Gifts for Bibliophiles That Aren’t Just Books

Gifts for Bibliophiles That Aren’t Just Books

Consider these presents for the people in your life who can’t leave a bookstore without copping at least three paperbacks from the dollar bin.

Whether you want to help wrangle their paperback collection with a set of stylish bookends or enable their literary obsession with the latest e-reader, these thoughtful gifts will satisfy the library card–toting, crossword puzzle–loving, inquisitive bookworms in your life.

A fun and functional option for keeping their books in place.

Areaware Reference Bookend
A metal bookend for keeping the heaviest books in place. The Reference Bookend is designed to be sturdy when in use and uses a rubber grip to keep your collection upright. Available in four colors.

Get this game for your pun-loving friends.

Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers
One part game, one part conversation starter, you don't need to be a pun master to master Punderdome: the goal is to make bad jokes and have fun along the way.  A player (the prompter for that round) draws two prompt cards from the deck, and then reads the prompts to the rest of the group, who...

The scent of this candle can turn any room into a lavish library.

Byredo Bibliothèque Candle
Sheltered from the passage of time, libraries have the power to teleport us to a world in suspension. The velvety quality of the paper embodied in a touch of peach, plum and vanille, and the omnipresent patchouli like a backbone that runs through the composition.

This woven blanket is perfect for curling up with a good book.

Book/Shop Throw
Introducing our latest reading blanket, made of soft 100% preshrunk cotton. Woven in Maine and machine washable for easy care. Our throw is perfect for reading on the beach, at the park, or for reading under with a flashlight. Available in Natural with Navy stripe or Navy with Natural stripe.

A midcentury-modern staple for displaying their most prized volumes.

Herman Miller Eames Wire Base Low Table
Just 10" high, the Eames Wire Base Low Table (1950) provides a handy surface for books or a bedside lamp. The top can be unscrewed and swapped out; its edges –- beveled at a 20-degree angle -- offer a glimpse of the seven layers of birch plywood that comprise it. Portable and lightweight, the table...

Put the whole library in their pocket with this lightweight device.

Kindle Paperwhite
Kindle Paperwhite is thin, lightweight, and travels easily so you can enjoy your favorite books at any time. With our signature 300 ppi glare-free Paperwhite display—now 10% brighter at its max setting—you can read in any light. And now, a single battery charge via USB-C lasts up to 10 weeks.

For those who color coordinate their book collection—this option won’t clash.

Cofield Handturned Arched Black & Maple Book Ends
The end(s). Our love of books extends beyond cookbooks, and often beyond the confines of our bookshelves. That’s when bookends come in handy, and this pair of hand-turned, solid maple bookends in a subtle whitewash finish are just the thing to hold everything from poetry to prose in place.

An endless source of literary inspiration filled with excerpts, quizzes, and more.

Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany
The ultimate gift for book lovers, this volume brims with literary treasures, all delightfully illustrated by beloved artist and founder of Ideal Bookshelf, Jane Mount.  Book lovers, rejoice! In this love letter to all things bookish, Jane Mount brings literary people, places, and things to...

Block out airplane noise, chatty roommates, and other distractions so they can read in peace and quiet.

Bose QuietComfort 45 Headphones
You feel it the minute you put them on. The soft, plush cushions seal you in. Then you flip the switch and whoosh—the world fades. The music starts, and it’s love at first listen.

A thoughtful subscription that lets them choose from five celebrated new novels each month.

Book of the Month Gift Subscription
The gift they get to pick. The perfect present? Letting them choose their favorite books, every month.  Fun to give. Fun to get.  Gift members get their pick of each month’s best new books.

A handcrafted book storage option for the most refined palate.

Sun at Six Rise Bookstand
A graduate of Duke University, Antares Yee is creative director of Sun at Six, a Brooklyn-based design studio interested in how spaces affect our everyday choices and interactions. For the Rise Bookstand (2017), Lee set out to create a piece to emphasize lower room perspectives.

A 500-piece puzzle inspired by libraries for an evening of whimsy.

To help them craft their own envy-inducing home library.

For the Love of Books: Designing and Curating a Home Library
A celebration of the meaning and comfort printed books bring to our homes and lives, from the curation and design experts at Juniper Books. Explore the significance of the home library, embellished with alluring photography and illustrations, in a keepsake worthy of any bibliophile’s collection.

Give the gift of a large and durable tote to carry all those books in.

Sir Madam Cotswold Linen Tote
For books and beets and everything in between.  Our friends at Sir Madam took this little tote on the ultimate travel test during a trip to the English countryside through markets and villages galore, and, in their words “it did us proud.” The market bag of your dreams, it has a bucket shape...

For an endless source of design stories and inspiration. (If we do say so ourselves...)

Dwell Subscription
A one-year subscription provides thousands of design ideas and priceless resources for creating the home of your dreams. Stylish yet accessible, each issue is packed with award-winning photography, thoughtfully crafted articles, and the latest trends in modern design.

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