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The Best Gifts for Book Lovers

Looking for the best gifts for readers? You’re in luck because outside of reading, our other favorite pastime is shopping. Nothing makes us happier than finding the perfect present for our family and friends! So, we got together and curated a fun list of unique gifts for book lovers of all ages.

Three angled images of gifts for readers including a bathtub tray, a ceramic vase shaped like a book, and book scented candles

Whether you’re shopping for Christmas or Hannukah, looking for inexpensive book club gifts, or you’re in need of a teacher gift idea that will really show your appreciation, we’ve got literary gifts to fit everyone on your list! We’re certain you’ll find exactly the right item to put a big smile on the recipient’s face. And we also suspect that you’ll end up adding a few things to your own wish list (you’re welcome!).

Gifts Under $10

Clear Resin Book Page Holder dried flowers inside and a thumb ring for comfort

FLORAL BOOK PAGE HOLDER

A book page holder makes an excellent, inexpensive gift for those who prefer to read paper books. They’re especially useful for heavy or stiff-spined books that give your thumbs a workout.

If the clear resin and dried flower style isn’t right for your recipient, consider this wood grain book page holder or these jewel-tone colors.

Four book themed stickers against a pink background. They say The Book Was Better and Eat Read Sleep Repeat

STICKERS FOR BOOK LOVERS

These stickers come in several styles, all perfect for readers who want to show off their love of reading.

Stickers make a great stocking stuffer or a cute addition to the top of a gift!

This one comes from the Book Girls’ very own shop, so we thank you in advance if you decide to do your shopping with us!

Round coasters covered in library card due date stamps

VINTAGE LIBRARY DUE DATE CARD COASTERS

This is one of the bookish gift ideas that we’re adding to our own wish lists this year!

This library card coaster set would be a perfect addition to a gift basket along with the cocktail recipe book and rocks glasses you’ll see further down the list.

Small blue book light that clips over the page

RECHARGEABLE BOOK LIGHT

When Angela’s kids needed book lights for summer camp, she went in search of something compact with long battery life and found this perfect option.

This book light has two brightness settings, the battery life is amazing, and it’s USB rechargeable without needing a cord!! Best of all, it comes in lots of cute colors and doubles as a bookmark.

Gifts Under $20

Rainbow colored notebooks with book recommendations on the covers

8 NOTEBOOKS WITH 160 READING RECOMMENDATIONS

This colorful set of 8 lined notebooks – one in each color of the rainbow – is perfect for fellow office supply lovers. As a bonus, each brightly colored notebook cover includes 20 book titles related to that color family, for a total of 160 book recommendations. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving!

Round gold wine charms embossed with bookish phrases

BOOK CLUB WINE CHARMS

If your book club doubles as a wine-drinking club, these adorable charms will make the perfect book club gifts!

If you host larger events, we also love these custom book cover wine charms.

Package of tea bags called Novel Teas with book quotes attached to the tea bags

NOVEL TEAS

What could go better with a new mug than a package of Novel Teas? Each teabag is tagged with literary quotes, which are sure to make any book-loving friend happy.

This package contains 25 English Breakfast teabags.

Deck of playing cards with vintage library due date stamps on the back

LIBRARY CARD DECK OF PLAYING CARDS

Combine a love of reading with a love of family game night by gifting this deck of playing cards with library due date stamps on the back.

For another option, we also love these Jane Austen playing cards.

Christmas ornament with a stack of four books with blue, red and orange spines

BOOK STACK ORNAMENT

We just adore this little book stack ornament. Any bookworm would love to have this hanging on their Christmas tree!

Gray socks with gold heals and stacks of books in shades of gold, green and blue

STACK OF BOOKS SOCKS

Who doesn’t need a cute pair of book socks to keep you cozy while reading?

A few of our other favorite socks for readers: So Many Books, So Little Time socks; Library Card Socks; and F-Off, I’m Reading.

Book of cocktail recipes titled Tequilla Mockingbird with a martini glass on the cover and a mockingbird sittting o nthe rim of the glass

TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD: COCKTAILS WITH A LITERARY TWIST

If your literary lover also enjoys a good cocktail now and then, why not give them a recipe book that combines the two? Tequila Mockingbird features 65 drink recipes with wry commentary on some of history’s most beloved novels.

