Thursday, December 8, 2011

Gifts for Bibliophiles

I absolutely love getting books as gifts. That being said, I can see why some people might be hesitant to give someone a book for Christmas. Even if the recipient is a book lover, there can be a lot of variables at play. What if something isn't really their taste? Or what if they've already read it? Luckily, book-related gifts can be great, too. Here are a few of my favorites that I've gotten over the years.

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die is a big, hefty volume covering top book picks from the 1600s through the early 2000s. Really fun to browse through, it includes all of the classics you'd expect plus some surprising and obscure choices. I was given this a few Christmases ago and still flip through it a few times a year to get new ideas for my To Read list.

I know e-readers have become hugely popular gifts, but for those who still love the printed page, it's nice to give a gift that helps turn print books into objects of desire. A personalized embosser does just that. One that's made up with someone's monogram and "from the library of..." is a nice way to customize a book collection.

Though I don't actually own one myself, I'm pretty sure that any bibliophile would be smitten with one of Paddywax's author candles. The scents are meant to evoke a sense of authors like Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Edgar Allen Poe (I'd burn his candle on Halloween night, wouldn't you?).

This last idea isn't really a gift in itself, but more of a way to add an extra little personal touch to a book you might be giving. By snipping off the corner of an envelope, you can create a little bookmark that sits right over the top of a page. You can use decorative craft scissors to create a pretty edge and stamp on a monogram or festive image.

Or feel free to get really fancy if you want:


  1. That personalized embosser is a fabulous idea! I totally want one.

  2. Miss B! Thank you!!! I just showed the bookmark idea to my fifth graders and they love it! We're going to be making bookmark gifts like crazy! I see a bookmark for every occasion in my future...

  3. How wonderful to find your blog! I LOVE books, and as a Montessori teacher of 1st through 3rd grade, aim to create new bookworms. Thank you for your suggestions. I'd never heard of the big book of books before. And the candles sound intriguing! Have a great weekend!



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