Sunday, November 21, 2010

Other Reading-Related Holiday Gift Ideas

So this month we've been looking at books crime fiction writers would recommend for crime fiction readers this holiday season. And books always make great gifts, but maybe you'd like some other items to go along with your book or maybe you're not sure what your reader already has. So today, let's look at other book-related gifts that would make excellent choices this holiday season.

First, as a crime fiction fan, I know I would be deliriously happy to receive a registration to a crime fiction convention. Some of the conventions available include Left Coast Crime, Crime Bake, Love is Murder, Thrillerfest and of course Bouchercon.

We've talked about great books to receive. How about personalized books? On December 2nd Marcus Sakey, David Ellis, Gillian Flynn and Laura Caldwell will be having a signing party at Sheffield's in Chicago. You can attend that evening from 6 to 9 or you can email Javier at the Seminary Co-op, tell him what books you'd like and how you'd like them signed and they will be sent to you in plenty of time for the holidays.

Your independent bookstores have fun merchandise. Murder by the Book has fabulous t-shirts and mugs. Among their merchandise, The Mystery Bookstore includes "Dead Fred," a fun pen holder. The Mystery Lovers Bookshop carries a fun array of tote bags so your book lover can keep his/her books safe where ever. Any of these stores can accommodate your online orders or you can check with your local indie and see what fun items they have to offer.

Other fun items that can finish off a book gift: book marks, book plates, book covers, book lights. How about a book-themed calendar? Or a journal to keep track of books read. You can be creative and make your own gift to go along with a book.

What suggestions can you add? Let us know in the comments and we'll put together a super list of book lovers gift suggestions. As the holidays inch closer remember to make them fun and not a chore. Happy Reading!!


Naomi Johnson November 21, 2010 at 6:01 PM  

In case Santa is listening, I'm interested in the Sony Touch PRS-650 eReader, because (a) it's not a Kindle, and (b) I can make notes in the ebooks. I reckon there are other folks who wouldn't mind getting a loaded-to-the-max ereader.

Christine November 21, 2010 at 6:08 PM  

My registration paid for crime fiction conventions? OH YEAH! Along those lines, I would also recommend airline gift cards.

Something for the stockings, I would say those lending bookmarks. So I can remember who I loaned my books to and they can remember that the book belongs to me. ;-)

Pop Culture Nerd November 21, 2010 at 6:10 PM  

I think some e-reader covers/cases are really attractive and would make great gifts for people who have an e-reader but haven't sprung for a case.

Jen Forbus November 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM  

GREAT suggestions ladies. Chris, I have to check out those lending bookmarks!

And I can NOT believe I left off a subscription to a crime fiction magazine, like CRIMESPREE!

Bernadette in Australia November 21, 2010 at 7:40 PM  

I was just given for my birthday a "skin" for my Sony eReader and I really love it. It's a vinyl covering in a funky design that you can use in conjunction with a normal cover - it's not sticky so you can remove if you need to. Mine came from a site called but I'm sure there are other places - they have them for all the Kindle versions and heaps of other devices as well. Who doesn't need some bling in their lives?

Beth Groundwater November 21, 2010 at 11:42 PM  

A bookcase to store all those new mystery books in.

Chocolate murder weapons such as those from

A subscription to a mystery-oriented publication such as Mystery Scene, AHMM, EQMM, or Crimespree.

I'm sure I could come up with more, but that's a good start.
- Beth

Jann November 22, 2010 at 3:28 PM  

Oh come on, let's get real. How about an afternoon with our favorite author? I can dream, can't I? (you listening, Santa?)

Christine November 22, 2010 at 3:29 PM  

Jann wins. But only one? ;-)

Pop Culture Nerd November 22, 2010 at 4:57 PM  

I know who Jann wants an evening with. Maybe a week in a cabin somewhere.

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