Who doesn’t love getting organised, and when it comes to buying someone an extra special gift, it’s best to get ahead of the game to avoid gift buying last minute. With the holiday season fast approaching, here are just some ideas and suggestions for bookish gift ideas for book lovers. Or, a list of things you can begin compiling to ask for yourself if you, yourself, are a book lover.
Below are some ideas to get you started, whether for your own wish list or a present for a special book lover.
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A wonderful gift for any book lover to help record and track the books read. Most even come with a place to record the books on the TBR list. This gift is perfect as it helps to avoid repeat buying or working out what to read next and as someone who has just discovered she’s bought two of the same books, this isn’t a bad present for me to buy myself.
Candles are a perfect gift for winter, and book lovers adore candles. To make it even better, you can buy a bookish inspired candle for the book lover in your life. If you know their favourite book, you may be able to find a candle where inspiration has been taken from the characters, book or even the world. I’ve come across Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Six of Crows and many more all on Etsy.
Whether you yourself love books or you know someone who does, lending people books is second nature to a book lover. Stamping a personalised ‘this belongs to’ not only is a nice touch for those who love books but also useful for when books are lent out. I happen to love the one from StampByMeStudio, which I got a little while ago and use all the time.
[Img Desc: Photo shows stamp by StampByMeStudio on top of the title page of Red, White & Royal Blue with the stamp ‘From the Library of Pages of the Moone’ at the bottom]
T-Shirts or Jumpers
If you’re unsure what to gift a book lover you should consider gifting a special bookish t-shirt, sweatshirt or jumper. What makes these special is you can get one with a witty book quote and a famous quote from a favourite book. Or you can even get a completely customised gift unique to your friend or loved one. With their favourite saying or book cover on their t-shirt.
You may assume readers have plenty of bookmarks, but as a fellow book lover, you can never have enough. To make it extra personal many bookmarks are able to be customised from Etsy or other similar shops. Searching online, you can get them with initials, book quotes and even their favourite characters on it. It’s a sure way to get a smile on the face of the giftee.
With such a range of book boxes on offer, it’s important to work out what genres your giftee reads. Ones such as Illumicrate and Books That Matter are great as they work around a particular genre. However, if your giftee prefers a bit of mystery, consider a book box date such as The Bee Box. Found on Etsy, a mystery book date is simple, personal and fun. All you have to do is pick the book genre and Bee does the rest. Not only does the recipient receives a box with a book, but goodies too. And, BeeBooksMCR now also does a children’s mystery box, perfect for little readers.
[Img Desc: Mystery Book Box by The Bee Box with a book, face mask, notebook, sweets, tea and pen in tissue paper]
Another practical and fun gift is a canvas tote bag. These bags are great because they can be folded up to fit in gloveboxes, handbags and even coat pockets. They’re especially useful for book lovers as they’re sturdy and dependable when shopping. Especially with hardbacks. You can purchase some with book covers on, fun book quotes and can even get some personalised. Another bonus, you can never have enough totes, especially when it comes to shopping for books.
Buy A Book Trip
A unique present idea and one I’ve been gifted myself is to be taken to my local bookstore and told I can buy whatever book (or books) I want. While not necessarily a surprise, and you may struggle to do this on the day, the freedom to explore the shelves, was an amazing and unique gift no one had ever given me. Shoutout to my friend, JE for doing this for me. I’m not sure I could replicate the smile I did at the time. And it will be one you’ll never erase from your mind either. But, how do I gift this for Christmas, you ask? By making a certificate, informing your giftee of your plan. The best part of all, you get to see the response to your gift not once, but twice.
There are so many perfect bookish gift ideas out there for book lovers, you just need to look in the right place. While many of the gifts above aren’t original, they are sure ways of making the book lover in your life grin. As much as you may think we don’t need six candles, we do. And we definitely can always do with more bookmarks… and while we are at it, books themselves.