A Simple Christmas Gift Guide (and #BlackFriday Fun)


Recently a friend on Twitter made the observation that this year, we have six less days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Much as I usually enjoy Christmas (minus the hustle that’s required to get all the things done), I’m also big into believing Thanksgiving deserves its due. Either way, whether we’re ready for it or not, Christmas is just around the corner which means it’s time for a little Christmas gift guide 2019.

Most of these things are going to be added to today’s list with the idea that they’ll be the best deal on black Friday, but I wanted this to go up in plenty of time, so you can shop around or maybe just think about whether or not you have a person on your list who might like some of today’s features.

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If you’ve seen any of Finding Wonderland’s previous seasonal gift guides, you’ll remember, most of them are bookish in theme because, well, we talk about books a lot around these parts. With that in mind, that is primarily what this guide will cover, but if I spy a few other things that are just too cute, I’ll also share them because, well, we’re all friends here, and I’ve got to say, sometimes finding a perfect gift is a struggle!


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Most important for any bookworm on your list is, of course, books! Here’s a (small) list of recent releases and a favorite or two separated by genre. What books are you planning to buy or add to your wish list this season?

Adult Fiction | The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden; Among the Poppies (a lovely historical debut that’s really quite good); Love and Other Mistakes by Jessica Kate (by a debut author, this one is sure to delight fans of Jenny B. Jones); The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey (a great read for those who enjoy a suspenseful – but not too scary, mystery!); The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay; Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows (in combination, an idea would be a Netflix gift card since Netflix recently adapted ‘Guernsey’); 

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Seasonal | From YA lit to adult, and historical fiction, if you have someone on your list who enjoys Christmas romances and Hallmark Channel films, they might like any of the following.

Christmas at Whitefriars by Elizabeth Camden; The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon (a Nutcracker re-telling I’m really excited about); 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston; Wrapped in Red by Meghan Gorecki; Let it Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson (a great gift idea would be this secular YA novella collection with a Netflix gift card since this one was just adapted as a film for Netlfix!); My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff; One Christmas in Winter by Bell Renshaw; Kiss Me in New York by Catherine Rider (a contemporary YA with rom-com elements); Enchanted: A Christmas Collection and Royally Yours (both novella collections; the first is exclusively by Melissa Tagg, and the second features her); Snow In Love (a novella collection co-written by Kasie West that sounds super cute); and so many more!

YA Fiction | Heart of a Royal by Hannah Currie (a sweet, ‘clean romance’ read if anyone likes royal romances); To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (with this, a Netflix gift card would make a fun combo since Netflix adapted this); Maybe this Time by Kasie West; Frankly in Love by David Yoon; and SO many other options!


Consider putting one of the popular Amazon devices under the tree this year! You can choose from the Kindle Fires (which are more like iPads and act as more of a tablet + reader in one; my mother loves hers) or the Kindle Paperwhite. All of which should be on Black Friday pricing on Thursday and/or Friday the 29th, so keep an eye on that!


Gift Guide, Part 2

Ok, I know, not everyone is into gift cards – giving or receiving. To me, it says nothing more than, “Merry Christmas, find a new [insert item here] that you like, and enjoy!” But I know to others (like my family), it says you don’t care enough to pick something out. However, since I own way too many books for anyone to know what I have (and you may be in this situation, too), I’m one happy girl with a B&N (or Amazon!) gift card so I can pick out that book I’m excited to read.

Plus, Amazon usually runs amazing deals on or around Black Friday for select gift cards; I’ve purchased a $100 iTunes gift card for $80, and that’s a pretty darn good deal. It’s just a matter of catching this since it’s usually on a time/quantity limit [and it’s always been the physical gift cards on sale vs the e-cards]. Or of course, if you opt for the techie gift, there’s always Amazon Kindle [book store] gift cards. You can also get some really cute gift card boxes.


If the person on your list likes literary things, Etsy is full of pretty prints or other options. A few of which include this pretty Louisa May Alcott quote or this customizable quote print (you choose) that features a Pride and Prejudice quote in its listing. There’s also this set of ‘Bronte Sisters’ quote prints that are less minimalist and more about looking pretty. Plus, these aren’t just fierce or swoony, they’re also “in” if the bookworm on your list is into gallery wall decor.

Christmas Gift Guide 2019

Finally, in this Christmas Gift Guide 2019 section, these gorgeous Thomas Nelson, limited edition classics would be perfect to gift to those who love literary things! The “winter editions” include Little Women (which is also about to release in an all-new big-screen film in December), Pride and Prejudice and more!


These combo book-to-film pairs go together perfectly! If books that have become movies are more their thing, here’s a few newer releases and nostalgic favorites.

Anne of Green GablesAustenlandBrooklynThe ChoiceCrazy Rich AsiansEverything, EverythingFar from the Madding Crowd; Five Feet Apart The InheritanceJane Eyre (2011); Pride and Prejudice (2005); The Sun is also a Star; When Calls the Heart; and so many more!


Finally, that finishing touch, we all need some wrapping paper, right? Amazon has some really cute designs. I’ll confess I’ve never looked at their wrapping paper, but this year, I’ve been ready for décor changes (a blog post on this is coming!!), so I’ve been looking at lots of new stuff, and looking at some paper to go with the changes. Check out this white “doodle” roll set which is quirky, but also fun; or this cute country-craft white “doodle” set, which I think will go nicely with my ideas.

Do you match your paper to your décor or do you just go with whatever you have on hand?

*NOTE: I also have a Hallmark “fan” list in the works if you’re interested in that. It should go up within the next two weeks, so the first week of December at the latest.

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There we go, a simple little Christmas gift guide 2019 is in the books! There’s not a lot of ideas on this ‘guide,’ but hopefully you’ve gotten a few ideas. Tell me, what gifts are on your lists for others and yourself? Comment what you’re shopping for this season!

Thank you for visiting!

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.


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