It’s the start of the holiday season and with supply chain issues plaguing the world, finding that great Christmas gift may be hard to find. Well, I am here to tell you that there are other ways to get that special book lover in your life that great gift without having to scamper from store to store and encountering an abundance of empty shelves.
Book subscription services are becoming very popular and are a great way for a readers to get a sample of the books that are out there. It allows bookworms a huge amount of choices and a surprise every month. What more can a book lover ask for? So if are trying to figure out that last minute Christmas gift, why not take a look at these book subscription services?
Libro.fm make it possible to buy digital audiobooks while supporting your local bookstore. This is such a great service to keep money within your neighborhood’s economy, create local jobs, and make a difference in your community. Their gift memberships are a perfect for the book lover who loves listening to their books but is also community oriented.
The Travelling Reader
The Travelling Reader is the perfect book subscription service for the book lover and the Anglophile in your life. This is a monthly subscription box where it not gives you a book published in Britain, it also contains British beverages, confectionery, and other products from the book setting. I subscribe to two of these boxes: The Original Travelling Reader and The London Travelling Reader and I always wait with anticipation what goodies will be awaiting me at the end of the month. The service offers a one-time option, 3-month subscription and a monthly subscription service. If you are looking to get your children back into reading, they also have a Junior Travelling Reader box!
Books That Matter UK
Books That Matter is a book subscription service that focuses on female led-fiction and spotlights female writing through unique reading experiences. The box contains:
–1 empowering and inspiring book
– at LEAST 3 x gifts from independent creatives
– a beautifully packaged subscription box
– a crafted menu detailing the book’s themes, and the crafters’ bios
You can subscribe a box from 1 to 12 months or do a rolling basis, with a starting price of £17 ($23). If you are unsure what book box to get them, you can also purchase gift vouchers that will go towards a future book subscription. A perfect gift for the feminsit reader in your life.
Book of the Month
Book of the Month, a subscription service that has been in place since 1926, needs no introduction. This book subscription serivce has seen a surge in revival when it was relaunched in 2015 and surged in popularity. Any bookworm would love to receive this as a gift and the website has a grea suggestions if you are looking for that last minute gift.
Cosy Wee Reads
Cosy Wee Reads is another book service that I personally subscribe to and I absolutely love. All of the books that we choose for our book gifts and monthly book subscription boxes have a Scottish connection, whether the author is Scottish or the book takes place in Scotland. Choose your genre from the several Fiction categories (including Crime, Prize Worthy, Contemporary and more), and then choose the perfect hot beverage to go with it. The package will come beautifully wrapped with a hint of Scottish flair. I also love this because you are supporting an independent business as well as getting a great book along with it! The owner, Jen, writes blog posts that I highly recommend you check out.
The Feminist Book Box
The Feminist Book Box is a book subscription box that celebrates feminist voices. This curated subscription box is handpicked by a panel of publishing experts and book lovers, including a selection of the best new writing and undiscovered gems delivered directly to your door. You have a choose of a 3, 6 or 12 months of books for yourself or for your loved one. This is a great present for the feminist activist in your life, but if you live outside of the UK you are of luck. This box only delivers within the UK but hopefully that will change soon!
Persephone Books is a bookshop in London but also a book publisher that reprints neglected fiction and non-fiction by mid-twentieth century (mostly) women writers. Customers have the option of sending a subscription/a book a month for six or twelve months, however, you do have to specify which books you want to send. But this is a great way to both highlight unknown books and also support an independent bookstore.