20 Creative Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers

Buy these reading-inspired accessories for a friend—or yourself!

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Letter Press

Keep loose pages in place with Dana Tanamachi's charming glass Alphabet Letter Paperweights.

 

West Elm, $8 each; westelm.com

Reading in Bed

The clever, cozy Bedtime Stories Duvet, printed with the story of Sleeping Beauty, adds a layer of warmth when you turn the page. Added bonus: extra large print!

 

Tiago da Fonseca, $106.89; etsy.com

Read 'Em and Peep

A deconstructed French Chef Cookbook by Julia Child serves as the bones of this whimsical, decorative birdhouse complete with a perch made from a mini wooden mixing spoon. It's also available, naturally, in a To Kill a Mockingbird motif.

 

Dave Vissat, $125; uncommongoods.com

A Wrinkle in Time

Short on wall space? Tuck this colorful clock in with a row of books on your shelf.

 

Sjoerd van Heumen, $24; uncommongoods.com

A Light Read

Keep this cute lamp on your bedside table. The literary rooftop design acts as both a nightlight and a page-saving bookmark.

 

Uncommon Goods, $80; uncommongoods.com

X Marks the Spot

These interactive, designer bookmarks make reading even livelier. Use the Cheat Sheet bookmark to keep track of characters or foreign translations. Or create your own story with the Mad Libs-inspired Fill In bookmark.

 

Mslk, $15 for five; feltandwireshop.com

Book Scents

Sure, we love the ubiquitous e-reader, but the digital device is lacking when it comes to the smell of a good ole paper book. Invoke a library, or your favorite childhood tome, with this parchment-scented candle.

 

Assouline, $49; assouline.com

Word Play

Author Edward George Bulwer-Lytton inspired this challenging boardgame with his classic first line: “It was a dark and stormy night.” The object here is to—you guessed it—correctly identify the author or title of 8 books.

 

Good Read Games, $39.95; goodreadgames.com

Recharge With a Good Book

Dress up your iPhone dock with this decorative charging station, hidden inside the pages of Wuthering Heights.

 

Rich Neeley Designs; $54; etsy.com

You Can Judge a Phone By Its Cover

We're gaga for these geek chic iPhone cases with cover art from The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird and Modby Dick.

 

Uncommon Goods, $35 each; uncommongoods.com

Cuff Love

Wear your love for Jane Eyre on your sleeve with this handmade cuff, which is inscribed with a passage that includes this telling quote:

 

"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you." —Jane to Mr. Rochester

 

Jezebel Charms, $40; etsy.com

 

Covered Up

 Protect your Nook with this luxe ode to literature. The case, embossed with the titles of classic books, is lined with suede.

 

Barnes and Noble, $34.95; barnesandnoble.com

Cross Your Ts

English Breakfast tea gets a literary makeover with these adorably bagged and tagged brews. Each tea tag bares a quote from a famous a author.

 

Bag Ladies Tea, $12.50 for a box of 25; bagladiestea.com

A Wearable Story

This nostalgic, paper- and binding-inspired scent blends notes of "English novel, Russian and Moroccan leather bindings, worn cloth and a hint of wood polish."

 

In the Library, $90 for 15 ml; cbihateperfume.com

On the Shelf

Dress up your book collection with this amazing modular bookcase—the individual letters can be moved around to form different words—from Italian design firm Saporiti.

 

Read Your Bookcase by Saporiti, for details on where to buy contact info@saporiti.net

 

Paper Goods

Vintage French book pages were used to create this handmade, papier mache Rhino bust.

 

Savannah Story Bust, $68; anthropologie.com

Spine-Tingling

Give your reads a lift with this clever stacking shelf, which gives the illusion that your favorite tomes are floating in space.

 

Conceal Bookshelf, $15; momastore.org

Spell It Out

Punctuate your shelf with this bright, typographical bookend.

 

The End Bookend, $14.95; cb2.com

The Perfect Bookholder

Give one-handed reading another go with Thumbthing, a nifty little device for easy, comfortable reading.

 

Thumbthing, $4.24; spoonsisters.com

Writing on the Wall

Paper your home in Shakespeare with this hand-stitched passage inspired by Puck and company.

 

Misummer Night's Wallpaper, $698; anthropologie.com

 

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First Published Tue, 2011-11-01 14:46

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