BR’s Christmas Shopping List: Books

Oana Vasiliu 08/12/2020 | 14:20

With some cities in lockdown and a pandemic crisis in place, with the number of cases increasing every day, Christmas Shopping List will be a bit of a challenge for everyone. Up until now, small gatherings are still permitted, so maybe you should plan this vacation for family only. But Santa will find everyone, so Business Review made a list of shopping ideas for the loved ones.


This year’s list will focus entirely to Romanian entrepreneurs and Romanian businesses in order to sustain small businesses. Buying locally also helps keep money circulating in the community, while the local economic return from independent businesses is on average 48% of revenue from independent businesses. Chain retailers, by contrast, recirculate only 13.6% of their revenues in the communities where they do business. When you factor in buying local products at a local independent store, that percentage is even higher.

BR’s Christmas Shopping List: Books in Romanian language

For contemporary and pretty wow stories you should check Black Button Books, classy yet sassy stories from Baroque Books, personal development and a series of impressive biographies from Publica, artsy stuff from Vellant and gastronomy history and more from Gastro Art.

Of course, you should check out the offers from Nemira, Humanitas, Polirom, Curtea Veche Publishing, Litera and Editura Trei, who have an impressive selection of books of each and every genre, even for the most pretentious book readers.  Most of the publishing houses are already offering Christmas discounts, so it’s a win-win situation.

BR’s Christmas Shopping List: Books in English & other languages

By now, you have probably discovered one of the discounted English bookshop in town: Antic ExLibris. Most of the books can be ordered online, but a lot of good reads are available in their stores, too. Bonus, they have a lot of craft stuff for Christmas.

Have a look also on Dispozitiv Books – they have artsy books in English as well as a generous selection of international magazines such as Wallpaper, Monocle, Cereal and more.

For French books, check Kyralina – both website and bookshop – hidden French treasures can be found here. Moreover, for German speakers, two online stores are available: Mein Buch and Wunder Buch.

BR’s Christmas Shopping List: Bookshops to check out for presents

Probably the best option is to have a look in one of the wonderful Carturesti Bookshops – whether is Carturesti Carusel – the most beautiful bookshop in Romania or the one from Arthur Verona Street. It’s free of charge the wrapping, so enjoy shopping.

Try also Librariile Humanitas and Diverta for Christmas bookish goodies, as well as Librarium and Seneca AntiCafe.

Books as gifts: how to still create meaningful surprises for the loved ones

Asked by Business Review for some literally gifts recommendations, Alexandra Florescu, PR&Brand Manager of Nemira noted that “I believe in the past year of confinement and solitude our personal space, either real or virtual, has become more important than ever. And our personal space means to harness whatever feelings and imagination we can from the little things, not from travelling, not from concerts, not from bg gatherings of friends. So we turned to the playlists we never got to listen to entirely, we got back to the movies we never found time for and most of all we found time for the books on our TBR shelves.”

Moreover, reading has increased this year all reports say. “Because books are the simplest way to travel, to „meet” new people, to engage in stories that transport us from the armchair to different worlds and places. So this Christmas indulge in books, indulge in travels through the mind. Give your friends this precious gift for the imagination, show them that you care by inviting them on original and exciting journeys between the covers of a book you chose especially for them. Maybe call them to the Midnight Library, by Matt Haig – an endless row of books that show different versions of the lives that could have been – or to the splendid home of Piranesi, by Suzanna Clarke, where a mysterious ocean lies beneath the floor. Maybe give children new friens to play with, like Pete the cat or Lama Lama”, added Alexandra.

Business Review will continue Christmas shopping list every day until almost Christmas. Please buy responsible and try to offer something for those in need. This Christmas is going to be even more special. If you know a business that can be featured in one of our lists, please contact us. Read all our Christmas Shopping Lists here.

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