High and Low: Gifts for the Home Library

High and Low: Gifts for the Home Library

Susie Nadler
Dec 17, 2009

Our family is full of big readers, but on Christmas morning it can be a little boring to open book after book. If you've got a lot of readers on your list, too, try these fun gifts for the home library, with options for every budget.

Pictured, from left to right:

FIRST ROW
1 These little ceramic "pillow" bookends are adorable and cozy. Etsy seller Djenya calls them "Bukushuns." $30.
2 Got a larger budget, and a reader on your list with flashier taste? Try these gorgeous mid-century brass bookends by Ben Siebel, available on 1stdibs for $500 for the pair.
3 Affordable foo dog bookends from CB2 would bring a fun pop of color to any bookshelf. $49.95 for the pair.
4 How cute are these wise little owls? The price is surprisingly low, as well, considering they come from Gump's. Could someone buy them for me, please? $69.95 for the set.
5 Okay, no more bookends, I promise, but I just couldn't resist this last pair... Stoneware Dachsund Bookends are $150 for the pair from Jonathan Adler.

SECOND ROW
6 Great readers need great light. The Reading Room Lamp is modeled after the desk lamps in that bastion of books, the New York Public Library. $369 from New York First.
7 Oh-so-pricey but oh-so-pretty... the Quincey Table Lamp is made from recycled parts by artist Robert Ogden. $795 from Sundance.
8 I love the nostalgia and whimsy of these library-style Letterpress Bookplates. $12 for a set of four from Haus Interior.
9 Delicate, old-fashioned personalized bookplates are a lovely idea for book-loving children and adults alike. $15.50 for a set of 24 from Oiseaux on Etsy.
10 And lastly, a different route for a gift for those who love to read: Consider giving to a charity that promotes literacy. If you click over to Donorschoose.org, for example, you'll find lots of postings from teachers who need help funding their classroom libraries. This photo was submitted by a teacher looking to buy a carpet for her students' reading corner. Why not donate to a project in the name of your book-loving friend or family member? Click here for more info.

What are your favorite gifts for big readers?

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