A Gift Guide for Book Lovers

I put together this guide for my Bookish Species Newsletter. This list is providing you with a perfect gift guide for getting gifts that will be 100% appreciated by bookworms (especially those in Nigeria) even more so because all vendors are local!

This guide is perfect for all occasions…Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Birthdays etc. Whatever it won’t hurt to add an item, two or all when buying gifts for that special somebody.

Booksleeves

Book sleeves are stylish protectors of books, they help prevent books from tearing, dents and many other dangers, which can wear them down, especially while on the go.

These are perfect gifts for bookworms because it helps them preserve their books. There are various makers of handmade book sleeves to choose from.

● Book Gloves

@bookgloves is by Bookish Species and sells each book sleeves at the rate of ₦1500 *p.s. Book Gloves online store is located on Instagram*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

● Book Gift Co

@bookgiftco sells book sleeves at the rate of ₦2000-₦3000 *p.s. Book Gift Co online store is mainly located on Instagram*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

@flippingpagesng sells book sleeves at the rate of ₦2000-₦3000 *p.s. Flipping Pages online store is located on Instagram*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gift Cards

Speaking on behalf of all bookworms, if we don’t specifically ask for a book or have explicitly said we want so, so and so book, rather than deciding by yourself and picking a random book, why not get a gift card to a book store so they bookworm gets to pick by themself.

● Roving Heights

@rovingheights is Nigeria’s leading provider of local and worldwide books, they’re always ready to provide their customers with books they want at cost-effective prices. They offer gift cards so rather than buying a random book as a gift leave it in the hands of the bookworm. Visit rhbooks.com.ng to buy a gift card from ₦5000 upwards for the deserving bookworm

● OkadaBooks

@okadabooks is Africa’s leading digital content provider of local and original books and a haven for all genres of books, you can credit bookworms account with any amount. Visit OkadaBooks Gift to credit that deserving bookworm’s account.

Littart by Ai Notebooks

Journals are awesome gifts, everyone is always in need of a new notebook.

Littart by Ai notebooks all are handmade with local fabric materials. They’re all hardback and either spiral bound or sewn bound notebooks. They come in two sizes which are A5 or A6. Plain pages or rule pages, padded or unpadded cover, come with a band or not, the great thing is the journals can also be customised!

There’s a bonus, which is the Gratitude Journal, where people can record things they’re thankful for that happened during their day.

The price is from ₦800-₦2000 each. Visit @LittartArtbyAi on Instagram to get yours.

● Non-Ruled Journals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

● Ruled Journals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

● Gratitude Journals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mugs

Not just any ceramic mug. Mugs just like Tote bags that are expressive, making use of images and words that a bookworm can relate to. A plain mug isn’t good enough. It needs to represent the bookworm, this is when it becomes a thoughtful gift.

● Book Gift Co

@bookgiftco sells bookish mugs at the rate of ₦1000-₦2000 *p.s. Book Gift Co online store is mainly located on Instagram*

 

 

 

 

 

 

● Customised

How about using your own design or words to decorate a mug? Words that will make the bookworm smile upon receiving the wonderful gift. Here’s a list of organisations that are trustworthy and deliver on time.

  1. Printivo
  2. Inklar

Stickers & Button Badges

Stickers are the perfect pair with a journal gift, don’t you think? Customised stickers and button badges are even better gifts. Print out words and images that aline with the beliefs and interests of the bookworm in question, with witty bookish statements, nicknames or real names and bookish quotes.

For this The Gadget Tailor has you covered. Hit them up over on Instagram or on WhatsApp to get the rates.

● Stickers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

● Buttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tote Bags

Tote bags are fabulous ways to make a statement, which is why so many bookworms are attracted to tote bags with wonderful bookish statements or quotes and the best thing there are so many people who can customise a tote bags to say what you want it.

● Book Gift Co

@bookgiftco sells tote bags at the rate of ₦2000 *p.s. Book Gift Co online store is mainly located on Instagram*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

● Customised

@o_yemcollections sells & customises tote bags from the rate of ₦1500 *p.s. Tote Bags by O’Yem can be reached on WhatsApp*

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Tote bags are fabulous ways to make a statement, which is why so many bookworms are attracted to tote bags with wonderful bookish statements or quotes and the best thing there are so many people who can customise a tote bags to say what you want it.

How about using your own design or words to decorate a T-Shirt? Words that will make the bookworm smile upon receiving the wonderful gift.

Here’s a list of organisations that are trustworthy and deliver on time.

  1. Printivo
  2. Inklar

There are a couple of Literary Festivals that happen every year in Nigeria, tickets for such events prices vary, getting tickets to such events will be a gift a bookworm will never forget.

  1. Ake Festival
  2. Kaduna Books and Arts Festival (KabaFest)
  3. Lagos Books and Arts Festival (LABAF)
  4. Lagos Internation Poetry Festival (LIPF)
  5. Abuja Literary Festival (ALitFest)
  6. Art X Lagos

There are a couple of Literary Festivals that happen every year in Nigeria, tickets for such events prices vary, getting tickets to such events will be a gift a bookworm will never forget.

