“I bought you a gift. It’s something I’ve always wanted, but I’m not quite sure you’ll like it. So if you don’t want it just tell me and I’ll be happy to keep it. After all, I’m only interested in making you happy. ”
― Jarod Kintz
Book lovers are in a class of their own. The true bookworm (or book-lion, to use the politically correct modern term!) disdains flowers, perfumes, chocolates, T-shirts; yet s/he is far too particular to risk gifting a book to! They might have read it already; they might hate the author (and hell hath no fury like a booklover gifted a book by an author they detest!); or they might wish you’d gifted them the title they were really looking forward to…. sigh!
So we’ve found some stuff calculated to melt the true book addict’s heart, without the risk of stepping on their toes. Whether you’re hunting for gifts for the casual reader or the fanatical bookworm, you’re sure to find some great gift ideas below!
Want to read late into the night, but afraid of disturbing others?
Traveling long-distance and can’t read because of the lack of light at night?
Reading lights are for you. Slim, sleek, lightweight and flexible, they bend to fit around a book. The long-lasting light is rechargeable through a USB port so it can be used over and over again. Perfect for travel or reading in bed. Buy these booklights here. You’ll love them; and so will your partner as it lets them sleep in peace!
An ergonomic marvel, these study lamps are the perfect helpmate for the obsessive late-night reader. They’re flexible, and can be adjusted to suit your needs perfectly. They’re as good-looking as they are useful. A gift that marries practicality and aesthetics, this gift is particularly recommended for bookworm teens and college students doing some late-night swotting. Get them here.
Anyone entering your home is sure to give a double take! Are those books…. floating on the wall ?! Yes they are! This magical upturning of gravity is possible with these cleverly constructed concealed wall shelves. Make your home stand out…. and let your books carry their own weight!
If you’ve been thinking of some home refurbishments this Diwali, take a look at this unique tree-shaped bookrack. Say goodbye to boring rows and columns. This rack looks great in your living room, adding to your decor while making a style statement of its very own. It says, ‘Here lives a discerning book-lover. Just look at me!‘ Find it here.
Gifting an e-reader to a book-lover is like gifting them a never-ending library. Amazon’s Kindle was the first in this space. If you’re looking for something that’s more than just an e-book reader and are willing to splash the cash, consider the Kindle Fire HD. It’s perfect for apps, games and all your entertainment, and helps you stay connected with the web, e-mail and more. It has killer looks too; as far as gifts go, this one’s a winner all the way. Find it on sale here.
If you’re a die-hard book lover and insist on being a purist, the new Paperwhite is especially tailored to cater to readers. It has a built-in reading light, has great resolution and an 8-week battery life. This is the perfect reader’s companion – no distractions, no frills or furbellows; pure reading pleasure as a pocket companion. It’s currently on sale too!
What do you need to dress up your bookshelves? (Apart from books, of course!) Answer: Trendy bookends! Bookends can add quite an accent to your home, besides giving you and your visitors something to smile about. Your choice of bookends can act as a glimpse into your soul; so the ‘Words:Worth‘ ones in the picture above speak for themselves. If you want to be more adventurous; well, what better than monkeys engrossed in reading? For a more economical option, see these simple but elegant wood-metal bookends.
An ethnic-looking placeholder for your book is exactly what you need, to make sure you never lose track of the story. Delicate and elegant, bookmarks are available in various shapes and sizes. Check out these intricately crafted brass bookmarks: flower, motorcycle, key, ship…. Alternatively, you could go for soft velveteen bookmarks with cute animal faces; buy them here. Beware; these are not just for kids, adults will love them too!
Gifts for your loved ones abroad
Finding something unique and appropriate for a friend or relative based abroad can be nerve-wracking. After all, they have access to lots more cool stuff there, right?
Take a look at the gifting ideas below. Specifically targeted at book lovers, these items make thoughtful, trendy gifts for a book-loving loved one staying abroad. Of course, you can order these for your friends and family in India too; do confirm first that the vendor ships to India. (Their websites say they do; nevertheless, it would be wise to double-check.)
The perfect anti-book-theft device! Just kidding.
The book stamp is a gift with a personal touch. Gift it to a person who takes pride in having their own library. Bookaholics lurrrve their books, and having their own names on the flyleaf , in stylish calligraphy, would give their beloved tomes just the right touch. An economical option that also stands out for its thoughtfulness.
What better gift for someone than their favourite book/author turned into an accessory?
Imagine the look on your girlfriend’s face when her favourite book can swing on her arm – as a purse! Or gift your mom a pendant with her favourite author quote. Or your niece can have her favourite Harry Potter title as a charm around her wrist! The options are limitless. There’s even a skirt with all your favourite titles printed on it. Whatever will they think of next?
Classics never go out of fashion. That’s why they’re called classics, silly!
Imagine gifting someone 3000 books in a go. Wouldn’t your book-loving friend love that?A simple USB drive loaded with Jane Austen, Henry James, the Bronte sisters, Thackeray, Shakespeare, Dickens and more….. can the bookish ask for anything better? Buy this item here.