Books are an obvious choice for book-lovers, but when you want something a little different (or you're pretty sure your intended recipient has read every book on the planet), here are seven unique ideas.
You can literally wear your favorite book on a T-shirt or a scarf, or carry your books in a tote. Litographs prints the entire text of beloved works on wearable items. I got a little too excited that they had The Princess Bride, with options to use the text of the book or of the screenplay.
2. BookBook Laptop Case
Hide your laptop in a case that looks like a large vintage-style book. While there are inexpensive options (around the $20 range) on Amazon, my favorite is the Twelve South Rutledge BookBook, which is the priciest offering but super cool. There are also options for iPad cases as well.
3. Book Lover's Journal
I have one of these and they're a lot of fun. Sure, Goodreads keeps track of what you read, but there's nothing like a real book to keep your records, thoughts, ideas, and more. The journal helps you record everything you would want to know about your book: title, author, publisher, number of pages, genre, date started and finished, where you heard about it, whether you would recommend it, how you would rate it based on various factors, your overall opinion, and more. The journal also includes pages where you can write out a "Table of Contents" so you can find your review of a particular book, a To-Be-Read list, and other awesome features.
4. Book Safe
You've seen it in movies before: It looks like a normal book, but it's actually hollow inside, so you can stash that secret treasure map or a ring of power where the bad guys can't find it. Some book safes are just hollow, but others actually have a lock and key option, like this one on Amazon.com:
5. Book Lamp
It looks like a book with a hardwood cover when it's lying on your table, but open it up and it becomes a lamp with a soft, glowing ambience. I haven't tried this, but I love the idea! If you're lucky enough to have a personal library (like Belle in Beauty and the Beast) this would be a great way to illuminate it.
6. Book-Themed Calendar
You can go for the conventional 12-month calendar or the one-page-a-day calendar; either way, it's a book lover's dream--a festival of bibliophilia all year long!
7. My Books
Yeah, I admit it, it's a shameless plug for my books, but that's because I'm as much of a book-lover as you are. I only write the sort of stories that I am dying to read but that no one has written before. Basically, I write it because I want to read it. That's why I've written about:
Sound fun? You can find them on my website or here on Amazon: