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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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                  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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                    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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                        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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                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                Listen carefully:

                                We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                1. Pray Daily

                                You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                3. Smile Often

                                Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                8. Go Exercise

                                Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                The Bottom Line

                                It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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