When you have a book lover on your Christmas shopping list, there is nothing easier than gifting them a book. You’re probably thinking, “Well, ya, duh!” You’re right. However, most bookworms, myself and Amber included, tend to buy A LOT of books throughout the year.
Not to sound ungrateful, but the odds of anyone buying us a book we don’t already have is slim. Every year I have friends and family asking me which books are on my wish list. I appreciate the thought (and so does my bank account), but there are other things to gift besides books.
Here are 10 non-book gift ideas for the book lover in your life!
1. A Book Subscription
Personally, I spend so much of my money on books that there isn’t much left over for anything else. Sounds dramatic, but it’s true. So, more often than not, cool book subscription options, like Audible or Kindle Unlimited, aren’t really an option. With that in mind, the next time you are with your bookish friend, try to bring it up in conversation to gauge how they feel about it. (P.S. Don’t forget about other subscription options like magazines. It all depends on your book lover’s interests.)
2. An E-Reader
Being a book lover is great until you run out of shelves. For those of you who are fierce hardcopy loyalists, hear me out! I was once one, too. I owned a Kindle, but barely used it for years. All of that changed a year ago when I was met with disappointing book after disappointing book. Nothing is more frustrating than buying a book that disappoints and I was in a never-ending reading slump. What did I do? I made a change. I got a library card and pulled out my Kindle. Now, here in Canada, I can’t read e-books on my Kindle, but if you have a Kobo, you can! Now, when a book isn’t hitting its mark, I don’t feel guilty DNFing it.
3. Wall Art
I’m not going to lie, I’ve had my eye on this bad boy for some time. Yes, it’s not exactly art, but I love the book and movie so much that I don’t care.
The point is – don’t forget about Etsy! There are so many cool shops that are bound to have a design that will be perfect for your favourite bookworm. Think about it — for those of you who are lucky enough to have a home library (I envy you with a burning passion), it will be a nice addition to the space.
4. Personal Library Kit
Speaking of home libraries, why not make it official by giving them a kit. I found this cute one on Amazon, and it excites me! Not only will I feel like a real-life librarian, but now I can track which of my friends is holding my books hostage!
5. Books, But Make It Fashion
I’ll admit, my closet is a lot like my bookshelves — overfull. But is that going stop me? No. Head over to online shops, like Out of Print, to find literary gems. It’s winter, so why not gift some cozy socks or sweaters. It will be the perfect gift for all this cold weather!
Is the person you’re buying for not a fashionista (or fashionisto/fashionisti)? Cozy blankets always seem to do the trick! Check out Litographs book-themed blankets.
I have not yet, in all my 29 years, met a book lover who wasn’t proud to be a bookworm. We are a special breed of people (or I like to think so) who love to share our love of reading. That being said, we look for every opportunity to showcase how dedicated we are to the written word. So, what am I getting at?
It’s soon to be 2021 and there are very few people who do not own a cellphone, tablet, laptop, or all of the above. While designs have come a long way, they still aren’t that pretty to look at. Not to mention, they are with us so much that they kind of become a permanent accessory. Jazz it up, folks! There are so many cases and covers out there!
7. Display It
Like I mentioned above, book lovers love to share their love of reading. We take pride in curating our book selection and it’s no wonder we quickly run out of shelf space. It’s like choosing which of your children you like best when it comes to deciding what books to display. (Note: I don’t have kids, so I obviously have no idea what I am talking about.) Give them a gift that helps solve their problem — even if it’s only a little bit — with some cool shelving or book displays! There are sure to be a variety of options of Amazon or similar that will be exactly what you are looking for.
8. Anybody Got a Bookmark?
It may seem like an obvious choice, but that’s where you’re wrong. For instance, I don’t own any bookmarks. Nada. Zip. Zilch. You want to know what I use? Whatever I find, that’s what. Now, what’s great about this gift is that it’s perfect for those of us who are on a budget. Sure, you can buy a bookmark, but you can just as easily make it. Some of the best gifts you can give someone are the ones you make yourself. Make it personal and they will love it!
9. Tote It Up!
Not only will you be saving the turtles and their friends, a tote bag can also function as a gift bag. We’re all doing our best to be a little greener and while the ones you can buy at the grocery store get the job done, they aren’t cute. I may be shallow, but I call a tote like I see ’em and Walmart totes are obnoxious blue. There’s really no excuse for this one, folks. Whether you’re shopping online and in-store, it’s pretty hard not to run into a book-themed tote. Or maybe they’re stalking me. Either way, I see them all the time.
I consider this one a classic, but one I think many people forget about. Sure, shelves do the trick, but sometimes you wanna add a little something-something. Or, if you are like me who’s run out of space, you need to book ends to support spaces that aren’t…actually…shelves. Whatever. You get my point.
I like a simple design myself, but there are so many cool options out there that you are bound to find something that suits the personality of whomever you are gifting to.
What are you getting the book lover in your life? Comment below! I may need to add it to my Christmas wish list.