8 Gifts For Book Lovers (that aren’t books)

Hi guys! I’m so excited for Christmas! Only 10 days left! This post is for all of the last-minutes shoppers out there who don’t know what to by for their book-loving friends, and it’s also to give those book loving friends ideas on what to buy themselves. Sometimes you just need to give gifts to yourself, you know? You deserve it. None of the gifts on this list are books, because it’s hard to pick out books for people, plus books are something that are enjoyed every day of the year. For chritsmas its fun to receive a cool, unique and thoughtful gift. So lets get into this list of awesome gifts for the book lover in your life.

Book Embosser

I have one of these and love it! It basically imprints a customizable design into your books and lets everyone know who it belongs to;)) It’s a really nice touch, especially if you have some favourite books that you know you’ll keep forever and want to personalize them. The ones that I saw online range from $25 to $75, but I’m sure that you could find cheaper ones on Etsy or Amazon.

Transparent Book Weight

I think that this is super cool and really useful. It holds the pages of your book down for a hands free reading experience! This would also be great for cookbooks. I could do so much more reading if I had one of these… I could read while cooking, getting ready in the morning….. I think I need one. The one I looked at was $15.

Reading Light

My eyes have adapted to reading in almost all conditions, because I refuse to stop reading even in the darkness (long car rides in the night are the worst!). I could definitely use another reading light; actually I need more than one beacuase it would be good if I could keep one in my school bag, one in my room and one in the car. This one is a great stocking stuffer and also, your friend’s eyeballs will thank you. I’m pretty sure that you can find these at the dollar store for, like, a dollar.

Clip On Bookmark

Yet another contraption that would make my life a heck of a lot easier. Bookmarks are really handy but when I take them out to continue reading, I forget to put them back in again. This bookmark clips on to your book so that you don’t forget to mark your page. Although I have gotten pretty good at memorizing numbers. See, this is why people need to read; it gives you night vision and a super awesome memory. The bookmark above is $30, but I bet if you dug a bit deeper you could find one for cheaper (hey that rhymed), or you could make your own.

Owl Crate Subscrption

I found out about Owl Crate a few months ago and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the concept; each month, they’ll send you a box that includes a book and a bunch of book-related goodies that are created by small businesses. It’s a great idea and I would personally love one of these boxes! You can purchase a 1 month, 3 month or 6 month subscrption.

Cute Mug

Mugs are the perfect gift for the person who loves to curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee, cocoa or tea. There are tons of cute and funny bookish mugs out there- the one in the picture above was given to me by a friend and it’s so awesome!

“1000 Books To Read Before You Die” Page-a-Day Calendar

This calendar looks friggin’ amazing! Everyday you rip out a page and get a new book reccomendation! This is a gift that book lovers can cherish for the whole year and guess what? It’s only $17 on Amazon!

Reading Journal

These look really interesting and I might incorporate something like this into my bullet journal next year. It’s a book that includes reading suggestions, pages to write reviews, and to keep track of what you’ve read. This is is great gift for the organized reader. It’s $8 on Amazon.

That should keep your voracious reader friends happy! I would love if I got any of these gifts so if my family is reading this HINT HINT WINK WINK NUDGE NUDGE. Hope the rest of your weekend is great and I’ll see you next week!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))

Festive Jam Cookies

Hey people:) I have another dessert recipe today because I have a sweet tooth that cannot be satisfied! Since cookies are the creme de la creme of Christmas baking, I had to put my spin on the classic sugar cookie. These Festive Jam Cookies are crumbly and delicate and filled with a delicious homemade jam. Store bought works too, but making your own eliminates all of the refined sugar. They look beautiful on a holiday dessert platter, are gluten free and vegan! Hope you enjoy these mouth watering treats;))

Festive Jam Cookies

Serves: Makes about 12 Sandwich Cookies

Ingredients:

For the Cookies:

  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 2 tbs water (plus more if needed)

For the Jam

  • 2 cups frozen berries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 tbsp oat flour

Directions:

  1. Stir together the oat flour and spices in a large bowl. Add in the coconut oil and maple syrup and combine until a crumbly mixture forms. Add in the water and use your hands to form a dough.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. On a clean surface, roll out the cookie dough. Use a doughnut-shaped cutter to cut out individual cookies and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. If at any time the dough becomes too dry to roll out, and a tablespoon of water and knead it into the dough.
  4. Bake the cookies for about 20 minutes, until they’re slightly browned on the bottom. Let cool completely before filling with jam.
  5. While the cookies are baking and cooling, combine the frozen berries and water in a small pot. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for about 6 minutes, until most of the water has cooked off and the berries are thawed. Use a potato masher to mash the berries, leaving about half of them whole. Stir in the oat flour and continue to simmer for another few minutes until the Jam has thickened. Set aside and let it cool completely.
  6. Once the Jam and cookies are both cool, start assembling. Scoop the Jam onto the bottom flat side of a cookie. Gently press another cookie on top to form a sandwich, making sure that the top of the cookie is facing up. Repeat this process until the rest of the cookies have been filled.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy!!

