Are you still looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart? Well, worry no more–the following is a comprehensive and creative list of book-related ways to impress your valentine and show them just how much they mean to you.
1. Book-Based Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt is a classic (and low-budget) Valentine’s Day activity, but you can tailor it to your sweetheart by basing the clues on some of their favorite books.
2. Sign Up For A Literary Cooking Class
At culinary bookstores like Read It and Eat, you can learn how to cook everything from Spanish tapas to chocolate goodies, meet chefs and cookbook authors, and make recipes from your favorite books and cookbooks.
3. For Non-Bookworms: Actually Reading Your Sweetheart’s Favorite Book
It will mean a whole lot more to them than another bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates–it shows that you really took the time to share and appreciate something that’s important to them.
4. Personalized Bookmarks
These bookmarks are the perfect combo of low-budget and meaningful: all you have to do is find a photo of you and your sweetheart, or picture of your kids, and within a couple of minutes you’ll have a sweet, memorable Valentine’s gift for your favorite book-lover.
5. Book Lovers’ Jewelry
Etsy has everything–including bling marketed specifically at bookworms. Companies like BookFiend and Wicked Wordsmith Co. sell jewelry with quotes from authors like Charlotte Brontë, Shakespeare, Louisa May Alcott, and Leo Tolstoy.
6. Find A Special Edition Of Their Favorite Book
Surprise your sweetheart with a vintage or signed copy of one of their favorite books, or a first edition (if you can find one). The look on their face will make the search worthwhile, I promise.
7. A Romantic, Relaxing Reading Experience
A bubble bath, glass of wine, scented candle, a romantic book… Sounds like the best Valentine’s gift ever.
8. Creative Wrapping Paper
Instead of reciting a love poem (that can get real cheesy, real fast), try using a poem in a more creative way: use it as wrapping paper! Print off a bunch of cool love poems and use them to wrap individual chocolates, jewelry, or whatever gift you bought that you liked but felt wasn’t quite good enough.
9. Romantic, Bookish Movies
For a more casual, chill Valentine’s experience, you can watch some of your sweetheart’s favorite book-based movies. Films like Pride and Prejudice (the BBC version, of course), Gone with the Wind, and The Scarlet Pimpernel are all classic choices.
10. The Big Whammy–A Bookish Proposal
If you’re ready to take the biggest Valentine’s Day step of all, you can always go for a proposal based on your sweetheart’s favorite novel. This can take many forms–simply quoting a book’s proposal scene or actually dressing up and acting out the entire scene. Either way, it’s sure to make a big impression on your beloved.
Here’s wishing you a magically romantic Valentine’s Day, bookworms!
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