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.

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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. Includes one bookend.

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 have 90 seconds to create a single, groan-worthy pun that combines the two prompts. When time is up, pun makers share their puns with the prompter, who awards the prompt cards to the player whose pun he or she likes best. The winner then draws the next pair of prompt cards and the process repeats. Players win by obtaining 10 pairs of cards.

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. Also features a Book/Shop tag.

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 can be stacked for storage or grouped to form a larger surface. This is the authentic Wire Base Low Table produced by Herman Miller. Eames is a licensed trademark of Herman Miller.

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. Battery life may vary depending on use.

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. On a floating shelf, mantle, or dresser, their smooth curves and delicate grain will hold all your books in place, from beginning to end. The black bookends are exclusive to Food52.

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 life through her signature and vibrant illustrations. Readers will: Tour the world's most beautiful bookstores Test their knowledge of the written word with quizzes Find their next great read in lovingly curated stacks of books Sample the most famous fictional meals Peek inside the workspaces of their favorite authors A source of endless inspiration, literary facts and recommendations, and pure bookish joy, Bibliophile is sure to enchant book clubbers, English majors, poetry devotees, aspiring writers, and any and all who identify as bookworms.

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

Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II

QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones II are engineered with renowned noise cancellation. With the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in, you have instant access to millions of songs, playlists and more—hands free. Simply choose your voice assistant and ask away.

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. Plus, shipping is free for you! Photo Courtesy of Book of the Month

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. Handcrafted from solid black walnut, Rise’s modular design allows for several to be joined together, making it ideal for storing books, records, and more on the floor or along the top of a table. Made in China.

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

Seltzer Greyhound Library Puzzle

Designed by Barcelona-based artist Kiki Ljung, this 500-piece puzzle makes the perfect gift for book-lovers and dog-lovers alike.

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. For the Love of Books shares the vision of Juniper Books, a business that embraces the roles that books fulfill in our lives and their staying power. It recounts the history of books and private libraries, and champions the resilience of books in the digital era. Dive into the nuances that define books for reading, books for decoration, and books for inspiration. Instructive chapters provide useful details for creating and curating one’s own home library, whether it be a single shelf or multiple rooms each with their own collection. You will never look at your bookshelves the same way again. For the Love of Books is about storytelling beyond the pages of our favorite books. Our books―the ones we choose to keep―tell the story of who we are. They remind us who we once were and who we aspire to be.

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 that’s versatile enough to act as your book bag and spacious enough to haul an entire farmer’s market’s worth of bounty. That 100% linen construct with dyed-to-match cotton straps can be worn comfily over your shoulder anywhere—and in those colors? Swoon.

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

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