Jolabokaflod

It’s no secret we love books at Ideal and for our holiday window this year, we are honoring the Icelandic tradition of Jolabokaflod, or the “Christmas Book Flood.” A little background:

In Iceland, friends and family traditionally give books to each other on Christmas Eve, then spend the evening reading and sipping hot chocolate. This cozy custom began during WWII when strict currency restrictions limited what could be imported. Paper products were less expensive and more available, so books emerged as a favorite gift.

Since 1944, the Jolabokaflod has continued each year, beginning with the autumn release of Bokatidini, a catalog of newly published books that’s distributed to every Icelandic home. People use this guide when deciding which books to give as holiday gifts. It’s true that the majority of books in Iceland are sold between September and December in preparation for holiday giving.

Some favorite holiday titles are in the window for our own Jolabokaflod, but remember we have many more books for readers of all ages so stop in and take a peek.

Give a book, get a book, and cozy up to read!

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Stocking Stuffers for Grown-Ups

Here are some of our favorite small gifts for grownups that fit well in stockings and will be enjoyed long after the wrapping paper is cleared.

Chill these soapstone cubes in the freezer and they are ready to cool your next dram. Clever package design slips right over the neck of a bottle of whisky. Made in the USA.

You Rock Whisky Stones Set – $8

Colorful charms to keep everyone’s glass straight. This clever package is designed to slip over the neck of a wine bottle, turning into an instant gift.

Charming Wine Charms – $8

The Kumo Cup is inspired by Japanese pottery, each cup being slightly different from the next. Kumo means “cloud” in Japanese and like their namesake these cups are all one-of-a-kind. Made in the USA.

Kumo Cup – $14

Lovely holding a tea light candle or all on their own, these votives look beautiful on the table or mantel. They also work well to hold small snacks like nuts or candy. Available in six colors.

Kosta Boda Votive – $12

A cleaning brush that’s comfortable in your hand, made from natural materials.

Danish Washing-up Brush – $14.50

The charcoal blended into each bristle of this toothbrush prevents bad breath, deodorizes and removes plaque. Made in Japan.

Binchotan Toothbrush – $7

Features the classic Varvunraita (Twig Stripe) print by Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi. Dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe. Also available in black or red dot pattern.

Marimekko Ceramic Spoon – $14

The comfort of a wooden pencil with the precision of a mechanical one. Refill with any 5mm lead. Made in Japan.

Delfonics Wooden Mechanical Pencil – $10

Be prepared, whether barefoot at the lake, hiking in the hills, working on your garden, or puttering in the garage. Made in the USA.

Uncle Bill’s Sliver Gripper Tweezer – $7

The conical shape allows it to fit in most any bottle, transforming it into a light. Features a rechargeable LED bulb and simply twist the bottom to turn on and off.

Rechargeable Bottle Light – $16