Hohoho it’s time for Chris Rea and 10 new Christmas gift ideas. There are a few Etsy stores but also other online stores and prices range so I hope you’ll find something that interests you!
IDEA 1: The Book Lover’s Cup of Tea (Miniature Edition) (BookDepository, 8,50 €)
The Book Lover’s Cup of Tea includes an innovative book-shaped tea infuser (titled A Tale of Two Ci-Teas) that offers two ways to brew: Dunk the entire book into your cup, or let the cover rest on the rim of your tea cup and hang the tea-filled pages into your hot water to steep.
I saw one of my blog friends receiving this as a gift so it went right on my list!
IDEA 2: Good Luck Black Cat Journal (Compoco, 20,00 €)
You can choose whether you want the pages to be dotted or lined but both come with beautiful gold spredges.
There’s also a nice gift box set in a higher price range:
IDEA 3: PUZZLES (for our US friends on Calendars.com, 17,99 USD and 19,99 USD)
The Escape Room concept in now available as a Ravensburger puzzle in Escape Cursed Greenhouse 368 Piece Puzzle (17,99 USD)
IDEA 4: Oscar Adjustable Table Lamp (Fourline Design, 58 € but possibly another 10% off when signing for a newsletter)
You can also choose the plug type (UK, EU, US, AU).
I LOVE Oscar!
IDEA 5: One of us is Lying Miniature Book Necklace Keychain (New Leaf on Etsy (UK based), 12,50 £ or 15,95 €)
You can even choose the US or UK cover!
They are made out of polymer clay, the sides are made to look like real pages and the covers are printed on high quality glossy photo paper. The covers are protected by an extra layer, this makes it water resistant and strong for daily ruff and tuff. The books do not open!
Or what about a Custom Miniature Book Keychain
I actually thought oh that’s a nice book keychain, I didn’t even get at first that there wasn’t an actual cover yet, I’d be happy it looked that way 🙂
IDEA 6: Personalised Library Stamp (from the library of…) (Stamp by Me on Etsy (based in Spain), price varies from week to week)
I already posted about this in another blogpost, you can read about it here.
IDEA 7: The Curious Correspondence Club (Single Chapter, 19,00 € or 21,95 USD)
Well, it’s kind of like an escape room adventure delivered to your home. Where each new envelope contains the next chapter of an ongoing episodic adventure, filled with cryptic puzzles to challenge you, your family and friends. Scour physical documents and ephemera, construct papercraft tools and devices, and immerse yourself in a unique deductive experience each month.
The Curious Correspondence Club is available as a monthly subscription, a twelve-chapter yearly subscription, or a single chapter purchase at your leisure.
It’s a Canadian based company but ships internationally. For a single chapter it is quite affordable and I have signed up for the first chapter so I’ll review that next year when it arrives and I’ve hopefully solved it.)
IDEA 8: Book Soap (NewLeafCandleCo on Etsy (US based), 12,02 €)
You can choose color and scent (Library, Vanilla, Rose, Lavendar, Unscented or Peppermint). I have no idea what Library smells like!
Unfortunately they don’t ship to Belgium but I already know what I’d choose: a purple Vanilla scented one. I’d never use it but it would look sooo nice in the bathroom!
IDEA 9: Coffee mug warmer (Amazon UK, 20,00 £)
I don’t have this yet but the number of times I drink cold coffee are countless so this would be a brilliant gift for me (although a wireless one would be even better). I don’t really like cold coffee but don’t want to throw it away so what are you supposed to do then eh?
IDEA 10: The Sherlock Holmes Escape Book (Amazon UK, 128 pages, 3,91 £)
Here, the book becomes the locked room, the pages become the path, and the reader can take on a challenge every bit as brain-teasing from the comfort of their own home. Visual clues are hidden among the intriguing illustrations; fiendish riddles, logic puzzles and timed challenges unlock hidden doors and reveal the direction of travel; and mathematical problems provide the codes required to follow the correct path. There are maps and mazes to explore; references to the original Sherlock Holmes adventures to unravel; and a code-wheel that holds the key to unlocking the next page. Solve the puzzles correctly to escape. Get them wrong and you will find yourself further and further along the path to your own demise.
About the Author
Before writing puzzle-based books, Ormond Sacker served as note-taker and assistant to a London-based consulting detective, a role he held until being controversially superseded by a more qualified and less strangely named replacement. As a young man, Sacker studied medicine at St Bartholemews before joining the British Army, where he was attached as a surgeon to the Berkshire Regiment of Foot. It was specifically feet that led to his dismissal, following an odd number (both in quantity and circumstance) of amputation errors. To this day he stands by his assertion that “left” and “right” are subjective terms that depend upon which end of the table one is standing. His military training, international travels, and experience of curious crime, together with an intimate relationship with the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, have given him a unique view of the world. Such a character is clearly the ideal author of a book of Holmes-based conundrums and problems. Ormond Sacker is sometimes mixed up. At such times he is no card smoker, and lives in cranked rooms.
I’m curious about these type of books but I’ve never seen or tried one so it’s on my Christmas list and I’ll be gifting this one to myself along with a few carefully selected books.
So see anything you like? Do let me know in the comments, I’d be happy to hear about it!
If you need more inspiration, here are my gift ideas of the previous years: