Gifts for book lovers: 12 Christmas buys for bookworms

Christmas is coming and these gifts for book lovers will please the avid reader in your life

Gifts for book lovers
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Looking for gifts for book lovers? The best Christmas presents for anyone who loves reading shouldn't just be books themselves but about the room where the reading happens and the lovely accessories that can make the already pleasant experience of reading even better, too, right? So, without much further ado, here's our selection of best Christmas gifts for book lovers, from irresistible stationery to cosy homewares. 

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1. Bookends with personality

Amara L'Objet Lito Eye Bookend - Blue & Gold

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Bookends don't have to be boring – explore the world of bookends-cum-accessories. Really nice bookends can really help to bring a book-lined interior together, especially if the books are kept on the mantlepiece or prominent shelf in the living room.

The Lito Eye Bookends are pure luxury – made from porcelain, they are finished in a striking, Surrealist design that will make a statement in any room. Available from Amara. 

2. The waterproof Kindle e-reader

Kindle Oasis E-Reader Waterproof

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Some of us prefer digital reading; some of us also like reading while taking a bath, which is not ideal with a paperback. The new Kindle Oasis E-Reader is waterproof, so will be a perfect gift who those who love finishing that thriller while bathing, or frequent travellers who might be lucky enough to be spending their Christmas on a beach. 

3. A subscription to Real Homes magazine

We know we would say this but Real Homes magazine is a fab read – as well as being a great reference for anyone looking to transform their home. A subscription means you'll have all the latest on updating your home, whether owned or rented, and whether you're on a budget or splashing out on a forever family home. It covers the latest decorating trends, too, for book lovers who like to be on trend.

Front cover of the December issue of Real Homes magazine

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4. A poetry subscription

Classic Poetry Subscription

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Not all book lovers have much time to read – our busy lifestyles often mean that we end up watching TV instead (not that Strictly/Netflix aren't amazing in their own right). Poetry can be a surprisingly easy way to find a bit of time for reading, since many poems are short and will only take up only a few minutes. 

The Classic Poetry Subscription by Bespoke Verse is a unique gift, with the recipient getting three beautifully-printed poem postcards every month. A lovely and thoughtful gift to encourage a quiet moment here and there. Available at Not On The High Street. 

5. A notebook good enough to keep


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Not all notebooks are created equal; most are either boring or fall apart soon after they've been filled. If your gift is for someone who likes writing and would like to keep what they've written, choose a notebook that is prettier, and sturdier than average.

The Monogram notepad is original and good looking – and you can get one for every reader in the house.

6. A typewriter to tease out their writing talent

Vintage Triumph typewriter in light blue

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What if your book lover is also, potentially, a book writer? They almost certainly already have a laptop, but we bet they don't have a typewriter. Old-fashioned, yes, but also could provide a great antidote to the distractions of the internet? 

The Vintage Triumph Typewriter in Light Blue has been re-lacquered and is in full working order. Even if they don't use it in the end, it will make a lovely, quirky addition to a hallway or study. Available from Etsy.

7. Cool bookish accessories to kit out the home office

home office accessories by Maisons du Monde

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Beyond cool stationery, think other bits and bobs that will help them make their home office stylish and cool. The devil is in the detail, and everything contributes to a polished look, from mugs to pencil cases. 

We love the earthy tones and tactile textures of the desk accessories from Maisons du Monde. 

8. A scented candle to create a library ambience

Paddywax scented candle William Shakespeare

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Nothing enhances the pleasure of reading like a nice-smelling room. Give the gift of a calm and bookish atmosphere with the Library scented candles from Paddywax.

Prefer more traditional festive scents? Don't miss our pick of the best Christmas candles.

9. A stylish and lightweight sleeve for their Kindle

Moko Sleeve Bag for Kindle Paperwhite/Kindle Voyage

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Those who like reading on the go and prefer digital to analogue reading need a protective sleeve to keep their Kindle safe from scratches and bumps inside their bag. 

The Moko Sleeve Bag for Kindle Paperwhite/Kindle Voyage is made from felt, which is lightweight but sturdy, and is very attractive.

10. A handmade leather case for their reading glasses

Leather glasses case from Etsy

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If your recipient wears glasses when reading, why not gift them a colourful, high-quality leather case to keep their glasses safe? We love the Leather Glasses Case by RiseandWoll. Comes in a range of colours, available at Not On The High Street.

11. A reading light that goes the extra mile

book reading light by Levin

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Clip-on reading lights are nothing new; to make sure yours is gift-worthy, look out for extra features, such as an eyesight-saving night mode, controllable brightness levels, and long battery life (forget anything that has an awkward cable, they won't want to use it). The Book Reading Light by Levin has all of the above features, and at just over £10, is a very budget-friendly gift. 

12. A Penguin Book print for connoisseurs of classics

Penguin Books print

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Lovers of second-hand bookshops will know the old Penguin book covers well – the colour block design and penguin symbol have become synonymous with modern literary classics since Penguin's establishment in 1935. The Penguin cover prints come in a variety of sizes and prices – the most affordable we've found is the small Penguin print from John Lewis. A great addition to a gallery wall or home office.

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