Etsy is a handmade heaven. It’s easily the best online marketplace for gifts and stationery, and also one of my favourite places to look for unique vintage products. Etsy is one of those websites I’m so fond of, I’ll happily sit and just browse their pages, even if I don’t intend to buy anything. It’s a dangerous hobby, especially once you find handmade jewellery stores and blog templates, but soooo fun. Because so many products on Etsy are customisable or handmade, it’s the perfect place for bookish accessories and gifts. So while I’m curled up in my favourite blanket, I put together a gallery of some of my favourites from the wishlist.
Bookmarks are my favourite think to buy on Etsy. Aside from books, they might actually be one of my favourite things to collect. I usually only use one at a time, but I’m still so fond of them! Recently, I’ve been a big fan of magnetic bookmarks, and the smaller the better. When I’m reading on the go, they’re the easiest to handle, and I don’t ever have to worry about the mark slipping between the pages and dropping on the floor. That happened once on a rush-hour train to Leeds… I don’t need to describe the horror. I decided from that moment onwards, I would never allow one of my prized bookmarks to touch the floor again – which is where my magnets come in.
Since becoming more of an avid reader, my book collection has increased dramatically. Now that I’ve evolved into a homebody, my books are my life. Because the number of paperbacks is growing, I need more space to keep them. I’ve always liked the idea of vintage bookshelves, or finding a unique way to display books, and Etsy is a great place to find these kind of buys. The one downside is that the price tag can get pretty high, especially for those one-off items. If the seller is in a different country, sometimes the postage can cost more than the item. So it takes a bit of searching, but there’s plenty of inspo to sift through!
When I was 6, my dad bought me a book light that clips to the pages so I could read under the covers at night. At that age, it was the greatest invention in the world and I couldn’t believe I could spend all night re-reading The Magic Key and The BFG. I felt like a real-life Matilda and loved the idea of reading in secret. Now, at 23 I don’t have to hide under my duvet but I do still have a love for reading in a cosy nook under low light. I have a soft lamp and a string of fairy lights, but if I want to go all-out-aesthetic, I really want the entire house covers in warm twinkling lights. I came across the Green Leaves Lights on Etsy and was welcomed into a world beyond the typical tiny bulbs. I’m also very much obsessed with the 3D Moon Lamp, which would be so perfect for starry nights at home.
Open-ended or floating shelves are the perfect place to display bookends. I have four floating shelves in my room, all (barely) holding the weight of my books, and constantly re-standing books to the upright position gets annoying quickly. All it takes is one book to slide, and the rest of them are going with it. Rather than lay them horizontal, I bought some wooden bookends from Etsy and loved them! Since then, I’ve thrifted around for more bookends, but struggled to find a matching pair. I have also looked on Amazon and eBay, but the plastic options are the most affordable and don’t appeal to me anymore.
As a bookish person, the best thing someone can by me is a book-related gift. Whether it’s a book light, a quote on a mug, a cute pillow case, or even a whole book – I’m happy. It feels personal and all the more special. Etsy is one of the best sites for personalised gifts, but personalised gifts that are book-related? All of the yeses. I recently purchased a Kindle Paperwhite, and as soon as the next pay day arrives, I’ll be looking for cases to hold my new favourite device. My eye is on the Personalised Book Cover Kindle Case, it’s just so pretty!
Did you know you can get candles that smell like old books? Or enormous libraries? Or cosy book shops? I found this out early this year and couldn’t believe I’ve been living this long without possessing one of these candles. I’m a candle hoarder as it is, I love using them for Instagram flat lays, I love dotting them around the house, and I love burning them on a chilly night at home. Now I know there’s candles specially created for bookworms, I can build an entire collection just to burn when I’m reading my favourite paperbacks. The only shortcoming, is that I can’t smell the candle before buying, so shopping for candles online means going by the best reviews and hoping the reviewers has the same senses as you. Either way, I’m happy about this discovery and I’m sure my bank account will learn to forgive me later.