The perfect Christmas gift for a book lover, that keeps on giving…

Oh my, I am so excited to share this post with you today!

Hands up if you LOVE reading books?!

Then this post is for you.

I recently heard about a subscription service from a lovely independent second hand shop in Retford, Nottinghamshire called The Barrister’s Book Chamber.

Now I’ll admit I’m not usually a fan of subscription boxes, because, ya know, you often end up with things you don’t want and they can be wasteful. But books? What’s not to love?!

The subscription box costs £40 for 6 months. Each month, a new book will arrive along with some other little goodies to go alongside it, and to save you decision paralysis there are just two boxes to choose from – a modern or vintage fiction subscription.

That’s it – make your choice and you’re good to go for the next six months of reading pleasure.

But what makes this scheme even MORE exciting for this eco-conscious gal is that all the books are pre-loved, which means you can get great, sometimes rarely seen titles for an unbelievable price. As they say on their Etsy subscription page, you may receive that small hidden gem from one year ago or a hundred years ago…you never know!

If you’re looking for a thoughtful, unique and original gift for a book lover who is also eco-aware then you can’t go wrong with this. I’ll be getting a vintage subscription for my daughter when she heads off to university – she’s studying English, so it would be rude not to! And for my neighbours, who are avid readers, I think I might just have found this year’s Christmas present!

In my first box I did indeed receive a book I’ve never read before! There was also a lovely bookmark, a small handmade journal for recording those all-important notes, plus some mint humbugs as a thoughtful treat.  A LOT of thought went into the presentation, making it feel like you really did get a gift in the post.

Now I’ll be honest. the actual book wouldn’t look out of place on a charity shop shelf for 30p. There was water damage, bad creasing and yellowing of pages, but that doesn’t bother me at all. I’m just pointing it out as I know some people have different expectations. I don’t know how they do this for the money. The postage alone is nearly £3, then there is the exquisite packaging, plus all the extras. It definitely gets the thumbs up from me!

the barristers book chamber book subscription box