The Bookish Advent Calendar: The Story

Bookish advent calendar with classic novels and 24 gifts

Every year for the past five or so years, I have eagerly scoured the available advent calendars. I’ve bought chocolate ones, beauty ones, even enjoyed whisky ones. But what I REALLY want is a book one. But, I’m fussy. I don’t want 24 books – there are advent calendars that offer this, but honestly, am I going to read a book a day in December when I don’t the rest of the year? Or are those books going to sit on my bookcase for eternity, gathering dust?

This is the reason I put this advent calendar together. It’s designed for fans of the classics, and it’s put together to give you a wonderful advent full of beautiful reading experiences. You get a mixture of books and gifts – which is why it’s a ‘bookish advent calendar’ not a ‘book advent calendar’.

So, what will you get? Of course, each one is different and I want to keep them as much of a surprise as possible. Without giving too much away, here’s what you definitely will get:

  • 3 books – 2 of them classic novels/collections, 1 novella – either from the little black classics or modern classics collection.
  • At least 3 prints – either ones available on my shop, or ones specially designed for the calendar.
  • At least 3 bookmarks – as above.

You could also get a selection of:

  • Enamel pin badges
  • Socks
  • Teabags
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Notebooks
  • Sweets
  • Candles
  • Christmas decorations

In all, you will have 24 individually wrapped gifts, one to open for each day of advent.

All in all, the value of all items when bought individually is over £70, so it’s a bargain!

This year has been a strange year for everyone. What I want to do is bring a bit of joy at the end of the year – some cheer at what could a particularly grim Christmas period (particularly for those of us in the U.K.).

Some frequently asked questions:

What if I’ve already read the book?

The novels are beautiful Arcturus editions, so they are perfect for adding to your collection and rereading in December. If there are any books that you definitely don’t want, you can add a message to your order and I will do my best to accommodate you. The joy of this calendar is the wonderful surprise, and rereading old favourites is always wonderful!

What if I already own one of your prints or bookmarks?

I will search for any previous orders in your name prior to curating your calendar, so you can be confident that you won’t get duplicates.

How quickly will my order be delivered?

The advent calendars take on average 2 working days to put together, so if you are in the U.K. they take around 4-5 working days to arrive. If your overseas, postage will take longer so please bear this in mind when ordering.

Can I order one as a gift for someone else?

Please do! There is an option at checkout if you want to add a gift note.

When is the last order date?

I have been blown away by the interest in the advent calendar. It has been a true joy to see the orders coming in and the sweet gift notes that have been written. Demand has been huge, and I’m ordering new stock all of the time – but there may come a point where the items I need are no longer available. Therefore, if you’re desperate to get a bookish advent calendar, I would recommend ordering as soon as you can. In terms of delivery, if I’m able to keep ordering stock, please order by 14th November if you’re in the U.K. and 1st November if you’re abroad to ensure (as much as possible, given the current world situation!) delivery by 1st December.

How do I order?

Easy peasy – click hereto buy on Etsy, or use the payment form below.


Bookish advent calendar

Bookish Advent Calendar

A bookish advent calendar with 24 individually wrapped gifts, delivered to you. Postage included. Processing time is 5 working days, plus delivery.


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