10 Unique Gifts for Booklovers

By Sarah Winfrey on 15 November 2013 (Updated 9 July 2014) 4 comments

You all know the booklover in your family or set of friends. Yeah, that one. The person who would rather read than go out on a Friday night. The one who simply cannot be interrupted when they are in the middle of a good book. And the one who is impossible to buy books for, because they either have it already, or they don't have it because they're not interested in reading it.

Are you stumped about what to buy for your booklover? Here are 10 gifts for that person in your life who may love books more than they love you.

1. Vintage Book of the Month Club

If the booklover on your list already seems to have all of the books they could ever want, why not give them some they never knew they wanted? Etsy is a great place to find vintage book of the month clubs. Simply subscribe your booklover for a certain amount of time, and they will receive one old book every month. These books are often not only fun to read, but also make great display pieces (especially in a home where books are revered).

2. Book Weight

As one of the booklovers I'm writing about, I've tried all sorts of options for keeping a book open without having to hold it in place. While there are many innovative ideas out there for how to do this, the best I've discovered is the simple book weight. Leatherology has a superb one. Nothing like turning a plain old book into a hands free device! And it comes in pretty colors, too.

3. Library Cataloging Tool

The only thing that booklovers tend to like at least as much as reading is cataloging their books. If the lover of the written word on your list prefers digital methods, try buying them Delicious Library. It allows them to scan the ISBN on their books and then upload the books into a virtual library. The program also produces a downloadable file that can be uploaded to social reading sites like Goodreads.

If your reader prefers a more hands on experience, try the Check Me Out Library Kit. It could bring out the vintage librarian in anyone.

4. My Ideal Bookshelf

My Ideal Bookshelf is a blast of a coffee table book, in which the creators spoke to well-known people across the board and asked them what would be on their ideal bookshelf. It will allow your bookworm to compare their own bookshelf with that of these great minds, as well as to share their obsession with others in a beautiful, well-presented manner.

5. The Best Booklight

Which light is best for clandestine nighttime reading? Well, it turns out that different lights work better for different scenarios. If you know when and where your booklover likes to read in the dark, use the guide above to choose the light that will work best for them. After all, you'd hate to have them strain their eyes.

6. Bookworm Socks

If your booklover prefers to let their nerd flag fly, let them try these socks on for size. Because nothing says, "I love books!" light bright yellow letters plastered down their calf. Nothing.

7. Banned Books Poster

Is your reader also a rebel? (Most of us readers are.) Then this I Read Banned Books poster is perfect. Not only does it proclaim their love of reading and their defiance of cultural norms, but it also looks like a large, vintage book. Because, why not feed all of their desires all at once?

8. Scented Candles

I know what you're thinking... "Wait a minute. Wait just one minute. Candles? Can't you buy candles for anyone?" But hold your horses, because these candles are scented especially to go with classic authors. If your reader has a favorite, why not give them a candle to go along with their reading? You know, set the mood and all.

9. A Bookish T-Shirt

Out of Print Clothing reprints classic covers on T-shirts for the bookworm's wearing pleasure. If T-shirts, sweatshirts, and any other type of shirt isn't a good option for your reader, they also have tote bags, pouches, phone cases, and kids' clothes as well. Trust me. They have something for every reader.

10. Treadmill Book Stand

Everyone knows that bookworms don't get out much, right? And don't get enough exercise? Remedy that by purchasing your bookish friend a Levo Bookstand with treadmill extension . Then they don't have any excuses for not getting off the couch and moving around. Who knows? They might even like it when they can move and read, too!

Bonus Gift Idea

Anything from The Literary Gift Company. Seriously. And if you're STILL stumped, get them a gift card and let them buy their own bookish gift. These people know how to make a reader very, very happy.

What non-book gifts are you planning to give the booklovers you know?

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Out of Print is one of my fave stores, they have great book-ish material.

If you're looking for something for someone really special and don't mind the expense, check out Spineless Classics. They print books on a single page, as posters, in different shapes and scenes. I have "The Hound of the Baskervilles" in a profile of Holmes and it is magnificent, definitely the centerpiece on my wall. Would love "The Hobbit" and the "Mathilda" posters as well. Pretty great gift if you know that special someone's favorite book!

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One thing I can't seem to find anywhere is a book stand to use on my car dashboard for reading while I drive around.

I kid, I kid.

A girl I work with has the best car decal - you know those silhouettes of women guys like to have on their back windows and mudflaps? It's one of those, but she's in a pencil skirt and holding a book.

Now, *that's* alluring.

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Awesome of you to include me in your blog!!! The Vintage Book of the Month Club is definitely selling well due to this article!!
Alluring Antiques on Etsy

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You forgot The Book Seat! It holds your book for you while you multitask. It is one of the best gifts I have received in a long time. I have had other book rests but they seem to be a bit awkward. This is just perfect and it even hold my kindle! Life changing i promise!