It’s that time of year again, when you’ve got to make a list and check it twice to figure out what you’re going to get your loved ones. But don’t worry, we’re here to help with suggestions for each type of person on your list. Today we bring you our top suggestions of what to get for the hard to gift-to romance reader …
We love all the e-readers and think that every romance novel lover needs one — a true fan doesn’t read one or two books, we read hundreds! This holiday our hearts are set on the Kindle Fire. However, no matter which e-reader option you pick, if you opt to buy one from Amazon’s device family, or simply want to stock up your giftee's e-book shelf, you can fill it with one (or some) of these e-sets:
A three e-book bundle from contemporary romance’s Jennifer Crusie, which includes one of our favorite series romances of all time, Getting Rid of Bradley. Or this six-book e-collection that takes readers back to the beginning of Debbie Macomber’s beloved Cedar Cove series. Alternatively, to turn up the heat, consider this four-pack of Lori Foster reads. The Buckhorn brothers are sure to please even the most discerning reader. Or if you are looking for tales with a multicultural flavor, we suggest Brenda Jackson’s Forged of Steele Bundle that features Jackson’s famous fictional family, the Steeles. Of course, if your giftee would rather be swept back in time, this three e-book collection from the talented Stephanie Laurens, the Rogue’s Reform bundle, will delight. And no reader should miss Linda Howard’s The Complete Mackenzies Collection. There’s romance, passion, suspense and more in this five book series!
If supplying your giftee with books seems like too dangerous a prospect (what if they already have the gift you’re giving? Oh, the agony!) then we suggest you get inspired and use the idea of their beloved books as a springboard. You could gift the romance reader on your list a copy of Other People’s Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See a collection by Bill Shapiro that is sure to delight. Alternatively, you could help them become the star of a story with the personalized romances from ustarnovels.com. You can tickle your giftee's funny bone with a paranormal, romantic suspense or classic lovestory, starring your loved one. Or, inspire your reader to write their own tale of passion — or simply enjoy a lovely bound book — with this refillable handmade leather diary cover.
Gifts For The Romantic Soul’s Home
Perhaps your loved one wants to show off just how much they adore romance? You can help them decorate the house in a variety of ways this season. Some of our favorite options include this handmade “upcycled” vintage book wreath and this end table decorated with a collage of romance covers. And we can't get enough of these sweet Soy Wax Teacup Candles from Squink Studio. For getting lovey-dovey in the kitchen, a heart-shaped waffle iron means your loved one is sure to start their morning off right. And by using these Norpro Nonstick Heart Pancake/Egg Rings and stainless steel measuring spoons no matter what your giftee is whipping up in the kitchen, they'll remember they've already captured your heart. And this clever 4-piece set of Zak Designs Amore Nested Heart Shaped Serving Bowls are the perfect way to put love on display if they are entertaining company!
Gifts To Pamper The Body
You can always opt to delight the hard-working romance lover with an afternoon at the spa, or selection of at-home spa goodies that will make someone smile all year long. If you’re crafting your own basket we suggest you stock it with some of these popular luxe items like Solay Detoxifying Himalayan Salt Body Scrub with Sea Kelp, Crabtree & Evelyn’s Alov Vera Shampoo with Desert Botanicals, Alterna White Truffle Luxury Conditioner and Bliss Lemon+Sage Body Butter. Or for a ready-made spa-style gift — perhaps for a romantic suspense fan, we suggest Bath & Body Works Splish Splash Gift Set in their Into the Wild fragrance. (We also love relaxing with the Conair foot bath with bubbles and heat after a long day.)
Gifts To Nourish The Soul
If you want to keep your giftee entertained, our top picks for music is Adele’s 21, her sophomore album will break your heart and then put it back together again. And when it comes to movies gifting a copy of Love Actually will make you a winner in any home. RT’s Morgan says, “It’s the most romantic movie of all time, seriously, like a dozen couples in this one film all get their happily ever afters!” You can also opt to stay classic with your movie-gifting, and we love the TMC Greatest Classic Films Collection: Romantic Comedies. This four-pack includes Adam's Rib, Woman of the Year, Philadelphia Story and Bringing Up Baby (which is the absolute favorite film of RT's Whitney). Or for the more artsy gift recipient, we suggest you gift them with this beautiful and one-of-a-kind custom handmade lovebirds print — and don't forget to pick up a frame for the piece!
Gifts To Recreate The Past
If your romance fan loves to get lost in the past, surprise them with this authentic-looking corset and these tasteful lace fingerless gloves. Or, for the serious historical fan, you can go all-out and splurge on this custom late-18th century gown, which can be made to fit your giftee's size and color preference. And what better way to top off an extravagant costume than with these eloquent opera glasses, the perfect accessory for any theater-going historical romance reader? And if dressing in historical costumes isn't your giftee's cup of tea, we suggest this collection of vintage love letters, which we think would make excellent place cards.
Gifts That Glitter And Gleam
If nothing says “I love you” like a diamond, then this Tiffany Bezet yellow diamond ring in platinum and gold screams your feelings. But if you don’t have $30,000 to spend on a holiday present (and I’m guessing that most of us do not) then here is a version of the ring in citrine for only $34. Some other picks for affordable jewelry that will wow the romantic heart include this Rose ring made out of sterling silver, the “How Time Flies” heart necklace or Brighton’s Sterling Lace Bangle or the matching necklace or earrings, which all have Swarovski crystal accents.
Gifts That Make Memories
There are some classic memory-making gifts, such as getaway at a B&B, taking a couple’s cruise (or a single’s cruise, if that’s your giftee’s situation) or booking a special vacation. But, if you want to keep your romance a little bit closer to home and lower on the price range, that certainly doesn’t mean you are out of options. From paintball ranges to F-1 racing and seasonal skating rinks, there are tons of fun opportunities right in your back yard; it just takes getting a little bit creative. (And if you’re still stuck on what to do, we suggest you head to Smartbox.com for one of their low-cost high-fun pre-planned adventures!)
Have a great gift idea for romance fans? Let us know in the comments below! And for more genre news and coverage, check out our Everything Romance Page. You can also see which items made our Gift Guide for Erotica Fans, Gift Guide for Mystery Readers and our Gift Guide for Science Fiction And Fantasy Enthusiasts, and Gift Guide For Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Lovers.