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Gifts for Book Lovers

Nov 16, 2011

by janeflan handmade and vintage goods

Jane Flanagan is an Irish journalist and blogger, now living in Toronto, Canada. Her blog Ill Seen, Ill Said (named after a work of short fiction by Samuel Beckett) is a showcase of Jane’s passions, from design and fashion to poetry, books and philosophy. Posts include a weekly installment of inspiring women from history and present day. Jane also recently launched a webshop called Coterie — a natural extension of her blog style.

The obvious gift for any book-lover is a precious tome. But being a book-lover infiltrates lives in more ways than the contents of a bookshelf. The reading experience is one that conjures scenes of tranquil reverie — a state that extends beyond the page.

[Left to right, top, middle and bottom rows: Leather cover for moleskin journal from zenokleather; Sterling silver “War and Peace” charm from charms4you; Humo vintage eyeglasses from MOD vintage; Old books photo print from sprinkles101; Red barnwood “Read” sign from SlippinSouthern; Leather pouch bag from harlex; Small brown leather satchel from BiChen; Ring with Alice in Wonderland quote from victoriabuckley; Mid century black metal wire mesh rack from VintageModernAndMore

Reading is about curling up in a favourite armchair and feeling words change you utterly, move you deeply. So, if you’re looking for that perfect something, consider the stuff that enhances the experience of reading. This could be a cushion or blanket, the perfect mug to hold.

[Left to right, top, middle and bottom rows: Custom literary quote cuff bracelet from Fireweedimpressions; Ode to J.D. Salinger tote bag from I Miss You Already; Typography-inspired Pride and Prejudice dishtowel from Brookish; Antique brass English candlesticks from cottagefarm; Cross pillow from enhabiten; Vintage gooseneck lamp from Route11vintage; Fusion felt sleave for iPad from Feruto; Vintage French balusters from La Pomme; Vintage paper and ephemera pack from ethanollie]

Some readers like to cozy up at home and some like to take books with them, to coffee shops and brunch spots. For the latter, every purse or bag is judged by its ability to hold a decent tome and the more battered the better. And, of course, nowadays that could also be an iPad or eReader case.

[Left to right, top, middle and bottom rows: Leather iPad2 case from Memories & Merriment; Vintage My Lady personalized bookplate from FromTheLibraryOf; Letterpress card with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quote from Letterary Press; Paperweight with Jane Austen quotation from Bixler & Johnson; Virginia Woolf letterpress print from Katherine Codega; White patterned lace damask mug from JustWork; The Dickinson — personalized book plate from Wishing Thorn; The English Major print from Janet Hill Studio; Burgundy wine fingerless gloves from Nawanowe]

But beyond the act of reading, a book-lover’s obsession infiltrates their life and home in other ways. It could be a tea towel with a favourite quote, or a tote bag with a literary wink. And it will most certainly involve the art of book display too. Because, as any book-lover knows, a room without books cannot be called a home.

More Guest Curators

Read Sign Readers are Leaders School Teacher Kids Room Decor Barnwood Red
Read Sign Readers are Leaders School Teacher Kids Room Decor Barnwood Red
$51.00 USD
The English Major. Art Print.
The English Major. Art Print.
$45.00 USD
Ode to JD Salinger II Tote Bag
Ode to JD Salinger II Tote Bag
Humo Vintage Eyeglasses
Humo Vintage Eyeglasses


  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 9 years ago

    I think I'm the biggest book lover in my life...maybe these should be my gifts to myself!

  • Nagelle16

    Nagelle16 said 9 years ago

    Love all of these!

  • riricreations

    riricreations said 9 years ago

    I've gotten acquainted with a lot of fellow book lovers like me, since I expanded my line of wreaths from vintage books~ it's so fulfilling to give these beloved books new life and a prominent way to display their beauty! Thanks for this post!

  • kclarkphotography

    kclarkphotography said 9 years ago

    Here's something I was thinking of recently. How will authors autograph e-books?

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 9 years ago

    Great finds!

  • ykurtsman

    ykurtsman said 9 years ago

    Lovely picks!

  • AliKan

    AliKan said 9 years ago

    Love these, especially that leather satchel!

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop said 9 years ago

    Love the bracelet and the ipad sleeve!!!

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 9 years ago

    fabulous collection for readers ..which is everyone! thanks for a beautiful post!!

  • windowsill

    windowsill said 9 years ago

    oh man, that salinger tote... he would hate it so. but I want one.

  • sewlola

    sewlola said 9 years ago

    For my husband, I got vintage books and a one of a kind bookmark (motorcycle boots), made by Olena at her Etsy shop MyBookmart.

  • elleestpetite

    elleestpetite said 9 years ago

    That leather satchel is gorgeous!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 9 years ago

    Love these!!!

  • UUPP

    UUPP said 9 years ago


  • scarletbegonia11

    scarletbegonia11 said 9 years ago


  • PaperPumpkin

    PaperPumpkin said 9 years ago

    I love books and I love this post. I think I need that cuff bracelet!

  • cottonbirddesigns

    cottonbirddesigns said 9 years ago

    Great article!

