Those who create Christmas wish lists are a blessing to those who shop. Others of us, bookworms, specifically, question why wish lists are even important. Why scribble wishes down when we could be entrenched in a different world? This avoidant behavior aggravates, irritates, and exhausts the poor souls struggling to shop for the bookworm. So, this post is for you who live with a bookworm who won’t take a break long enough to give you some clue of what they want.
Gift Idea #1: Get your Bookworm a book.
Yes, this is the “no-brainer” of these ideas. But, really, get them a book.
While purchasing your Bookworm a book, don’t limit yourself to the latest releases. Look at books that were published a few years back. Or investigate the self-published section which features authors like Jaye L. Knight, Tricia Mingerink, and Bridgett Powers. Or buy them a classic. Books by Robert Louis Stevenson and Jules Verne are sure to thrill almost every type of bookworm. Louisa May Alcott, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Jane Austen are also authors who have several often unthought-of books that will give you years’ worth of gifts for your Bookworm.
The Secret Admirer Romance Collection and The Underground Railroad Brides Collection are both wonderful books to buy for your romantic Bookworm, while Beast by Chawna Schroeder and Edge of Oblivion by Joshua A. Johnston are perfect for the more unusual Bookworm who prefers speculative fiction instead.
Gift Idea #2: Look into audio books for your Bookworm.
There are few things more frustrating to a Bookworm than have to put down their book. How will they know the characters escaped unscathed? How can they focus on anything not knowing if the characters will admit their love for one another (that’s for the romance readers)?
You can ease your Bookworm’s fretting by surprising them with an audio book. Granted, not all books are on audio, but there is a fair collection of them that are. If your Bookworm is into fantasy, Jaye L. Knight’s Resistance, Tricia Mingerink’s Blades of Acktar series, and Chuck Black’s Wars of the Realm series are on audio. As a bonus, Black’s Kingdom series and Knights of Arrethtrae series (both written for younger readers but something the entire family can enjoy) are also on audio.
Gift Idea #3: Get your Bookworm a mug.
Even if your bookworm is not a coffee or tea person, it is likely they hot chocolate. So why not get them the perfect mug to drink from while immersing themselves in another world? While mugs with pretty designs are nice, tickle your Bookworm even more by finding them a mug that proclaims, well, their bookwormishness.
Amazon, CafePress, and Etsy are three places to look for such a mug. And, if you want to spice up the gift even more, throw in a packet of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate powder.
Gift Idea #4: Get your Bookworm a shirt.
This goes along the same line as the mug idea. Your Bookworm can wear their shirt (one specifically for bookworms) everywhere. Amazon, Etsy, Redbubble, and Spreadshirt sell some absolutely hilarious t-shirts for book lovers, that will for sure draw a laugh from your Bookworm – if they can tear their eyes away from their latest reading project, that is.
Gift Idea #5: Get your Bookworm a magnetic bookmark.
Every Bookworm knows there is nothing worse than feeling around for their bookmark, whether it be a scrap of paper, gum wrapper, or whatever else is used to mark the reading spot. Help your Bookworm in their moment of panic, by surprising them with a magnetic bookmark.
These handy little bookmarks are colorful, cheery, cute, and the thing that can save your Bookworm from resorting to desperate, barbaric measures (such as dogearing) to mark their spot. Magnetic bookmarks can be found at your local bookstore. Amazon, Christian Artgifts, and CBD also carry adorable magnetic bookmarks.
Gift Idea #6: Get your Bookworm something from their favorite fandom.
This is primarily for those who enjoy speculative fiction. Most Speculative Fiction authors have pens, shirts, bookmarks, bags, and more. This will thrill your Bookworm, because there is nothing like proclaiming to the world which fandom they belong to, or which characters they ship. Plus, it’s just too cool for a Bookworm to wear a shirt saying something along the lines of, “I belong to _____ fandom“. To find fandom pieces for your Bookworm, go to the author’s website.
Gift Idea #7: Get your Bookworm an autographed copy.
You can make your Bookworm’s day – or year – by surprising them with an autographed copy of their favorite book. First, contact the author. You can send them your Bookworm’s copy (but be ready to console the heartbroken Bookworm when they discover it missing), and have the author sign it. Be prepared to provide postage for it to be mailed back. Or, you can take the least expensive way, and purchase a new copy for your Bookworm directly from the author (don’t forget to ask for their autograph). Your Bookworm’s old copy can be donated to the local library.
Gift Idea #8: Get your Bookworm a gift card.
This is another “no-brainer”, but really is the answer to all your problems concerning your Bookworm. With a gift card, you don’t have to worry about gifting your Bookworm with a book they already have (or worse, one they don’t like).
As a side note, when considering a gift card for your bookworm, don’t forget about your local bookstores (if the Bookworm resides in the same town/area as you).
Gift Idea #9: Get your Bookworm a pair of socks.
Let me warn you that this is a gift not every Bookworm would appreciate (yours-truly included). But for those who would, this is a great gift. Surprise your Bookworm with a pair of soft, fuzzy socks that they can wear while reading. Your Bookworm will be comfy and warm. It also helps if said Bookworm appreciates “fashionable” clothing, as most fuzzy socks come bearing stripes, polka-dots, geometrical patterns, or prints of little animals.
Gift Idea #10: Get your Bookworm a notebook and/or pen
The second best thing to reading is smelling the pages of a crisp, new notebook or writing the first word with that new, ink-filled pen. Your bookworm will experience a unique thrill when they behold the gift, and will immediately plan what to put in the notebook with the new pen. Whether or not they will actually write in the notebook is a different topic. Just know that, whatever your Bookworm chooses to do with the gift, they will be immensely excited.
See? Shopping for your Bookworm really isn’t as hard and impossible as first believed. Whichever gift you choose for your Bookworm, whether it be a mug and tea, audio book, or something related to a particular fandom, they are sure to enjoy it.
So, go forth and shop without fear for your Bookworm!