Monday 11 December 2017

Best Christmas Gifts for Readers and Writers

with Marilyn Forsyth

(A version of this post first appeared on the blog in October.) 

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I don't want to alarm you but in case you hadn't noticed, it's only two weeks until Christmas, so for all my book-loving reader and writer friends out there, here are some last-minute suggestions (for links to buy, click on captions below the pics).

Less than $10

Link to buy

Our Breathless in the Bush Anthology of short stories, A Very Aussie Christmas, is only $1.99 AUD

Restore your faith in the power of the human spirit with warm-hearted romances from the Breathless in the Bush writing group. Celebrate the joy and occasional heartache of the festive season, where love shines through against the odds.

Link to buy

If you love Regency romances, Cassandra Samuels' A Scandalous Wager is a great read.

Love may be the biggest gamble of their lives, but is it a wager their hearts can afford to lose?

Link to buy
Into Rural/Outback romance? You'll find The Farmer's Perfect Match an interesting insight into the world of Reality TV when a television crew go on location in the stunning Kimberleys to help a lonely pearl farmer find love.

One farmer + two stunning girls competing for his affection = one hit reality show. What could go wrong, right?

Link to buy

Falling in Love Again is another Rural/Outback romance. This one's set in the mythical opal mining town of Rainbow Cliffs.

A charming adventurer. A pragmatic paleontologist. A hundred-million-year-old treasure buried in the Australian outback. Who will be the winner in this battle between exes who never stopped loving one another?

How many times have you loaned out a book never to have it returned?

Pride and Prejudice bookmark

Bookmarks are always a winner!

classic key rings

How sweet are these?

Wild Swans Mini bookmarks

And these??

Less than $20

Stark sigil glasses

Any Game of Thrones tragics (like me๐Ÿ’“) out there?

Harry Potter playing cards

Or Harry Potter fans?

Pride and Prejudice mousepad

So many gorgeous mousepads to choose from...

Fairytale notebook 

How about a fairytale notebook?

Cute personalised notepad

Or a cute personalized notepad?

Wine bottle glass

To help your writer friends through those tough times...

Less than $30

Waterproof notebook

Who knew there was such a thing as a waterproof notebook? Perfect for the shower๐Ÿ˜‰.

Perpetual Quotes calendar

Check out this beautiful calendar.

For those of you in Melbourne, you can buy these delicious-smelling soy wax candles from Dapamelts at the St Kilda Sunday markets. 'Lemongrass and Lime' is divine.

Less than $40

Quill Writing set

How gorgeous is this???

Manual of Things that Might Kill You

For any crime writer (and/or hypochondriac) friends.

Outlander t-shirt

Litographs has a fabulous selection of literary-themed scarves, t-shirts and totes. This is the Outlander t-shirt I won from them in a competition run by the Australian Writers Centre a few months back.

Superman bookend


Less than $60

Beautiful throw rug


Less than $80

Writer's Tears Whiskey

An oldie but a goodie.

Note: Prices are in AUD as at 24/10/2017 but may change. Also, postage is not included (but some sellers have free postage over a certain amount).

Do you have any ideas for bookish Christmas gifts to share? I'd love to hear them! 

Love to Love everything about Christmas!

Love to Laugh at Christmas gifs.

Love to Learn that marriage equality is finally here. ๐Ÿ‘


  1. Oh, I *love* all these, Marilyn! If any of my nearest and dearest are reading this, yes please to all of them! I particularly love the keyrings. Such a lovely reminder of your favourite book(s). I think booky things makes wonderful gifts for readers, and now I’ve got some ideas for Christmas. Thanks, Marilyn!

  2. My pleasure, Malvina! I had a lovely time on the net looking for different ideas. So glad you liked them all. :)

  3. How good is this list of goodies. So much to choose from and psst I kinda want them all. Thanks Marilyn.

    1. Great minds think alike, Cassie ;). They're gorgeous, aren't they?

  4. Love the goodies, Marilyn. A book lover's delight!

    1. Glad you like them! What about that fabulous throw rug? I can see that at your place. :)

  5. Hi guys. Great picks. I got the writers tears for Mother's Day. Very nice. Thanks for the great ideas.

    1. Hi Joanne! I love the idea of Writers' Tears but is it GOOD whiskey??

    2. I've heard excellent comments about Writer's Tears whiskey. I also saw some in Ireland, although I didn't get to taste it (too busy tasting Guinness). I do remember Michelle Douglas said it's amazing.

    3. Thanks for that, Malvina. Must make an effort to try it. ;)

  6. What a fabulous list of gifts! I especially like the Classic Key Rings and the Quill Writing Set. Thank you Marilyn.

    1. Isn't that quill writing set beautiful! Such a gorgeous idea for a gift for a writer.

  7. I love all of these. My Christmas list just got bigger.


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