10 gifts for the book nerd.

Hi, my name is Cara …and I’m a book nerd.

There, I said it.  Now, while I don’t mind receiving a bit of frosting for my fingers from the HBH, or tickets to cheer on Cousin James in Book of Mormon (making my inner ENFP squeal excitedly), I relish those gifts that scream, “BOOK NERD!  BOOK NERD!”  So perhaps you know someone like this – if so, this gift list might help you in choosing the perfect gift for him or her:

1.  A bumper sticker, like this:

I originally found this bumper sticker at Powell's Books.
I originally found this bumper sticker at Powell’s Books.

2.  A cozy blanket – because there’s nothing better than snuggling up in a blanket with a good book under your nose.  

3.  An epic mug, complete with a box of Good Earth Original, Caffeine Free tea.  Because it’s good.  Because you get insightful nuggets with each dunk of your tea bag; you also then have the ability to drink said tea at 9 pm, and go to bed on time.

4.  Remember in the 7th grade, when putting a paperclip grill over your teeth was considered cool because it meant you – almost – had braces?  Well, let the same be true for his eyes: get your book nerd some faux glasses to rock at home.  Of course, for those of us with far from 20-20 vision, this might not be the Best Gift Ever, so let the idea slide.  But bonus, you might look as cool as this cat:

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Micha Boyett, friendlies!

5. A first-edition copy of her favorite book, preferably signed by the author.  If you’re a hunter at heart, finding this gift for your Love could be your ultimate holiday mission.  For instance, Annie Dillard’s, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, is one of my faves,  and while a worn and tattered, taught-thru, read-thru copy antiquated paperback remains my go-to favorite, a first-edition hardback of the book sits prominently on the dining room shelf.  And UGH.  It is beautiful.  

6.  Now here’s one I rocked as a six-year-old, but haven’t committed to as an adult: book plates.  Give your nerd 10 book plates for his 10 favorite books, or customize something dreamy like this:

Etsy: Megan Lacey Design.
Etsy: Megan Lacey Design.

7.  A subscription to Audible.  If you’ve been following be, mama. be for awhile now, you know that I get a lot of reading done via my iPhone; whether at home, in the car, or at the gym, I love “reading” via the voices in my ear.  It’s pretty dreamy.

8.  Five wish list books.  While the slight problem of having way too many books still left to read on my shelf remains, I remain a sucker for more.  There, I said it.  So, take a look at her Goodreads “to read” profile or Amazon Wish List, and surprise her with reading joy!  But be forewarned: do your homework.  Do not just browse the clearance section at Barnes & Nobles in an effort to save a few bucks, and also think about giving a gift receipt in case 12 other people think she’d just love that same book.

9.  A one-day, there and back flight to Portland, Oregon to spend the day at Powell’s Books.  Bam.  It’s kind of the best place on earth.  Do it and you will have his love for the rest of your live-long days.  Amen.

10.  And finally (and this originally from the IB Times gift list), an old-book scented candle.  Yes!


That is it!  Eat, read and be merry!

xo, c.

What about you?  What would you add or take away from this list?  And, more importantly, would you like to contribute to the send Cara to Powell’s there and back in one day fund?  

11 thoughts on “10 gifts for the book nerd.

  1. Must. have. that. bumper sticker.

    I looove your list. I just may forward it to my husband, who always wants gift ideas.

    One thing I’d add: Arrange a babysitter for the afternoon, so your favorite reading gal can go hole up in her favorite cafe and read without interruption. (Doesn’t that sound blissful?)

    1. Ginny, GREAT call on the uninterrupted afternoon – I am all about the experiential gifts, and that would indeed be most blissful!

      Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be. carameredith.com

  2. Those bookplates are beautiful. Pretty sure I qualify as a book nerd, because I think I had bookplates when I was 10, too! I love the candle — who knew such a thing existed? And I’m curious what old books smell like when they’re not mixed with the other olfactory sensations that the public library offers…

    1. I love both of these as well – I mean, obviously. 🙂 I’ve found myself narrowing down my own owned-books to fewer and fewer, just the ones I really want to keep around, so having book plates for the beloveds would be fabulous!

      Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be. carameredith.com

  3. LOVE, LOVE this post…and amen about the Amazon wish list, sister! {I’ve been the obnoxious wife lately that asks specifically for the books on my wish list for Christmas.} 🙂 So many fabulous ideas here! Merry Christmas Cara!

    1. Sarah, YES to the Amazon wish list and YES to Goodreads. YES to not having to feel bad when you’ve already read a certain book or can’t stand an author’s style (oops, did I say that out loud?) 😉 xo. Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be. carameredith.com

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