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