Reading, at least in my house, is an essential part of the season. I mean, what could be nicer than curling up by the fire with a glass of red wine, an open tin of chocolates, and a good book? Nothing, that's what.
It also (almost) goes without saying that Christmas isn't Christmas without a stack of shiny new books underneath the tree. You'd be hard pressed to find a better – and more versatile – gift than a book. They work for all ages (picture books for the very young, large-print or audiobooks for the old), cater for every taste, and require no assembly or batteries. If you're a really bookish sort, here are five ways to make your Christmas even more literary.
1. These Christmas tree decorations give old, unloved books a new lease of life. Each tree is made from a complete book and comes with a book page star on the top. The set comprises of a large, medium and small tree, measuring between 13 and 6.5 inches tall. Available for approximately £32 from Anothology On Main at Etsy.
2. How to accessorise your Christmas outfit while also proclaiming your love of literature? With a book purse, of course. This neat little bag is made from a leather-bound copy of Charles Dickens' yuletide favourite A Christmas Carol. The purse is handmade and comes with a choice of handles and buttons (for the elastic closure). It costs around £36 from Novel Creations at Etsy.
3. This confetti would look lovely sprinkled over the dining table on Christmas day. The little snowflakes are hand-stamped from pages of A Christmas Carol. A pack is £4.50 from The Literary Gift Company.
4. People really are very inventive when upcycling old books and these baubles are no exception. Pages from The Hobbit have bee cut and curled, then placed inside a clear glass bauble. The bauble costs around £6.30, and there are other varieties in the range including The Two Towers and Northanger Abbey. Available from NovelAdornment on Etsy.
5. Give your gifts the added touch of literary class with this Christmas bookshelf wrapping paper. £1.70 per sheet from The Literary Gift Company.