Looking for the perfect gift for the book lovers in your life? I’ve rounded up tons of great gift ideas for people who love to read. From book storage to bookish decor to innovative devices that make it possible to read in almost any situation, avid readers of all ages will adore these bookish gifts as much as a new release from their favorite author.
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Sometimes buying gifts for people who like to read can be challenging. They tend to own all of their favorite books and have pretty specific ideas about what they’re planning to read next. Sure, you could just ask them what’s on their TBR or give them a bookstore gift card, but if you really want to wow them, I suggest going for the element of surprise.
Take the time to find that perfect unexpected gift that shows them just how well you know them and how much you support their love of reading.
Whether your gift is designed to set the mood for a long reading sesh (candles, cozy throws, reading socks) or help them conquer the pile of books that always seems to accumulate in any room they inhabit (book tree, book basket, tote bag), even the most discerning of readers will be appreciative of such a thoughtful present.
So, without further ado, here are our top 43 gifts for people who love to read.
If your reader loves writing in the margins, this gorgeous pen case is the perfect gift for them! Writing by hand and journaling is special for many book lovers. Esterbrook is a fine writing company that has existed since the 1800's, so you can expect craftsmanship! Explore various Esterbrook pen cases, as well as fountain pens on Goldspot.com.
Know someone whose nightstand is always overflowing with their current #TBR stack? Why not give them the perfect space-saving gift to take care of that problem? With a base measuring only 12.2x6.7 inches, this genius design can easily hold a couple dozen of the latest must-reads.
Do you have a friend who loves to talk about their favorite books? They might also enjoy a way to document what they've read. The Book Lover's Journal is an adorable little flip book with 24 double-sided cards where they can record all the details of the books they read, including the author, the date they read it, the genre, their rating, and a few notes. It's the perfect way to celebrate finishing a good book.
The avid reader in your life has probably always worn their love of reading on their sleeve...but now they can wear it on their torso as well. Some of the best gifts for book lovers are things that help them fully embrace their bookish personality and wear it proudly for the world to see. This awesome t-shirt helps them do just that.
Readers gonna read...whether they're in a dark theatre waiting for a movie to start or lying in bed hours after their spouse has fallen asleep. Why not make it easier for them to see what they're reading. This lightweight booklight features a small clamp and an adjustable neck so they can position the light at just the right angle. With its long-lasting, rechargeable batteries, this light is sure to be a winner.
Give this unique gift to your book-loving friend and you'll get the gift of great conversations all year long. Celebrate your loved one's love of books with this deck of 50 cards, each featuring two reading-themed questions.
Whether you're recollecting memories of your favorite childhood picture books or comparing your favorite characters and authors, your dinner parties are sure to be lively if you bring this thoughtful gift.
Every book nerd needs a good bag for toting around their library finds and bookstore purchases and this one offers a great way for them to express their fondness for reading. Made of heavyweight, durable canvas, this reusable cloth bag features a stack of classic books from authors like Jane Austen and Shakespeare.
It's the perfect gift for someone who always seems to have multiple books with them at any given time. It even features an interior pocket for storing a library card.
If your gift recipient collects special books like first editions or religious books that they might want to display, a handmade wooden book display stand would be a good gift. Sturdy and elegant, this personalized book holder would provide pride of place to your friend's most beloved books.
If you haven't tried bookshop.org yet, it's time to give it a try! It's the perfect solution to the online buying conundrum. Many of us want to support small, local businesses in our area, but it's hard for those businesses to compete with the digital behemoths.
Bookshop.org offers the antidote to this challenge. When you purchase a gift card from bookshop.org, you can select one of thousands of independent bookstores around the US to support with your purchase.
Bookshop.org shares the proceeds of all sales with local bookstores so that we can still order all the hot new books we want with the convenience of a large online retailer and the social impact of shopping local.
This postcard set features literary book covers from some of the best books of all time, such as Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, and Peter Pan.
