In the words of Stephen King, “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” Taken out of context and transported into today, it’s almost like the author was referring to the humble Amazon Kindle. Indeed, what more portable way is there to read (and carry around) books than using an eBook reader? And what season has more magic than Christmas?
Now, imagine the impact of those two things combined. For someone who enjoys reading, the Amazon Kindle is definitely one of the best Christmas gifts ever. However, the devices are so popular now, chances are your friend already has one.
While you can’t give someone a Kindle twice, there are still plenty of brilliant gift ideas to choose from for people who can always be found with their head in a good ebook…
1. An Amazon Voucher
Let’s be honest, if you love books, the best thing you can get for Christmas 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 card. 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. It just depends whether or not that bothers you.
2. An Ebook Bundle
You can gift someone specific books through Amazon. This option is perfect if you know they’re looking for a certain book, or if you have a favorite book you want to share.
Head to Amazon, find the right book (or series of books) 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.
3. 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. Kindles aren’t something you need to replace every year or two. The only reason I upgraded my Kindle Keyboard was that my photogenic dogs jumped on it.
If you’ve already got a Kindle, there’s almost no reason to buy a new one yourself. And that’s exactly what makes it such a great gift to buy for someone else.
The latest version, the All-New Kindle Oasis, is the first waterproof Kindle Amazon has released, and it looks incredible. Unfortunately, it’s also ludicrously expensive. At the same time, there are plenty of reasons to consider buying a Kindle Oasis even at that price.
If the Kindle Oasis is beyond your budget, but you’re buying for someone using an entry-level Kindle, even the Kindle Paperwhite is a huge step up.
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.
4. 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 an old Kindle a fresh, almost book-like feel.
I’m a big fan of Amazon’s genuine leather case for the Paperwhite — it’s one of the nicest cases going. This is admittedly quite a lot of money to spend on a case for such an affordable 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. Thus, it becomes a truly personal gift.
5. 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 cops don’t like it when you’re trying to get through Game of Thrones while driving close to the speed limit. 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.
6. A Kindle Unlimited Subscription
If you’ve noticed your friend using the Kindle heavily, that means they’ve got a thirst for books. You will unlikely satisfy that kind of appetite by gifting them just one ebook. A better idea would be to get them a Kindle Unlimited Subscription.
Kindle Unlimited gives unlimited access to over 1 million Kindle eBooks, thousands of audiobooks, as well as current issues of popular magazines. You can select one of subscription plans: 6, 12, or 24 months.
7. Some 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.
I’m a huge fan of my Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless headphones, and, if you’re looking for a really impressive gift to give someone, you should check them out.
8. A Comfortable 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 purpose-built reading pillow would make a great gift. No more neck-craning!
Now that you’re armed with these gift ideas we handpicked for you, it’s time to begin shopping (and then wrapping).
Whether it’s a dedicated Kindle lover with a history or a newly-converted fan of Kindles, you can rest assured knowing they’re guaranteed to enjoy receiving any of the gifts on this list.
So what are you waiting for? Take your pick and let Christmas work its magic! But before you go, we’d like to ask you to share your Christmas gift wisdom with us.
Do you have any other great gift ideas for Kindle owners? If you were to choose one of the gifts from this list, which one would you prefer to receive yourself? Please feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
Updated by Anya Zhukova