Around our house, the Christmas music has been playing since the beginning of November. And I’m not tired of it yet. There are songs I could listen to all year (looking at you “Go Tell It On the Mountain” and “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”). There are other songs that I skip every time (I confess I’m not a fan of “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”…and I’m not even a grandmother, lol).
And then there are the in-between songs. The ones I may or may not listen to, but either way, I just don’t quite “get” them. Like “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” I mean, I understand the concept. What I don’t get is the gifts involved. What am I going to do with ten lords a-leaping or eight maids a-milking (I don’t even have any cows!)?
With that in mind, I decided to come up with my own, much more practical version of the song, with gifts perfect for the readers in your life (which includes yourself, of course!). Enjoy!
I’ll spare you the repetition and just include the gift for each day. :)
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
An ereader under the tree
Whether it’s a Kindle, a Nook, or another kind of ereader, there’s nothing like being able to take your entire library with you wherever you go.
On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Two reading gloves
I have two pairs of these gloves and I love them for typing, reading, and any activity where I need to use my fingers but also want warm hands (and I always want warm hands).
On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Three special pens
Whether they want to take notes or write in their books (I wrote a whole post about that!), readers need pens too. Paper Mate InkJoy pens are my personal favorites. They’re simple, colorful, comfortable, and cheap. I may be personally responsible for keeping the company in business with how many I go through when I’m editing a book.
On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Four nerdy shirts
For the book nerd who isn’t afraid to show it, book shirts are some of my favorites. I especially love this one my husband bought me (and I confess to wearing it pretty much every weekend).
On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Five bookish things
Okay, I realize this could really cover anything. Bookish socks? A bookish ornament? Maybe even book ends for all those books that don’t fit on the shelf. We have some really unique carved seahorse book ends, as well as a rabbit set that I love.
On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Six quotes and sayings
I love, love, love quotes from books. This one happens to be from one of my books.
On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Seven lights a-dimming
If you’re going to read at night, you need a light that’s bright enough to see—but not so bright it will hurt your eyes or keep your spouse awake. I’ve heard good things about the kind you wear around your neck. As a bonus, they won’t wreck your book pages.
On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Eight stands a-tilting
All right, I know that sounds a little obscure, but stay with me here. Years ago, I bought a book “chair” that could hold my book upright and open while I was doing research for nonfiction books. It’s functional but nothing special. But now I want one of these. Doesn’t it look so perfect for holding your book or tablet on your lap?
On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Nine glasses glancing
According to my eye doctor, I should expect to need reading glasses in the near future. I might just have to find a fun pair when I do.
On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Ten bookmarks keeping
We are bookmark collectors in our house. But that doesn’t mean we don’t need more. I really love how durable this one looks—and it has one of my favorite verses.
On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Eleven keyboards typing
Some tablets are great not only for reading books but also for checking emails, taking notes, or even writing books. And a Bluetooth keyboard makes all of that much easier. I don’t know what I would do without mine.
On the twelvth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Twelve books upcoming
As a reader, one of my favorite gifts is always an Amazon gift card so I can buy all the books. (Ha! That would have to be one big gift card. But you know what I mean.) Or you can just go ahead and buy books you know your reader will love. I happen to know where you can find some by our Inspy authors. ;)
So there you have it! I’m not saying this rendition is going to become a hit song or anything—but hopefully it at least gave you some fun ideas for Christmas gifts that are a little more useful than two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.
What about you: What’s the favorite readerly gift you’ve ever given or received? And since we’re talking about gifts, I’ll gift one randomly chosen person who comments by December 19 a $5 Amazon.com gift card. (Winners without an Amazon.com account will receive an ebook in lieu of the gift card.)