Long before 2K screens lined our pockets with cat gifs and Candy Crush, people had to find other means for portable fun.
The humble book has entertained and educated over thousands of years, and will continue to do so for thousands more (unless we're wiped out by aliens looking to build a trans-galactic motorway).
Here are some of the best gifts to buy the bookworm in your life - and they're not all Kindles and bookmarks either.
Build On Brick Bookends (£29)
Add some blocky brilliance to your bookshelf with these build-on bookends. Compatible with all kinds of construction toys – we can think of one, in particular – you can attach just about anything you want to your new spine-supporters.
Whether you theme your creations to the plots of the page-turners they’re hugging, or just go brick-for-leather and put together a tight-to-the-tome masterpiece of Scooby Doo meets Stormtrooper, the fun doesn’t have to finish when the book does.
Kobo Aura H2O (£140)
"Yes, but can you read it in the bath?" retorts your book-reading friend as they point accusingly in the direction of your e-reader. Wipe the smug grin off their face with this waterproof Kobo, which will survive a dunking much better than any paperback. And it won't go all weird and puffy afterwards, either.
Personal Library Kit (£9.25)
Step one: establish small book lending service.
Step two: stamp return dates ten years from now.
Step three: wait.
Step four: rake in the late fines as everyone reneges on their returns.
Do it all with this personal library kit, complete with checkout cards and stamp pad.
Sometimes the littlest gifts are the brightest. Sadly, that’s not the case here: whilst this small story-stopper is sweetly-styled like a friendly desk lamp, it doesn’t actually light up – so it’ll hold your page as good as any Government injunction, but it won’t help with after hours speed-reading. Which is good, because it’s past your bedtime.
Curious Creatures: The Shorter Horror of MR James (£17)
MR James was the master of the Christmas ghost story, a fireside Yuletide tradition that chilled the blood of many a Cambridge scholar. Now you, too, can share in the shivers with this audiobook of James' short fiction, read with appropriately donnish delivery by actor Robert Lloyd Parry.