Eight Booky Gift Suggestions

This is a sponsored guest post, on some great ideas for bookish gifts (some I already own)! 

This holiday season, give the gift of reading. From bulk books and coffee table readers to fun accessories and quickly stocking stuffers, these book-related gift ideas are perfect for anyone who loves reading or just books in general.

1. The original Kindle or Nook Simple Touch (both under $100)

Several years after the debut of the e-reader, the baseline model has become incredible affordable. If your recipient doesn’t need the bells and whistles of a touch-screen that can play movies and compete with a surprising amount of the functionality of a tablet, and they just want a portable library with the easy readability of e-ink, this is the perfect gift.

2. “Just the Right Book” or any other decent book of the month subscription

This is purportedly the service that started it all. You sign your gift recipient up by entering a few books they like, and the will receive a hand-selected piece of literature in the mail every month. They can also go online and modify their preferences to change which books they receive. It’s perfect for those who love books and reading and would love to acquire a large amount of actual paper books in their home.

3. Reading chair/beanbag/ lapdesk/pillow

Reading is a physical experience, even without the tactile sensation of turning a page. The right chair, beanbag – such as the sumo beanbag pillow – pillow for the chair, or book lapdesk can facilitate a more comfortable, immersive reading environment. These options are arranged from most to least expensive, but they can all provide roughly the same effect as long as you know your recipient well.

4. Humans Of New York by Brandon Stanton

This photo-blog turned coffee table book is full of beautiful pictures of average people found walking the streets of New York City, accompanied by descriptions collected by Stanton, photographer and writer. It makes a visually stunning coffee table book and thought piece.

5. Beatles vs. Stones by John McMillian

For the rock junkie still debating the two biggest bands in the world in the 1960’s, this is the ultimate look into the facts behind their supposed rivalry. Based on interviews with insiders and analysis of everything from marketing at the time to public perception, this narrative tackles common stereotypes about the bands and paints a much more nuanced picture.

6. “Maps” by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski

This children’s book takes readers on a visual trip around the world, playing to our fascination with maps and travel in an engaging way that entertains readers of all ages. Filled with exciting facts about the places and the people and cultures one would find there, it’s the perfect non-fiction piece of a child or coffee table book for a family with kids.

7. A snoody hipster typographic poster

The classic example of a book-loving hipster poster implies that people without books in their homes should not be viewed as a viable relationship partner, albeit in more colorful language. You can find hundreds of book-related posters singing the praises of the written word on sites like Etsy and in book stores, and they make great gifts for people of all ages.

8.  Famous author action figures

Looking for a quirky, perhaps slightly creepy stocking stuffer for a book lover? Search no further – some of history’s most popular authors are now available in doll form, including J.R.R. Tolkien complete with the dragon from The Hobbit, Maya Angelou with a classy, patterned jacket, and a plastic, Mark Twain bobble head.

Whether you know someone who just needs a few good books, who makes reading into a transcendent experience, or who appreciates some witty book-related humor, you’ll find something perfect for this holiday gift-giving season.

image source: http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/music/2013/11/28/music-gift-guide-books-beatles-stones/leBBrG721eJYwjvBylop2I/story.html


18 thoughts on “Eight Booky Gift Suggestions

  1. Buying books for bookish people is so hard, some of these are great alternatives.

    Re #5, the Beatles, no question (in my mind). Although my opinion on the particular subject is not indicative of my preference…


  2. Well my daughter is getting a Kindle for Christmas! The more tablet-like one, but because of the newest version that came out this one was reduced and I was able to still get it for just over $100.


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