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5 Great Gift Ideas For Readers

Updated on September 6, 2013

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If you have a bookworm on your shopping list, you may find that they are the hardest people to shop for! While it should be easy - you can just get them a book, right? - it is actually difficult because it is virtually impossible to keep up.

What have they read already? What genres do they like - or more importantly, what genres do they dislike? What are their favorite authors? Do they like nonfiction or fiction, short stories, or epic novels? Here are five book lover gifts that should appeal to any reader.

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Homemade Bookmarks

Easy, Cheap and Useful

No, this isn't an earth-shatteringly original idea. But they are great for those on a budget or those who like to DIY gifts. They can be made very simply by children, and then laminated by an adult. Adults can make a wide variety of interesting bookmark favors or gifts, which can include quotes from favorite books, detailed pictures, a collage, or even beautiful pressed flowers. You can very easily personalize it for the tastes and interests of your recipient.

We'll sneak another DIY gift in here that is perfect for readers with glasses. You could make a great glasses holder or lanyard. This is wonderful for people who have reading glasses or who have to switch from one pair to another when reading. You can do this very easily with beads, embroidery thread, or hemp. All you need is the glasses holders with either plastic or fabric hooks to hold the glasses.

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Electronic Reader

Spendy but Sweet

Jumping to the other end of the spectrum entirely, an e-reader can be a fantastic gift for the book lover. Every bookworm has stacks and stacks of books, overflowing from the shelves. An e-reader, such as a Kindle, Nook, or SkyTex is a great, compact, space-saving idea.

Your book lover never has to be without a book if they have a device on which they can download books. These are a bit pricy; you can find a SkyTex for about $70 and Kindles starting at about $140.

You could make someone's birthday or Christmas with one of these! Be sure to look out for sales.

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"I Read Banned Books"

Show Their Pride

Book lovers look at banned books lists with disdain and disgust. Some of the best books have been banned somewhere, at some time. Huck Finn, The Color Purple, Fahrenheit 451, To Kill a Mockingbird, the list goes on and on.

To please the book rebel in your life, get an "I Read Banned Books" bracelet or necklace. These have "charms" which are actually small reproductions of the covers of some of the most famous banned books. It is unique, eye-catching, and ideal for the avid reader.

Banned Books

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Book Lover's Cookbook

Why Not?

If you have a cook and book-loving person on your list, the Book Lover's Cookbook is perfect. This is a collection of literary-inspired recipes. You will find favorites from Little Women, The Importance of Being Earnest, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café," and more.

Why not combine their hobbies, if they like to read and cook? It's the best of both worlds and they will love that you know them so well!

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Book lovers love books; so why not make them happy? You may not know which book is next on their list, but you can help them keep their supply strong. The gift of choice may not seem personal, but it is much appreciated by book lovers. An added benefit is that they can choose the best format for their needs, such as audio, large print, or electronic. Books are relatively affordable, especially online, so even a modest amount can translate into a few great books. They might even choose to buy baby book gifts for their kids to get them interested in reading as well!

Get the bookworm on your list something that he or she will treasure. It doesn't have to be a book, per se; anything that makes their reading time even more enjoyable will be appreciated.

Leave a Comment! - What do you think of these ideas?

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      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      Great lens. Thank you for these gift ideas. I could use some of these.

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      squid-janices7 5 years ago

      I love my nook e-reader and would highly recommend it as a gift for anyone that loves reading. I just wish I had more time to read. Great ideas in this lens!

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      dessertlover 5 years ago

      I love reading on my ipad, but there's something to be said about physically seeing the amount of pages you have left. Great reading gift ideas here. Very creative!