• Gracie Carmichael

My Holiday Gift Guide for Readers | 2021 Edition

Dear kindred spirit,

I'm delighted you could join me today. We're on the cusp of the holiday season, as our month-long whirl of gift-wrapping and cookie-making and cocoa-drinking commences. I have something of a passion for selecting gifts for my loved ones at Christmas, taking the opportunity in stride to show my nearest and dearest how dearly well I know them with something I know they will cherish for a lifetime. But it's not always a straightforward thing! Ever a list-maker, I've assorted my own ideas for spreading holiday cheer into categories of reader-specific areas to find that perfect gift that will surely bring a thrill of delight to any kindred spirit. Happily, it's just the time to share my annual Holiday Gift Guide for Readers—the 2021 edition! Hopefully this may help you find a few special keepsakes to add to your gift list this season—or perhaps your wishlist, too! ;)


For the Janeite:

Swoon-worthy editions that will never miss the mark

1. Marjolein Bastin Classics Series

Three beloved Austen favorites in three stunningly illustrated editions from Marjolein Bastin.

These gorgeous books include handwritten letters from the stories, maps, family trees, sheet music, and several other pull-out treasures. A keepsake for any Austen fan!


2. Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions

Luxuriously lovely, yet light, readable, and very affordable, these beautiful editions would be prized on any shelf. While these have been around for a few years in the Austen community, the newest edition of Emma was only just released this autumn!


Images: Chronicle Books

3. Pride and Prejudice: The Complete Novel, with Nineteen Letters from the Characters' Correspondence, Written and Folded by Hand

A truly special treat for the Janeite, this exquisite edition of P&P features so many pull-out treasures and keepsakes pulled straight from the story and into your very hands. A definite standout gift on Christmas morning!



For The Anne Girl:

Treasures for the Kindred Spirits

4. Tundra editions of the beloved series

One of my absolute favorite editions of the Anne of Green Gables series, and an affordable gift that is sure to bring delight to your kindred spirit! These beautiful editions feature delicately crafted illustrations from Canadian artist Elly MacKay—who also sells prints of some of the artwork for these delightful book covers, including this one!

Anne of Avonlea Tundra edition - SHOP NOW

Elly MacKay Print for Anne of Avonlea Tundra edition - SHOP NOW

5. Anne and Gilbert 3x6" Bookmark

I can't resist including this bookmark from my very own shop into the list! :) Perfect for the Gilbert Blythe fan, as surely every Anne-girl must be! Bookmark is double sided, gloss-coated, and made of thick and enduring, high quality cardstock. Better yet, everything in my shop is on sale today fo Cyber Monday!


6. Anne of Green Gables Women's T-shirt from Out of Print

A wearable gift for the Anne-girl! Featuring the beautiful cover illustration from the Puffin in Bloom edition, designed by Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. Grab one for you as well as your kindred spirit if you feel you might be tempted to keep the gift for yourself once it arrives... ;)



For the Alcott Enthusiast:

Keepsakes for every Little Women devotee

7. Little Women: The Original Classic Novel, 2019 Film Tie-In Edition with Photos from the Film

Personally, this is my favorite edition of Little Women—of which one could never have too many! It's something of a facsimile edition to the original publication, beautifully recreated, and featuring gorgeous black-and-white photos from the 2019 film.

8. The Little Women Devotional: A Chapter-by-chapter Companion to Louisa May Alcott's Beloved Classic

From celebrated author Rachel Dodge (also known for her bestselling Anne of Green Gables and Jane Austen devotionals) comes The Little Women Devotional. Full of beauty, wisdom and biblical insight from every chapter of the beloved story of the March sisters.


9. Little Women Bookmark and Art Print

Another item straight from my shop! :) My newly-released set of matching Little Women products features the March girls centered around Marmee's chair reading Father's letter at Christmas. Find both products on sale today for my Cyber Monday sale!



For Young Readers (and the Young at Heart):

Sweet, special stories for all ages to enjoy

10. James Herriot's Treasury for Children

An absolute keepsake, whether you're looking for a gift for new parents or young readers—they're going to treasure this collection of stories for a lifetime. Full of heartwarming, delightful stories that will touch the littlest of hearts, as well as the oldest.


11. The Flower Faires by Cicely Mary Barker

A personal favorite of mine! These charming little books are full of so much detail and beauty in the gorgeous illustrations, so carefully designed to match the flowers for which they are named. You can find the complete book of all the fairies, or the pocket-sized editions of the beloved books, perfect for little hands to carry in their garden exploration in search of fairies...


12. Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

In the holidays of 1920, J.R.R. Tolkien sent a letter to his young son, John...but under the name of Father Christmas! So began a tradition in the Tolkien family, beautifully restored in this, the Centennial Edition of Tolkien's Father Christmas Letters.



So concludes this year's Holiday Gift Guide for Readers! I sincerely hope you found a few good ideas in this little list—whether to give to your kindred spirits, or to ask for yourself! ;) Leave a comment below if you fancy; I love to hear from you!

I wish you a most joyous holiday season, dear kindred spirit! I'll be back in early December with more on slow living with a holiday twist. :)

Until then!



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