Christmas Gift Guide: Literature Lovers

Billie Manning

Whether Christmas leaves you more excitable than Buddy the elf or grouchier than The Grinch, the season will soon be upon us - alongside the joys (or anxieties) of present shopping. Get ahead of the gifting game and beat the holiday stress with our gift guide for all the literature lovers in your life. 

Purchase a beautiful book set
You heard us right. Now that DVDs are undoubtedly a thing of the past, get back to the original meaning of box set and nab your book-mad giftee something to really get stuck into. Most popular are box sets by a specific author, like Charles Dickens, but you can also find ones around a particular theme or literary era. Not only will a box set mean hours whiled away in a reading nook, but they also look beautiful on the shelf. 
Get in there with a membership
The Royal Society of Literature’s membership scheme allows you free entry to every single one of their events – of which there are 20 per year – plus, you can bring a guest for just a fiver. Aside from that, you can attend their members-only book groups, so you can natter on about that new book to your heart’s content. Alternatively, consider a membership with the Globe, which’ll nab the member exclusive priority booking for shows, as well as backstage tours and a magazine subscription.

Subscribe to a great year
Take the pressure out of selecting the perfect book for your literature lover by simply deciding to get them all the books. With a book subscription, somebody else is doing the choosing, so there’s no need to worry whether to pick up the one about the whirlwind holiday romance or the one about space cowboys taking over the Earth. The National Theatre’s book subscription services allow you to choose from fiction, plays and children’s lit, so you can tailor however you so please.

Buy the gift of creativity
Readers are very often writers, too. Help someone kickstart their writing – or just get them out of that cosy armchair for a couple of hours – by sending them on a writing course. There are plenty around the country to choose from, whether your loved one’s preferred form is poetry, the novel, memoir or something else. The Poetry School is home to hundreds of fun, unique courses surrounding the poetic arts, and City Lit covers everything from screenwriting to journalism.

Spread the literary love
The perfect gift is one that does good for others. Book Aid wins first prize for the best way to spread Christmas spirit with their reverse book tokens – donations in the giftee’s name which send books to those who need them most. (Oh, and if you think you’d better pop something material in the gift bag too, Book Aid also do some gorgeous prints that will look great on any book lover’s wall, and the proceeds from those do good, too!)

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