19 Feb

Gifts for the Reader(s) in Your Life!

There is perhaps nothing more frustrating than finding a gift for a friend that you know loves to read but who isn't looking for a specific book or genre.  There just isn't that much book paraphernalia!  Which, of course, is one of the strengths of books.  They don't require a lot of supplies to enjoy.  For those customers trying to find the perfect gift for the book-lover in their lives, here are KU's great gift ideas!

Bookmarks and Bottle Openers:


Six tiny silicone sprouts to hold one's places in books (either lying flat or upright and closed) and a bottle opener shaped like an ampersand. What more could a book-lover want?

Action Figures and Finger Puppets of Favorite Writers:


Austen, Shakespeare (both also come in Finger Puppet form), Tolstoy, Woolf, Parker, Chekhov, and so many many more!

Out of Print book cover T-shirts:


So many great titles on shirts, you guys. We also love the 1984 one, The Very Hungry Caterpillar one, and the In Cold Blood one. Come in and have a look!

Books go great with tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and pretty much everything else:


No matter your poison, it's best enjoyed with a good book and in a great mug.

Literary Reference Jewelry and Accessories:


Anything that extols the virtues of the written word is a-ok in a bibliophile's book!



I've said it before and will say it again: books are a great gift idea at any time and for any reason. Even if you aren't sure it's what they like, a true book-lover will appreciate any new volume. Plus, it's the thought that counts, right?

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18 Feb

Gifts for Your Friends’ Kids!

Everyone knows the awkwardness of shopping for someone you don't know that well.  What do they like?  What should I get?  What does my gift say about me as a human?  What does my gift say about them as a human?  These problems are magnified tenfold if this person that you don't even know that well is a kid.  So for all you hesitant gift-getters out there, we present our go-to list of classic and timeless gifts for even the most difficult giftee.

Classic Children's Books:


Sure, books are often a gamble, since it's hard to be sure someone will like a given story, but these are all books that everyone should read, no matter what.

And for the slightly older crowd:


Ditto for these. We have hundreds of books here and a staff only too happy to help you pick out the perfect one, but these classics need no sales pitch. Even the newer ones are timeless must-reads.

Classic Toys:


Whether sporty and outdoorsy, quiet and bookish, glued to movies or video games, or any combination at all, toys like these are childhood icons for all.

Card Games, Flashcards and More:


If books or toys aren't your thing, why not Good Manners Flashcards or Old Maid cards? A little help with education never hurt anybody!

Art supplies:


Every kid goes through a coloring and other fun art projects phase. Encourage creativity with these gifts!

 Puzzles and games galore:


Puzzles and games are almost always a perfect gift. Presenting a fun group activity is a skill that even grown adults often struggle to achieve, so games are always appreciated!

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