+
- INSPIRE THE GIRLS IN YOUR LIFE – A well-researched and hand-illustrated poster of great young female protagonists in books
- INCLUDES BEST-SELLING BOOKS like The Hunger Games, A Wrinkle in Time, Ms. Marvel, Pride and Prejudice, Anne of Green Gables, and more
- FITS A STANDARD 24×36 POSTER FRAME – Frame is not included.
- MADE WITH MUSEUM QUALITY FSC-certified paper in Madison, Wisconsin
Retail Price: $24.99 [ Learn More ]
- For a bibliophile, there’s no greater pleasure than sharing beloved books, but no crueler pain than losing them for good-until the Personal Library Kit
- Revive old-fashioned library circulation techniques for fun and book retention with our classic bestseller
- The perfect gift for the generous reader
Retail Price: $17.93 [ Learn More ]
A collection of 100 postcards, each featuring a different and iconic Penguin book jacket. From classics to crime, here are over seventy years of quintessentially British design in one box. In 1935 Allen Lane stood on a platform at Exeter railway station, looking for a good book for the journey to London. His disappointment at the poor range of paperbacks on offer led him to found Penguin Books. The quality paperback had arrived. Declaring that ‘good design is no more expensive than bad’, Lane was adamant that his Penguin paperbacks should cost no more than a packet of cigarettes, but that they should always look distinctive. Ever since then, from their original – now world-famous – look featuring three bold horizontal stripes, through many different stylish, inventive and iconic cover designs, Penguin’s paperback jackets have been a constantly evolving part of Britain’s culture. And whether they’re for classics, crime, reference or prize-winning novels, they still follow Allen Lane’s original design mantra. Sometimes, you definitely should judge a book by its cover.
Retail Price: $25.00 [ Learn More ]
*** Which of these literary gifts of 2020 do you want most?
C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com