Fancy packaging, foreign items and the likes that a bookworm can’t typically get just anywhere in Nigeria, such edible treats include

  1. Chocolates: Toblerone, Twix, Kit Kat, Smarties, Ferrero Rocher etc.
  2. Biscuits/Cookies/Popcorn (The Lekki Gift Company has a lot of fancy biscuits and sweets)
  3. Tea (Fancy ones i.e. Twinings can be found at mega supermarkets stores like Prince Ebeano, Hubmart, Shoprite etc.)

This article was first published on Bookish Species.

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Hey you, thank you for taking time out to read this post because today on the blog you get to meet a blogger! First and foremost welcome to my Guest Feature Series! It’s super exciting doing this, I may not be *a huge blogger* but I do have a presence in the online community, well because of the love many of you give to me daily. and I intend to make use of it by also giving back the love to the community, by shining the light on as many bloggers as I can, because most of us deserve it and also you know make a stand on marginalization—fighting for what’s right. Read More »

Literary Blogging 101: Social Media Integration

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What is blogging without social media? BORING periodt. Social media is where it is, where you get to know the in and out of the literary community, the who is who and what is what social media is where we protect one and another and fight for what is right for the betterment of the online literary community.

I love social media platforms because it offers up so much more visibility and accessibility than just running a blog will provide. The major platforms with active online literary communities are Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Goodreads.

I’m going to be highlighting the importance of social media when it comes to community building in today’s posts.

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Twitter

Twitter

Twitter is a great platform because it allows the use and combination of various forms of media which are texts, pictures, videos and web links. It also allows automation with many websites, which means when you post on a different site, a link to that post will be automatically shared on your Twitter account. (This feature can also apply to Facebook)

Anytime I hit the publish button on a post on my blog, the posts automatically get shared on my connected Twitter account, Facebook Page & LinkedIn profile, thanks to the Jetpack plugin for WordPress sites, there are more social media platforms that can be connected (social media platforms that allow texts, pictures and links in a post) but these are the three I use.

The literary community on twitter is a lot as there are various communities, could be the author, readers, bloggers, publicist, genres etc. There are different sectors, which every kind of literary person can find their home in. It’s one of the best places to stay in the know and get all the news and drama as it happens.

Many authors also use twitter to talk to their readers as well as give updates about themselves and projects, same goes to fellow bloggers, who also share bits and pieces of their lives and talk about all things literary, what they’re reading, how they found a book, their experiences with other community members etc.Divider 3.5

Instagram

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The Instagram literary space like Twitter is segregated but we all fall under the Bookstagram community, which is all things literary. We have the bloggers whose blogs are on their Instagram pages, they’re influencers in their own right, where you see amazing book photography and people’s creativeness shines brightly with how they take photos of literary things.

Instagram doesn’t allow the sharing of links in their posts and is majorly centred around photography and cinematography, with the aid of texts in the body of the posts. There’s a hierarchy to how things are there, the more followers you have the more perks you get for top-notch visibility on the platform.

I for one enjoy using my Bookstagram account, because I have found various people within my physical location on there and it has allowed me to connect with so much more people, it also allows me to share my books in a creative way, it’s a lot more work than the other social media platforms because it requires further physical activities such as book shoots, and styling the literary gadgets.

Just like Twitter, bloggers stay updated with the community and make new friends, plus interactions on Instagram is much more engaging than on Twitter because people really appreciate comments on their posts because the Instagram algorithm can be a pain.

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Facebook

Facebook

There are lots of groups on Facebook, there are author groups, where you get to interact with the author and fellow fans, groups that help one and another, where members promote themselves and support each other, or fun groups where people can chill and be relatable. There are also Facebook pages, which help with creating more visibility for your blog and allows you to be discovered or easily reached.

The social media platforms are big places for social interactions for literary bloggers, as long as you’re active and you engage with others, you’ll make friends and get more eager to stay in the loop.

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Goodreads

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Is a social media site strictly for readers. In this time an age it looks outdated, but it’s actually a gem when you get the hang of it, there are various communities on there no one is left out. Many book recommendations lists, helpfully curated by everyone who uses Goodreads. Get notified when a book you want to read is released, get to find out about books you never knew existed but you want to read, read author interviews, having a reading challenge and many more pros. Goodreads is also a great platform to track what you read and you can also share your reviews on there and link your blog to your profile. On Goodreads, you get to make friends with fellow readers, have publicists or authors reach out to you to review a book…Goodreads is a fully functioning Social platform for book lovers.

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If you’re hesitant why don’t you find me on these social media sites, my username is @naijabookbae on all of them, having the same username across all platforms is also a very good strategy, as it makes it easy to find and remember your profiles. 

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Hey you, thank you for taking time out to read this post because today on the blog you get to meet a blogger! First and foremost welcome to my Guest Feature Series! It’s super exciting doing this, I may not be *a huge blogger* but I do have a presence in the online community, well because of the love many of you give to me daily. and I intend to make use of it by also giving back the love to the community, by shining the light on as many bloggers as I can, because most of us deserve it and also you know make a stand on marginalization—fighting for what’s right. Read More »