It’s clear that a lot of people have logged on to TikTok over the past couple of years. Less discussion: The emergence of BookTok, the very specific corner of the app that loves very hot romance novelss, enigmatic mods featuring high fantasy montages of mansions and festive costumes, and for sure Huge piles of books– Bigger is better.
BookTok is a world in itself, with obsessions and jargon of its own, and spending some time there should be investing deeply, even if you haven’t already read. Have you read the first three books in the series A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Diamonds? No, I skipped to Silver Fire Court. Do I laugh now every time I see fan-made TikTok What a bit of a villain you meditate on? Absolutely. BookTok has all the addictive power of the TikTok algorithm behind it, as well as some exhilarating energy that’s hard to beat. If you have a friend who got deeply into BookTok, you probably know them, because she probably keeps sending incomprehensible TikToks full of BookTok jokes, and keeps recommending books you learned on the app. (Those that Tessa Bailey wrote about The Bellinger Sisters It really is a delight, for the record.) Why not get her something she’ll really appreciate for the holidays?
Comfortable slippers “Gripper”
It is absolutely impossible to read if your feet are cold. It’s not impossible to scroll on TikTok if your feet are cold, but it sure would be more fun to have warm toes. Hence: a much appreciated and easy-to-obtain gift that can be found at any TJ Maxx in America. Or you can be a little fancier – maybe these Bombas “Slipper Clutch” ($40.00) Also following you around on Instagram for months?
There is a great WPA poster in Archive of the Library of Congress, to promote reading, which urges in a message spread from an open book: “The Vacation Reading Club – Join now in your public library.” It’s particularly evocative of a summertime read, as well as the broader enjoyment of a book that truly moves you. Hence my absolute happiness to discover that it was available on a sweatshirt, on site Inkwell yarns ($34.00).
Fairy lights and a potted plant that traces beautifully
One of the problems with digging into BookTok is that setting up your very own good bookcase seems largely inadequate. “But you know they use filters, Kelly!” I tell myself; It does not quell my lust. This is a well-known and common side effect of browsing this specific brand, which creates an opportunity for gifts to be given to you. Now, you probably shouldn’t buy a bookcase for your friend, unless you are a skilled carpenter and plan to build her own bookcase. But you can give it some accessories! It seems like everyone on BookTok (and on Bookstagram for that matter) has been tricked out of their bookcases with fairy lights and potted plants hanging gracefully from their shelves. You can get your basic target christmas lights ($5.00 per strand), or totally get ready for this ball rain curtain string lights From Pottery Barn ($79.00). For plants, I recommend Pothos and point you to a local nursery – just be careful with your choices if your friend has pets.
Is your tea drinking reader cliched? Yes really. Is it cliched for a reason? Yes too. Here is a cup of Jane Austen quotes ($15.00); Here is a stone cup my pocket ($34.00) so she doesn’t have to get out of her blanket and dispense with a tea bag; Here is a cup wrapped in broken thorns Stephen King ($17.99); This one has a pile of classic yellow Nancy Drew Spikes ($17.99). (Also, quick tip, it looks like Out of Print clothes are out of production Library Card Cups, so if you want one, you better get it now.) Alternatively, if you hear your friend mention “The Romance of the Minotaur,” The writer has an Etsy shop where she sells mugs emblazoned with Morning Glory Milking Farm logo ($12.00).
It’s hard to straighten your pillows the right way. Either it’s too square and doesn’t fully support your back, or it’s all crushed, or you just can’t fit it behind your back quite properly. Why not one of these Custom designed pillows? ($39.99)
Romance is the genre of choice on BookTok, and this year’s romance bookstores The Ripped Bodice and Love’s Sweet Arrow are making holiday boxes themed on the popular metaphor. The Ripped Bodice tops up their packaging with ‘Trope Tea’, so you can do Holiday in a convenient gift box ($45.00) with socks and cinnamon-flavored tea, for example. Love’s Sweet Arrow contains one of what may be the ultimate BookTok allegorical obsession: Enemies for lovers ($25.00 to $50.00). Is it love even if you don’t hate each other’s guts first? (Yes, of course, but it definitely makes a better narrative arc.)
Press the nails
See, this might sound like an aberration. But there are plenty of BookTokers and Bookstagrammers out there with these inspiring, adorable tall nails, and they look absolutely gorgeous against the cover of the book. Give your girlfriend a few swipes so she can also sport her gorgeous nails along with her latest possession. Here is a winter collection from a kiss ($8.99), or maybe go with these long gray ones ($10.00) from Olive and June.
Unless your girlfriend lives in a 2,500 square foot house, she probably doesn’t live Need A book cart Any function you perform will likely also be served by a small bookcase. But they are very cute! It fits well in the nooks and crannies of smaller apartments. The container store has a file reasonably priced in a pretty pink ($29.99); Here is an attractive dark blue color From Target ($35.00).
A Barnes and Noble gift card (or better than a gift card for a local bookstore)
Give her what she really wants: more books to add to a 6-foot-tall pile that swings perilously.