Vise Bookends, $69 from Restoration Hardware
Perfect for anyone’s collection of Frankenstein novels. Plus, they are explicitly designed to be sturdy enough for the 2-volume OED. Innovation!
T-shirts and fleeces, $28 and $42 from Out of Print
If you can suss out their favorite classic novel, you can probably find a t-shirt with the cover on it. Just make sure it’s a nice-looking cover — and not an embarrassing book.
Ideal Bookshelf: English Lit print, $50 at 20×200
Whether it’s a visual to-read or have-read shelf, you can never go wrong with the classics.
Savannah Rhino Story Bust, $68 from Anthropologie
What better to decorate your loved one’s reading room than with this rhino’s head made from repurposed French novels?
Bibliochaise, $5,821 at Timorous Beasties
For the friend who’s trying to be surrounded by books at all times. At that price, you’ll have to like them a heck of a lot, though.
Bookshelf necklace, $40 from Etsy
Dress it up or dress it down.
Bartleby the Scrivener bag, $12 from Melville House
The phrase that works for every occasion. (PS: they also have shirts now).
Nine Letter Words (Rubik’s Cube Revisited), $1,200 from Grey Area
For the deconstructionist word nerd with something to prove to the math kids.
Literary Coasters, $16 from Etsy
For the hostess who wants to serve a little enlightenment with those cocktails.
I Read a Book notepad, $8 from Anthropologie
It’s meant for kids, but we think it’s pretty appropriate for anyone who needs some space to reflect.
Secret Passageway Switch, $50 from Vespoe
The best use we’ve ever seen for all those already-read hardcovers collecting dust on the shelf.
Grimm’s Fairy Tales story poster, $34 from Postertext
Created from an assortment of Grimm tales, you can read it and look at it lovingly from across the room.
Hollow book safe & flask, $55 from Etsy
Because reading’s not all they do.
I like big books tote, $35 from Etsy
Who doesn’t, really?
Author Portraits, $30 for a set of 3 from Etsy
Everyone likes to keep pictures of their friends around, and these hand-drawn versions are quite lovely.
Artichoke Hanging Lantern, $65 from Etsy
Read by the light of a book — sort of.
People & Books: Gothic Architecture – Signed Print by Marc Johns. $20 from Marc Johns
We’ve found that a lot of literary nerds also love the winking whimsy of Marc Johns, and what better print selection than one that also proclaims their love for reference tomes?
Leaf-it Bookmarks, $19 from Designboom
For the naturalist.
Magnifying glass, $80 from MoMa
In case your friend isn’t quite willing to go for the whole pair yet, you can get trainer glasses.
Library Books Mug, $20 from Kate Spade
There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book and a mug of tea. And though your reader probably has a bunch of mugs already, another one is always appreciated.