It’s that time of year again- the biggest shopping weekend is on the horizon and absolutely everyone I know is having a sale of some sort. It’s absolute chaos and totally counter-intuitive to the #bookstagram FOMO I have been trying to ignore. Will my steely reserve I’ve been building up break this weekend, or will I hold true and not spend a penny? (That’s totally rhetoric, you know damn well, I’ll break…)
Without much more yabbering from me, let’s just get into the meat of it all- THE GOODS. Below is a list of (some of my favorite) small businesses with the perfect gifts for book lovers of all kinds, included with their Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale information (if available).
The Melting Library, my favorite candle making boss babe- so naturally she’s at the top of the list, I realize that’s all bias, but I am writing this so it’s full of bias and I have no shame in forcing my favorites into your faces.
A (primarily) bookish candle company that has celebrated it’s third anniversary this year, Raquel is constantly striving to bring you creative, one of a kind ideas. This Holiday season she has created several new scents and even a bookish candle advent calendar (yeah, you heard me).
24 Days of Litmas is a tealight signature The Melting Library scent for every day of the holidays, and with a LIMITED quantity available… May the odds be ever in your favor.
Along with her classic Christmas/Holiday collection (complete with new Wizard themed candles, and all the glorious alliteration she is becoming known for) she has recently introduced wood wicks to her line of candles, and they are as dreamy as they look, I can promise you that. Hand poured into amber colored jars, wood wicks provide that aesthetically pleasing crackle while also maintaining a classic look that appeals to any decor or style.
The biggest sale of the year is this Friday, so if you’ve been dying to get your hands on a TML candle, I would say now is the best time!
Keep up to date with The Melting Library on Instagram
Little Inklings Designs, home of the Always Fully Booked planner. Megan is one of the most hard working individuals I know, and one of my favorite humans on this planet. Again, my bias is showing, but I warned you so-
Megan originally was known for her bookmarks and word art, but last year after her search for a planner yielded no results that suited her, she created her own with a twist unique to her and the book community. Always Fully Booked sold out fast, and people were still clamoring for it. She also created A Novel Companion, an undated, smaller version of the planner. Following huge success last year, she is back again this year with an even BIGGER and BETTER Always Fully Booked planner.
Pre-orders are already closed, but BUT there will be a LIMITED amount of the planners available this Friday, November 23rd, at MIDNIGHT EST. There will also be a small restock of the Novel Companion. Once both have sold out, they will NOT be restocked. These planners are themed with the book lover/ Bookstagrammer in mind, but work equally as well as a daily planner.
Along with the restock of planners, Little Inklings is also releasing three new mug designs. Black Friday sales include 20% off ALL bookmarks and a LAST CHANCE section of retired products returned at a deeply discounted price.
Little Inklings Design is also on Society6, where you can find Megan’s designs on a whole boatload of products (like one of the softest throw blankets I HAVE EVER SNUGGLED UP WITH IN ALL OF MY LIFE).
Keep up to date with all Little Inklings Design news on her Instagram.
That’s Sew Tiff is a magical unicorn, and I am saying that because it is true but also because I have been writing this post over the span of several days and hours and sometimes I get loopy- just go with it, Tiff is a magical creature.
Tiff creates mug rugs. What is a mug rug you ask? A rug… for your mug! They are everything I didn’t know I needed until I started buying them and haven’t been able to stop. They come in many patterns and varied sizes, and often will match seasons or current holiday themes. That’s Sew Tiff will have a small restock this Saturday, November 24th (good luck ).
Follow my unicorn on Instagram for sneak peaks and restock information
There are many ‘book sleeve’ makers out there, and everyone has their favorite for one reason or another- MY favorite is Joyce at Pages Remembered. Hand made page keepers in various sizes and patterns that are truly hard to resist. You can also request additions like button closures, or ribbon (tied to close).
Her creative brain also came up with bookmark keepers- which, if you are anything like me, even a little, is something you need and you didn’t even realize it. Not only are they perfectly sized for an excessive bookmark collection but can also be used for pens, (pencils, markers, etc.) and honestly anything else your brain can think to stash inside. This is including the page keepers, not necessarily just for books, I’ve used my own for planners and notebooks, tablets.
