Gifts for book lovers: Daunt Books subscription

Gone are the days when giving gift vouchers or money as presents meant, ‘I didn’t know what to get you so I’m giving you a cash gift instead’. I actually love presents like these. It means I get to experience the buzz of going into a shop, walking around, spotting that must-have item, trying it on and dancing with excitement at the till as I pay (not with my money) for the item(s). Don’t you just love it? I know I do.

Well, what about if you know someone’s a bookworm and you know they’d light up if you got them a book, wrapped it up (yes, you must wrap the book!) and gave it to them as a gift? I’m telling you now, you’re a winner in their eyes. Better yet, what if you could treat that person to a book a month for a year? Well you can as Daunt Books offer this very service.

The recipient will receive this card first and the book (in the wrapping paper) will come later. Sorry, the coffee's not included :-)
The recipient will receive this card first and the book, gorgeously wrapped underneath, will come later. (Sorry, the coffee’s not included!)

I celebrated my birthday a few weeks ago and was completely shocked by this gift. It’s more than I could’ve asked for. It’s the type of gift that won’t be forgotten about or hidden amongst those impulse buys that are ‘so not you’. You can’t go wrong with it, and you’ll keep the recipient (or yourself) happy for an entire year.

How it works:

You buy the subscription, give the bookseller the person’s name and address, and they’ll post the card with all the information on it to the recipient. Once they’ve opened it, they should get in contact with the bookseller whose name is on the card. The bookseller will ask you a few questions such as what type of books you like reading; what type of books you want to receive; if you have a favourite author or genre; do you want to try something new? The possibilities are endless.

I called Daunt Books and spoke to Chris about my book preferences – apparently he’s the Daunt subscription favourite as he gets the book recommendations so right. I filled him in about my blog and my interest in the genre, the type of books I’ve read and the authors I’ve heard great things about. Chris quickly got the picture and asked me if I wanted fiction or non-fiction, or if I’ve ever read French crime. He then told me to sit tight and the first book would be with me in a few days.

‘What if I don’t like the book you send me?’ I asked, embarrassed in case I offended him. He laughed and reassured me that it’s not a problem; all I had to do was put the book back in the envelope, cross out my address and send it back free of charge. Or I could walk into any Daunt Books store and they’ll exchange it for something that’s more my style – it’s completely flexible.

Now, I love being surprised so I said it’s completely fine to choose books for me after I gave my suggestions. I said I wanted to broaden my horizons as I’m swamped with psychological thrillers. And whilst they’re my favourite, I still need to read different types of crime fiction.

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
1 of 12 books for me. To say I’m happy is an understatement.

My first book arrived two days after our phone conversation. I danced when I opened the emerald green parcel and saw The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. I’d been meaning to buy that book since it came out but never got round to it. So the first book has pretty much made me fall in love with Daunt to the point that I found myself up there this weekend just to experience the rush and new book smell you get when you enter a bookshop. After perusing the store, taking pictures and gushing to the bookseller about my first book, I left beaming.

Inside Daunt Books Marylebone
How gorgeous is the inside of Daunt Books? It took my breath away. There’s a seating area and the odd chair dotted around the place.

So if you’re looking for the perfect gift for that book-obsessed person in your life, or you simply want to treat yourself to something different, a book subscription could be a great option. They start from £148 (£135 for children’s books). You honestly can’t go wrong with this. Need more information? Check out Daunt Books subscription.

Look out for my review on The Kind Worth Killing in a few weeks.


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