Gifts for Book Lovers
Okay, I admit it. I have an addiction. My bedside table groans with books, all in progress,” and there are more on the floor. Sometimes I have dark circles under my eyes, not just because I have two small children, but because I have two small children and still couldn’t put that book down until 2 a.m. Paperback, hardback, e-book — I love them all. But while there are lots of us book-lovers around, we are tough to buy for — because we won’t just read any book. We like to choose our own. Here’s where the Gifts.com team comes in. We found some book-related gifts—that aren’t books—to delight the bibliophile in your life.
Because they are there. Strolling between the famous stone lions that have guarded the entrance to the New York Public Library since 1911 has been a rite of passage for generations of read-niks. Now the “Library Lions” can lend their lovable majesty to your own collection, with these hefty marble New York Public Library bookends ($150) from The New York Times Store.
Because everything is better unplugged. A true book lover should never have to worry whether a battery is big enough for their reading habit. A Solar Kindle Charger ($70) from RedEnvelope means that you can belong to the 21st century and still take the latest must-read up a mountain, to the beach or on the trail.
Because let there be light. Take everything you don’t like about book lights: their clunky awkwardness, the way they never fold up as small as you want them to, the way, in an age of multifunctional objects, they don’t do anything else—and then strip all that away, leaving a Platonic ideal of book-light-ness. The result would be something very close to the Best Book Reading Light by Moleskine ($20). This flexible, LED book light stores flat inside your book, serves as a bookmark, charges with a USB connection, and stands up on a flat surface when you need to shed a little extra wattage on something.
Because no one can read just one. People shopping for picky but voracious readers, I have three words for you: Netflix for e-books. With a three-month subscription to Oyster Books ($29.85), your favorite reader can feast on all the e-books they want from Oyster’s 100,000-title library and have access to personalized recommendations, for a monthly subscription fee. A gift idea for whose time has come.
Lavonne Leong lives with her husband and daughters in Honolulu, where she writes about arts, education, science, families, and yes, shopping. She’s the editor-at-large for San Francisco-based Red Bridge Press, and her first children’s book, Up in the Hawaiian Sky, was published in 2013.