Last-Minute Gifts for Book Lovers

Last-Minute Gifts for Book Lovers

That’s right. You forgot about your Secret Santa at book club.

Here are a few last-minute gifts that’ll save you in a jam and won’t put you in a pickle when it comes to picking something your book lover has already read:


Wearing your heart on your sleeve: has great book-inspired shirts—the design composed entirely of text. $34. (Psst … they’ve also got a smoking selection of tats!)


The hostess with the mostess: Hosting book club (or gifting the hostess)? Here’s a no-brainer kind of present— has a variety of book-shaped platters on sale. $9.99 and up.


Don’t just read it, live it: The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers a very cool look at the city and the book, “The Devil in the White City” as part of its rotating tour schedule. $47 and up.


Storytelling isn’t just for professionals: Kids can get in the game with Storymatic! — a card game featuring story prompts that encourage creative thinking. $30.


For Marian the Librarian: Your kids won’t recognize it, but your friends will. And who doesn’t need another mug? (Well, except for teachers and librarians. Shaddup.) $12.


Coloring is good for your mental health. It’s science. Adult coloring books are all the rage right now—Paper Source offers up a gift set combo that includes the book, pencils and a candle. (Which is either supposed to calm you, I suppose, provide a light source, or maybe a flame with which to burn your work if you’re not happy with it. Your call.) Price varies.


Living the Mississippi Dream: All right, so you probably aren’t picking up a cruise as a last-minute gift. But maybe the book club will want to take the show on the road next year? Grab your girlfriends and hit the Mississippi next summer with Samuel Clemens.

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