Savvy Gift Guide: Bookish Gift Ideas for Twentysomethings

The holidays they are a-coming! And we’re here to help you with all of your holiday shopping. Today, we’ve got a list of perfect picks for all of the millennials on your list. From the glamour queen to the wanderluster, we’ve got ideas for all the under-30 bookish souls you know.

For the most glamourous bookworm:


Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes
This book is basically PERFECT. Sali Hughes is a longtime beauty writer and reviewer in England, and she imparts all of her wisdom to us in this beautiful hardcover. There’s an incredibly helpful section on how to deal with the pushy salespeople at makeup counters, and a handy guide to wearing red lipstick. But it’s also clear that she’s spent time intellectualizing the world of makeup, and parts of it read like a feminist manifesto: “I believe it’s perfectly normal to love both lipstick and literature… Looking good makes us feel good, and the rituals are a pleasure in themselves.” You go girl! Now pass me my lipstick.

OutOfPrintNecklaceOut of Print Necklace
Each of these fancy little pieces features a famous line from literature. This one’s from Slaughterhouse Five, but there are lots of options to choose from! It’s a bit like a bookish version of the always-chic “Carrie” necklace from Sex and the City.


#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
“A #GIRLBOSS is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.”
PREACH. Sophia Amoruso is the founder and CEO of NastyGal clothing, so she knows a thing or two about glamorous. But she also knows about being an entrepreneur and creating a business from the ground up. This book makes a great gift for any twentysomething just starting out in their career. Or for any one with an online shopping habit!

For the aspiring librarian:


A Personalized Book Embosser
For that person who never cracks a spine, and is loathe to bend the page corners. Imagine the satisfaction of stamping your name into every precious book in your collection.


The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller
Any recent grad who has spent some time taking literature classes is sure to know the feeling of embellishing about the number of classics they’ve actually finished. And any self-respecting book collector knows the pressure of having those beautiful impressive tomes line your shelf when you haven’t actually read them. Andy Miller’s journey to rectify his years of literary fibbing is an inspiration for any avid reader.


Library Scented Candle
Actually, this isn’t just a library scented candle, this is a French library-scented candle, so you know it’s fancy. This is the perfect gift for any young apartment-dweller who spends evenings browsing Bookshelf Porn and dreaming of some day having the most perfect built in bookshelf ever.

For the hockey fan:


Boy On Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard by John Branch
In Boy On Ice, John Branch tackles the very human story of Derek Boogaard. Famous for being a brutal fighter on the ice, Boogaard suffered the repercussions of violence in professional sports first hand. Dealing with an addiction to prescription pain medication and a series of intense concussions, Boogaard died at 28 from an overdose. This is an important, and very dynamic story that will generate lots of dinner table conversation.


Hockey Pens
Because sometimes it’s fun to be a little silly with your holiday gifts.


The Crazy Game by Clint Malarchuk
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: this book really is captivating even for people who aren’t huge hockey fans. Clint Malarchuk has dealt with depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder for his entire life. But after the accident that almost ended his career and his life with a skate across the neck, Malarchuk’s life began to spiral out of control. Every page of this book is gripping, and his recovery is an intensely powerful story. You can watch an emotional interview with Clint and his wife Joanie here.

For the comedian:


My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going With Your Gut by Hannah Hart
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Hannah Hart’s
YouTube channel, she’s hilarious. And wise. And she’s friends with John Green! Her new book perfectly captures Hannah’s ability to tackle big, serious issues with light-hearted humour. Plus there’s a cocktail suggestion for every recipe! This book will make a lovely gift for anyone who can’t resist the YouTube wormhole or for someone who just loves a good pun (ca-pray-zay salad anyone?).


Yes Please by Amy Poehler
This book is seriously beautiful. The pages are glossy and heavy and it’s just full of amazing photos and doodles and hand-written notes. There are so many reasons to love Amy – she is a hilarious sketch comedy genius, a smart and eloquent feminist, and a brilliant writer. She manages to impart her wisdom and life lessons without being preachy and while making us laugh all the way through. This book will have any fan swooning.

For the vicarious adventurer:


The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless
For anyone who’s read John Krakauer’s Into The Wild or seen Sean Penn’s film interpretation, Chris McCandless’ dramatic story won’t come as much of a shock. In 1992, the young man gave away all of his savings, hitchhiked to Alaska, walked into the wilderness alone, and starved to death. For years, his sister has wrestled with whether or not to tell the whole truth behind Chris’ disappearance, and now her deeply personal memoir delves into the family trauma that drove Chris to such extremes. This is a page-turner of a book, and perfect for anyone who was captivated by the young man’s story. Pair it with a beautiful journal so they can jot down their own stories of adventure.


How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
Caitlin Moran is political, profane, and absolutely hilarious. She is best known for her memoir, How to Be A Womanwhich reads as part memoir and part modern feminist how-to. With How to Build a GirlMoran tackles the world of fiction, telling the story of a young rebellious girl who decides that she can build a life entirely out of what she’s read in poems and pop music. Written with Moran’s signature flash and humour, this book will make a lovely gift for any fiction fan with a taste for the wild in your life.

And there you have it! Happiest of holidays to you, Savvy Readers! Stay tuned for even more savvy gift guides.

~ Susannah

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