I can’t think of an instance when giving the gift of a book is not a good idea. From graduations to birthdays, or major holidays like Christmas or Mother’s Day, a good book is always thoughtful and appropriate.
Over the years, I’ve been on both the giving and receiving end of many literary gift exchanges, like the time when everyone who came to my baby shower arrived with their favorite children’s book, or unwrapping the latest cookbook releases under the tree each Christmas. I’ve given people books just because, mailing them almost as soon as I closed the back cover.
But when you’re looking for something extra special for a bookworm in your life (or want to treat yourself to something, too!) look beyond the page. These non-book gifts for literature lovers are just the thing!
1. Book Lovers’ Soy Candle
If you love getting close to a book’s pages, inhaling that musty, inky smell, here’s a candle that actually smells like old books.
2. Poetry-Inspired Tea
Skylark—a green sencha tea blend from August Uncommon Tea—has notes of strawberry and tangerine, and is inspired by Shelley’s lyrical poem by the same name.
3. Literary Tea Towels
Obvious State makes a variety of literary gifts, from prints to mugs. For bookworms who enjoy spending time in the kitchen, literary tea towels are the perfect cooking companion.
4. Cozy Throw Blanket
One of the best parts about reading is having a cozy blanket to snuggle in. My favorite right now is the plush cable knit throw from Pottery Barn.
5. Kindle Cover
E-readers are here to stay, so a sleek Kindle cover is essential.
6. A Fresh Notebook
You can never go wrong with a fresh notebook. Moleskine is my favorite, especially the red version.
7. Stamped Teaspoon
This clever little spoon will stir cream into coffee, or honey into tea.
8. Banned Book Tote Bag
A reusable tote is a must-have nowadays. I use one for groceries, carrying snacks to work, and even to hold dog toys when we’re out and about with our pup.