In the first part of my bookish Christmas Gift Guide, I tried to sum up the best releases of the year from the sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, thriller, historical fiction and romance genres. All these would make for wonderful gifts under the Christmas tree. If you missed it, you can check it out here. And if you still didn’t find that perfect bookish gift for your favourite book nerd, keep on reading because there’s more.
Young Adult Fantasy / Contemporary
It is incredibly hard to choose the best picks in this category because it is my favourite genre. However, if you have a younger sibling you want to introduce to the wonderful world of fantasy, I recommend the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. Fast-paced and action-packed, it will definitely get them excited. For the older ones, A Court of Thorns and Roses series might be the best way to go. The final book of the trilogy is a winner of the Goodreads Choice Award 2017 in the Young Adult Fantasy category. Also, there are more books from this world to come next year. It does include a few scenes which put the ‘adult’ in the young adult, so careful who you give it to.
For the more scientifically inclined I recommend A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. A sequel to this fun space adventure was released just this year.
If the teenager in your life prefers more relatable fiction from the real world, the obvious choice is Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. Green’s books are a guaranteed success and this tale of mental illness, love and friendship makes for a wonderful and meaningful gift.
Other great picks are The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda or The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. All these books deal with important and relevant topics in a light and fun way, making them both enlightening and entertaining.
Comics / Graphic novels / Manga
Some people like beautiful art with their reading. If you know one you might consider gifting them with a comic or a graphic novel. My top pick of 2017 is definitely Rat Queens. It tells a sassy story of a pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire.
A huge hit of this year and a greatly anticipated member of my TBR list is also Monstress. This comic features a richly imagined world and beautiful art in the style of art deco-inflected steampunk by Sana Takeda.
Maybe you have a younger brother who likes anime like Pokemon or Naruto. It might be time to introduce them to manga. A great and fun way to do it is by getting them One-Punch Man. This hilarious story of a bald man who can’t find an opponent he can’t beat is both a great anime and a continuing manga. So no cliffhangers.
For the more advanced reader, a classic might be in order. Try introducing them to Death Note or Tokyo Ghoul. And if you have a true manga fan on your hands who knows the classics back and forth, try Berserk. Not for the squeamish or the easily offended, Berserk is violent, horrifying and mercilessly funny.
If you have an extra special book nerd in your life you want to be really generous with, think about giving them a box set or a collector’s edition for Christmas. A classic that won’t leave any children or young adults disappointed is the boxed set containing all Harry Potter novels in their new jackets edition. For the classic collector, a Lord of the Rings set might be a better option. If someone prefers the look and feel of an old book that looks great on the bookshelf, get them a Penguin clothbound classic. Or any of the classic novels with a beautiful cover. For example these ones by Barnes & Noble. A box would also make a beautiful gift, like The Complete Fiction of H.P Lovecraft.
Other bookish goodies
If you encounter a rare breed of a book nerd that has all the books they could possibly need (as if there is such a thing), you can still make them happy by gifting them with other bookish goodies. Everyone likes a box full of gifts, making a bookish subscription box an ideal gift for your book lover. My personal favourite is FairyLoot. It is focused on fantasy and you can check my unboxings here to get a look inside. If you’d like something more general, try Book Box Club or Geek Gear Box. All are UK based, so it’s a cheaper option if you live in Europe, concerning shipping costs. If you are US based, maybe try Owlcrate or LitJoy Crate.
If you’re looking for something smaller, bookish candles are an awesome idea. Who doesn’t like their room to smell like their favourite character or fictional place? If you’re in Europe check out Book&Nook candles or Book&Glow. US citizens might still be able to get their orders in for Christmas at In the Wick of Time or Wick and Fable. All of these also ship worldwide, so you can get one wherever you are.
If all that still isn’t enough for you, try looking at other bookish goodies. Try themed Moleskine journals, bookmarks by Lexy Olivia or cups and other fun stuff by Miss Phi or Evie Seo.
I know walking into a bookshop trying to buy presents might be overwhelming, especially in the time leading up to the holidays. I hope this series helped you find your way to the perfect book faster and therefore, made you and your book-loving close one that much happier.