Approved Holiday Gifts From Jen in the Bookstore

Approved Holiday Gifts From Jen in the Bookstore

Personal gift recommendations from a starstruck bookseller.

The Best New Books for Baby Showers, That Aren't GOODNIGHT MOON or PAT THE BUNNY

The Best New Books for Baby Showers, That Aren't GOODNIGHT MOON or PAT THE BUNNY

Don't repeat gifts! Find the best board books to give to new moms or babies here. This post will go over the best new board books to gift that aren't Goodnight Moon or Pat the Bunny.

This Week's Purchases


I imagine working in any bookstore, is a struggle. However, working at Vroman's, is incredibly difficult. The buyers (book and merch), do too good of a job at keeping me broke!  Everyday, I see new things that I want to buy. I come up with "justified" reasons why I need certain items and then they sit on my desk for about a week. If the items I pick stay on my desk for the whole week, I buy them. If I end up putting them back, I obviously don't. 

These are the things that have collected upon my desk this week. Some I have already purchased. Others will be bought tomorrow when we get paid. 😂😇

First up:

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

-This was one of my favorite books that I read last year. When I found it IN THE SALE BOOK SECTION, I knew I needed to buy it for someone. 

I don't know who yet...but it will make a great gift for a friend or family member in the future. 

Next, we have: Don't, by Litsa Trochatos

Lilly's Chocolate Heart by MY FAVORITE CHILDREN'S AUTHOR IN THE WORLD, Mr. Kevin Henkes

Why are these on my desk? Let me tell you-

Both are going to be gifts for my friend's baby. When Don't first came out, I was immediately drawn to it. It is a super funny board book, about what NOT to do...ex. play hide and seek with a chameleon.  

Lilly's Chocolate Heart on the other hand, is not only by my favorite kid's author, but is a super SWEET (get it 😏) board book about treasuring something you love-with a quirky ending. 

Next, is a brand new Grumpy Cat graphic novel! 

Grumpy Cat (AndPokey!) is an adorably blunt, early graphic novel, for younger readers. I adore Grumpy Cat and love that his franchise is expanding. I feel like he IS MY SOUL.

Imaginary Fred, is another sale book find! It is smaller than the regular picture book, probably around 5×7 and has a white cover! I think this purchase really had no rhyme or reason to it, other than I am a BOOK COLLECTOR (not a hoarder). 😂

Finally, the next four books and items were purchases for my little cousins. I was going to see them for dinner and wanted to bring them some new goodies! The selection included:

-The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation by Shannon & Dean Hale

This is the 4th book in the series. I had been getting my little cousins one, pretty much everytime I saw them, since they've been coming out. This book actually caused a meltdown when I gave it to them, because they didn't want to share. If that isn't incentive to buy this series, I don't know what is! 

-Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

This is another early graphic novel that is also incredibly hillarious. I love the back and forth banter or the characters so much!

-Meri Meri hair clips

I feel like the clips speak for themselves. How could I possibly pass them up! 

I know I am not the only one with compulsive book buying issues! Comment below on books that you've bought this week! 

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New Merchandise That I AM IN LOVE WITH


I'm so sorry for not posting for so long! I have been spending a lot of time with my family, and have even gone on a few trips! The good thing about not being able to post, is that now, I have so much to show you all! I have beem walking around the store for the past few days and have noticed some AMAZING merchandise that is worth of mention.  Up first?

This super cute unicorn mug! It includes a stirring spoon and made me burst out loud in delight, when I saw it. A customer, a row away, agreed that I needed it ASAP. (17.99)

Next, we have this adorable pineapple pouch! A must, for any loose change! Speaking of loose can use it to buy this pouch...and then hold your receipt?? Sorry for the bad jokes! 😂 (16.99)

We also have these adorable patches that just came in, by Meri Meri. Doesn't the neon glow of them, just make you happy inside?? (8.99 each)

For you caffeine addicts, I found the perfect mug for your morning cup! (14.95)

Any Friends fans out there? Here is the perfect print for you. (23.99)

Anyone you can't stand to be without? This would be a perfect gift. (12.95)

If you are like me, you have a ton of photos. This organizer can keep your photos neat amd displayed! (28.99)

The Kid's Department just got these Pocket Games & Coloring sheets that are perfect for travel! (10.99)

The same company came out with these super cute Pocket Maps! (10.99)

Not enough Pineapple in your life? Try this Pineapple Squishable!!! (You better believe that I will be taking one home soon) (48.99)

I actually just bought one of these in turquoise! The brand is called Corkcicle and keep cold liquids cold and hot liquids hot for an extended period of time. (Prices vary)

As I mentioned, I've been traveling A LOT. This pizza luggage tag would be the perfect traveling partner! (8.99)

I am obsessed with this next item. Who can say no to this metallic cactus planner! It is multipurpose, with lined pages, but also dates at the top that can be filled in for a DIY bullet journal, or anything else of your choosing! The beautiful bookseller, Leticia (Mama Swag) is your hand model for this one. (Sorry guys, I forgot to get a price for this one!)

There's even note cards to match! (hand model, Natalie/ notecards, 13.99) 

I loved these, because they reminded me so much of a scene from the movie, Mean Girls. Natalie, is once again being an amazing model for these super endearing notecards. (12.00)

Natalie is holding new Alice in Wonderland prints by Rifle Paper! I was so excited when the book came out (with the Rifle Paper cover) and was equally excited to see these prints on display in our Pen and Stationary Dept. (27.99)

One of the last things I want to show you guys is this mini pinata! Isn't it adorable?? It is sure to enhance any co-worker's office birthday party. (19.99) 

This mug is sure to bring a smile to your work day...especially when you are struggling. Plus, it's multi-sided! Sorry the second picture is a bit blurry. (hand model, Hannah) (17.95)

And finally, this amazing catcher's oven mit! (12.99)

I hope you guys loved these merch items as much as I did! Come by the store and see them in person!



My Top Ten Bookstore Gifts For Loved Ones


Hi! This post is filled with books and items that I am actually getting for my friends and family! See below for links to buy from Vroman's, prices of gift items or links to the author's Twitter accounts:

1. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

  • This was amazing. I have been a fan of Lauren's for so long and was so excited to get a copy in my hands. I also ended up listening to the audio, which was brilliant. The book is funny, informational, and charming. You feel like you really get to know Lauren, what it was like to be a part of Gilmore Girls & Parenthood, and how she views acting.

2. The Mothers by Brit Bennett

3. Bards Dispense Profanity, $22.99 & Dick, $22.99

  • These I just think are hilarious. They are similar in game play to Cards Against Humanity, but with a Shakespeare and Melville theme.

4. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

5. Pusheenicorn, $29.95

6. The Forest Feast Gatherings  by Erin Gleeson

  • I was actually working in the receiving department when I discovered this beautiful book. I was captivated by the watercolor pictures, as well as the delectable recipes! I am not a vegetarian, but would eat every recipe in this book in a second. I ended up buying it for my cousin and aunt who were out of ideas for vegetarian recipes! They loved it!

7. Tombow Brush Pens, Blending Kit etc. ($3.99-$27.99)

8. Snoozies, $14.99

9. Good Clean Fun by Nick Offerman

  • You can't say anything bad about Nick Offerman. My little brother is obsessed with him and has every one of his books. This is going to be his Christmas present (shhh!).

10. Bring Your Own Book, $17.99

  • This is another cool came for any book lover in your life. Basically, you bring your own book and submit lines from your selection into the game when asked. The judge in each round picks a winner, based on what is the most funny or the best fit, for the category.


Model Credit: Ashley R.