Bookish

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. ♥♥♥