With Christmas fast approaching, Max Keating discusses ideas of gifts for bibliophiles.
As the festive season approaches, the search for the perfect Christmas gifts begins in earnest. For those who appreciate the magic of literature, a visit to a bookshop can yield treasures that go far beyond the pages of a book. In the world of bibliophiles, there is a unique joy in finding and giving the best Christmas gifts from a bookshop. Here, we explore a selection of timeless and delightful presents that are sure to warm the hearts of both avid readers and those new to the world of books.
For those who appreciate the magic of literature, a visit to a bookshop can yield treasures that go far beyond the pages of a book.
A simple book, whether from the bestseller list, the Booker Prize nominations, or the classics, is always a welcome addition to any Christmas tree. Though some people may prefer books tailored to their personal taste, whether it be a certain genre of fiction or nonfiction, everyone has their preferred style which makes for a much more meaningful gift.
For the extra-special and expensive gifts, collectors’ editions are a great gift for people significantly invested in a particular author or series of books, but those pale in comparison to antiquarian books. A collector’s item of vast value due to its age, antiquarian books are the epitome of book purchases and well worth considering as potential gifts.
But what about gifts that aren’t books? For people who are avid book readers, but whose preferences you might not necessarily know.
Bookmarks are essential tools for any avid reader. They not only keep track of where one left off in a story but also offer an opportunity for personalisation and style. Bookmarks come in various materials, designs, and themes, making them delightful collectibles for book lovers. Whether adorned with literary quotes, whimsical designs, or intricate craftsmanship, bookmarks are small tokens of affection that enhance the reading experience. They allow readers to pick up exactly where they left off and evoke a sense of nostalgia with every use. Bookmarks are not just placeholders; they are cherished companions on countless literary journeys.
Bookmarks are not just placeholders; they are cherished companions on countless literary journeys.
Don’t be afraid to buy someone a gift card if you’re uncertain about their preferences. Sometimes the best presents are the ones people choose themselves! National Book Tokens are valid in every bookshop around the country and give the recipient a lot of personal choice of where to shop.
Dubray books, an Irish book realtor franchise you can find ample selection of book accessories – bookmarks, journals or book lights for those long nighttime reading sessions down the rabbit hole! Some bookshops even carry lava lamps – a fantastic gift for young book lovers.
Tote bags adorned with bookish designs or featuring famous book covers are more than just fashion accessories; they are practical and stylish companions for book lovers. These versatile bags provide a convenient way to carry books to the library, bookstore, or on the go. They're not only eco-friendly, reducing the need for plastic bags, but they also make a statement about the owner's love for literature. The designs can reflect a favorite genre, author, or classic book, serving as a conversation starter among fellow readers. Tote bags are not just for books; they are a fashion statement, a piece of self-expression, and a nod to the joy of reading.
It’s not the Christmas season without Christmas cards, and some bookshops stock extremely artsy cards well worth writing a special message to your friends and family.
For children, gift cards and toys are easily available in bookshops all over the country. The hardest part is choosing which to buy, taking into account the child’s age range. The last mistake anyone wants to make is to give their family one they cannot read.
In a world filled with digital distractions, the tangible world of books remains a source of wonder and connection. The best Christmas gifts from a bookshop not only convey your love and thoughtfulness but also encourage a love for reading and the exploration of new worlds. The enjoyment of reading is a gift worthy of sharing with all your friends and family this year – and just another reason why reading accessories are an excellent way of teaching family to appreciate the hobby. You never know how much capacity your gift may have to inspire them to take on this wonderful hobby!
In a world filled with digital distractions, the tangible world of books remains a source of wonder and connection.
This holiday season, let the spirit of giving take the form of a well-chosen book, a literary treasure, or a piece of bookish magic. It's a gift that keeps on giving, fostering imagination, knowledge, and, most importantly, the joy of a good story. So, visit your local bookshop, immerse yourself in the world of books, and find that perfect gift that will warm hearts and create lasting memories this Christmas.