Christmas is my favourite time of the year. I love buying and giving gifts. I also love receiving gifts, as most of us do. However, I'm sure we've all been in the situation where someone doesn't know what to get you or feels that they haven't bought you enough and you end up with a bunch of items you have no need or use for.
I'm not going to lie... We really aren't easy creatures to buy for unless you know us well. I could suggest candles, treats, fluffy socks and the like but that's just what I like. So I have two suggestions for you. One is for the book lover, the other for the book writer.
Of course, you could buy books but unless you have a catalogue of your book lover's personal library this is a danger zone. I would love to receive random books that someone else picked out for me without a list but my mum is the only person with a remote sense of the books I like and even then if we're shopping she always picks up books I own or have read. She gets a list of about a hundred books to choose from instead. She hates it.
Your best bet is a gift card. A £10 Waterstone's gift card can get someone two books on the Buy-One-Get-One-Half-Price offer (with about £1 extra to pay) so this is ideal! They also get a stamp on the loyalty card taking them a step closer to another ten pounds off so it's a win-win!
This is an incredible gift for the writer in your life. It can seem a tad daunting at first but this piece of software has been invaluable to my writing experience in the short few weeks I've had it.
This is the most expensive item on this list at about £40 but it is something any writer would love to have and I highly recommend it. I would say you make the suggestion to them first that you would buy them this and have them play about with the trial for a bit to get to grips and see if they like it but ughhh I adore Scrivener and it is 100% the best purchase I have made in a long time!
And that's it. I've tried to write this post a bunch of times but I was just reiterating what every other bookish gift guide states and I'm fed up being told to buy mugs or pillows. A gift card is the only bookish gift you can get me and know I will 100% use and love.
I also want to apologise for my abscence lately. I've been super busy with life and trying to plan for 2018 blogging! I've got a tonne of ARCs to read for reviewing in January - none of which I have even started yet! Ahh! - and I'm trying to give myself a bit of a relaxing end to the shitty year I've had so, once again, please bear with me! 2018 is looking fabulous!