Book lovers are a little hard to shop for during the holidays. You can’t buy them their favorite book for Christmas or Hannukah because they probably own it already. You don’t know which books they need or want, and you don’t even know what book would be a good recommendation for them. Luckily, there are plenty of presents for readers that don’t require you to know too much about what's on their bookshelf. Here are 12 of our best gift ideas:
For Child Book Lovers
Get your little bookworm a personalized book for the holidays. I See Me! produces dozens of different books that can be customized for kids, with a lot more than just the child's name in the book. Hair color, hometown, birthday and more can be added to the story to make it feel like their own. Prices range from $9.95 for activity books to $34.95 for storybooks.
For Fashionable Book Lovers
Everyone wears T-shirts, so why not get their favorite classic printed on one? Out of Print Clothing offers classic book covers like “Pride and Prejudice,” “Slaughterhouse-Five” and more on shirts and other items. The average T-shirt costs about $28, but those on a tighter budget can choose from totes and pouches, which are $20 and under.
For Book Lovers Who Want To Decorate:
Consider getting your book lover a poster this Christmas. Litographs prints entire books on posters, using colors and spacing to make fun designs relevant to the story. There's a trident made from the words of “The Odyssey,” for example, ruby slippers made from “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” text, Bible passages in an image that looks like a stained glass church window. The 18"x 24" posters average about $24, while the 24"x 36" posters go for about $29.
For Rebellious Book Lovers:
You might not want to take anyone to a tattoo shop for Christmas or Hanukkah, but you can bring the body art to them. Litographs makes temporary tattoos with famous literary quotes from a range of classic works, from "Peter Pan" to "Hamlet." Tattoos are $5 for a set of two.
For Jewelry-Wearing Book Lovers:
Etsy has plenty of jewelry options for every budget. This is also a good option if you don’t know what books they like to read. There are many jewelry choices with general book designs that indicate the love of reading. One person on your list might like the necklace that says, “So many books, so little time” on a small clock pendant ($14.45). Another might enjoy a pair of pewter books dangling from her ears ($12.95).
For Unique Book Lovers
Book gifts don’t always have to be reading material. Plenty of Etsy shops have repurposed books made into unique crafts and artwork. Check out this jewelry box made from a book, for $20. There are also flowers ($7.50), sculptures ($81.82), wreaths ($19.50) and purses ($45) that will fit the book lover's bill.