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Gifts for book lovers (that aren’t books)

Looking for some gifts for book lovers? There’s a wealth of awesome book-themed gifts out there that go beyond a book itself!

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What’s better than a book as a gift?

Book-related gifts of course!

Because while you may think that a book is a best gift for a reader, most of us have very particular tastes- so unless you’re confident that the recipient of your gift actually likes the author / genre of what you’re buying AND hasn’t already bought the book in question, you may find your gift missing the mark.

That’s why I’ve compiled a range of sure-to-please gifts for book lovers.

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From the functional to the frivolous, here’s great book lover gifts for the reader in your life!

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Practical gifts for book lovers

Vekkia amber rechargeable 7 LED eye-care book light

Every book lover has experienced the frustration of wanting to continue reading when their significant other wants the lights out.

Don't they understand that you need to get to the end of the chapter to feel satisfied?

This low cost but high quality book light for reading in bed is just the thing to avoid marital arguments!

What's more, the warm, amber hue book light, 99.95% free of blue spectrum light, can promote the production of melatonin at night, so that you can sleep better.

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The book lover's journal

One of the challenging things about being a reader is remembering exactly what you've read, what you want to read (especially when you're working your way through an author's backlist or a series) and who you've lent what.

For this reason, a reading journal is an excellent gift for book lovers.

The book lover's journal features the following:

- room to record details of your reading experiences

- space to jot down titles you'd like to read next

- pages to list books borrowed, lent, or given

- book group contact information

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Knock Knock Original personal library kit

Book lovers tend to want to share the love, and will happily lend you their books (although woe behold the person who returns it dog-eared and spine creased!).

As well as tracking their lending in the reading journal above, the book lover will appreciate this gift of a personal library kit so that they can track their lending and provide the borrower with a subtle reminder that it does need to go back at some stage!

This library kit includes the following:

- 20 self-adhesive pockets

- 20 checkout cards

- date stamp

- inkpad

- pencil

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As much as most book lovers would like nothing more than to read a book straight through without ceasing, that’s not often the reality.

These super cute bookmarks are perfect book lover gift ideas, especially if you’re putting together a collection of small book-themed gifts.

Meeall vintage feather metal bookmarks

This six piece set of vintage feather metal bookmarks make a beautiful and inexpensive gift.

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Cute cat sticky note bookmarks

This gift for book lovers combines my love of reading with sticky notes: with 360 cat bookmarks, any book lover will purr in satisfaction when they get this gift.

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Magnetic bookmarks

This pack of 30 magnetic bookmarks in assorted adorable plant-themed patterns will keep your book lover going for a long time.

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Fun gifts for book lovers

Paddywax Jane Austen soy wax candle

Your book lover can create even more of an ambiance by lighting an appropriately scented candle. There's a huge range of scents to be found, from old books to those inspired by various literary greats.

With the scent of gardenia, tuberose, and jasmine, the Jane Austen is hard to beat!

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Just one more chapter cushion cover

Your book lover can lean back on their favorite cushion while indulging in their latest read.

Note: this is just a cover (18 v 18 inches). You will need to buy an insert as well!

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Out of Print unisex banned books socks

Your book-lover can express their love of reading through their choice of attire - right down to the socks!

Fashion aside, getting socks for book lovers isn't as silly as you might think, because a lot of the time we like to be curled up on a couch with a book, and those socks can keep our feet toasty warm!

Out of print's sock collection also includes

- library card socks

- Alice in Wonderland socks

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Studious rabbit bookends

Your book-lover can organize their books using these super cute bookends.

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Etsy gifts for book lovers

If you’re wanting a gift that’s different, you can’t go past Etsy.

Etsy is the perfect place for unique gifts for book lovers – who, let’s admit, are pretty unique creatures themselves!

Book hangover hoodie

Any book lover could share a story of struggling to re-enter the normal world after finishing a good book... especially a good series.

Show the world your struggles!

The Book Thief wall art

One such book for me would have to be The Book Thief.

That's probably why I recommend this Etsy gift.

The book was better t-shirt

I have a confession to make though.

I've never seen The Book Thief movie.

Or The Lovely Bones movie.

Because the book is better.

Stating this well-known fact, items like this t-shirt are fun gifts for book lovers.

Splurge gifts for book lovers

These gift ideas for the book lover are on the more expensive side, but would be a wonderful present!

Kindle Paperwhite

I'm super pleased this never happened, because in my mind there is nothing better than a physical book.

Even as I'm writing this, I'm looking up and seeing my color-themed bookshelves and getting a rush of happiness.

But there's no doubt at all that a Kindle has its uses.

It's portable, it's light and the books are cheaper too.

Number one of these for me would have to be the portability aspect, especially when I'm travelling.

If I'm going away for a week or two, I'm going to need five to ten books just to get me through - can you imagine the luggage cost on that? Or the angst you feel when you finish the last book you brought and you still have DAYS of your holiday left?

For that reason, the Kindle is the best gift for book lovers.

And BONUS - the Kindle is also waterproof!

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Walker Edison 4 shelf wood ladder bookcase

A true lover of books finds it very difficult to get rid of books. As a result, one can expect to see a bookcase in most places in the house.

Even with this, chances are they still have a pile of books tucked away in a cupboard somewhere. That's when a bookshelf becomes another perfect gift for the book lover!

This simple and stylish bookshelf can fit almost anywhere.

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If you’ve been on the hunt for some great gifts for the book lover in your life, this gift guide will provide you with practical, fun and splurge-worthy gifts for book lovers that are sure to be well- received!

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It's called The KISS Connection and it's a FREE 4-step everyday practice that will bring back that loving feeling.

Hit the pink button to grab your free copy today.

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Friday 26th of April 2019

The Book Hangover Hoodie is classic! My husband will love that! I'm going to try the book scented candles but I suspect nothing competes with the smell of real books!


Friday 26th of April 2019

I had a friend who would sniff new books all the time! Your comment made me think of her straight away. Thanks for commenting!

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