Other literary cocktail titles to consider are Gone With the Gin and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margarita.

Literary Rocks Glass with what looks like the Jane Eyre title page

LITERARY ROCKS GLASSES

These literary glasses come in 21 different titles. From Jane Eyre to Sherlock Holmes and from Charles Dickens to Shakespeare, you’re sure to find a great option for the classic literature lover in your life!

These glasses are sold individually, so you can buy one or create a full set!

CARD CATALOG WITH 30 NOTECARDS

Stationary AND an adorable card catalog box to store them in? Yes, please! Plus, sending these cards is a great way for the recipient to share their love of reading with others. Each notecard features a different work from the Library of Congress collection.

Diverse author puzzle in a box that looks like a hardback book

LITERARY PUZZLES

From Nancy Drew book covers and colorful book spines to bookshop and library scenes, we tracked down 25 of the very best reading-related jigsaw puzzles.

Just click the button to see all of our favorite literary puzzles.

Pink flexible book light that sits around the neck

HANDSFREE BOOK LIGHT

This reading light is ideal for those who prefer one that doesn’t clip onto a page. It’s made of soft silicon rubber that makes it comfortable to wear around your neck and also allows it to fold up compactly so you can tuck it into your purse or tote bag. It has four different brightness settings and recharges using a micro USB cable.

This gift can also do double duty as a hands-free light for crafters and DIYers.

Gifts Under $30

Three ceramic book vases, two filled with flowers and one holding pencils

CERAMIC BOOK VASES

Whether you wrap this gift up or deliver it filled with flowers, it’s sure to be a favorite of any reader. Available in three different colors and sizes, these book vases can also hold cooking utensils, pencils, and so much more.

Similar options: The Secret Garden; Through the Looking Glass; Solid Colors; Solid White

Perosnal library book lending kit, including due date cards and a date stamp

BOOK LENDING PERSONAL LIBRARY KIT

This book-lending kit makes our organizing dreams come true! It’s the perfect present for book lovers who enjoy sharing, but also cherish their books and would like them returned. Or for anyone obsessed with office supplies like we are!

Custom stamp with round design that says "from the library of" with a stack of books in the middle

CUSTOM LIBRARY STAMP

This custom stamp would have been our favorite gift ever when we were younger. Wait, that’s wrong; we both still want it now.

This library stamp comes in 10 different styles and 8 different color options, so you can make it just perfect for any recipient.

library candles and book candles

BOOKISH SCENTED CANDLES

These bookish candles come in a wide variety of scents, including a library candle that smells like leather, paper, mahogany, and oak. Perfect for the book lover who enjoys reading in a cozy setting.

Brown leather laptop case that looks like a hardcover book

LEATHER BOOK LAPTOP CASE

This leather book laptop case is the perfect gift for the book nerd or the aspiring author. It’s available in multiple sizes, so be sure to confirm the laptop’s dimensions so that you can order accordingly.

Teal poster featuring 100 classic book covers with silver scratch=off material covering each

100 BOOKS BUCKET LIST SCRATCH-OFF POSTER

Know someone interested in the classics? This scratch-off poster will be rewarding as they work their way through this list. Plus, it will be cute on their wall!

Gifts Under $40

Expandable bamboo bathtub with book holder and wine holder

EXPANDABLE BATHTUB TRAY WITH BOOK HOLDER

There’s nothing we enjoy more than reading in the bathtub! We really can’t think of a better gift for a reader than this bamboo tub tray with a book holder and wine glass slot.

You can customize the gift by including bubble bath or bath bombs in the recipient’s favorite scent!

“SOMETHING BORROWED” LIMITED EDITION ART PRINT

This affordable, limited-edition artwork would be cute on a bookcase shelf! You can buy the print unframed or choose from a variety of frame options.

Angela has been eyeing this due date art print as well, which comes with a white or ivory background to match any decor.

Tufted Grey Lap Pillow that holds an open book, a Kindle, or an iPad

LAP PILLOW FOR BOOKS, eREADERS, AND TABLETS

This comfy lap pillow securely holds books of all sizes, and also works perfectly with tablets and Kindles. There’s even a zippered pocket on the back for earbuds.