See you guys Wednesday! In the meantime I’ll be munching on a bunch of Christmas treats…

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))

December Bullet Journal Set Up with November Monthly Recap

Hey guys! I apologize for the late post… this week was a little crazy for me😂😂 However, I’m really happy with the way that my December spreads turned out. I’m coming to the end of my journal, which by the way is the first notebook that I’ve ever filled up completely! This month I went with some classic Christmas designs like evergreen boughs and mistletoe, and tried to keep it simple since I feel like my last few spreads have been a bit busy. Green is the main colour that I used, but there are also some red accents thrown in. Creating my December spread really got me excited for the holiday season! This year I decided to include the advent calendar that I make each year in my bullet journal, and I love the way it turned out. Hope you like it!

My monthly recaps haven’t really changed throughout the whole year. I didn’t use a ton of scrapbook paper in this one to keep it a bit simpler.

This is my December title page!! I alternated drawings of evergreen boughs, mistletoe and bare tree branches. I used my black brush pen to write the month to keep things simple and classic looking. On the opposite page my quote is “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”, because I love the joy that Christmas time brings.

Here’s my calendar spread for December;) It’s pretty simple but I did add a space to blog plan along with my goal tracker. I might need to designate a whole page for blogging though because I have some big ideas for the Christmas season!

Next, my habits and mood trackers, both of which haven’t changed much throughout the year because I find them easy to fill out and they really work for me. I might experiment a bit next year with different types.

Annnnnd the most exciting spread of the month, my advent calendar! Last year I posted a tutorial on how to create a DIY No Candy Advent Calendar, and this one is pretty much a mini version of that. I created little pockets for each day of the month and stuck a note with an act of kindness that needs to be completed in each. I’m so excited to get started with it!

My last spread is a gratitude log/weekly spread since I ran out of space;)) I have a feeling that this month I’m going to have to do a lot of one-page weekly spreads because I want to include things like a gift list and blog planner in my journal.

That’s my last bullet journal set up post of the year! I absolutely love bullet journaling because it allows me to reflect on my life and express my creativity, not to mention plan ahead and track mood and habits and all sorts of stuff. It’s so fun to look back on all of my spreads from the past year and see what was happening or what I was feeling at the time. I’m really excited for a new journal in 2020 and to try out new things and have more fun!

As a side note, I will be posting three times a week during December…… lots of Christmasy posts are soon to be coming your way!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked

DIY No-Candy Advent Calendar

Today is the one year anniversary of mydayisbooked.com! I have a super neat post to share with you guys today, but first I want to thank everyone who has supported and followed my blog in the past year! You guys are awesome:) 

I started making this advent calendar a few years ago, and I really love it. Instead of getting a candy everyday, you have to complete an act of kindness or treat yourself to a favourite winter activity. This is a great concept because it invokes the true spirit of Christmas- giving! You make can this calendar as fancy or as minimalistic as you like; I love to get super creative with it! Down below I have laid out the instructions and materials that you’ll need, as well as some ideas to get you started;)

DIY No-Candy Advent Calendar

Materials

  • 25- 31 envelopes (I used ones that are about 16.5 by 9 cm, but any size works)
  • 25-31 index cards (or cut up pieces of card stock)
  • markers, crayons, stickers, pens, anything you need to decorate your calendar!

Directions:

  1. Number the envelopes from 1-25 (or 31, depending on how many days you want your advent calendar to cover) and decorate them however you want! I drew a kind of christmasy drawing in the corner of each of mine, which took a little while, but it’s totally worth it! **You can reuse the envelopes from year to year to save time**

2. Once your envelopes are finished, take out your pieces of card stock or index cards. On each one, write an act of kindness or winter activity that you want to do in December. Here are 25 ideas that you can use in your calendar:

  • Call your grandparents
  • Bake cookies
  • Build a snowman
  • Write 5 nice comments on social media
  • Make a gingerbread house
  • Shovel your neighbour’s driveway
  • Leave a nice note for someone
  • Compliment someone who you wouldn’t usually talk to
  • Donate money to a Christmas charity
  • Give food to a food bank
  • Make Christmas ornaments
  • Send a letter to a friend, wishing them a merry Christmas
  • Do some extra chores around the house
  • Express gratitude to 5 different people
  • Watch your favourite Christmas movie
  • Make a gift for your teacher or a friend
  • Wear your cosiest sweater
  • Make a holiday playlist
  • Go ice skating
  • Make your favourite breakfast
  • Bake a new recipe
  • Look at Christmas lights
  • Make treats for your pet
  • Make hot chocolate
  • Read before the fire (my personal favourite!)

3. Fold each piece of card stock in half and spread them out randomly so that you don’t know which activity is written on each one. Then put one in each envelope and seal it. This way, the activity that you do each day will be a surprise. If you know that you’ll only have time to do a certain thing on the weekend, then you can make a pile of weekend activities and fill your weekend envelopes from that pile. Also, I like to use sticky tack and hang each envelope on my wall for a cool Christmas decoration, but you can display them however you’d like.

Spread out the pieces of card stock
Place each one inside an envelope

I hope that you enjoy this calendar throughout December! It’s super fun and easy to make and spreads lots of holiday cheer;) Thanks agin for making my first year of blogging so awesome!

Yours Truly, MyDayIsBooked