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Unique Gifts Under $50 for Book Lovers

Amazingly, the calendar pages have disappeared and we find ourselves in the last quarter of 2006. The three months of October, November, and December are often the most busy of the year. Filled with celebrations and holidays of numerous faiths, people are pressed for time and ideas. If you have a book lover on your to-buy-for list, here are a few gift suggestions that are unique, under $50, and can be ordered on line.

Bookbaskets is a company that has come up with a fantastic gift idea. They offer a wide selection of gift baskets in a variety of genres for people who love to sit down and get lost in the pages of a good book. Some of their larger packages can cost over $100, but there are three different selections under $50 that will make great gifts.

The Bestseller Book Box is priced at $44.99. It comes in a hand painted, antique-looking wood box that can be reused as a storage container or whatever you imagine. Two best-selling books that you chose from a list of twenty-one titles are included. The box also contains cappuccino, tea, and a clip-on book light with batteries.

The Cupful of Fiction for $42.99 is packaged in a charming cup-shaped basket. Any reading preference can be satisfied with choices from mystery, romance, general fiction, trade fiction, or thrillers. You can pick either three paperback bestsellers or get two oversized trade fiction books. Again, gourmet coffee, tea, cookies and other treats are added for the reader to enjoy.

With the Cupful of Fiction, the company also offers the option of buying a ‘Send a Refill’ for a later occasion. You get to select the genre and for $22.95 per month, they will send the recipient two popular paperbacks or one larger novel.

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If the reader on your list is a sports fan, then the Cupful of Sports at $42.99 is perfect for them. Packaged in the same cup-shaped basket as the Fiction gift, it contains three sports-themed books. A Good Walk Spoiled: Days and Nights on the PGA Tour, by John Feinstein is aimed at the golfer. Drive, by Larry Bird will satisfy the basketball fan, and The Dark Side of the Game: My Life in the NFL, by Tim Green will please the football devotees.

If the reader on your list prefers to select his or her own books, then why not try to lighten up their lives another way? Light Wedge is a company specializing in exactly what their title says; book lights.

The Hard Cover Light at $34.95 is a top of the line book light. It measures 6.75″ x 9.25″ and weighs only 8.5 oz. with four AAA batteries (not included). It’s larger than the usual book light and works well with hard cover books. Supplying 40 hours of illumination, the lens lays flat on the page and only shines on the book, not around you. This is ideal for reading at night in bed if you don’t want to disturb your partner or when traveling.

The paperback Book Light is smaller and priced at $24.95. It has all of the same features as the larger Hard Cover Light, but in a small size. You get the same 40 hours of light from 4 AAA batteries (not included) but it measures only 7.4″ x 5.5″ and weighs only 6.5 oz. with batteries.

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Finally, the Lightwedge Mini reading Light is only $14.95 and ideal for use as an occasional travel light. If you need a small light at the movies or other public places, this is for you. It is compact enough to fit in your pocket and measures 5″ x 2.25″ and weighs only 1.5 oz. with batteries. You get 20 hours of light from 2 CR2016 batteries which are included. It also includes a built-in magnification bar for 1.5X magnification and come with a carrying case. The Mini can be purchased in a variety of colors such as white, silver, green, pink, blue, or black.

If you really want to get creative, Impressive Inscriptions can help you create original bookmarks for a completely unique gift. For a set up fee of $15.00, you can design your own style, add text and a personal photograph and have them print as few as 10 for only $2.95 each. At such as reasonable rate, you could gift the reader on your list with book marks for a good portion of their library for under $50.00

Any of these items will be certain to make the book lover on your shopping list smile every time they turn the a page. You’ll be smiling with one less gift to figure out this holiday season. That leaves you with more time to read and relax, too.