  • FreshFromtheFlame

    FreshFromtheFlame said 9 years ago

    I do enjoy books and I always have a few by the bed and in my car. I make lampwork bookmarks in my shop in hopes that more people will continue to read from books with pages.

  • victoryjewelrydesign

    victoryjewelrydesign said 9 years ago

    just drooled on my keyboard

  • whphotography

    whphotography said 9 years ago

    Glorious, glorious books. And the beautiful people who love them! xo, WHP

  • katieduran

    katieduran said 9 years ago

    Bibliophiles unite! Loved seeing all these picks for readers and discovering these sellers.

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 9 years ago

    Lovely collection!

  • vintagejane

    vintagejane said 9 years ago

    Great ideas for all bookworms!

  • WeeBindery

    WeeBindery said 9 years ago

    My favorite topic! Great finds! :D

  • Cocones

    Cocones said 9 years ago

    Brilliant article, this is why we started on Etsy—to bring back some of the old analog world in today's cold digital.

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 9 years ago

    ooooooooooh me wants the JD salenger bag

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 9 years ago

    When I got re-married a few years ago, the moving van came and filled right up with my household items. They went back for the odd items and my workshop, which was not a small load. They went back one final time for my books, which I refused to leave behind and filled much of the van.

  • Bedevere

    Bedevere said 9 years ago

    my books take up the vast majority of my space- I absolutely drooled whist reading this.

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 9 years ago

    Great gift ideas! Love the leather bags.

  • everythingok

    everythingok said 9 years ago

    This, right here. WANT ALL THE THINGS.

  • SecretNook

    SecretNook said 9 years ago

    This list is perfect!

  • maddieandmarry

    maddieandmarry said 9 years ago

    Great Ideas! I totally agree. Check out my Treasury of more gifts for bibliophiles

  • SimonEtCie

    SimonEtCie said 9 years ago

    Fantastic! Thank you!

  • leslieholz

    leslieholz said 9 years ago

    Oh to have the luxury of an entire day spent reading! Thank you - I will continue to dream!!

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 9 years ago

    Super Post!!!

  • MaggiePaggieDesigns

    MaggiePaggieDesigns said 9 years ago

    Beautiful article!

  • picklehead

    picklehead said 9 years ago

    ohh! I love all this stuff!! I miss having time to read :(

  • MishaGirl

    MishaGirl said 9 years ago

    Nicely done, Jane. Nicely done!

  • themamasheep

    themamasheep said 9 years ago

    Gorgeous! I make personalized stamped aluminum bookmarks in my shop which end up being great gifts for folks who have all they could possibly need--b/c everyone still reads books and needs to mark their place, right?? so much nicer than a post it ;)

  • MomsCottage

    MomsCottage said 9 years ago

    Great stuff!

  • Sammis2shoes

    Sammis2shoes said 9 years ago

    speaking of books. Gorgeous. Love this article!

  • Xenotees

    Xenotees said 9 years ago

    Great finds! Here's another great collection of the bibliophile items here on Etsy!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 9 years ago

    Yes read :) is key and great finds !

  • circadejavu

    circadejavu said 9 years ago

    A good little lamp with just the right lighting and a soft cozy blanket is my key to happy reading :)

  • LEDPhotography

    LEDPhotography said 9 years ago

    Yay! Books are good.

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace said 9 years ago

    nice picks

  • atylla

    atylla said 9 years ago

    As a book-obsessed person, I'm definitely loving the items! Also, they've included book stand from my favorite etsy shop, lapomme!! great choice!

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 9 years ago

    Amazing! Great stuff!!

  • silentmoments

    silentmoments said 9 years ago

    Suddenly I have a desire to curl up on my couch with a blanket, mug of hot chocolate and a good book...

  • ivangovaerts

    ivangovaerts said 9 years ago

    Lovely gifts

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 9 years ago

    I'm heading to the end of the day. It's been a warm one and I'm heading outside with a cuppa and my book. Nice.

  • HolyLandSouvenirs

    HolyLandSouvenirs said 9 years ago

    Love this!

  • gardenmis

    gardenmis said 9 years ago

    Love snuggling up with a good book + a hot cup of tea!

  • storyline

    storyline said 9 years ago

    Wonderful article and some great selections, but I would love to see a few actual children's books promoted. There are many classic and unusual titles offered here on etsy at very reasonable prices, including Little Golden Books, Caldecott Award books, Antique and Vintage Picture and Pop-up books! I would adore to see a future piece on this catagory. There are true treasures to be found.

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 9 years ago

    Awesome ideas!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    Beautiful finds, no matter how far we come with technology you still can't beat a good book.

  • easasa

    easasa said 9 years ago

    I read paper book most of the time instead of on the computer.

  • cadreams

    cadreams said 9 years ago

    I love to read and am currently reading 4 books. I have a kindle-which is very convenient, but have to say I still like turning the pages of a regular book. Wonderful article-thanks!


    eDUKAAN said 9 years ago

    great ideas! thank you!

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects said 9 years ago

    Books are everywhere at our home! I just love the items you've picked out for us booklovers. Thanks!