Pages Remembered Black Friday weekend sale information is as follows:
Follow Pages Remembered on Instagram for updates
Andi, owner of Book Balm is one of the hidden gems out there:
handmade lip balms made with all natural beeswax, sheabutter, and coconut oil. I was lucky enough to win a giveaway a while back for her Hogwarts House sampler set.
Poured in small batches, they maintain a high quality, smell and taste wonderfully, and add a creamy smooth finish to your lips. The full size balms are packaged in neat, compact tins that can go anywhere with you.
Hoping to add add a few new listings in the near future (do follow her for updates!), she is having some fantastic sales this weekend on current stock:
- Black Friday (Nov. 23) all product is 20% OFF
- Small Business Saturday (Nov. 24), store wide 30% OFF
- Cyber Monday (Nov. 26), 25% OFF on all
No coupon code needed for the above sale dates. Not shopping this weekend? Save 20% on orders with coupon code HAPPYHOLIDAYS20 between December 1st and December 10th. Book balms are the quintessential stocking stuffing, for book lovers and non book lovers alike.
Keep up to date with Book Balm, follow on Instagram!
Kit Cronk Studio is the company of an Australian based graphic design artist I fell in love with when I discovered her wood pins, which I am forever obsessed with. A myriad of products with designs for any kind of book lover. Art prints, notebooks, note cards, mugs and newly added temporary tattoos! Many are limited in quantity, so if you see something you like, #treatyoself, as they say. You can use DRINKSTEA10 on your order to save 10% at checkout.
In addition to Kit’s regular product, each month she creates a Limited Edition design/mug that is only available for the current month. November’s design is Court of Terrasen, in honor of the release of Kingdom of Ash and the end of the Throne of Glass series.
FOR ONE WEEK ONLY (beginning November 22nd), it has been announced that previous month’s Limited Edition mugs are coming back. Designs inspired by Six of Crows, Narnia and more.
While Kit cannot guarantee Christmas delivery, the cut off for orders is November 30th, if you wish to receive it by/around the Holidays. From personal experience, Kit ships fast, but has no control over the postal system- and ya’ll know how crazy the end of the year can be for shipping, not to mention it’s primarily international shipping (as I can assume the majority, if not all of you, reading this are based in the USA/Canada).
BONUS: You can get FREE shipping on orders over $30AU using ISHIPIT at checkout!
Stay updated with Kit Cronk Studio by following on Instagram
I cannot have a holiday gift guide for bookworms without including Hey Atlas. Hey Atlas is run by Cade, who is just one more incredible human who shares their talents with us (it would be such a shame if they didn’t to be honest).
One of my favorite products is the desk (or shelf, wherever) calendar, which is a fantastic gift/stocking stuffer for anyone (not just book lovers).
The 2019 Hey Atlas Calendar features all of the exclusive monthly designs! (December is still top-secret!)
Get your 2019 Calendar here.
In addition to the calendar, there are journals, bookmarks, stickers, pins, and more. I can say that my Hey Atlas beanie is worn almost non stop all winter. Cade just announced that you can now PICK YOUR OWN QUOTE on a beanie, too!
For updates on all Hey Atlas Creative, follow Cade on Instagram
There are so many more amazing small business that cater to the book lover in us all, here are just a few more:
- NovellyYours, bookish candles
- 1107 Studio, traditional and magnetic bookmarks
- Dino Knits, hand knitted lovelyness
- Book Lovers Coffee, coffee- for book lovers
- Riddles Tea Shoppe, tea, pins, mugs, did I mention tea?
- The Little Bookling, fandom candles, and art prints
- Bookish Aromas, candles inspired by romance novels
I wish I could keep going, the amount of talented makers out there is overwhelming (which is AWESOME). I hope you’ve discovered at least one new shop here, I love sharing and supporting small and independent businesses.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy, holiday weekend!