Each set of postcards contains ten different designs in a vintage book cover style, making it a fun way for your recipient to keep in touch with people all year long. Another fun option is to choose a set of cards featuring classic literary quotes.
One of the best gift ideas for readers of any age is a set of fun bookmarks. For those purists who balk at the idea of dog-earring the pages of their beloved print books, a collection of stylish bookmarks is a must-have.
Etsy has a great selection of fun, classy, and customized bookmarks. We love the timeless simplicity of these personalized leather ones from SRPLLeather.
People who love to read are always on the lookout for new treasures to add to their book collection, whether those are new releases or a new favorite classic. This scratch-off poster featuring 100 classic and current books will expand their reading list and help them track what they've read.
*Our only complaint is that there appears to be a noticeable lack of diversity in the authors whose books were chosen for this list. We'd love to see a version that features underrepresented authors from around the world.
Coffee mugs and tea cups are perennial hits with people who love to read because nothing goes better with a good book than a steaming hot cup of your favorite drink. And with so many bookish mugs out there, it's easy to find one that perfectly reflects the personality of your favorite book lover.
Comfort is key to the reading experience, and nothing says comfort better than a pair of handknit alpaca wool reading socks. These high-quality, single-layer socks are the perfect fall/winter accessory and will be equally comfortable worn with boots for a walk on a crisp winter day as they will be worn with sweatpants by a cozy fire.
Another must-have item for book lovers in the cooler months is a warm and snuggly blanket to cuddle up under with a good book. And trust me, a blanket lover can never have too many cuddly blankets, especially if they have kids who tend to embezzle them regularly.
We love the thick, handmade blankets found on Etsy for a particularly luxurious reading experience.
These silver-plated wine glass charms would make the perfect host/hostess gift for the person hosting your wine-drinking, er, I mean "book club." Now you'll be able to discuss books freely without worrying about mixing up your wine glasses after a particularly heated discussion.
If you're looking for cheap and fast last-minute gifts for people who love to read, you can't go wrong with grabbing bookish printables from Etsy and sticking them in a simple frame. You'll get an instant download and can have a personal and thoughtful gift in under 30 minutes.
Walking down the street, doing the dishes, having a bath. You know the type–for them, a moment spent without a book in hand is a moment wasted. The Book Seat is the perfect solution for these literary fanatics.
Its clever design enables it to hold traditional books and ebooks in the perfect position for hands-free reading, so your family member or friend never has to wash another dish without a book in front of her eyes.
Functional and charming, this personalized bookend is a fun way to celebrate a special occasion. Alternatively, a set of them could be purchased and used to delineate different genres or types of books. No matter the purpose, your recipients are certain to feel special when they see that you've taken the time to personalize your gift.
The Knock Knock Personal Library Kit is one of our favorite gifts for serious book collectors. It will allow your friend to start their own library and keep track of there whereabouts of their treasured books.
If you know someone who has a hard time keeping track of their different titles, a library kit is a great option.
The Kindle Paperwhite e-reader is one of the more extravagant gifts on this list, but it's still worth considering. For those who commute or travel frequently and don't already have an e-reader, you could be doing them a huge favor by giving them an e-reader.
Whereas you can only bring one or two (or maybe a handful) of paperback or hardcover books with you while on the go, an e-reader lets you carry your whole library. Even traditional book purists can usually find room in their heart for a piece of technology that saves them back pain and lets them get as much reading in as possible.
Here's another fun gift for friends who like to get together and discuss books over drinks. Tequila Mockingbird features fun cocktails with a literary twist such as: - The Last of the Mojitos - Love in the Time of Kahlua - Romeo and Julep - A Rum of One's Own - Are You There, God? It's Me, Margarita - Vermouth the Bell Tolls
Stuck for words? These literary fridge magnets will bring inspiration and entertainment to all those who encounter them. The book lover version of this classic set includes words like character, desire, epic, inspire, magic, mystery, which are perfect for brainstorming bookstagram reviews or coming up with a poem or story about a book.
