The Bibliophile Gets Her Gift On

02 Dec

It’s upon us once again, the holiday season. I feel like a bad person for the sense of dread that hits me after Thanksgiving, but sometimes the Christmas season feels a little more like a speed drill perpetrated by your least favorite gym teacher who stands on the sidelines eating a cookie while you do wind-sprints, than a season of peace and joy. Just like those wind-sprints, when time is up and the holidays are over I mostly feel exhausted rather than healthy and joyful. So, in an effort to infuse the holiday with some good ju-ju and positive vibrations, your very own Bibliophile will offer up a few book-related gift ideas in the hopes that your holidays will be a little easier.

  • Ode to the gift card. It isn’t the most creative gift out there, but gift cards have the ability to make your life much, much easier. Don’t know which book in the series your favorite booklover has read? Not sure that gloom-cookie teenager is as into the Twilight series as you are? Don’t want to make the mistake of getting your nephew a picture book when you think he might have started reading chapter books? Well, a gift card will take the guesswork out of shopping and allow the people on your list to get exactly what they want. Most major booksellers offer gift cards that can be used in stores or online. The online option is especially handy if the reader on your list has just gotten an eReader like a Kindle or a Nook.
  • eReaders, the wave of the future. I’m not going to be an early adopter for this technology (I have too many gadgets I forget to charge so I’ll stay battery free on books for a bit longer), but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate it. Especially for travel, I love the idea of bringing an entire library with me without taking up extra room in my luggage, or being able to get new reading material instantly. In particular, one of my friends raves about how handy her Kindle is for reading magazines. At the moment, Kindle is still the eReader that has the best user rating, but the market is likely to continue to get more competitive.
  • Don’t forget accessories. Bookstores are full of all sorts of book accessories, even more so now with all the eReaders out there. Does your favorite reader like to read at night? Maybe a book light would be a good idea. Does she like to read in bed? She might like a lap desk. Is he always at the bookstore? Give that guy reusable shoppingbag from his favorite bookstore. Grandma can’t find her Nook at the bottom of her purse? A bright pink Nook cover would protect it and help it to stand out from the other stuff in her purse.
  • Gifts that keep on giving. Kind of the way gift cards allow the people on your list to get the gifts they want when they want them, a magazine or book club subscription will give them something to look forward to all year long.

I hope that these gift ideas have given you some inspiration and I welcome any ideas you book fiends might have for how to make shopping easier so Christmas will be full of cheer rather than antidepressants.

Coming soon—a Bibliophile list of mystery writers worth using your gift cards on.


Posted by on December 2, 2010 in Books, Lifestyle, Series


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6 responses to “The Bibliophile Gets Her Gift On

  1. johnnyviking

    December 3, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    not an early e-reader adopter??? kindle has been out for 3 years! .. that’s ok, i also lack one.. but i was *going* to ask you if you could maybe post a comparison between kindle, nook, and the ipad reader.. but i will abstain until such time that the bibliophile fully embraces the technology! 😉

    • chinspeaks

      December 6, 2010 at 7:33 PM

      There are a few reasons for my hesitancy in embracing the whole e-reader she-bang. I really like books. I love getting a new book and being the first person to crack the spine and I love used books and wondering who owned the book before me. I love getting to sell my books for cash or store credit so I can get more books. I think that that publishers are really pushing e-readers because you can’t resell e-books the way you can a traditional books. Meaning, when my sister recommends a book to me I have to get my own copy of it from Amazon or Barnes and Noble if we’re reading it on e-readers, rather than being able to just hand me the book. So, I think this push toward e-readers has as much to do with economics in the publishing industry as it does with technology and convenience, and that just makes me feel like a publishing company’s bitch.

      Also, I forget to charge my laptop, my phone, and my ipod. I don’t want to have to remember to charge my books too. And, considering how many books I have hanging out on my shelves as it is, it seems like a bad idea to consider getting an e-reader before I read through some of my backlog of books.

      • johnnyviking

        December 6, 2010 at 8:57 PM

        well, there you go…romanticizing the traditional pulp and pigment paperbacks, and making me feel guilty for ever even wanting an e-reader (santa, pls cross off my list, if your listening) .. i just need to be more diligent about selling/trading old books..oh well..first new year’s resolution!

        ..thanks a lot ! 🙂

      • chinspeaks

        December 13, 2010 at 2:50 AM

        It’s mostly that I have a ton of reading material already and getting an e-reader would just mean duplicating things I already own. But if I can romanticize books, so much the better.

  2. Josie Varga

    March 14, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    you know, i just had a discussion w/ friends how the all have the e-readers and the ultimate impending death of of the hard-copy.. i think *someone* should write about, say, the feeling , smell, etc.. of, holding a new book w/ the nice cover, etc.. so somehow prove my friends (and pretty much most of the gadget-happy world) wrong and that the stories of the printed book’s death are indeed greatly exaggerated!

    • chinspeaks

      March 16, 2011 at 1:21 AM

      Hmmmm, a post as an ode to hard-copy books? Sounds like fun, I’ll see what I can do. But I might not get around to it for a while.


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