How to shop for a book lover this holiday

Books are the gifts I most love to receive. And they are precisely the item my family and friends are most terrified to gift me. I get it. I read a lot, I have a tbr pile (okay, it’s actually an entire bookcase) stuffed with titles I have yet to devour.  I have reviewed loads of books. Certainly their hesitation is warranted. So how do you shop for a bibliophile and not duplicate something they’ve already read? Present a bookish gift!

Here are six gift suggestions for bookish accessories, guaranteed to delight the book lover on your list!

Library Card: Yellow socks

‘Well Read Woman’ Strand Book Tote: https://www.strandbooks.com/tote-bags-pouches/large-tote-well-read-woman

Banned Books matchbox set

Etsy Book Lover Mug https://www.etsy.com/listing/648502336/christmas-mug-for-book-lover-coffee?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=book+quote+mug&ref=sc_gallery-3-12&plkey=01c32556eed5b3e212e0f8c60ddb02d13d83de57%3A648502336&frs=1&col=1

NYPL Library Card Ornament

Sassy Blue Q Socks (warning-curse word ahead!) https://www.blueq.com/shop/item/330-productId.125848288_330-catId.0.html

Greeting Card 8-Pack – Ideal Bookshelf 628: Tweens

“Reading Journal” https://www.uncommongoods.com/product/well-read-women-a-readers-journal

***But if you REALLY wanted to get them a book, here are three tremendous suggestions:

1–Give a gift certificate to a bookstore that requires a road trip. Offer to drive, buy lunch and join them.  Voila, now it’s an experience present!

2–Hook them up with a book subscription, like Book of the Month, where they can select their titles each month.  https://www.bookofthemonth.com/gift-purchase

3–Choose one of these spectacular books about books:

I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers and Book Lovers by Bob Eckstein

Books for Living by Will Schwalbe

1,000 Books to Read Before you Die: A Life-Changing List by James Mustich

My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues by Pamela Paul (NYT Book Review Editor)

Happy Holidays!

~Jillian

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