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo said 9 years ago

    Love the War and Peace necklace! What about typewriter key jewelry? (hint hint) :)

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 9 years ago

    Vintage bookplates are wonderful. Happy to see some inspired by the old ones here. Thanks!

  • morij

    morij said 9 years ago

    It is so true I always buy my purses based on whether or not they can hold a book or two!

  • PolClary

    PolClary said 9 years ago

    Lovely idea, all of them! These picks make me so greedy.

  • peshka

    peshka said 9 years ago

    Great finds!

  • spacerocketstore

    spacerocketstore said 9 years ago

    i'm a booklover, and i love everything!! awsome picks!!!

  • LatheratiSoap

    LatheratiSoap said 9 years ago

    Love it all! Great read :-)

  • TheEnchantedSlipper

    TheEnchantedSlipper said 9 years ago

    Ok I admit it! I am partial to the coffee mug. I could definitely see myself waking up with that every morning.

  • cloud9designstudio

    cloud9designstudio said 9 years ago

    this booklover loves this!!! ;)

  • EndQuotes

    EndQuotes said 9 years ago

    What a wonderful post- I love this!!

  • TastefulThings

    TastefulThings said 9 years ago

    Great post! Love it. Thanks!

  • NiftyKidstuff

    NiftyKidstuff said 9 years ago

    so many great finds!!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 9 years ago

    A title like this always catches my eye! Wonderful choices ~ I'll take one of each, please! ;)

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 9 years ago

    Want, want, want! Great finds :)

  • ireneagh

    ireneagh said 9 years ago

    Perfect! :D Lovely finds!

  • YouBadGirl

    YouBadGirl said 9 years ago

    Peerless. Thank you for sharing it.

  • lulisplanet

    lulisplanet said 9 years ago

    I love the leather satchel to put my paintings inside.

  • manicarteest

    manicarteest said 9 years ago

    The candles are great for any romance novel reader. There's nothing like lighting up candles sipping hot cocoa and reading about Riley's first encounter with Elizabeth. Haha. I wish I was joking.

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 9 years ago

    loving this.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 9 years ago

    A very interesting blog! Love the theme!

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 9 years ago

    So classy!

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 9 years ago

    What a beautiful collection!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 9 years ago

    Love love everything about this small but mighty featured story !!

  • StyleGraphicDesign

    StyleGraphicDesign said 9 years ago

    Very interesting!

  • TechnoChic

    TechnoChic said 9 years ago


  • SeventhCloudStudio

    SeventhCloudStudio said 9 years ago

    As a writer, reader, former English major, and forever-book lover (and daughter of an antiquarian book dealer): I want them all!

  • HulaGirl1922

    HulaGirl1922 said 9 years ago there such a thing as a room with too many books? nah I don't think so :) sweetness indeed ♥

  • HandstampedOriginals

    HandstampedOriginals said 9 years ago

    Love it!

  • shopforgottenfancies

    shopforgottenfancies said 9 years ago

    Book lovers might be interested in this, I do custom illustration of your favourite book cover, perfect for any book nerds.

  • overDAcrib

    overDAcrib said 9 years ago


  • 4EnvisioningVintage

    4EnvisioningVintage said 9 years ago

    I'm jealous! I love this blog and of course books :) Congrats to everyone featured!

  • kiramaixner

    kiramaixner said 9 years ago

    Ahhhh, as a writer I love anything that is related to books, writing and literature! All the artists in this post are SO talented! I especially loved the bangle with all the type script on it! I may have to order one of those! Personalized totes and jewelry steal my heart! Has any one looked at They can help any dreamer find an artist to craft and customize their gift or good :D

  • EurekaGuides

    EurekaGuides said 9 years ago


  • Zalavintage

    Zalavintage said 9 years ago

    Just in time for the weekend!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 9 years ago

    Love it!

  • ReaDo

    ReaDo said 9 years ago

    I didn't see any book purses listed! There are several of us on here! Check out repurposed book purses! :)

  • plantdeva

    plantdeva said 9 years ago

    I am obsessed with early leather bound books and will spend all day looking through a local antique shop that specializes in these books. I love the things highlighted in your post, so it is time to get my Christmas list together...

  • GardenLifeDesigns

    GardenLifeDesigns said 9 years ago

    Who can't love anything Pride and Prejudice!

  • elsbetsart

    elsbetsart said 9 years ago

    Ok, a great variaty... I am just reading a very good book :)

  • BookishRobot

    BookishRobot said 9 years ago

    I'm a book lover too, and in my Etsy shop I offer custom-made bookstamps (ex libris), so if any book lover is interested just drop by :)

  • TerraCasa

    TerraCasa said 9 years ago

    Great finds! Makes me want to curl up with a good book and some coffee.

  • alpineheart

    alpineheart said 9 years ago

    As an English Major, I love the celebration of books! I recently bought some dollhouse miniature books on Etsy and display them in an antique dish...they are unique and adorable and proclaim my love of books! I hope to be listing some antique books in my shop before Christmas :) Robin

  • haineslr

    haineslr said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for this blog! I was looking for that one special present to get my book-worshiping boyfriend for Christmas, and you led me right to it!

  • JCTgoods

    JCTgoods said 9 years ago

    Great lists.

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