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Valentine's Day Gifts for Lovers...of Books

Great Gifts for Literature Fans

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and I’m a big fan of giving books as gifts on the day of love.  I can’t think of anything more romantic than the thought put into buying a perfectly chosen book…maybe even a novel signed by a favourite author or a first edition. But if you don’t have the $1.5 million that you’d need to pick up a first edition copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for your Lewis Carroll fan, there are many other wonderful gifts you can find for the book lover in your life (or add to your own wish list!)

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Library Card Phone Case  $20 from Etsy

Tell your favourite sexy librarian that there’s more than just books you’d like to check out at the library. This adorable library card phone case is available for all models and may remind your sweetheart of the days you spent “studying” in the stacks.

Pride and Prejudice literary scarf  $40 from Etsy

Please tell my Valentine that what I’d really love is this adorable heather scarf, screen printed with a most appropriate quote from Jane Austen, “I declare after all that there is no enjoyment like reading!...When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

New Book Scented Candle $25 from Amazon

There’s nothing like that fresh smell when you open a brand new book, is there? Well actually there is, and it’s been captured in this candle.  Lighting this candle will unleash the scents of lignin paper, ambered glue and Indian ink…and with 60 hours of burning time, it can get you through many a cold, winter’s night of reading.

To Kill A Mockingbird classic book brooch $20 from House of Ismay

Here’s another gift idea that’s making it on to my own most-wanted list. It’s a bird-shaped brooch made from original pages of Harper Lee’s masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.  With last week’s announcement of a sequel to one of the greatest novels of the 20th century,  gift this little piece of jewelry with the original book for a perfect refresher  (also available is a pig brooch made from pages of Charlotte’s Web, and a whale with the words of Moby Dick).

Jane Austen Bandages$6.80 from Amazon

Is your book-loving Valentine prone to paper cuts from turning all those pages? Hook a reader up with these Jane Austen plasters.  Cuts are bound to heal quicker than the broken hearts in one of her novels, and they’ll look adorable while they’re healing.

Notable Novelists of the 20th Century: A Card Game for Book Lovers $10.95

Maybe you’d like to challenge your book lover to a friendly card game. Check out Notable Novelists and test one another’s knowledge of last century’s top writers. The deck doesn’t come with instructions for a “strip poker” version of the game, but on February 14th, you can break a few rules.

Whether you celebrate like Romeo and Juliet,  or like Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, whether you curl up with your Valentine, or with a good book…have a lovely day!