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15 Amazing Gift Ideas Perfectly For Your Book-Loving Friends

15 Amazing Gift Ideas Perfectly For Your Book-Loving Friends

As we all know, books come in a variety shapes, sizes and genres. It’s therefore not surprising that gift ideas for book lovers are also vast and unique. You’re by no means restricted to paperbacks and hardcovers. Just because your bibliophile friend has all of the titles they want and has read them three times over doesn’t mean there aren’t some fantastic book worm gifts out there that you can wow them with. Here are just a few amazing choices.

1. Classic Author Plushie

Is your gift recipient a fan of Shakespeare, Austen or Wilde? Perhaps Dickens is more their style? Or maybe, if they’re as crazy as me, they love them all. These cuddly toys are the perfect gift for literary canon lovers who are still a child at heart. If they’re anything like me, they’ll be super excited to have some of their favorite classic authors reigning supreme on their bedspread.

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    Photo Credit – www.theliterarygiftcompany.com

    2. Penguin Book Mug

    Those who wish they could spend their work days reading can hold their favorite titles all day long with these adorable mugs. Printed in the unique Penguin style, these instantly recognizable covers come in a myriad of options — everything from Pride and Prejudice to The Great Gatsby. They make the perfect gift for the book and caffeine lover.

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      3. Bath Caddy

      This gift idea doesn’t need much explanation; after all, who doesn’t like to unwind with a bubble bath and a good book? For extra brownie points, I recommend buying a model with a wine glass holder too.

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        4. Dedicated To… by W.B. Gooderham

        There’s nothing kitsch or cutesy about this book. Many book lovers will know the joy of second-hand bookstores, particularly when they find truly special gems. Some of the most rewarding experiences are finding notes and inscriptions from previous owners. These snapshots of the lives of book lovers have been compiled in Dedicated To… These secret glimpses range from funny to beautiful, heartwarming to heartbreaking. This is the perfect gift for someone who truly knows the impact that books can have on people’s lives.

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          Photo Credits – www.bookdedications.wordpress.com

          5. Vintage Book of the Month Club

          Speaking of second-hand books, this is the perfect gift for the vintage tome lover. On Etsy, you can find several sellers who have set up vintage or antique book of the month clubs. Basically, you can buy your loved one a subscription, and every month they will receive a gorgeous old book. These titles can open you up to a world of reading you may never have considered before, and also make amazing display pieces for the home or office.

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            6. Book Jewelry

            People’s love for books can be ingrained deep in their hearts, so why not let them also display it on their chest? Now, before you get any weird ideas, I meant that you could purchase a gorgeous book-themed necklace. Etsy is awash with book jewelery, including some incredible steam punk pieces that I’m personally very fond of. Of course, you aren’t limited to necklaces — earrings, bracelets and rings also make fantastic gifts.

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              7. Book-Themed Tote Bags

              For the book lover who wants to hold their favorite title on their sleeve, a themed tote bag may be the answer. Websites such such as Modcloth offer a variety of book covers in bag form, including The Great Gatsby (of course), Alice in WonderlandA Clockwork Orange and even The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Grocery trips have never been more literary!

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                 8. Tequila Mockingbird by Tim Federle

                Know someone with a love of books and a penchant for cocktails? You can now combine these two loves with Tequila Mockingbird, a cocktail book with a literary twist. It contains 65 recipes that combine deliciousness with puntastic names. Some of my personal favorites include, A Rum of One’s Own and Love in the Time of Kahlua.  As an added bonus, the book includes some hilarious drinking game suggestions.

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                  Photo credit – www.modcloth.com

                  9. Quotable Chocolate Bars

                  That’s right people, these really are a thing.  You can now buy chocolate bars with quotes from your favorite classic tales over at The Literary Gift Company. So if you have a friend with a chocolate addiction and a penchant for Mr. Darcy (or any of the other fantastic character quotes available), this is the gift for them.

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                    Photo Credit – www.theliterarygiftcompany.com

                    10. Personal Library Kit

                    If your friend is anything like me, they’re damn sick of lending out their books to people and either losing track of them or simply never getting them back. A personal library kit is the answer to this problem. Just like a real library, you can keep track of who has borrowed what and how long they’ve had it for. Sure, it may sound a little anal, but us book lovers tend to love organization, as well as getting our paperback babies back.

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                      11. A Literary Candle

                      No, really. You can now buy candles that have had their scents carefully matched with a quote from a renowned author. You may think it sounds insane, but as a candle lover I think it’s amazing and incredibly special. FYI, even though Poe is one of the options, his candle doesn’t smell like blood, floorboards or insanity.

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                        Photo Credit – www.thebeautifullife.com

                        12. Book Cover T-Shirt

                        They may own the book, but now you can help your friend show their love everywhere they go. Websites such as Out of Print Clothing have a wide array of book cover t-shirts and sweaters. What’s most exciting is that they don’t just stick to the classics, they also have a nice selection of modern titles as well.

                         

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                          13. Shakespearean Magnetic Poetry Kit

                          This is a hilarious gift for any fan of Shakespeare. Each set contains a huge selection of Shakespearean words that can be used to create your own fridge sonnets. Or, if you’re anything like my housemate and I, you can use it to leave Shakespearean insults and dirty limericks for each other. Either way, this guarantees hours of literary entertainment.

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                            14. Grammar Mugs

                            OK, I know we already covered mugs, but these are simply too amusing to pass up. If your book-loving friend is also a stickler for grammar, these are the perfect gifts for them. The Literary Gift Company has a wide selection of grammar-related mugs that are guaranteed to make you giggle. My personal favorite is “I’m figuratively dying for a cuppa.”
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                              Photo Credit – www.likestosmile.com

                              15. An E-Reader

                              This is perhaps a controversial addition, as most book lovers I know prefer having physical copies. However, an e-reader can still be a great present, especially if your friend is a commuter or likes to travel and can never decide on just one book. I personally have that exact problem. Having an e-reader means I don’t have to try stuffing 15 different titles into my suitcase while simultaneously wondering if I’ll be able to fit the 10 more I plan to buy on vacation. Despite my own personal reservations, an e-reader hasn’t stopped me from buying hard copy books, nor lessened my love for them. It’s simply been a fantastic modern convenience that was in fact a gift.

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                                Last Updated on September 10, 2019

                                7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                                Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                                This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                                One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                                Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                                Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                                1. Gratitude

                                Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                                The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                                Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                                So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                                  2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                                  This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                                  For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                                  What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                                  Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                                  3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                                  This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                                  Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                                  An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                                  Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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                                    4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                                    According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                                    There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                                    5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                                    Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                                    Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                                    6. Rise Earlier

                                    The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                                    For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                                    So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                                    Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                                    7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                                    Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                                    Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                                    It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                                    Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                                    Reference

                                    [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                                    [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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