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2014 Bookish Valentine's Day Gifts for Her
Unique Gift Ideas for Female Book Lovers
Friday, Feburary 14th marks Valentine's Day for 2014. This guide seeks to make gifting the bookish a simple task. Beautiful small journals, Bookish themed knicknacks, and Romantic Themed Books make great gifts for female book lovers. There is something on this list for everyone; mother, girlfriend, wife, or teenage daughter. Check out the guide below to see what products I recommended and why.
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Gift Idea #1: Journals - Inspire the writer within your Bookish friend!
Rather writing about their own personal lives, collecting witticisms, or starting the inklings of their own novel, nearly all book people can enjoy a good blank journal. A good gift journal must have:
- A Beautiful Hardback Cover, this allows the journal be laid flat when opened, become a great display piece, and better protection from damage to the book.
- Nice Quality Paper, a journal made out of good quality paper can handle a variety of inks than those made out of the thinnest (cheapest) materials. Judging the quality of paper isn't hard. Just a simple feel test should do. As cheap paper feels cheap but sturdier paper has a substantial feel to it.
- High Quality Binding, a strong bind ensures that the journals pages will stay permanently in tact. A strong case binding is the best for hardcover books. This is when pages are glued together in a "textblock," then the textblock is glued to cover of the book. Hardback journals costing $20 and up tend to have this high quality binding.
The last issue is deciding on what size to get the journal in. This can vary due to personal preferences. However in my humble opinion, I've found that women tend to like journals that are big enough to write in but small enough to carry with. As they often like to journal in bed, on the beach, or whenever the mood hits. So look for hardback journals that are 4" x 6" - 5" x 8" (about the size of a paper back fiction novel) to gift them. See the examples below for great journals to get your favorite bookish female.
Cute un-lined journals with plenty of writing space (over 250 pages) and small enough to fit in a purse. Features a tin cover with a vivid vintage inspired print and case binding. The journal's papers are a mixture of durable Kraft / White paper that can hold a variety of traditional pen inks (sharpie markers aren't recommended). Available in 4 different covers, all choices are listed in this section.
How to Make a Hardback Book - Videos for the adventurous who would rather make instead of a buy a gift journals.
If you are a craft beginner, I do not recommend attempting this. Bookbinding at home requires a lot of patience, time, and a laundry list of materials. However if you're a crafty type person, who loves a challenge, follow these tutorials to craft a hardback journal for your book loving sweetie.
Gift Idea #2: Non-Book Bookish Gifts - Bookish Gifts that aren't books
Perfect non-book gifts for book lovers are those that either help aid them in the reading process (bookmarkers or highlighters) or show off their bookish pursuits ( book theme clothing, wall art, jewelry, and etc). The list below is may take on great non-book gifts for book lovers.
Couple's "promise" necklace with a silver book charm. One for you and another one for your lover. If you'd like you can every write a small message inside the charm.
These romantic theme book darts are a great way for your sweetie to mark her favorite lines in her books. Great small gift to add when gifting her a new book.
Made out of sturdy cotton and emblazoned by the cover art of Jane Austen's classic romantic tale, "Pride and Prejudice". This tote is perfect for carrying a few books or small groceries.
Cozy sleepwear is the perfect companion for a good book.
Crafted by boutique perfumer Geza Schoen and conceptualized (packaging designer and name giver) by Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld, "Paper Passion" is a perfume that smells like a freshly printed book. Subtly scented and luxuriously packaged, this scent is sure to be a showstopping gift for a hardcore book fan.
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Gift Idea #3: Romantic Books - Available in Hardback and/or Audio Format
When gifting books, its best to buy the hardback or audio CD version. Hardback books last longer and the ones with beautiful covers make great display pieces. While audio CDs make a great companion for long trips or nightmare traffic jams. These items run about $20 and up in-stores but you can generally find them on Amazon far cheaper. If your bookish lover has a well-worn paperback of her favorite tale, try gifting her the hardback or audio version of that book. If you are dying to buy her something new, the suggestions below are picks for romantic books currently available in hardback or audio.
A catalog of love stories from real couples throughout the nation, "All There Is: Love Stories From StoryCorps" demonstrates love in its most realistic triumphs. Featuring stories that start from courtship to long-time commitment, this book is equally perfect for harden realists and hopeless romantics.
In elite 18th century British society "good breeding" means everything. This places Henrietta Littlefoot in a bind as she's an orphan raised among her aristocratic cousins. Due to a series of events and a passionate love affair, a teenage Henrietta runs away from home to London. It is there where the naive Henrietta finds her true origins, grit, and independence. Written in a very confessional manner; think "Bridget Jones' Diary" for the Age of Enlightenment set. Great for those who love plucky women and historical drama.
A chick lit classic from the author who wrote "Confessions of a Shopholic." This light breezy read centers around Emma, a fun flirty marketing exec. Whilst experiencing turbulence on a flight and convinced she is going to die, Emma confessions her most intimate details to a beautiful stranger. Luckily, the plane lands safely and Emma bids him an awkward farewell. However in a strange turn of events, her and the stranger meet again. This time he is properly introduced as the CEO of her company.
Soon to be major motion picture (with a June 14th release date), "The Fault in Our Stars" is herald as a Young Adult book smart enough for Adults to enjoy. The book chronicles the love affair between a terminally ill cancer patient, Hazel, and a boy in her Cancer Kid Support Group, Augustus. The two lovers bond sharing their quirky outlook on life and pondering the meaning of what it means to exist. Great book for adult fans of YA fiction as well as those who enjoy romances found in unexpected places.
A must have for every book lover's collection, includes all of Jane Austen's genre-defining Romance novels; Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Lady Susan. Gorgeously printed and bound, this collection reads as well as it displays.
Links for Book Lovers
- Good Reads | Discover and Share Books You Love
Terrific website for book lovers wondering what books they should read next. Books at arranged in catagories from broad to niche. There is also a thriving book reading community very active on the site.
- Out of Print Clothing | Your favorite classic books on t-shirts and other merchandise
Makers of the "Pride & Prejudice" tote recommended in the "Non-Book Bookish Gifts" section of this lens. They also make shirts, jewelry, phone cases, stationary, and more. Check out their website for their full selection of book themed products.
- StoryCorps | Listen to Stories
StoryCorps founder Dave Isay wrote one of the recommended book "All There Is: Love Stories From StoryCorps." His organization is a non-profit that seeks to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and prese