We know that e-books are more popular than ever, but we still value our old shelves full of dusty first editions and dog-eared paperbacks…and while they still exist in so many homes there’ll be a need for bookends! On a trawl of the best online retailers, we’ve unearthed our five favourite novelty bookends – each of them guaranteed to keep your reading matter under control in a stylish fashion!
Modern Arrow Book End – £26.90, Mercury Row
Made from iron, this pair of decorative bookends does a really rather good impression of an arrow piercing through the books they keep in place. Fun as well as stylish, these sturdy pieces have real weight to them, are finished in gold and black and will add a distinctive and contemporary look to your library or mantelpiece.
We’re of the firm opinion that, when shelf space is limited, all pieces of decorative furniture should be forced to multi-task! Which is why we were delighted to encounter these two Larry bookends, which double up as actual (i.e. they really tell the time!) vintage-look clocks. Finished in black, they’re each operated by a single AA battery.
Looking for a gift for a music-loving bookworm of a certain age? Gift Republic could have just the thing for you – their vinyl bookends are in the shape of two 7″ singles that will sit either side of your favourite tomes should you choose to keep them – but come in a retro-style presentation box, if you can bear to give them away!
Personalised Engraved Yorkstone Bookends – £37.95, Letterfest
If you’re rather territorial about your library, you could do worse than invest in these personalised bookends by Letterfest, which are make from natural tumbled British yorkstone. Small but heavy, they have chipped and bevelled edges and, once engraved with your initials, will add a natural, rustic look to your shelving arrangements.
Silver Stag Bookends – £17.50, M&S
These are no ordinary bookends – they are M&S bookends in the shape of stags’ heads! You don’t have to own a country house or belong to the hunting set to appreciate this fine pair – made from aluminium, the 22cm-high (and 8cm wide) bookends will do a smashing job of keeping your books in their place.