(And by the way, since Valentine’s day was not *always* a holiday for romance, but has also been a celebration of spring or had rituals to ward off epilepsy in children – I’m all for people marking the day with non-romantic activities. You can always send a non-romantic I Love You to your bestie, after all.)
For the book lover you love, why not adopt a book at the British Library? Adoption will help fund restoration and conservation of one of the many beautiful books in their care. They’ve added some specific romance titles to choose from – including poetry by Lord Byron, an 1822 book of Shakespearean sonnets and even an old edition of Winnie the Pooh. Adoption starts at £25, though for higher amounts you can get a bookplate put in and everything.
Litographs creates gorgeous prints that show the entire text of a classic novel that also makes a picture, which you can get as a T-shirt, poster or tote bag. They even have a range of literary temporary tattoos! For the romantically inclined, there’s The Time Traveller’s Wife, Sense and Sensibility or Romeo and Juliet. (Though anyone who knows and loves me would obviously get me the Sherlock Holmes or Dracula totes.)
Smell like a Book
The original Paper Passion perfume by Steidl is now ‘out of print’ but others thought it was a good idea. Demeter Fragrance Library created Paperback (though the reviews are mixed). Ebookfriendly.com posted about a range of other bookish smells, too, including scented candles and a variety of perfrumes, including one taht smells like ink: Byredo M/Mink 3.3 oz Eau de Parfum Spray.
A grammatically correct mug
The Literary Gift Company always has a great range, including jewellery, bags, homewares, stationery and clothing. For the writer in your life, there’s this fabulous set of Grammar Grumbler mugs. (I admit that those ones make me salivate, regardless of my clear lack of need for any more coffee cups in my life.)
The rubber finger marks the spot
I have many bookmarks in my drawer, though somehow I always manage to end up using an old bus ticket or a 7-11 receipt instead. But here’s a nice bookmark for readers of Real Live Books who want to remember what exact line they were up to. Essentially, the Fred and Friends FINGERPRINT Bookmark is a big rubber band with a little pointing hand on it, to wrap around your page and point to the very line you last read.
I hope this gives you a few ideas for your bookish objects of adoration, and if it’s too late for Valentine’s Day, why, there are birthdays and unbirthdays all through the months ahead!
(Book and Flowers Image by Dmitriy Melnikov at 123rf.com; Romeo and Juliet T-shirt image from Litographs)