We all know a bookworm and in theory, they should be the easiest people in the world to buy gifts for. We say ‘should’ because, in an ideal world, we’d simply buy them a new book. But they already have a reading list longer than 'War and Peace'. That leaves us looking for something book-related, which is a little trickier to get right.
To help you find the best gift for the bookworm in your life, we’ve created this very gift guide. Below, you’ll find a list of products that are going to please any budding reader. There’s everything: classic picks (like reading lights and customisable bookmarks), personalised books stamps and even the best e-readers.
Here are the best gifts for bookworms:
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The best gifts for the bookworm in your life
1. LED Book Light
Reading in dim light is never a good thing, but sometimes it's hard to put a good book down. Thankfully, Topelek's reading light provides up to 60-hours of flicker-free LED light, which can be adjusted to suit personal preference. It's also rechargeable and flexible.
2. Geometric Tablet and Book Cushion Stand/Holder
A book pillow is a useful gift for a reader. It'll support a book in a comfortable position, which is ideal for reading on the sofa or in bed. It also helps take some of the weight of any, particularly hefty hardbacks. If you'd like to see more like this, read the Yours article for the best bookholders.
3. Yours Fiction Edition 11 - November 2021
This issue of Yours is the eleventh instalment of our fiction-focussed special edition magazine, Yours Fiction. Featuring 26 short stories from crime and thrillers, to romance and historical sagas, this is a brilliant read for anyone who just can't enough of the written word. Get in the mood for Christmas with this festive edition.
4. Custom Personalised Leather Bookmark
This bookmark is a gift with a personal touch. Not only is the inscription personalised, but you can choose the colour of the leather and the loop.
5. Dachshund Book Ends
This sweet little bookend set is the ideal choice for anyone whose novel collection has spilt out from their bookcase.
6. Too Many Books? Wooden Sign
While being a bookworm means a person continuously having their nose in a book, it also means acquiring more books at an unreadable rate. If you know someone with piles of books here, there and everywhere, then this might just be the perfect gift.
7. Assorted Metal Book Markers Set
Serving as a quirky alternative to bookmarks, or as a stylish way of marking a section for future reference, a pack of book darts make a nice little stocking filler for any keen reader.
8. Postcards from Penguin
Direct from the renowned publisher itself, this is a set of 100 postcards from Penguin. They are illustrated with iconic book covers from the last 70-plus years. They're perfect if your loved one reads retro. These lovely postcards are great to send to friends. Why not frame your favourites?
9. Botanical Custom Book Stamp
We all have that friend who has an enviable library but is reluctant to part ways with items in their precious collection. This stamp will give them the peace of mind that the book will find its way back to them. You can personalise the message at purchase and your words will be circled by the tasteful, leafed design.
10. Christmas Blind Date With A Book Gift
This is the wild card on our list. We adore this concept of a "blind date with a book" and this thoughtful gift from Bookishly is stellar. Why do we love this so much? Well, this gift is tailored to a person's preferences. After asking just three questions about your loved one, Bookishly will pick out the perfect festive companion for your bookworm buddy. You won't be judging a book by its cover with this gift.
11. My Reading Journal
This journal is perfect for your bookworm loved one who keeps track of their reads. Passionate about books? This gift is so gorgeous. Inside its pretty and appealing cover, lives pages for reviews, wishlists and monthly/yearly 'wrap-ups'. With over 60 pages to fill, this journal is definitely a neat addition to a bookshelf.
12. Curled Up with a Good Book Tote
Get your paws on this beautiful tote bag from Waterstones. Whether shopping for new books or groceries, this tote bag is bound to do just the trick! Waterstones is full to the brim with amazing bags and pouches which are purr-fect for a book lover. This one, though, is our favourite.
Go paperless this year with a Kindle e-reader
There was a time when e-readers were heavy and ugly, with screens that reflected even the faintest of lights and batteries that could barely last a paragraph.
Thankfully, these times are long gone.
The Amazon Kindle range is made up of impressive and simple to use devices, capable of powering even avid readers weeks on one battery charge and carrying thousands of books. Screens have lost their glare, and other user-friendly features have been developed to make accessing books easier than ever before.
If you’re looking to treat a bookworm, it's worth considering a Kindle e-reader.
Here’s a quick guide to the range:
1. Kindle E-Reader
Though the Kindle is the most basic of the e-reader range, it's far from featureless. It has a 6-inch glare-free screen that is visible in the sun, and it's lit by four adjustable LEDs, letting you read without eyestrain. The 4GB memory can store over 2000 books, and the 174g weight makes it comfortable to hold for long periods. The battery life is impressive too, as it will run for weeks from one charge. With an Audible membership, the user can switch between reading and listening. Available in a range of colours, including Plum and Sage.
2. Kindle Paperwhite
Sitting in the middle of the range, the Kindle Paperwhite is the most popular device in the Kindle range, and for good reasons. Its 6-inch glare-free screen has a high pixel density that results in a sharp display for text. Five LEDs are lighting the screen, which is bright and clear in direct sunlight. It has a lower profile than the standard Kindle, is waterproof and the user can switch between reading and listening with an Audible membership.
3. Kindle Oasis E-Reader
At the top end of the Kindle range sits the Oasis. Here, the 7-inch screen has a high pixel density, meaning the writing is incredibly precise and sharp. The screen's colour is adjustable across a spectrum of white to amber, and the LED can automatically change the brightness to suit the reader's position. There are well-placed page-turning buttons, and the Oasis is also completely waterproof, meaning that it's safe poolside and in the bath, or even next to a cup of coffee or glass of wine. Users of the Oasis will also have the option to use something called Whispersync, which allows instantaneous switching between reading and listening to professional narration.
4. Kindle Unlimited Subscription, £7.99 a month after free trial
If you're kindly gifting a loved one an e-reader from the Kindle range, then a Kindle Unlimited subscription is a lovely accompanying present. For only £7.99, a member of the service can fully access, download and read over one million books from the Kindle range. Additionally, they'll get access to a selection of magazine subscriptions and thousands of e-books with Audible narration.You don't need a Kindle to access this service, as it will also work on the Kindle App. If you know someone who reads e-books on their smartphone, tablet, iPad or laptop, this on-demand book service will work for them, too. Currently, Amazon is running a promotion where the first three months will only cost 99p! So, it's definitely worth checking it out.