Over the years, I’ve spoken a little about the book boxes I’ve received, the bookish candle companies I like, and that feeling of having too much book swag. In all that chatter, I don’t think I’ve ever outlined the companies I really do like and who I seek when I am looking for bookish merchandise. Today, I wanted to take a little time to talk about some companies whose products I universally appreciate.
For the purposes of this list, I am not including book box sellers like OwlCrate or Fairyloot, both of which I recommend, but I think book boxes are a monster all their own.
These are all sellers I genuinely love – I am not affiliated with any of these folks. I just wanted to share the sites and products in case anyone is looks for a good gift for a book lover that isn’t a book! <3
Nerdy Ink is primarily an illustration company, with some gorgeous typography prints. I first discovered them through Nerdy Post, which was a themed subscription box with a bunch of bookish or nerd-inspired merch. Unfortunately, this box no longer exists, but you can still get some of the old box items on their redesigned site.
Nerdy Ink doesn’t stick exclusively to books – there’s also content on the site for lovers of other fandoms, including the Marvel Universe (Multiverse?). You’ve probably seen their work on bookstagram – their Harry Potter and Throne of Glass dust jackets are very popular.
Dreamy & Co.
My appreciation of Dreamy & Co. started accidentally. That is… I purchased multiple items on their Etsy site before realizing they had their own independent site. As if that wasn’t enough, Dreamy & Co. are the same folks behind the Flick the Wick candle company. I’ve already reviewed their candles (they’re one of my favorites) so it should come as no surprise that I like their other branch as well.
Like Nerdy Ink, Dreamy & Co. has some gorgeous art and print designs, with an special focus on typography prints and bookmarks. They also have a monthly subscription box (Dreamy Box) that tends to sell out pretty quickly.
Storiarts is probably the first bookish merch seller I frequented, having found them from Facebook years ago when a friend posted her subdued yet gorgeous Pride and Prejudice book scarf. Storiarts predominantly does wearables and cloth products with the same sort of simplistic and yet classic design – the pages from a book.
Because they are a little pricey, I don’t have a whole lot from this seller, but I appreciate what they do and the items I have (an Anne of Greene Gables scarf and Alice in Wonderland fingerless gloves) are really good quality. I honestly use the fingerless gloves from October through April – my hands get so cold typing at work! They keep me warm, but are light and mobile and I really like them. They sell the types of things that I would get as a gift not only for book lovers, but other friends as well.
My first Book Beau came from an OwlCrate box, and I was absolutely blown away that I hadn’t seen or heard of products like this before. A protective book sleeve?! I cannot tell you how many books I had destroyed in backpacks and purses. While Book Beau is not the only company that makes these, they do seem to be the authority. I have many of these in different sizes, each with a different pattern. I love that they added zippers (many of my older ones don’t have this feature. Their fabrics and patterns change all the time – in fact, none of the patterns I have are currently available!
What I love even more about Book Beau is their other product, which I think is less often discussed. I love, love, love their Reading Beans. I have two – a black plaid one from their original release that goes with me when I travel, and this lavender one that I use every. single. day. and leans against my bed so I can comfortably read in bed before I go to sleep. I cannot accurately express how much I love this product – the Beans have saved me from many neck and back aches.
Alchemy + Ink
If I had to pick one bookish candle seller to highlight – just one – I need to pick Alchemy + Ink. This company only restocks quarterly(ish?), and their candles are difficult to get. I can see why – from the fragrance to the design to the melt of the candle, they have it all perfected. As I type this, I’m burning a Morozko wood wick candle that I was lucky enough to snag a couple years ago, and my office smells like a pine forest. I love it. They now have a monthly subscription, but there’s a waiting list (like I said – these candles are highly desired in the community!).
Alchemy + Ink has expanded to offer home goods, including tote bags, mugs, and more. These are in stock and the designs are great. Still, their best-of-the-best are their candles, and I highly recommend following them on social media if you’re a candle person so you can keep an eye out for restock notices – those candles sell fast.
Out of Print
If you want something that looks a little more vintage than Storiarts but is still amazingly bookish, Out of Print is wonderful. My love affair with this seller started with a hoodie I purchased early in 2020 which is the perfect weight and softness, I love it so much. Actually, it was the last in-person purchase I made before COVID shutdowns, so that hoodie will always be a bit notorious….
In the meantime, though, I have added to my t-shirt collection extensively from Out of Print. I really like the relaxed fit ladies tees – they fit well, and are a good quality, but they’re also really light and breathable. Out of all the ones I own, this is my favorite.
Out of Print is the only vendor on this list I’ve personally seen sold in brick and mortar retail stores. Newbury Comics carries their products in some of their locations, so definitely worth taking a look at their stock!
Ink and Wonder
Last but not least is the only non-US based company on this list (I know, I’m sorry! This hasn’t been very internationally friendly). Ink and Wonder Designs is based out of Australia. While I don’t order from them frequently (due to international shipping), I like their designs enough that even though they’re on the other side of the world from me, I check in on the store from time to time. Ink and Wonder’s claim to fame are their high quality, beautifully illustrated woodmarks, but they offer other products as well such as enamel pins, keychains, and stickers. To get a good idea of their design style and offerings, you can check out my 2019 unboxing of their WonderCrate.
Like so many small businesses, Ink and Wonder has been on hiatus during the pandemic, so at the time of this post, they may still be away. Regardless, I really recommend bookmarking the site and checking back in so you can browse their colorful, joyful designs at a later date!
And there you have it! Seven of my favorite bookish merch sellers and suppliers. I tried to curate a list with a variety of products, but of course, this is not an exhaustive list! I could write an entire post on just the bookish candle vendors I’ve tried, and book boxes as well are in a league of their own. However, this collection should provide some tried-and-true vendors with a variety of items, consistently good quality, and a good selection of fandoms.
If you’re looking to do a little online shopping at one of these vendors, I hope you discover something you love.
Which bookish vendors do you love that I missed? Have you shopped at any of the ones I’ve recommended here? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments!