You can gift the Kindle once, and then what? There are more ideas at hand than you think.
If you want to give a gift to your beloved one or a family member who already owns the Kindle e-reader, you can actually have more options to explore than when thinking about bookish gifts in general.
An obvious online destination to browse for Kindle-related products is Amazon online store. But what specific items to buy?
Two specific areas that relate specifically to Kindle owners are:
- special services that are addressed to Kindle users,
- benefits specific to paper books that a Kindle user might miss.
In the list below, you’ll find both the digital gifts, perfect for someone who consumes digital content, and real gifts that try to fill the gap between reading paper and electronic books.
Gifts for Kindle users – recommended sites
The obvious online destination for everything related to Kindle is Amazon. If you, however, would like to check out other sites, here are our recommendations.
Etsy – this is the biggest online store with handmade goods. The selection of bookish gifts is impressive, so Etsy is a must-see destination, especially if you want to gift something unique in style. As all items are made to order, there are several ways to add a personal message – also for the bookish items listed below.
Redbubble – a marketplace for custom designed items, including prints, stationery, cases & covers, or t-shirts. Opposite to other sites, such as CafePress, the quality of the artwork is much higher.
Not on the High Street – unlike other stores, the site offers beautiful things – showcased beautifully. The team is hunting for the best items on the net to include them in the growing catalog of curated products.
Amazon Handmade – the store rests at Amazon.com, includes thousands of hand-crafted items, and is quickly growing. You’ll find here jewelry, home decor, kitchen & dining, furniture, and stationery, among other categories.
Do you own the Kindle? What gift would you like to receive? Leave your suggestions in the comments below. Thanks a lot!
Best gifts for Kindle owners
1. Personalized Kindle case or sleeve
Many people who decide to buy the Kindle, almost automatically add to the cart the original Kindle case. Usually, it’s the original case from Amazon, available in a few color options.
Case covers are the kind of gift Kindle owners will be more than happy to receive. Covers usually get damaged faster than the Kindle they protect, so exchanging the cover for the same Kindle model is something many users do.
The only thing you should do is to check out which cover the giftee currently owns – and try to buy a different one: by color, design, and functionality.
Let us give you advice: don’t buy the cover in a typical design and color. Try to find something unique, something that would express the personality of a person you are going to give a gift.
One way is to explore the cases available in several insanely colorful and fashionable color versions. Out favorite brands are:
You can also check out Caseable. The site offers hundreds of original designs for Kindle. Most importantly, you can personalize the artwork by adding text and changing colors – or design the cover from scratch by adding your photo.
Another option is to go for a handmade accessory, made to order. There are a lot of gorgeous Kindle cases and sleeves available on Etsy. Many shop owners offer the option to add a text or adjust the design to specific needs of the person who orders it.
2. Kindle Unlimited subscription
If someone is using the Kindle heavily, it means she or he is hungry for books. You can always buy them the new release from a favorite author, but here is a better idea: Kindle Unlimited.
Kindle Unlimited ebook subscription gives unlimited access not only to 1.4 million Kindle ebooks (it’s about one-fourth of the entire Kindle Store), but also thousands of audiobooks. Current issues of popular magazines are also included.
If you decide to gift Kindle Unlimited, you can select one of subscription plans: 6, 12, or 24 months. The cheapest 6-month plan costs $59.94.
It’s good to know that from time to time you can grab the Kindle Unlimited subscription at a reduced price. Amazon usually offers the deals for Prime Day and Cyber Monday. The discount is between 20% (6-months plan) and 40% (24-months).
3. Amazon gift card
Buying a gift card is the safest of all the ideas presented here.
If you don’t know the giftee’s favorite authors, genres, or book series, buying the newly released bestseller from the top author might not be the best idea ever. The only thing you know for sure is that the Kindle users will need money to buy the ebooks.
Therefore, you can purchase the gift card, and let the giftee choose the titles.
Amazon gift cards are available in hundreds of designs for almost all occasions. Among them, you can find Kindle-branded artwork.
Most importantly, there are three ways to deliver the gift:
- in a gift box, sent by post,
- printed by yourself,
- sent by email.
Two last options are perfect last-minute solutions. You can buy the gift literally five minutes before you are going to give it.
How big should be the value of the gift card?
Kindle books cost between $0.99 and $12.99. If the giftee likes to read bestselling titles from big-name authors released by big publishers, the $25 gift card will be enough to buy two books.
4. Ebook bundle of a favorite book series
What if you very well know the book preferences of the Kindle user you want to give a gift?
Probably, she or he was reading some of the book series in a print format. Why not making them happy again by giving a chance to re-read favorite books on their Kindle?
The great thing about ebooks is that many well-known book series can be bought in bundles – as one ebook file that includes all parts of the series. Therefore, you don’t need to buy particular volumes one by one.
What’s most important, the bundle is cheaper than buying all parts of the series separately.
Here are a few popular Kindle ebook bundles:
- A Game of Thrones 5-Book Collection
- Harry Potter: The Complete Collection (1-7)
- The Hunger Games Trilogy
To find an ebook bundle on Amazon, go to Kindle Store and in a search box type the title of the series, followed by either “collection” or “bundle.”
5. Screen protector
Someone who owns a precious device is usually crazy about protecting it from scratches and dust. The cover is the first aid, but it doesn’t prevent the screen from accidents that might leave the scratch on it.
And the display is the part of the Kindle you’re looking at 100% of the time.
Therefore, to give the Kindle user 100% guarantee nothing wrong happens, it’s good to give her or him a product designed to protect the screen.
Amazon’s store with Kindle accessories includes screen protectors from several producers. Simply, from the left sidebar select the Kindle model the giftee owns, and then pick up “Screen Protectors.”
Usually, the more expensive the Kindle model, the wider range of screen protectors you’ll find for it.
Kindle screen protectors are sold in sets, usually consisting of three pieces. Besides protecting from scratches, smudges and dirt, they are easy to install and don’t affect how the touchscreen display works.
6. Waterproof sleeve
The most desired function of the Kindle case is protection. All cases protect, to a greater or lesser extent, againts dust and scratches, but what about water?
Getting a case that specifically addresses this need means you have to be prepared for a big expense. For instance, the most popular item of this kind, Incipio Atlas, costs well above $50.
Having in mind that water protection is needed only in a couple of circumstances, it’s good to think about the waterproof sleeve. It’s cheaper than the case, but you can operate your touchscreen Kindle while the sleeve is on.
We recommend buying the sleeve that is designed for larged devices, for instance 7 or 8-inch tablets. Therefore, the Kindle owner will be able to put the sleeve on without the need to remove the current case cover.
There are several waterproof sleeves on Amazon. Some of them come in a range of bright colors. You can also find sleeves that are sold in packs of two or three.
7. Miniature book jewelry
Book jewelry is a great gift for every woman who loves reading. For Kindle users who may sometimes miss the look of the print book, the jewelry that looks like miniature objects of desire is a clever idea.
The jewelry that includes miniature book charms is available on Etsy, the leading site with hand-crafted goods made to order.
If you prefer shopping on Amazon, you can also find miniature books here. There is a new sub-store with handcrafted goods called Amazon Handmade.
8. T-shirt with a cover art of a favorite book
The problem with ebooks on the Kindle is that nobody knows what you are reading.
One way to express you love books is wearing book jewelry, the other one is getting relevant clothing.
What about gifting the t-shirt that features cover art of the giftee’s favorite book? Out of Print Clothing offers a range of t-shirts, both for women and men. Among the designs, you’ll find The Great Gatsby, The Little Prince, and Animal Farm.
You can buy Out of Print Clothing literary t-shirts directly on Amazon.
9. Book-scented candle
Many people who start reading on the Kindle are astonished with tons of features that make digital reading not only convenient but also enjoyable.
The only thing that’s missing is the addictive scent of an old book.
Kindle users would be more than happy if they could keep the book scent while they read an ebook. Therefore, the gift that does that will be warmly welcomed.
There is a growing number of scented candles that recreate the scent of a book and library. The chemistry behind that? A combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla.
A growing number of book-scented candles can be found on Amazon Handmade.
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