My 21st birthday just passed. It hasn’t hit me yet but it did. I got some great presents, though it was a struggle to come up with what to ask for. To help avoid such problems for other bookworms in the future, I’ve made a list of presents that I think would be awesome to receive!
It’s true when they say one can’t have enough bookmarks. You never know when you’re going to decide to read 10 books at once and really need to have spares at the ready. Just in case.
I love looking at fanart of my favourite characters. LOVE it. I would never turn down a print or something that had my favourite characters depicted on it. They would make great decoration for my room.
Yet another thing I would love as decoration around my room, on my laptop, anywhere really. Especially if it was beautiful typography of my favourite quotes.
Bookworms are always in need of new bookshelves. Always. These can be an expensive present, but a 21st is a big birthday. If you wanted to make it an extra special gift, you could build it to their exact specifications/dreams.
5. Reading lamp
This was actually one of the things I asked for my 21st! Sometimes having the overhead lights on for reading is just too much. Reading lamps are great because they provide a lower level of light but are still bright enough to stop us destroying our eyes further. Plus there are some really cool looking lamps out there.
6. Bookish T-Shirts
I’m too awkward to shout my favourite books to everyone I pass in public, but I will wear a t-shirt featuring famous quotes or elements from the book covers and stuff. Those shirts are cool.
7. Tote bags
Bookworms are always carrying books to and fro. Of course we need bags to carry them in. A dedicated book bag with a cool bookish print or something is 1000% better than any random bag.
8. Gift voucher
This is a good idea for the picky bookworms. Give them a gift voucher to somewhere with some money and they can buy whatever bookish items they please.
9. Biscuits and tea
Long reading days require appropriate snacks, and tea and biscuits go really well with books. There are even book themed recipes out there that would be fun to try, but bookworms are too busy reading to discover such things.
10. Mugs for all the tea
Tea requires mugs. Seize this opportunity and buy some mugs with book things on them. They will become a bookworm’s favourite mugs I promise.
11. Camera for books
Staring at pictures of books is almost as good at staring at your own books in person. Such beauty needs to be shared with the world. A nice camera to take pictures with can go a long way.
12. Good lighting for photos
With the number of bookshelves some bookworms have, natural light doesn’t always reach the areas we need it to show of the books best. I’d kill for some good artificial lights if I ever got my hands on a proper camera.
13. Plush dolls of their favourite characters
How cute would these be! I own little chibi dolls of anime characters, but imagine having physical manifestations of book characters to display on your bookshelves next to the books!
14. Maps of their favourite fictional worlds
Why would anyone paint a map of Earth on their wall when you could put up a fictional land? It doesn’t even have to go on a poster/wall. They sell maps on dresses and leggings and things now!
Bookworm buying habits have an inevitable side effect of not all books fitting on the bookshelves. Or if a new bookshelf has been purchases, there may not be enough books yet to adequately fill it. Book ends help contain the overflow and also can look really cool.
16. Book inspired jewellery
Just like the t-shirts, it’s fun to show off your bookish loves in jewellery form! You can get mini book necklaces, bracelets with quotes or symbolic pieces, so many things! Sometimes you can even buy replicas of jewellery worn by the book characters themselves!
Defacing books is one of my fears, but I’ve seen those personalised stamps you can buy to mark your precious books as your own. Those things are cool and have a nice, personal touch.
18. Reading journal
Sure we can rely on Goodreads to keep track of all the books we’ve read, but there’s nothing like writing it down on paper in a dedicated place. This journal could keep track of favourite quotes, scenes, moments, and many other things. And you could colour code it and decorate it however you like.
19. Comfy reading chair
A nice, comfortable reading location where you can sit for hours on end is of high priority. Right now I read while on my bed, which is okay but not ideal if you wanted good back support. One of the presents I’m receiving for christmas (if my parents remember) is a beanbag.
20. Build them their own library/reading room
Some bookworms can read anywhere, and I really envy those people. For me to sink into a book I have to be away from other people (they’re distracting) and it has to be relatively quiet. The ultimate present for any bookworm would be to have an entire soundproofed room set aside for them to read and store their books in.
The fail safe present and one they’re sure to really appreciate. In fact books were exactly what I asked for. 21 of them to be specific.