Thanks to the pandemic, we’ve all spent an inordinate amount of time at home this year. I don’t know about you, but that means I’ve been perfecting the art of armchair traveling. So this year, this gift guide is going to focus on items that are perfect for enhancing the experience of those armchair travelers (i.e. readers) in your life. Or perhaps just treat yourself!
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Chair Massage Pad & Foot Massager
I purchased the Comfier Shiatsu Neck & Back Massager as a bit of an extravagant birthday gift for my partner and it turns out it’s become a hit in our house and beyond! His mother tried it and not only purchased her own, but has been convincing extended family members that they too need one! This pad is easily movable, and uses rollers, air, and heat to massage your back, neck, and shoulder muscles. You can control the type and placement of rolling, turn the air and heat on or off all with a remote and the pad will run in 20 minute sessions. The best part is there’s no more need to pay for fancy massage parlors and you can hop in the massage chair whenever you want! Lunch time? Have a massage! Watching TV? Get a massage!
Shortly after discovering how much we loved the neck and back massage pad, we realized it just wasn’t complete without a foot massager! We actually have the Etekcity Foot Massager, but I now realize I wish I had one that massages the calves as well. Eventually I may upgrade to the Comfier Foot and Calf Massager.
USB Hand Warmers
Do your fingers always get cold when you’re typing or reading? Mine do, so I’ve got these cute toast shaped USB heated fingerless gloves on my wish list this year. A coworker got them and I’ve been eyeing them ever since.
Microwavable Heat Pads
If you’d like to stick to low-tech with comfort rather than gadgets with wires, Warmies are wonderful! They come in cute animal forms, fuzzy pads, slippers, and eye masks. Stick a Warmie in the microwave for a couple minutes and you’ll have a warm pad with a lovely, but not overpowering, French Lavender scent. I received a Warmie teddy as a gift, and before that I wasn’t big on warm packs and thought I hated the smell of lavender. I am now a Warmie convert. Turns out I love both heat packs and their scent.
Pillows & Blankets
A good reading nook isn’t complete without a few good pillows and blankets. And they should probably be bookish in nature. Luckily, you can find several of your favorite books in pillow form in Brassington Hollow’s Etsy shop! Society6 also has pillows with bookish designs, my favorite is this Hobbit door floor pillow. Redbubble also has good book themed pillows (or you could check out my Redbubble shop which has items with my travel photos on them!).
An armchair adventurer never begins an adventure without a large mug of hot tea. It’s even more exciting when your tea matches your book! NovelTea Tins has a few very punny named teas that you’ll want to get in their book-shaped tea tins. Simpson & Vail has a nice literary tea line, and I can recommend the Charles Dickens Black Tea Blend. Adagio Teas has several literary themed teas which are made by fans of the company. Anybody can create a tea blend and give it a name on the Adagio website, so there are teas made for books, films, and pretty much any fandom you can think of. So if you don’t find a blend to match your book, you might just make your own!
Candles bring a certain elevation to a reading nook’s ambiance, and often smell nice too. Paddywax has a Library Collection of candles named for at least 10 different classic authors. I love the smell of their Jane Austen candle, personally.
From the Page is an Esty store of candles made for bookish souls. Currently I’m loving From the Page’s Dracula’s Castle with its hints of raspberries. And if Dracula’s Castle smells this good, I can’t wait to try other candles in this shop!
Frostbeard also makes candles for book lovers. I’ve found these candles are fairly true to the scents they’re named for, so if truly want an area to smell like “old books” or a “bookstore” or “Sherlock’s Study”, this may be the shop for you!
Bookish Clothes & Accessories
Finally, the hardest part of traveling is choosing the outfits you’re going to pack. I’ve found the following small clothing and accessories shops make the perfect outfits for armchair or real-world travel.
Shirts & Accessories
No matter where you’re packing for, the first thing in your suitcase is probably a number of tshirts. These brands are perfect for the bookish adventurer. They have the literary traveler covered for any climate with tshirts, sweatshirts, scarves, and other accessories.
For the literary traveler that likes to dress up in books on occasion, here are some great book-print dresses:
If you’ve got cozy covered, but you’re still in need of the right book, check out my lists by destination on Bookshop. While purchasing a book through Bookshop you can support your own local indie bookstore, or the collective of bookshops. And you can also support my blog if you purchase a book off of my lists, at no extra cost to you!
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Lorraine Tosiello says
This is a very useful and charming blog filled with suggestions that any book lover would desire! Thanks for keeping “Only Gossip Prospers” on your USA list! It does have a Christmas Eve and a Christmas Day chapter, which we know Louisa would approve.