Experience Based Gifts for Book Lovers (Minimalist Edition)

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Wow, only two weeks till Christmas. How is it possible? I still remember very vividly last year’s festivities. 🙂 If you are a bit like me, a mildly disorganised, last minute ‘it can wait’ type of person, you may find some of those ideas below useful. 🙂

Some of you may know that I am a self-proclaimed minimalist. I like not to own too many things. I love giving experience based gifts and if asked, I usually suggest them from the receiving end as well.

My intention is not to make anyone feel bad about their own gifts. I am not against material possessions nor am I judging anyone. I just want to give you some other present ideas for your ‘bookish’ loved ones.

None of these links below are sponsored; I am stating my own opinions and am not affiliated with any of these companies below. I thought I should disclose that just in case! 🙂

  • Book talks given by favourite authors

I enjoy reading author’s parting words as well as their stories on how books of theirs came about.

Book talks give us opportunities to meet our favourite authors, find out more about their work and creative process in general. They can also connect us as we can discuss our favourite books with alike minded ‘new’ friends. 🙂

Here is a list of upcoming talks in the UK for some ideas. As I am a keen adventurer, I especially like the sound of Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously talk.

Book talks can also be found at authors’ pages. For example my favourite Tara Westover has an event page here.

As I am eagerly anticipating the release of King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo, the great news for my US based friends is that she will be touring US early next year – a lot of tickets are sold out already but you may still be of luck and grab some tickets for your loved ones that enjoy reading books from this author.

  • Bookish events – exhibitions, festivals, literature conventions

I would also label bookish events under ‘let’s connect’ category as they celebrate our favourite author’s work, we get to meet some kindred spirits and may leave inspired and giddy to read yet another book from that author. They can also be a great way of getting to know new authors.

For UK readers, here’s a rather comprehensive list of events happening next year.

I especially like the sound of Harry Potter’s History of Magic hosted by the British Library that is sadly sold out now but could be used as an inspiration for any future gifts when it’s brought back again.

By the way British Library hosts some brilliant exhibitions, some of them are even free and can be used as the ‘I’m inviting you to this exhibition as our time together gift’ if you are short on money.

For Young Adults: YALC is the UK’s Young Adult Literature Convention – a celebration of the very best young adult books and authors. YALC takes place each year as part of the London Film and Comic Con. Tickets can be bought here.

  • Escape rooms for mystery readers

Taken from Wikipedia: an escape room, also known as an “escape game”, is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand.

I think this experience based gift could appeal to those, who enjoy reading detective stories or any other stories that consist of suspense and mystery. The puzzle solving aspect as well as a group based activity, could make this a great family gift or a gift for a group of friends.

There are so many escape rooms available these days, I usually check their ratings on TripAdvisor first though.

  • Writing classes & meetups

If your loved one is a keen writer as well, why not to enrol them into some writing classes to practice their skills? I would probably check this one in advance though to prevent offending anyone! 😉

Masterclass has many, but rather pricey classes, such as the one given by Margaret Atwood.

Writing meetups could be another options. I love the idea of meeting with fellow writers in person to discuss our work. It’s again that social aspect of it that really appeals to me.

  • Gifts that keep on giving

There are many book charities out there that promote learning, reading, and education in general. I am not going to tell you, which one to support, should you decide to do so. It is a personal choice and whatever appeal to you is the best way forward.

I think donating on someone’s behalf is such a sweet gift and could make either a great stockings filler (if a donation is small) or a main gift, if you decide to go that way.

Here are a few charities but the list is definitely not a comprehensive one, so please do your own research if you wish to go down this path:

BookTrust transforms lives by getting children and families reading . It is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity. Each year they reach 3.4 million children across the UK with books, resources and support. I especially love their Spark programme.

Books2Africa is saving books from going to landfill in the UK, and is shipping them instead to students and teachers across Africa.

National Literacy Trust is working with schools and communities to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills to succeed in life.

I love Pencils of Promise for its transparency, 100% direct giving promise as well as for their belief that everyone deserves access to quality education.

There you have it my friends, my few ideas on experience based gifts.

Do you have any other ideas? Fancy sharing them with me?

Thanks for reading, I appreciate you being here. ♥♥♥

25 thoughts on “Experience Based Gifts for Book Lovers (Minimalist Edition)”

  1. Literally something for everyone. I love book-related ideas as gifts too, as some of them, like you’ve suggested, Vera, are outings and events, so can be shared. I like the idea of the Escape Room games too. We did one a few years back and it was hilarious, talk about too many alpha personalities in one room! Ha! Ha!

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    1. I love Escape Rooms too! There are a lot of fun and so much to remember it for for ages afterwards. I’m laughing regarding those alpha personalities, I can absolutely relate to that he he. 😀


  2. Really nice ideas! I end up giving books to my book-obsessed friends, but I love the thought of going for book-related experiences too. And it’s always nice to learn about book-related causes to support!

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    1. Thanks. 🙂
      I haven’t read Austenland but have seen the movie version of it. 🙂 I think it would be a wonderful idea to go for it. I reckon a lot of Jane Austen fans would sign it for it for sure. 🙂

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  3. Excellent ideas! (Personally I’ve always thought someone in Maine could make a fortune on the Stephen King experience for horror enthusiasts!) Also thanks for the link to Leigh Bardugo’s tours I would love to see her one day!

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  4. I think this is a smart and lovely post, Vera, one that brings me (again) to my wish to be brave and give people gifts that aren’t objects. I’m afraid if I gave someone a gift of a donation in their name, they would be mad or think I’m cheap.

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    1. Thank you Melanie.
      I think donations in one’s name are probably better checked beforehand or perhaps kept at a small amount first to see how that person reacts. It’s not for everyone but I personally find it extremely sweet if someone does it on my behalf. But we are all different and just because we find certain gifts appealing doesn’t mean others will feel the same. 💕


      1. Donating reminds me of this TV episode of a show called Tool Time that came out years ago. It has Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who was a “teen heartthrob” in the 90s, who comes home for Christmas to his middle-America family after living abroad. He’s different, though. He gives them all a tree in the Amazon rain forest donated in their name as gifts, and they look at him like he is the weirdest person ever. I’m thinking I might go back and watch that episode again if I can find it.

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          1. This show was called in Czech ‘Kutil Tim’ and I still (somehow) remember it. 🙂 I re-watched some of the 90’s shows recently (only bits and pieces though) and that has been a lot of fun. 🙂


  5. Such an amazing and unique post! It’s definitely perfect for someone who do not really like objects/things (e.g. me!). I always love bookish talks, and any convention related to pop culture or literature would be an amazing thing to go to. I also know of a Sherlock Holmes-related escape room that sounds really fun.

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  6. Book talks would make an amazing gift- that’s such a good idea!! And that’s so cool of you to include a list of UK book events ❤ And I really like the sound of YALC 🙂 And I did an escape room based around Dan Brown once- it was so much fun! And lovely idea to include the charities at the end 😀 Wonderful post!

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  7. I’d defo try the locked room!
    Also my friend and i were looking at these murder mystery themed dinners/weekeneds. They seem cool, but i’d imagine we’d need a big group…
    Have you tried any of these yet?

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    1. I haven’t tried these dinners / weekends but will look into it. Are there around the UK. I’m definitely intrigued! 😊
      I love escape rooms, they are so much fun – I really think your former “spy background” will be perfectly suited to those! Hope you have heaps of fun if you end up going.

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