Christmas is literally (!) around the corner and for the unprepared and uninformed, a bookstore has popped up in PJ and we found many, many buys that would make amazing gifts. Lit Books is your new neighbourhood bookstore, book cafe, source for novelty items, and more.
But, to keep things simple, here’s our list of Christmas gifts under RM50 you can quickly pick up and go (seriously, we challenge you to pick up and go while suppressing the urge to empty your wallet on the spot).
Christmas Gift #1: Le Petit Prince Goodness (RM4.50)
Fans of the French novella can now take and leave notes in adorable Le Petit Prince style. To quote Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: “All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.”
Christmas Gift #2: Super Special Stationery (RM5.50)
No, we’re not kidding. Gift stationery enthusiasts an ergonomic wood-cased highligher pencil by Staedtler or – calm yo tits – a Jumbo Triangular 4-colour pencil by Marco. Now, everyone can write in rainbow! Bonus: the pencils are made with wood from sustainably managed forests.
Christmas Gift #3: Bookmarks that make you go SQUEE! (RM25.90)
Animal and book lovers can agree on this – reading just got a whole lot cuter. Slide a bookjigs by Franklin Mill onto the cover of your book and it becomes part of every book you read. Why? Because regular bookmarks are just too mainstream.
Christmas Gift #4: Little Miss…for Grownups (RM33.90)
Yup, you read that right. Little Miss (and Mr. Men) is available for us older humans. Get your single friend to follow Little Miss Shy and her online dating escapades or gift the story of Little Miss Busy in the world of parenthood to a new mum.
Christmas Gift #5: Quirky Notebooks (RM38.00)
Multitask by taking notes while showing off that you have literary chops with these quotable notebooks. Bonus: more quotes are also printed on each page!
Christmas Gift #6: Ladybird on Adulting (RM43.95)
The iconic Ladybird series has also arrived at adulthood! Here’s our favourite excerpt from “The Ladybird Book of The Ex”:
This is Tina with the man she used to call her husband.
Tina now calls this man “that man”.
She also calls him “the most expensive mistake of my life” and other, much ruder things.
This man is Tina’s ex.
Christmas Gift #7: Little People, Big Dreams (RM44.50)
Easy reading for adults and suitable for kids, gift any book from this series to yourself, friends, or mums with kids. From the painfully stylish Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn to career women like Marie Curie and Amelia Earhart, be regaled by beautiful illustrations while discovering the lives of outstanding people who have achieved incredible things.
Christmas Gift #8: Out of Print Pouches (RM49.90)
Now, here’s a gift that can go multiple ways. These literary pouches from Out of Print works as a clutch, makeup bag, toiletry bag, and the list goes on. Have your pick from any of your favourite classic reads!
Christmas Gift #9: Pan 70th Anniversary Paperbacks (RM49.90)
Classic literature has gone hipster with these cover art designs. Thick or thin, these babies go for RM49.90 a pop and will be sure to brighten up every room – you don’t even have to actually read it *wink* If you’re feeling a wee bit generous, get in on the deals for 3 books and above. Selections range from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to Jaws and Gone with the Wind.
Christmas Gift #10: Books that Made it to the Movies (RM36.90 to RM49.95)
Take your pick from oldies but goodies in The Martian and The Big Short to coming soons like A Wrinkle in Time (starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling) and the upcoming Amazon adaptation of Good Omens (starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant), all for under RM50.
Bonus: Get the Wonder pack containing the book, tote, and pouch for RM150!
Happy shopping and Merry Christmas!
Lit Books is open Tuesdays to Sundays, 11:00am to 9:00pm.
P-01-11 Tropicana Avenue,
12, Persiaran Tropicana,
Tropicana Golf & Country Resort,
47410 Petaling Jaya,
Tel: 03-7886 6988.
Bonus: Parking is free for now!
Lit Books only accepts cash at the time of writing.