Shopping for the bibliophile in your life can often be daunting enough when you are an avid reader, but non-readers are often left trying to find their way through the wilderness without a map when it comes to this task. The most obvious answer is, of course, books however, I love receiving reading or book accessories especially if they are unusual and/or fun. Below is a list of seven sites that I have personally used, not only to buy gifts for myself but for my book loving friends, and I have never been disappointed.
Yes, it is part of Amazon, but for those of us who enjoy audio books, this site is excellent. They carry more than 40,000 titles in all genres that you simply download. They have two plans, each one available on a monthly or annual basis. And if you want to, you can easily cancel. The folks on Audible are extremely accommodating when it comes to cancelling and restarting membership, as I’ve done this several times over the course of my membership I can vouch for the ease of which both be done.
Big Cozy Books
Giant upholstered furniture for kids who love to read. They focus on commercial and public places, but if your child’s room is big enough these pieces would be wonderful. Although aimed at the library or a school, these items would be ideal to give interest to a reading room/study in your own home. We will be renovating an attic soon, and ‘The Hobbit’ book bench would be ideal for the window alcove there.
Bodleian Library Shop
The Bodleian Library, the chief among all Oxford University’s libraries, offers a fantastic array of gifts for the book-minded including home accessories, stationery, bookplates, journals, jewellery and more. I love this store and, although some of the items can lean towards the higher price range, you always know that you are going to receive a top-notch quality item for the price paid. Shipping is pretty speedy too.
I have a thing about bookmarks, and although I possess an irrational number of them, I have you add one of these to my collection. Metal bookmarks that hook over the spine of a book have been named hookmarks by this company who makes a wide range of wonderful designs. I absolutely adore the treble clef hookmark, but if music isn’t your thing then they also feature ones with holiday, wedding, animals, nature, hobbies, spiritual, coin and other themes. Very nice, and not too expensive.
Library of Congress Gift Shop
Like the Bodleian Library Store mentioned above, this site has high quality bookish gifts, and the Library of Congress is definitely worth checking out. Again, they can lean towards the pricey end of the market, but as I said for the Bodleian you will be receiving a product that reflects the price paid for it.
The Literary Gift Company
Despite this being a UK site, they do have a nifty flag that will convert all their prices into dollars. Their philosophy “We aim to be a one-stop-shop for all book lovers. We produce our own range of literary products, as well as offering a unique combination of gorgeous products from new designers, along with the best of quality brands from our partners. We are particularly interested in promoting products which recycle, or ‘upcycle’ abandoned or out-of-date books.”
This website is an “emporium of handcrafted art objects from the hand of Pasternak.” That’s Robert Pasternak, a Canadian artist whose work is wonderfully original. Among the crafts that booklovers will find of interest are a set of Chicklet-sized books, a miniature book the shape of a stick of chewing gum, and a bacon bookmark. This bookmark is the real thing—or at least as near as you want bacon to get to your books. It’s die-cut and looks so real you may be tempted to eat it. Don’t. It’s the perfect gift since it also opens up into a greeting card.
If you don’t find anything in this small, tried and tested selection then head on over to Bibliobuffet, where they have a more extensive list which includes some of the above sites and many more.