Splurge On These Gifts

Map of the World with pieces of book covers overlaying each country

LITERATURE MAP OF THE WORLD

Our love of books combined with our love of maps and travel when we created the Book Voyage Reading Challenge. So it probably comes as no surprise that we are totally smitten with this Literature of the World poster print. It’s perfect for globetrotters and armchair travelers alike.

The 20×30 art print makes a statement in an office or reading room, or select a smaller print for a more budget-friendly option.

BOOK OF THE MONTH SUBSCRIPTION

While we focused most of our gift guide on gifts for book lovers that aren’t books, we couldn’t resist adding this fabulous new-release subscription service.

Click the pink button to read our full post about how it works. If you sign up through this link, you’ll get a discount!

Kindle paperwhite

KINDLE PAPERWHITE (WATERPROOF)

Melissa and Angela both have the Paperwhite and LOVE it because the screen works so well even in bright sunlight and because it’s dedicated to reading. You can’t get distracted by Facebook or other social media sites!

Pick up the latest version and a gift card for ebooks to thrill the avid reader in your life. As much as we love owning hardback print books, it’s priceless to be able to carry thousands of them with us when we travel.

Lego set that builds two side by  side historical looking buildings, one of which is a bookshop

LEGO BOOKSHOP

When it comes to gift ideas for book lovers, the toy store is probably the furthest thing from your mind. But we’re obsessed with this adorable Lego Bookshop. It’s a splurge in price because it’s a whopping 2,500 pieces, but that just means it will also bring hours of entertainment.

We’d love to display the complete bookshop on our shelves alongside our book collection.

Best Gifts for eBook Readers

KINDLE PAPERWHITE CASE (11TH GENERATION)

If your loved one already has a Kindle, a new cover always makes a fun accessory. This Kindle cover for the popular 10th Generation (2018) Paperwhite is Angela’s favorite. It has a kickstand so you can prop up your book, or a strap for your hand for comfortable reading in bed, or our favorite – in the bathtub.

There’s even a bonus credit card slot! If you really want to surprise the recipient, put a Kindle gift card in that spot.

Kindle Gift Card holder and envelope

KINDLE GIFT CARD

If your favorite reader already has a Kindle, why not give them the gift of more books? This Kindle Gift Card can be purchased in any dollar amount, and the recipient can use it to purchase ebooks to download directly to their Kindle.

Best Gifts for Audiobook Lovers

Bluetooth neckband with retractable earbuds. They fold down to fit in the small black case showin the photo

BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES

Angela listens to audiobooks daily, and these are her absolute favorite Bluetooth headphones.

This neckband with retractable earbuds allows her to start and stop her books throughout the day without ever misplacing her earbuds. Buttons on the side make it quick and easy to start and stop the audiobook, adjust the volume, and jump forward or back in the audio without ever having to reach for your phone or tablet. Best of all, these fold and fit in a compact case for travel.

Ad image with numerous audiobook covers against a dark blue background with the Audible logo and the words "Give the Gift of Audible"

AUDIBLE MEMBERSHIP

With prices ranging from $15 to $120, Audible subscriptions are available for a variety of budgets.

We love audiobooks when we’re too busy to sit down and read. Whether we’re commuting or folding laundry, being able to listen to a book makes boring tasks a lot more fun.

Of course, if all these ideas fail, you can’t go wrong gifting your favorite book – it’s a thoughtful, personal touch. Every book nerd is happy to receive more reading material! If you need some suggestions, check out the list of our favorite books of 2023 and our recommendations for the best book club books of 2023.

What’s your favorite item on the list, and who would you buy it for?

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The Book Girls are best friends who jointly read over 200 books per year. We started Book Girls' Guide in 2019 to help others de-stress and find joy through the power of a great book. We do in-depth research on thousands of novels and non-fiction titles each year to provide curated book lists covering a variety of genres.

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Friday 24th of November 2023

Your link for the 8 mini notebooks “The Color of Books” goes to a jigsaw puzzle can you send me the correct link?

Angela Rathbun

Friday 24th of November 2023

We're sorry about that, but thanks for bringing it to our attention! We just fixed the link in the post. Here's the correct link: https://amzn.to/3RoBUQF

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