Catherine’s Christmas Gift Guide 2012: Readers

It’s my favorite time of the year, when I happily start to fill my schedule with all sorts of present-hunting, gift-wrapping and cupcake-baking goodness and run a military-style operation to decorate the tree (ensuring there’s equal numbers of each color bauble, that they’re all evenly distributed across the tree and that there isn’t a trace of tinsel within a thirty-foot radius of our house). Which also means that it’s time for my Christmas Gifts I Discovered While Procrastinating Online Guide! 

I’ve already shared my top picks for writers, caffeine fiends and jet-setters, and still to come we have, um, great gifts for me, as in a collection of my favorite things that don’t really fit in any one category. But today it’s my favorite set of picks, the one that could go on forever if I let it, Gifts for Readers!

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  1. For those of us who are still reading actual books with covers and pages and spines and things, this Folding Corners Over is Over bookmark from Waldo Pancake is the perfect stocking filler.
  2. This Bill Amberg Penguin Logo iPad Cover is pricey (£150!) but so classy. The perfect accessory for the iPad that’s also an e-reader.
  3. Rugged Readers are a fantastic new product: reading glasses whose frames fold onto the lenses so no case is required. Their sturdy construction means that they’re perfect for every reader-glasses wearer, from the backpacker hiking in the mountains with a beat-up copy of Shantaram, to the klutz who is forever sitting on them, dropping them and generally abusing them while leafing through the morning papers. Plus they have a handy clip for attaching to pages, book covers or necklines, and come in a variety of colors and magnifications.
  4. There are no end of hot beverage holders for the constant reader (which is a good thing because what goes better with reading than a cup of hot tea? Nothing, I tell you. NOTHING!). I love this this cheeky I’d Rather Have Mr. Grey Than Earl Grey Mug from Not On The High Street, and…
  5. this The Common Reader Penguin Mug and…
  6. this Libraries: Where Shhh Happens Mugavailable from the Literary Gift Company. But…
  7. My favorite writing-related hot beverage has to be this Scrabble Espresso Cup and Saucer Set, available on
  8. If you do have a Kindle, disguise its plastic horror with one of these beautiful Classic Book Covers for Kindle from KleverCase.
  9. And finally, if your library or favorite reading spot has a bare wall, you need A Book On One Page Print. I just need them to do Jurassic Park with the T-Rex silhouette…

Click here for all my Christmas 2012 Gift Guides.

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