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.
Bibliophile: 50 Postcards
The Picture of Dorian Grey Pin
Abrams & Chronicle Books Knock Knock Personal Library Kit
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.
Bookabuy Book & Sock Subscription
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.
Penguin Modern Boxed Set
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.
Nook & Burrow When In Doubt Tote Bag
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.
Folding Book Lamp
Waterman Hemisphere Fountain Pen
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.
Moleskine Passion Books Journal
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.
Go Away! I'm Reading Mug by A Rose Cast
Paddywax Library Collection: Jane Austen
Monogrammed Leather Journal Holder
The Original Couch Coaster Drink Holder
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.