Bookworms can be the most challenging people on your gift shopping list. If you’re not sure of where to start with a novel or non-fiction piece of writing, how will you ever know what to buy for an avid reader? Still, you want to be able to buy the perfect gift they’ll love that will help to celebrate their love of reading. While you work your way through your festive season shopping list, here are brilliant gift ideas that might leave even the most literary friends and family at a loss for words.
Favourite books always hold a special place in our hearts. The books from our childhood are particularly important. Treat the book lover in your life to the chance to enjoy their favourite books all the time. Figurines of classic characters like Winnie the Pooh, Mary Poppins and Alice in Wonderland allow adults to add some fun and festive book-related flare to their home or office.
If your budget allows, why not help your favourite readers journey to see the settings for some of the favourite books in person? If they love Jane Austin, what better place to visit than Bath? If they love romantic poetry and John Keats, take them to see his restored home in Hampstead in London. Or perhaps they’re into their children’s classics? Then you must pay Paddington Station a visit, or even King’s Cross Platform 9¾. And who wouldn’t appreciate stepping into number 221B Baker Street?
An electronic e-reader makes an excellent gift for anyone who enjoys reading. If they already have e-readers, check to see if newer models are available with more features that they would appreciate. Other great gift options include colourful and practical e-reader cases. For book lovers who travel, portable backup chargers could help save their sanity if they are trapped on a flight where they can’t charge their e-reader.
People who love the written word often enjoy writing some themselves. Notebooks with inspiring covers can be an excellent place for them to jot down important thoughts, start writing a novel, or simply make a to-do list. Sticky notes with clever quotes are another way to combine a love of reading with day-to-day life.
Anyone who loves to read probably has a favourite quiet place or two. Help them outfit the perfect favourite reading spots. The first step could be cosy chairs that are ideal for curling up and reading. Pillows with book-related images and quotes will help take a reading area from boring to fabulous. Don’t forget artwork on the walls to help set the tone for quality time with books and a love of reading adventures.
Even for people who exclusively use e-readers rather than traditional books, bookbags are still an excellent option. Whether they use them for grocery shopping or carrying their book and towels to the beach, bookbags are functional and fun. Look for bags that honour reading with humorous or witty quotes. Beverages and books are a natural pairing. Sipping a nice warm cup of tea while waiting to find whodunnit is a classic, but wine also helps survive the suspense. Ideal presents include coffee mugs and tea sets with fun or memorable literary references.