The Amazon Kindle is an absolutely awesome eBook reader. I am personally a huge fan of the Kindle, and got my first one as a Christmas gift. And it was one of the best gifts I ever received. If you know someone who likes reading, and they haven’t already got Kindle, these genius devices are one of the best gifts you can give them.
Sadly, you can’t give someone a Kindle twice, so let’s have a look at some other gift ideas for people who can always be found with their head in a good eBook.
An Amazon Voucher
Let’s be honest, if you love books, the best thing you can get is… more books. It’s what bibliophiles want more than anything else, to be honest.
For Kindle owners, you can’t just head to the bookstore and grab a random book off the shelf. But there are still a couple of options available.
You can give them a regular Amazon gift voucher (UK/CA). They will then be able to use the gift card balance to buy as many books as they want. The only disadvantage is that they’re also able to use the gift card balance to buy as many other things as they’d like. For a true book lover, you’re probably safe, but other people may use the voucher to buy different products.
You can also gift someone specific books through Amazon. If you know they’re looking for a certain book, or you have a favorite book you want to share, head to Amazon, find the book and click Give as Gift. You have the option to email it directly to them or get the download code sent to your own email address so you can print it off and give it to them on Christmas day.
A New Kindle
Kindles last for ages. I’m personally on my second Kindle — a first generation Paperwhite — and I’ve been using them for about six years. They aren’t something you need to replace every year or two. The only reason I upgraded my Kindle Keyboard was that my (admittedly photogenic) dog jumped on it.
If you’ve already got a Kindle, there’s almost no reason to buy a new one yourself… which makes it such a great gift to buy someone else.
If that’s beyond your budget, but you’re buying for someone using an entry level Kindle, even the Paperwhite is a huge step up.
If they’re the kind of person who regularly spills water on their gadgets, you can even shell out for the waterproof Kindle Paperwhite from Waterfi. It’s got an aftermarket waterproofing treatment applied to a regular Paperwhite to make it impervious to liquids.
You could definitely make a Kindle lover’s whole year by getting them one of the high-end models. Every minute they spend using their Kindle will be ever-so-slightly improved.
A Luxury Kindle Case
If you don’t want to stretch to a new Kindle, a luxury case can make reading more comfortable and give things a fresh, almost book-like feel.
I’m a big fan of Amazon’s genuine leather case for the Paperwhite (UK) — it’s one of the nicest cases going. $40 is admittedly quite a lot of money to spend on a case for a $120 device, but it’s well worth the premium. Over a few months, this case develops its own unique look and feel, just like any other leather goods. This, it becomes a truly personal gift.
A Subscription to Audible
The only thing public transport has going for it over driving is that you can read while traveling. For some reason, the police don’t like it when you’re trying to get through Game of Thrones while doing 100 km/h. Audiobooks are the solution to this dilemma.
I “read” about 60 books a year. Half of them are audiobooks. Whenever I’m walking, driving, cooking, cleaning, or just loafing about, I’m listening to an audiobook through my earbuds.
If the only time you can get someone’s nose out of their Kindle is when they absolutely have to use their eyes to see what they’re doing, a subscription to Audible is an awesome gift.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
When you’re reading a book, you vanish into another world. Nothing pulls you out faster than your neighbor cutting their grass, your partner making a smoothie, or your dog barking at every passerby. When you’re imagining the clash of steel and roar of a dragon, you don’t want to hear a baby crying or a cat meowing.
The best solution for cutting out unwanted noise is a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones. So these make a great gift for the Kindle lover in your life. There are plenty of options available, ranging from affordable pairs of headphones all the way up to premium models like the Bose QuietComfort line.
I’m a huge fan of my Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless Around Ear headphones (UK/CA), and, if you’re looking for a really impressive gift to give someone, you should check them out.
A Comfy Spot to Read
While you can read anywhere, there’s nothing like having a dedicated — and supremely comfortable — reading spot. I’ve got an old chair that I just sink into when I need to drift off into a fictional world. This makes it my favorite spot in the world to curl up with my Kindle.
If you’re stuck for ideas, providing a comfy spot for the Kindle fan in your life can make a great gift. I’d recommend something like this gigantic bean bag. Whatever position the recipient likes to read in, they should be able to achieve it with this gift.
If they’re more likely to read in bed, a a purpose-built reading pillow would make a great gift. No more neck-craning!
I love my Kindle and I would be delighted to receive any of the gifts on this list. Which is why I picked them, I guess. I’m not alone in my love for my Kindle though, and I suspect Kindle fans everywhere would be over the moon to get given any of the things listed here.
So, what are you waiting for? Get shopping! And then wrapping! And then giving!
Do you have any other great gift ideas for Kindle owners? If so, please let us know in the comments below. And if you buy one of these great gift ideas for Kindle owners please let us know how well it was received. We’d love to know whether we helped make someone’s day.