Five Great Gift Ideas for the Reader on Your Christmas List

Christmas presentsIf you have an avid reader on your Christmas list, you’re in luck! Readers are an easy group to buy for, and there are so many different gift options available in many price ranges. Here are few of our favorite gift ideas for book lovers this holiday season:
A book off their wish list
Most bookworms are picky in what they like to read. Books can be very personal – if you’re not sure of your reader’s tastes, simply buying something off the bestseller list may backfire. Try asking them for a few titles on their ‘to-read’ list, or check if they have a Goodreads profile or an Amazon wish list. They will be happy that you are taking an interest in their specific tastes. If you do pick a book not on their list, make sure you get a gift receipt just in case- that way, if they’ve already read it, they can easily return it.
A gift card
Gift cards have a bad reputation for being an ‘easy’ or ‘lazy’ gift. But to a reader, getting a gift card to a book store is the perfect gift. Books are not cheap, so having a gift card is guilt free money to spend feeding their addiction. Plus most readers prefer to pick out their next book to read themselves.
Bookmarks or Bookends
Bookmarks make a great addition to any gift. They are inexpensive and come in all different designs. You can easily slip it into the new book you just bought them for Christmas or you could tie it onto the bow or wrapping of their gift.
Similarly, Bookends make for a creative, unique, and affordable gift. There are so many different types of bookends, all different styles. Pick a set that reminds you of your book lover.
Something to sip on
Settling into a comfortable armchair with a book and their favorite beverage is most reader’s idea of heaven, so pick up a package of their favorite coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or maybe even a bottle of red wine. If you’re unsure of their specific tastes, try browsing in a specialty coffee or tea shop, or take the safe route and get them a gift card to their local coffee shop.  You’re sure to please with a sample of different beverages for your reader to choose from and enjoy. Pick up a new mug too for a gift that’s both thoughtful and practical.
Something to aid in relaxation
Reading time is the ultimate relaxation time, and nothing says relaxation like the atmosphere a few burning candles or incense provides. To make their reading time more comfortable, you could also get them a cozy throw blanket or perhaps some comfy socks. Bath salts or a facial mask to do while they read their new book would also make for a perfect gift.
Ultimately, readers are very easy to please. The bookworm on your holiday list is sure to appreciate books, book accessories, or anything to aid in relaxation. They might even like a book bag, pillow, or framed art.  For an extra-special gift, try combining any of the above ideas to create the perfect “care package” for an avid reader. Happy shopping!

5 Benefits of Reading

a good book and a cup of coffeeThere are many benefits of reading regularly. Here are a few good reasons why you should read every day:
Improves Vocabulary & Speaking Skills
A good vocabulary can make you a better writer and speaker. Make it a point to look up the meaning of new words you come across while reading. Keep your mind open and constantly try to learn new words and use them in written and spoken sentences. Literate people are able to articulate themselves much more proficiently. Reading can help you speak and converse more skillfully. This can boost your social life and professional career. Knowledgeable people with a rich vocabulary stand a better chance of getting promotions and moving ahead in their careers. Also, a regular reading habit can boost your creativity and help you feel more confident when speaking.
Improves Writing
The more you read, the better you will write. Reading a wide range of authors and genres helps you learn different writing styles. Whether you read classic literature, or today’s bestsellers, you will learn the art of crafting compelling prose that will hook readers. Read and write as much as possible and you are sure to become a better writer.
Reduces Stress
Many studies show that reading reduces stress. It slows your heart rate and it takes your mind off the stresses of work and every day life. Because reading is so relaxing, it’s a good activity to do before bed, rather than watch TV or play on your phone.
Good For Your Brain
Reading regularly helps keep your brain strong. Your brain is a muscle and reading is exercise for it. The mental stimulation you get from reading helps keep your brain healthy. Reading often, especially as you age, can help fight off dementia and alzheimer’s. It also improves your memory, critical thinking skills, and your ability to concentrate.
“On Friday night, I was reading my new book, but my brain got tired, so I decided to watch some television instead.”Stephen Chbosky
Boosts Knowledge
Good general knowledge is important for academic and professional success as it can help you excel in tests, interviews, etc. You can boost your knowledge about all things under the sun by reading. This knowledge will stay with you throughout your life. So, invest in an e-book reader or join a library or book club today.
We’ve only listed a few of the many benefits of regular reading. Books are a wonderful source of knowledge that can be tapped for professional success and personal fulfillment. Make it a point to read every day. It is good for your health and can improve many aspects of your life.