The 12 Hottest Gifts for Book Lovers – That Aren’t Books

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At first glance, book lovers look like an easy bunch to buy for. Just get them a new book! But with more people reading on devices such as  Kindles and eBooks, and paperbacks seeming to get cheaper every year, that can feel like a bit of a cop-out gift. So what to do?

We round up the most inventive Christmas presents for the literature lover in your life, and not one of them is a book.

1. Jane Austen Colouring Book



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Okay, we lied – one of them is a book. But not a reading book, so stick with us. Adult colouring books have been all over the place for the past few years and their popularity has yet to wane. We can attest to the fact that they really are worth a go, helping you to enjoy a bit of peace and quiet in your otherwise hectic day. This Jane Austen version will bring some calm into the life of even the most highly-strung romantic.

2. Art Print On An Antique Book Page



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Book art is another recent trend that’s invaded the nation’s homes over the past year or two. From cut-outs to book folding, everyone wants a piece of the paper action. Art prints make a particularly special way to use antique book pages, turning a simple printed page into art your giftee can hang on their wall with pride.

3. Vintage Book Kindle Cover

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Do you know someone who owns and loves a Kindle tablet yet feels slightly embarrassed about having 'given in' to modern convenience? This person needs the gift of a Kindle cover made from a real vintage book. Thanks to you they’ll be able to retain their aura of intellectualism on the train while secretly enjoying the benefits of a lightweight screen and adjustable brightness.

4. Book Locket



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Not everyone is into miniature objects, but for those who are you can’t go wrong with a little locket in the shape of a book. There are tasteful silver versions that can hold a tiny photo, or brighter versions of specific book titles that may be better suited to the teenage book fan in your life (we’re thinking Twilighters in particular).

5. Vintage Library Card Drawers



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For the more distinguished bibliophile, it can be hard to choose a meaningful gift without stretching to a seriously pricey first edition. In this case, how about a vintage library card drawer, or even a whole set of them? They make a chic addition to a study or side table, and earn their place holding stationery, post and the like.

6. Penguin Books iPhone Cover



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Penguin book covers, particularly the classics with their distinctive block colours, have become design icons. Have a look for your friend’s favourite book, or for serious brownie points get a case personalised specifically. 

7. Ex Libris Bookplate



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Another unusual gift idea for the vintage book lover, ex libris bookplates were once stuck into inside covers to indicate the book’s owner. It’s basically a classier version of scribbling your name on the front page with a ballpoint just before lending a book to your mate. Bookplates are highly collectible, often beautiful, and perfect as a gift for the person who really treasures their personal library.

8. 'I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie' Bag



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Well, it made us laugh. Maybe you know someone who shares our sense of humour? Indulge them just a little with this book bag, while taking comfort in the fact that tote bags are actually a really useful thing to have around. They’re eco-friendly, fold up small, last for years and you can pack a lot into them. Just don’t blame us if your friend can never find their keys again…

9. Vintage Librarian Badge



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If you’re looking for a secret Santa gift or stocking filler for a reading fan, you really can’t go wrong with a bookish badge, and you can find everything from cheesy slogans to specific covers. Our favourite, though, is a vintage librarian badge – the subtle way to declare a love of books to the world. 

10. Paddywax Literary Scented Candles



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Great for uncles, in-laws and other tricky-to-buy-for types, these Paddywax candles are specially formulated to accompany famous authors. Mark Twain smells of tobacco flower and vanilla, for example, while Oscar Wilde contains cedarwood, thyme and basil. To really show you’ve put some thought into it, pair with a book by the relevant author.

11. Literary Listography By Lisa Nola



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Oops, we did it again… Here’s another book. But this is as much personal journal as it is wonderfully illustrated book. Each page has space to list the books you’ve read under various categories, accompanied by great drawings. It’s a thing of beauty and a really thoughtful gift to help the truly voracious reader in your life keep track of their favourites.

12. Library of Fragrance Perfume in Paperback



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Here’s another fragrant gift idea for someone special. If they love paperbacks but you think they deserve more than a book for Christmas, the  Library of Fragrance range is an excellent choice. It’s designed to smell just like a second-hand bookshop, and can be layered with other scents in the range, such as Baby Powder, Wet Garden or Fireplace. If this doesn’t win gasps of surprise and delight, we don’t know what will.

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