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20 Clever and Creative Gifts for Book Lovers

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Designing and Curating a Home Library
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Custom Book Embosser
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Custom Book Embosser

$35 from Amazon
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Once that home library has been assembled, you'll probably start lending books to friends and family. This embosser is a gentle way of reminding borrowers whom to return the book to when finished. Use it on book pages or on foil stickers (sold separately).

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Knock Knock Original Personal Library Kit
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Knock Knock Original Personal Library Kit

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Perhaps you take your personal library so seriously that you want to check books in and out to your friends the way they used to do in public libraries. This kit comes with 20 return-date slips, 20 self-adhesive pockets, plus a date stamp and ink pad.

Literary Enamel Pin Set
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Literary Enamel Pin Set

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Let everyone know who your favorite author is with this two-pin set from the Unemployed Philosophers Guild. If Jane Austen isn't your cup of tea, you'll also find pins featuring the likenesses of Edgar Allen Poe, Kurt Vonnegut, James Baldwin, as well as other notables such as Mr. Rogers, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Marie Curie, and many more.

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Writer Playing Cards
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Writer Playing Cards

$10 from Uncommon Goods
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Card games have featured in countless novels and short stories; they're practically mandatory in classic British whodunits. Play a round of bridge or a game of poker with your friends — and your favorite writers — with this deck of cards, which were designed in London (of course).

Kindle Paperwhite
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Kindle Paperwhite

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Libraries may have closed their physical branches because of the coronavirus pandemic, but many readers can still borrow ebooks online. A dedicated e-reader like this one will let you keep feeding your head, pandemic or not, and it's a lot easier to tote than a pile of library books.

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Brown Wool Kindle Cover with Pocket
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Brown Wool Kindle Cover with Pocket

$38 from Etsy
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A cover for your Kindle is a good idea if you're always taking your e-reader on the road, but why be boring? A handmade cover like this one protects your gadget and looks good doing it, plus there's an external pocket to slip a phone or notebook into. Bertie's Closet sells covers in a variety of sizes and fabric styles, plus offers custom options.

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The Library Book
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The Library Book

$12 and up from Amazon
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Susan Orlean, essayist and best-selling author of "The Orchid Thief," chronicles a mysterious 1986 blaze that destroyed more than 400,000 books and other holdings at the main branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.

Geometric Bookcase
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Geometric Bookcase

$195 from Wayfair
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Put your favorite books on display for all to see (and give that empty corner of the room some love) with this fun, functional vertical bookshelf. Fabricated from steel and available in black or white, it measures 5 feet tall.

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Book Darts Line Markers
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Book Darts Line Markers

$13 from Amazon
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No more dog-earing pages or applying neon-colored sticky flags when you want to mark a passage in the book you're reading. These brass flags are a tasteful, reusable alternative. Each tin contains 125 flags.

Lumio Book Lamp
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Lumio Book Lamp

$200 from MoMA Design Store
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Never be left in the dark again (or be forced to read by flashlight). This clever indoor-outdoor lamp opens to reveal the warm glow of its illuminated Tyvek "pages." The laser-cut wood cover can be opened a full 360 degrees to create a dramatic glow, and magnets embedded within mean it can be mounted on a metallic surface, to get it out of your way while you work.

At the Strand Jigsaw Puzzle
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At the Strand Jigsaw Puzzle

$20 from New York Puzzle Co.
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The New Yorker paid tribute to the city's iconic Strand bookstore in 2017 with this cover illustration. The 1,000-piece puzzle will keep any bibliophile occupied for hours, just as you can lose track of time when browsing the Strand's famous 18 miles of books.

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stack of books with a hat and flower
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Indispensable Book Subscription Club

$45 from Powell's Books
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If you're in Portland, Oregon, you go to Powell's for books. If you're not in Portland, Powell's will bring the books to you, every six to eight weeks, by mail. Each shipment contains a signed hardback copy of a notable book from an independent publisher, plus a second surprise book and other goodies to keep things fun. Powell's also has a similar service for kids called Boox.

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I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf
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Helping Hands Bookends
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Helping Hands Bookends

$26 from Hayneedle
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If you don't own enough books to fill an entire shelf — or you just want to display a few select tomes — a set of cleverly designed bookends like these will keep your books in order.

Book Temporary Tattoo
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Book Temporary Tattoo

$3 from Etsy
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Always wanted to pretend you're one of those tattooed hipsters you see at the indie bookstore and coffee shop downtown but don't have any desire to get inked for real? This temporary tattoo will let you wear your love of books on your sleeve (or close to it), then wash away when the novelty grows thin.

The World's Most Historic and Significant Works
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Remarkable Books: The World's Most Historic and Significant Works

$22 from Amazon
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Delve into the history of books, from the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead to noteworthy bestsellers of the 20th century like "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson, with this richly illustrated text.

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Book Rest Lamp
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Book Rest Lamp

Price: $53 from Firebox
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For the bookworm in your life, this house-shaped lamp emits a soft glow that's perfect for reading. When you're done reading, gently lay the book over the "roof" of the lamp, and you'll always know where you left off.

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A Collectible, Rare, or First Edition Book

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Know someone who absolutely cherishes a certain title above all others? For the beloved bibliophile in your life, consider a vintage edition from a local bookseller or online. You'll find scores of titles on eBay, ranging from inexpensive midcentury pulp fiction to priceless signed first editions.

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Nessie Tale Bookmark
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