Entertainment Gifts for the book lover in your life By Melissa Kravitz Special to amNewYork Updated December 10, 2018 3:13 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Gifting books can be tricky — what a person reads and when they read it can be both personal and arbitrary, they may be a library devotee, and there’s nothing worse than guilt-reading a book because whoever gave it to you keeps asking for your opinion. This year, skip giving books to avid readers and, instead, pick a present that will make their reading experience even better. Books Are Magic mug Photo Credit: Colleen Callery There’s a lot to love about the Straub family’s Brooklyn bookstore – the curated book recommendations, the nightly events, the children’s area – but the swag is certainly up there. Readers based in New York and beyond can cuddle up with a warm beverage and a bookstore-themed mug for a day of wintertime reading. Best gifted with a gift card to the store inside, of course. $14.95; booksaremagic.net Vase bookends Photo Credit: UncommonGoods.com Add some style to a row of books with these bookends that double as vases for fresh (or faux) flowers. Even when they’re not in use as vases, the handmade glass half-orbs still look elegant on any bookshelf. $40; uncommongoods.com NYPL bookbinding stamp backpack Photo Credit: The New York Public Library This leather and brass-accented book bag is imprinted with the bookbinding stamp originally used on the spine of books bound in and for The New York Public Library. So cool and so nerdy. Five inner pockets keep all reading materials organized and yes, there’s plenty of space to fill with books. $175; nypl.org Apple AirPods Photo Credit: Apple For commuters who just can't find the space to sit and pop open a book during rush hour, audiobooks are the next best option. Apple's lightweight, wireless Bluetooth headphones are easy to wear on a packed subway and accommodate nonstop storytelling no matter how packed the train is. $159; apple.com Brooklinen throw blanket Photo Credit: Courtesy of Brooklinen Absolutely nothing rivals cozying up under a soft blanket with a good read. Brooklinen’s 100-percent wool blankets are available in cashmere, baby alpaca and lambswool, so readers can enjoy their preferred soft textile. They come a variety of neutral tones, too, to match any decor. $189-$229; brooklinen.com Oraton personalized library embosser Photo Credit: Neiman Marcus Borrowed books will have to find their way home with this personalized book embosser that lets book owners add their own stamp to each title in their collection. The minimalist design is timeless and won't fade (like an ink stamp), so readers can leave their mark on their favorite books forever. $26; neimanmarcus.com Mighty Bright rechargeable book light Photo Credit: Mighty Bright Instead of illuminating the pages of a paperback by the light of a smartphone, gift your reader a proper nighttime reading light. This rechargeable clip-on lamp is dimmable, and the LED bulbs last for 100,000 hours — that’s a lot of pages! $29.99, mightybright.com Bastide Au Coin Du Feu candle Photo Credit: Bastide Curling up by the fire isn't always possible in New York City, but reading by flickering candlelight can be even more relaxing -- plus, no smoke or log maintenance. A chic candle is always gift-worthy, especially this Provence-made artisan option which exudes a woody fragrance and a warm flicker from handblown glass. $65; bastide.com By Melissa Kravitz Special to amNewYork Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.