16 gifts for the bookworm in your life

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Let's face it, there are people who read, and then there are people who read.

In the holiday spirit, we've selected a handful of items for that second group to complement their already-full library.

From literary-themed socks to high-quality headphones perfect for audiobooks, the gifts might not be as easy to wrap as books, but they're bound to please all the same.

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A stylish bookend

A stylish bookend

Stacking books in wobbly columns is no way to keep them organized.

Giving your bookworm a bookend that adds some flair to their collection — it's a hip and elegant way to keep things tidy.

Buy a "dramatic" bookend on Amazon for $17.99.

A book-scented candle

A book-scented candle

If you're buying gifts for a bookworm, chances are they've stuffed their nose into a book at least once.

A book-scented candle lets them bask in that woody scent and still keep their face far enough away to actually read their book — a win-win!

Buy the candle on Etsy for $18.00.

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle

E-Readers are the best ways to read as many books as you want without overloading your bookshelf. Plus, they let you download any book you decide to read the instant you want it.

If the person you're buying for swears by paper books, at least let them try the electronic version. You might just create a convert.

Buy a 6-inch Kindle on Amazon for $79.99.

A case for the E-reader

A case for the E-reader

If the person already has an E-reader (or you want to make sure they don't break their new one), consider getting them a case.

Cases make great gifts because they're low-risk, practical, and actually somewhat personal — if you get a cool one.

Buy a Manhattan-themed case on Amazon for $15.99.

A kooky bookmark

A kooky bookmark

If you cringe when your book lover dog-ears pages, save them from the madness with a bookmark.

But don't go for some el-cheapo paper bookmark; invest a little more in something with attitude. (What, bookmarks can't be bold?)

Buy a crocodile bookmark on Amazon for $10.90.

A subscription to Audible

A subscription to Audible

If the person you're buying for has a long commute or spends a lot of time in the kitchen, they might not have as much time to read as they'd like.

Audiobook distributor Audible has more than 180,000 audiobooks in its library, and offers subscriptions that allow users to download one book of their choice per month. They come in 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month packages.

Buy a 6-month gift on Audible for $90.

Quality headphones to listen to the audiobooks

Quality headphones to listen to the audiobooks

These pair nicely with an Audible subscription if the person you're buying for can't play their audiobooks through an external speaker.

One of the best options for earbuds that deliver a great listening experience at an affordable price are the Xiaomi Mi Hybrid Earphone. They were judged one of the best pairs to buy for under $30.

Buy the Xiaomi earphones on Amazon for $25.99.

A tote bag featuring Jon Waters' words to live by

A tote bag featuring Jon Waters' words to live by

Any real bookworm will agree with these words of wisdom from director, author, and comedian Jon Waters. And what better place to print his famous quote than on a tote bag, in which your friend or family member can carry — you guessed it — the book they're reading.

The bag is sold by The Strand, New York City's most famous local bookstore, so your purchase will also support an independent bookseller.

Buy the bag from The Strand for $18.95.

An adjustable reading lamp

An adjustable reading lamp

Buying an expensive floor lamp as a gift is a risky move, but an inexpensive adjustable desk lamp is pretty safe.

There are a range of models available, but the best ones should be able to adjust to any height or angle.

Buy this simple, bendy lamp on Amazon for $6.99.

"Thing Explainer" by Randall Munroe

"Thing Explainer" by Randall Munroe

If you must buy a book, but don't want to worry about the reader's tastes, go for something out of left field.

Creator of the xkcd web comic, Randall Munroe's "Thing Explainer" uses only the 1,000 most common words to explain how stuff works. It's funny and informative and all around delightful.

Buy "Thing Explainer" on Amazon for $13.99.

Warm literary socks to curl up in

Warm literary socks to curl up in

The ideal position to read a good book during the winter is curled up on the couch.

So help make your bookworm cozy with some insulating, book-themed socks. These are printed with dozens of banned book titles.

Buy the socks on Amazon for $10.00.

A framed writerly poster

A framed writerly poster

Reading and writing go together like Santa's milk and cookies, so there's a solid chance your book lover will dig this print by Todd McLellan.

Though you might not be able to tell right away, the image depicts a typewriter. McLellan's work centers around taking things apart and photographing them in eye-pleasing ways. His typewriter explosion is right up a book lover's alley.

Buy a 14"x11" print on 20x200 for $60.

An adult coloring book

An adult coloring book

Words aren't the only thing books are good for.

Adult coloring books were one of the hottest gifts last year, and this year is no different. They're relaxing and (potentially) beautiful.

Buy an adult coloring book on Amazon for $9.19.

A book weight

A book weight

Who needs pesky hands to hold open a book?

If your book lover likes to eat while they read, or they simply like having their hands free, a book weight makes life way easier.

Buy a book weight on Amazon for $9.99.

A book-shaped tissue box

A book-shaped tissue box

If your book lover is prone to getting weepy over sad novels, they'll no doubt appreciate a tissue drawn from a book-shaped box.

The wooden box dispenses 180 tissues, or "pages," from the stack of antique-style books.

Buy the tissue box on Amazon for $14.87.

Floating bookshelves

Floating bookshelves

The literary friend or family member on your list likely has too many books and not enough shelf space. Invisible shelves are a stylish solution.

They're made of two thin metal sheets that form a right angle — one gets attached to the wall, while the other holds up the books. The shelves are guaranteed to start a conversation, so the lucky floating titles should be chosen carefully.

Buy a set of three for $40 on Amazon.

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