It’s gift-giving time again, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve been scratching your head trying to find the perfect gift for the literature-lover in your life this holiday season. You know she loves mysteries, but what’s already sitting on her bookshelf? Does she like the classics or is she a cozy trendsetter?
You don’t have to be a detective to uncover a gift that’s sure to please even the most discriminating bibliophile on your list. Check out these ideas:
Nancy Drew Book Scarf
Do you have someone on your list who loves mysteries, but can’t always carry around a book? Try a scarf with words from a classic Nancy Drew mystery, The Secret of the Old Clock.
Not a Nancy Drew fan? Then you should get rid of them. Just kidding, try Jane Austen or Sherlock Holmes instead.
Visit Storiarts to check out their huge selection of book-related goodies.
Agatha Christie Periodic Table Print
Book nerds unite!
Any Agatha Christie fan would love this print that highlights the Matriarch of Mystery’s full collection in such a whimsical way.
View on Etsy.
Sherlock’s Study Candle
If you can’t take your pal on a trip to 221B Baker Street in person, this soy candle might be the next best thing. It promises a hint of tobacco and rain and is sure to bring a touch of mystery to any reading nook.
Frostbeard Studio has a great collection of candles to give to readers who love a variety of genres. Bonus points if you gift a Sassenach to a kilt-loving Highlander in your family.
Knock Knock’s Personal Library Kit
Most book-lovers I know get practically gleeful when telling you about their favorite titles. But ask to borrow them? You might as well be borrowing their favorite classic car or their firstborn child.
Help them keep tabs on their favorite novels with a personal library kit. Because we’ve all had dreams of being librarians.
Purchase on Amazon.
You’ve Been Poisoned Tea Cup
Drinking tea and reading mysteries go hand-in-hand, don’t they?
This tea cup isn’t for the faint of heart. But for your sassy friends? The ones who have to censor themselves when around other adults like their kid’s teacher and the pearl-clutching president of the PTA? This is just the ticket. But you might want to cover your Nana’s eyes before you shop.
Visit Vulgar Tea Cups on Etsy to purchase.
There’s one thing that readers love more than just about anything else, though. Books.
If you can’t find a gift you love for that special reader on your list, you’re always safe with a gift certificate to an independent bookstore. Even better, offer your babysitting services and tell them to make an afternoon of it.