Novel Beginnings (£10)
Think you know your novels? Put your prose perception to the test with this quiz deck: each card gives you the opening line of a notable work and it's down to you to name the writer. If you're feeling particularly confident, you can even explain the context.
Great for boosting your own literary ego, not so great for entertaining dinner guests. Orwellian tidbits went out of fashion decades ago.
A Z Concrete Bookends (£55)
Every book in the English language is written with the same 26 letters. Crazy, right? Show you know your A to Z and everything in between – in this case paperback novels – with these sturdy bookends. Because nothing says "knowledge is forever" like concrete capitals.
Book Towns (£15)
If the Internet thought it had quashed the independent book store, it reckoned without book towns: bastions of the bookshop, temples of the tome and conurbations of copy, each and every one.
Celebrate these thriving literary locations with this handy work by Alex Johnson, which lists a host of towns that are packed with bookshops and why you should visit them. Ideal for some winter wanderlust of the written variation.
Vintage book, tea and stationery subscription (from £39)
If your book-loving buddy devours paperback presents quicker than toasty porridge on a winter morning, this subscription should be the perfect opener for their own Christmas story.
As well as landing a vintage prose package on their doormat every month, it’ll see a selection of luxury tea and appropriately-bookish stationery shipped to their snug, reminding your book-mad mate to take some time out from their page-turning – to write you a thank you card, of course.
Paddywax Library Collection Candles (£19)
Bibliophiles regularly complain that a special something has been lost in the transition from physical texts to digital books: the musty smell of well-thumbed tomes.
This little burner won't recreate that dusty stench, but it will give the literary lover in your life a pleasant scent to inhale as they breeze through another bestseller.
Themed around famous authors, our favourite of the candle collection is the Charles Dickens number – scented with tangerine, clover and juniper, because nothing says Dickensian literature like a fruity fragrance.