Readers can be tricky creatures to please when it comes to holiday shopping. Sure, you know that they like books, but it can be almost impossible to stay ahead of an avid book worm's Goodreads list, and there’s no way to surprise them with a book they haven’t read without first asking. And this isn’t even getting into where your reader falls on the printed book versus Ebook continuum. But don’t worry: there are plenty of gifts for book lovers that don’t just default to gift cards.
Not that there’s anything wrong with gift cards. But if you’d like to present your reader with a more personal gift sure to help their literary habit, there are definitely a lot of great choices. Even the humble bookmark comes in some pretty cool formats these days.
Whether your buddy prefers a good mystery or burns through romance novels like nobody’s business, there is a handy gift suited to her particular tastes. Literary teas, a heroine-worthy scarf, and a candle that smells like old books are just a few of the choices. Reading time just got a whole lot more fabulous for your lucky gift recipient.
1Hybsk Classical Delicacy Feather Metal Bookmarks
Bookmarks don't have to be sentimental or cheesy. These Hybsk feather metal bookmarks ($5) are pretty badass, fit for any reader. Thin enough to prevent damage to books, these pretty pieces will help your reader avoid the dreaded dog-eared pages.
2Reading Journal: For Book Lovers
To help your favorite bibliophile keep up with her favorite reads, this reading journal ($7) is the perfect present. Readers can record information about their latest literary obsessions, including ratings, notes, and even start and end dates for each book.
3Knock Knock Personal Library Kit
Lost books? Not with the Knock Knock personal library kit ($14), which makes sure the books you loan out get back home. Old-school checkout cards and a date stamp are included, too.
4The Book Lover's Page-A-Day Calendar 2016
The Book Lover's Page-A-Day Calendar ($11) offers your reader daily recommendations, famous quotes, and fun literary trivia. It's a little great way to ensure they have a little literary inspiration daily.
5Old Books Candle
Is anything better than the scent of well-aged books? This old books candle ($16) recreates that dusty, delicious scent. It's the perfect candle for a rainy night spent reading. Pair it with a copy of Fahrenheit 451 if you're feeling sassy.
6Mighty Bright XtraFlex2 Book Light
The Mighty Bright book light ($14) is a great gift for readers who keep the story going late into the night. With LEDs that last 100,000 hours, your bookish buddy will have light for more than a few stories.
In my experience, there's a high correlation between book lovers and tea drinkers. Reading and hot tea just go together perfectly. If this sounds like your friend, Novel Teas ($15) is a bag of 25 individual tea bags with literary quotes. Your buddy can enjoy a little literary insight with the perfect cuppa.
8'Doodling For Bookworms'
Doodling for Bookworms ($13) by Gemma Correll offers fun prompts and drawing exercises all based on literary classics. Who knows? Your gift recipient might just be the next big illustrator.
9'The Book Club Cookbook'
The Book Club Cookbook ($15) offers recipes based on foods mentioned in famous novels, from Life of Pi to Jane Eyre. With recipes like caramel cake and walnut tea sandwiches, you reader is sure to find a new favorite dish — and maybe a new read!
10. Dick: A Card Game Based on the Novel by Herman Melville
Dick: A Card Game Based on the Novel by Herman Melville ($20) is just that — a card game based on Moby Dick. Your buddy can gather up a few like-minded friends, serve some drinks, and let the games begin.