Valentine’s Day 💕 is this month…Have you got a creative writer in your life? Are you looking for a one-of-a-kind present that they will remember for years to come?
Look no further!
Is your significant a romantic? Instead of surprising your love with roses, tulips, or orchids, why not switch it up this year with paper roses made from real book pages?
These are available through a quirky shop on Etsy. Each flower is approximately 9cm (3 1/2″) in diameter and comes attached to a wire stem, and the petals are beautifully hand-cut.
You can choose from a huge range of 19 classic and contemporary book titles and authors, ensuring that you will be able to find a novel that your partner will enjoy and appreciate having in a delicate form. Some of the books that the owner (Nicky) offers include Alice in Wonderful, Stephen King, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Roald Dahl, and Pride and Prejudice.
However, if you do have a specific novel in mind that is not listed or a date which you need it by, you can get in contact with Nicky who will try to accommodate you.
Note: All flowers are sent laid down separately or in “sprays” for you to assemble into a bouquet or arrangement as you like best. This is to avoid damage and keep the cost of shipping down. Should you prefer your order to be sent in a bouquet shape, you should message Nicky so the shipping cost can be adjusted accordingly.
PaperFlowersbyNicky has received 5-star ratings and reviews from 400+ customers and specialises in crafting different flower styles for several other monumental occasions.
Prices vary depending on how many roses you’d like to purchase from £5 for one stem to £20 for a dozen, and furthermore, you can order up to eight quantities.
A perfect and practical present for your tea-loving or boozy bookworm!
Create a mini-book coaster library which will make your better-half smile every time they sit down with their favourite beverage.
You can choose from up to 15 hilarious titles that have a drunken spin on classic books like Drinkula, Gone with the Wine, The Handmaid’s Ale, Moby Drink, Tequila Mockingbird, and A Time to Chill. To confirm which titles you’d like to order, make sure to specify them in the Personalization Notes section on the webpage.
Full colour artwork is masterfully applied to a sturdy piece of wood which is modeled like a book. It is then sealed with a semi-gloss finish and felt feet on the back to protect your table from scratches. A great aspect about these book coasters is that they are crafted from recycled wood scraps with flaws, knots, and other unique qualities incorporated into the artwork, making each one completely different. It uses a random blend of wood such as oak, cherry, mahogany, maple, and more.
The measurements of the final products are approximately 3.75″ x 4.25″ x 0.75″. Thickness can vary slightly depending on the source of the owner’s wood, but is typically 5/8″ – 3/4″.
Note: This shop is based in the United States, therefore Etsy cannot calculate various quantities/weights, meaning there’s an additional handling fee for international orders. If the actual cost when printing the label is less than charged, the owner will automatically refund the difference at the time of shipping.
CuttingBoredom offers many more items such as full-sized board books (with the option to add a custom name as the author), and a pun-filled wonderland of cutting boards, doormats, and more. This shop has received an impressive 1,100+ 5-star reviews from existing customers, many of which compliment the design and Dave’s (the owner) creativity.
Prices vary depending on how many book coasters you’d like to purchase from £18.36 for two coasters to £109.22 for all 15 coasters. Gift wrapping is also available.
If you are both into reading then this is a fun activity to do with your sweetheart!
Each month, The Willoughby Book Club will send you two hand-picked and gift-wrapped copies of the same novel for you and your partner to enjoy and read at your own pace.
To start the process, tell the company a little bit about your shared reading tastes, favourite books and authors, any additional important details, and they will select titles which you’ll both enjoy. To give it that special and personal touch, you can incorporate a surprise message into your order.
Each package is unique with books in mint condition and the colour of the tissue paper included will vary.
Note: For every Couples subscription purchased, the company pledges to donate one brand-new book to Book Aid International. This is a charity that works towards a world where everyone has access to books that enrich, improve, and change lives.
The Couples Book Club is available in 3, 6 and 12-month packages and costs £49.99, £89.99 and £149.99 respectively. UK delivery is FREE and all of their books are dispatched on the 1st of each month.
If you think this is a good idea but still a bit wary of your partner’s response, do not worry because a printable email gift certificate can be requested.
If your significant other loves their journals and notebooks (what writer does not? 😉), why not give them another book but, this time, with a twist?
This is a bookbinding kit which teaches the recipient how to make their own professional book. The kit comes with detailed instructions as well a link to a helpful video tutorial and a dozen easy-to-use tools to bind the book together:
- 2 greyboards for the covers
- 1 book spine
- 150 gsm watercolor paper (15 sheets = book of 60 pages ) or 160 gsm unlined writing paper (20 sheets = book of 80 pages), creased and ready for binding
- One piece of book backing material
- Specialised man-made leather
- 100% waxed linen Irish thread for binding
- 1 piece of tail backing
- 2 pieces of endpapers (parchment)
- 30 ml of bookbinding glue
- Foam Brush 1″ for spreading the glue
- Bookbinding Needle
The end result is a well-structured and attractive A5 book (5.83″ x 8.27″). To give it a personal touch, you can also choose the type and number of papers included in the book, and the colour of the leather cover. There are 13 colours available to choose from such as olive, cocoa, chestnut, teal, and fuchsia.
Note: No animal products are used to create the bookbinding leather.
This shop (JournalShop) has made over 3,000 sales and has received 500+ 5-star reviews. In addition to this kit, the JournalShop offers exclusive home-made journals, diaries, guest books, etc. The perfect store for book lovers!
Price: £53.51 plus postage. Gift wrapping is available.
Support their work with an intimate and inspiring writer’s retreat!
Writers’ Retreat UK takes place at quiet and picturesque locations and has received glowing reviews from previous guests. This complete package gives your loved one dedicated time to write and relax in idyllic rural or seaside surroundings, as well as connect with fellow writers and have an invigorating time away from home. They are not obligated to remain on location and can also explore the local area.
What to expect during a retreat:
- Transfers included from local public transport links.
- Laptops, writing pads, and pens. Upon departure, they’ll be given a memory stick to take their work home.
- Meals, home-baked cream tea, snacks, tea, coffee, and some wine to keep the creative juices flowing.
- Private and spacious en-suite bedrooms with essential toiletries.
- Lounges and optional evening activities to socialise.
- Comfortable writing room where you can work in the company of other writers.
- Access to several writing resources, including a library full of writing books.
- Evening readings for those that would like to share some of their work for discussion and feedback.
For untutored retreats, the company offers support and mentoring with an industry professional throughout their stay/writing time.
If you choose to purchase the specialist retreats, the workshop instruction and feedback sessions are included in the price.
Note: You can share this experience with your valentine and have a break together for just an additional £50 per night, fully inclusive.
Places can be reserved with a deposit of only £75pp for the next retreat. Depending on the length of the stay, prices will vary.
There you have it – five different gift ideas which will have yourself or your partner buzzing with excitement. If any has piqued your interest, feel free to leave a comment below!
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I hope this month brings you plenty of love and happiness 😀