Like Belle from Beauty and the Beast, we grew up with our noses stuck in books. We dreamed of having ornate libraries big enough to warrant floor-to-ceiling ladders, and still love the sweet smell of an old vintage (novel, that is). Can't relate? If you're scratching your head thinking up gifts for readers, the good news is you don't have to hunt down their Goodreads. Cosier writer and bookworm Dr Elese has spent decades devouring books. Here are some of her best book lover gift ideas.
Stationery worth sharing
We'll let you in on a little secret: most bibliophiles are also massive stationery nerds. This set contains 50 postcards beautifully illustrated by Jane Mount, featuring literary giants and iconic titles from some of the worlds' best-loved books.
These book-inspired enamel pins from Aussie store Book Geek are a top pick from Cosier editor and fellow bookworm Sarah. They're ideal for pinning to denim jackets and library totes, and lit lovers will be enamoured with this Oscar Wilde-themed looking glass design.
When it comes to gifts, self-help books don't always go down as planned. We reckon this one's an exception to the rule, as a sneaky hiding spot for a flask of their favourite tipple.
Most bookworms will happily loan a book to a friend because we love any opportunity to talk about our favourite tales. But remembering who we lent them to is a different story. Help them keep track of their own tomes with this Knock Knock Personal Library Kit, which includes 20 self-adhesive pockets and checkout cards, a date stamp, inkpad, and pencil.
Socks and softcovers
If the local library's a bit of a trek, they'll appreciate a monthly gift subscription from Aussie locals Bookabuy. These legends will send a book to their doorstep every month, for 3, 6, or 12 months, with a pair of socks by Fremantle locals Red Fox Socks to boot. And if socks aren't their thing, Bookabuy also offers standalone book subscriptions, as well as tea or candle options.
This collection is basically an Arts degree in a box, containing all 50 of the Penguin Modern series. They'll find world-changing words across poetry, essays and fiction by major thinkers of the 20th Century, including Audre Lorde, Allen Ginsberg, Gertrude Stein, James Baldwin, Franz Kafka, and Chinua Achebe.
Cosier editor Sarah knows a book lovers' biggest pain is leaving with more books than you can carry. “Totes with book-related slogans are brilliant for library bookshop hauls because they're heavy duty and won't crumble under the weight of books.” This jumbo-sized calico tote by Melbourne Etsy sellers Nook & Burrow is printed in Australia, too.
Travelling book light
Sarah says “I've always fancied one of these smart LED light books - what a pretty and practical way to rep some book love”. These clever little reading lights are small, lightweight and USB rechargeable, and fold like an accordion to travel wherever you go.
Old-school French luxury
For bookworms who love writing as much as reading, these French-made Waterman Hemisphere pens are a worthy entrypoint to the world of fountain pens. I love my own Waterman pen - it's lightweight and super-inky for an utterly dreamy writing experience. And don't forget the ink - try this Jacques Herbin ink in emerald for Harry Potter fans, or this Diamine ink in Writer's Blood for Gothic lit lovers.
The original Goodreads
Help them keep track of their reading list with a Moleskine Passion Books Journal. These journals are the perfect compliment to any fancy pen, with acid-free paper to preserve their note-taking. Each journal has tabbed sections in alphabetical order, with space to record book titles, authors, notes and more.
The ultimate readers' mug
This Go Away! I'm Reading mug by Society 6 artist A Rose Cast says what every book lover is thinking. These mugs are made from durable, dishwasher and microwave safe ceramic, so they can reheat their cuppa after getting lost in their favourite volume.
Inspired by the classics
Candles are key to book lovers' reading rituals, and we rate this Jane Austen-inspired version from the Paddywax Library Collection. Made from hand-poured soy wax, it comes packed in a gift box, smelling delightfully of gardenia, tuberose and jasmine.
More Eureka moments
Speaking of reading rituals, many bookworms love pairing a good book with a long soak. This Bamboo Bathtub Caddy has a flip-up frame for hands-free reading, as well as spots for candles, toiletries, a wine glass, or their smartphone.
Leather-bound volumes are one thing, but for a personal touch, we rate these Monogrammed A5 Leather Journal Holders. You can customize this soft leather notebook holder with 4 monogrammed characters. Durable leather means it'll last for years, housing journal after journal.
When there's an animal companion on their lap, or their book's just really, really good, bookworms tend to rest their cuppa on the arm of the couch. This doesn't always go so well for the couch, so they'll appreciate this ingenious invention. It has space for cup handles, bottles or cans, and comes with an adaptor for hot and cold drinks.