Other fun editions include Pride and Poetry, a Jane Austen kit, and The Poet Edition, filled with words to inspire poetic imagery.
This gift is super simple, but it says it all: "Book: A magical doorway to a world of adventure and possibility." If you're looking for inexpensive, last-minute bookish gifts, this is a good option! You'll be able to download and print this digital artwork as soon as you purchase it.
This bookish quote poster can be printed with a variety of background styles including classic, canvas, chalkboard, and vintage.
The F. Scott Fitzgerald quote reads: "For what it's worth: it's never too late, or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. You can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again."
The perfect gift for people who love to read. This book lover's gift box comes in two sizes. The medium size includes a set of I Love Books pencils, a tin soy candle, a notebook, a bookmark, and a vinyl sticker that read 'I cannot live without books'.
The large box includes all of the above, plus: a 'Just One More Chapter' mug and a library card-themed memo pad. The candle in the large box is glass instead of tin.
A Book of the Month club subscription is a wonderful gift for that friend who is always in search of the next great book. Each month, BOTM features 5 carefully selected books. Subscribers pick one or more that they want to receive and BOTM sends their selection to them. The benefits of membership over purchasing books at a bookstore are that BOTM includes early releases and carefully vetted books, plus they're able to offer a nice discount over retail price.
Members can skip a month or cancel at any time.
The only downside to this gift is that it's currently on available in the United States.
For those Canadian book lovers, don't worry–there are Canadian book subscription boxes as well!
Sweet Reads Box offers subscriptions in one, three, six, and twelve month terms. Boxes ship monthly and feature a novel chosen by the Sweet Reads team. The box also includes three to four items connected to the nove's storyline, setting, or characters, a delicious drink to set the mood, a sweet treat, and a card explaining the choice of novel.
Sweet Reads also features limited edition boxes such as the YA Christmas Box and the Kids Christmas Box.
Authentic Books combines self-care with new reads for the ultimate reading experience. Boxes are available in three different experience levels: mini, full, and premium.
Each box contains items to stimulate all of the senses: one of three newly released books, a hand-poured artisan candle, a full-size artisan-made self-care item, a custom Spotify playlist, a bookmark, and recipe cards related to your chosen book.
The full and premium levels offer all of the above plus additional full-size self-care items, drinks, and chocolates.
Support Black authors and businesses by gifting the BlackLIT box. Each box contains one or more books by an author of color, 3-5 high-quality products from a Black-owned business, and five thought-provoking writing prompts. BlackLIT boxes are available in three categories: spiritual, fiction, and non-fiction.
While BlackLIT used to ship internationally, it is currently only available in the United States.
Gifts for Kids Who Love to Read
Although many of the items on the list above would be great for kids, we also wanted to include a few gifts that are specifically designed for the bookish kids in our lives. A love of reading is a wonderful thing to encourage!
These bookmarks hold your exact spot in a book so you never have to waste time rereading several paragraphs to find exactly where you left off. Take advantage of every available reading moment by jumping back in at the right spot. This is one of our favorite bookish gifts for younger kids.
Literati offers book club subscriptions for both kids and adults. The kids' subscriptions come in 6 different age levels. Each month, kids receive five new books. They pick the ones they want and return the rest for free.
Unfortunately, Literati is only available in the United States.
Sophie Agbonkhese is a writer, veteran homeschooling mother of four, and a recovering overachiever (who occasionally relapses). She is the founder of My Cup Runs Over, a site dedicated to helping busy women simplify and enrich their lives, homes, and homeschools. When she’s not writing or debugging websites, Sophie spends her time reading with her kids, gardening, listening to audiobooks, and striving fruitlessly to have a clean house for at least five minutes. She lives in southwestern British Columbia with her husband, Ben, and their children.
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