The Perfect Lockdown Gift: Book Retreat Review

I think I speak for us all when I say: 2020 has sucked and most of us will be glad to see the end of it. But there have been some wonderful moments, times that have brought us closer together and reminded us of the goodness in humanity. One of these little redeeming moments happened to me this week when my parcel from Book Retreat arrived. Book Retreat are a small business I discovered on Instagram who offer a range of one-off gifts, treats for yourself and monthly subscription boxes. Now that we’re all stuck indoors, what could be better than building a little book nook for yourself at home?

The first thing that struck me about Book Retreat is the impressive range they offer. You’re really spoiled for choice. They do Christmas boxes, book boxes for children, and mystery boxes if you’re wanting a blind date with a book. They also do university boxes which I think would make an adorable care package, particularly during these uncertain times. It’s so important to let your loved ones know they are thought of right now.

Eventually, I decided on the Christmas Carol Christmas Eve box. I know it’s still a bit early, but I have Christmas songs stuck in my head from September onwards; I just love this time of year. I also realised I’d only read A Christmas Carol on Kindle and knew it was high time I owned a hard copy. It’s a gorgeous story which I try to read every year to get in the festive mood.

My week had been a bit rubbish with work, a national lockdown and naff weather all getting to me at once, so I was really excited for my Book Retreat order to arrive. When it did, I wasn’t disappointed. The box was beautifully wrapped with silver paper and topped with a red bow, and the book inside was wrapped with paper and string too. I’ve had book subscription boxes in the past and not been very impressed with how much I got for my money, but Book Retreat boxes are jam-packed with goodies ideal for a cosy night in.

Inside the box was a sandalwood scented candle, perfect for setting the scene to curl up with a good book. There were lots of tasty treats including cookies, a chocolate bar, hot chocolate and a cute mug for it to go in. Lastly, a bookmark, a facemask and a polka dot scrunchie to top off the best lazy weekend ever.

But what I’m most happy with is the book itself, which is one of Penguin’s stunning leatherbound classics. I always find myself ogling at these editions whenever I see them in the shop with their charming covers and delicate text. The copy of A Christmas Carol has a pretty snowflake pattern on the front and fantastic illustrations inside. Alongside the titular story, it comprises of seven other Christmas stories and an introduction from Professor Michael Slater, the expert on all things Dickens. I’m so excited to read all these festive tales in the build up to Christmas.

If you’re feeling a bit stuck doing your Christmas shopping this year, you should definitely check out Book Retreat. Their boxes make a really thoughtful gift and might just be the perfect thing for a Christmas spent at home. Or if you’re just looking to treat yourself, a Book Retreat weekend is a great way to de-stress and unwind. And right now, looking after our own mental health is more important than ever.

You can browse Book Retreat’s awesome range here.

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