If, like us, you have a close-knit circle of book loving friends, an obvious choice when it comes to buying them a present (whether for the festive season, their birthday, or simply to help get them through the ongoing lockdowns down under) is, of course, to buy them a book. However, with many-a-bookworm’s TBR pile (that’s a to-be-read pile for the uninitiated among us) growing at a somewhat endless speed, a thoughtful literary-themed gift makes a great alternative to a book.
And so, from the ultimate bookish tote to some of the prettiest bookmarks around, here are 7 of the very best gifts for book lovers around.
Any bookworm worth their salt will need a stylish tote in which to haul their books from one reading spot to the next, and where better to treat yo’self to one than iconic Bondi bookshop, Gertrude & Alice? Hardwearing, elegant, and big enough for a handful of books, we never leave home without ours.
We may be biased, but we reckon a Luxuread subscription makes for one of the best gifts for book lovers on the market. With a whopping nine genres to choose from (ranging from fantasy to YA to business and beyond), our book boxes also include a monthly treat to help create an indulgent me-tim experience.
Looking for a present for a bookworm who also has a penchant for interiors? Look no further than a stunning Spineless Classic. Every paragraph, chapter, heading and italic is kept and carefully arranged into a design which fits a standard frame with no words missing. With a huge range to choose from – from children’s favourites such as The Secret Garden to Shakesperean tragedies like Othello to American classics such as On the Road, a Spineless Classic is the ultimate gift for a book lover who also wants to add a touch of literary edge to their abode.
A perfect present for a book lover who likes the finer things in life, this fragranced candle from Byredo evokes the amorous aromas of old books with a careful composition of peach, plum, vanilla and patchouli to recreate the experience of turning delicate pages among rows of books. The scent is as evocative and comprehensive as the range of topics that fill every library, and makes for an idyllic accompaniment to an evening spent between the pages of a book.
Unless you’re the type of reader who dog-ears their books (and please don’t be that sort of person), a chic bookmark like this one from kikki.K will make a great gift for the book lover in your life. A beautiful blush, leather bookmark, it also comes with foil detailing and a charm attachment, and is the perfect tool for any bookworm. You can even add sure your friend’s initials with kikki.K’s monogramming service.
As many of the readers among us are also aspiring writers, we think Papier’s beautiful Le Classique Notebook is a thoughtful gift for almost any book lover. A trusty place to scribble down your TBR list, little reminders and thoughts on your current read, you can opt for lined, dotted or plain paper inside, personalise the cover with a name, a fun title or a special tribute
A stylish pair of bookends
A stylish pair of bookends is the perfect gift for a booklover who wants to add a touch of class to their home, and we these French provinicial hand-crafted bookends from Temple & Webster are about the best on the market.