If you’re shopping for someone who enjoys a themed craft cocktail, “Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist” is a fun cocktail book for solo drinkers or those who like to entertain. The bestselling book features 65 cocktail recipes with literary themes, each paired with commentary on the historic novels the recipe is based on. From a Romeo and Julep to The Last of the Mojitos, the cocktails in this book provide a fun way to combine a love of mixology and literacy. The book also includes relevant drinking games, recipes for bar bites, and whimsical illustrations. $7.39 on Amazon.
The 50 Best Book Lover Gifts for Bookworms of All Ages
From lamps to socks to an innovative reading light, these book lover gifts can please any and all readers.
Book lover gifts can come in all varieties, whether the reader in your life needs a proper light that can be used on the go or a supportive pillow that makes whatever position they like to read in the most comfortable. You can give the bibliophile in your life a proper coffee table book, a subscription to Audible, or a pair of noise-canceling headphones that allow them to truly focus on the words on the page. No matter what genre they like to read or whether they prefer reading a physical book or an e-reader, the gift options below can help make their hobby more enjoyable and show them you put real thought into their gift.
How to Choose the Best Book Lover Gifts
Before you begin browsing for a gift, it may be wise to ask yourself a few questions that can make shopping for your loved one a breeze. The following can help narrow down your choices:
- What format do they prefer to read in? Some may like to use a tablet more for convenience, while others enjoy the old-school approach of a physical book.
- What reading accessories could they benefit from? A handy book light or a personalized bookmark can make their hobby easy and more comfortable.
- What is your budget? Identifying how much you’d like to spend on the gift will help narrow down your gift options, since we’ve organized the guide by price.
The Best Book Lover Gifts
No matter who you’re shopping for, you’re bound to find an excellent gift option in this comprehensive guide. Below you’ll find unique finds such as coasters modeled after library cards, custom book decor, the most plush pillow, and more.
Gifts Under $25
Whether they’re marking the inside of a book or sending their own book as a gift with a stamped tag, book lovers will be able to brand the items of their choosing with the Library Stamp. You can have it customized by design, wording, and style to best fit the person you’re buying for, from someone who likes to hand-stamp a classic font on the inside of the books they own to the person who who enjoys personalizing their favorite works with a stamped tag and then handing them down to friends or family members. This library stamp is 100 percent customizable and is an excellent gift option for someone who appreciates personalized crafts. Starting at $8.99 on Etsy.
Avid readers who enjoy cooking are likely to find hours of entertainment in the kitchen from “The Book Lover’s Cookbook,” which consists of recipes inspired by classic works of literature. Users can make carrot pudding from “A Christmas Story,” buttermilk scones from “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” or even Turkish Delight from “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.” The cookbook is also peppered with tales about the novels’ authors and their writing processes for added context. $9.69 on Amazon.
A cozy pair of Library Card Socks makes a great stocking stuffer or birthday gift for the book lover in your life. Made to look exactly like a traditional library card, these socks are a fun way to wear a favorite hobby or pastime on one’s feet. They fit a wide range of shoe sizes for men and women and are made from polyester, nylon, cotton, and spandex. Pair them with a new or favorite book for the full effect. $10 from Uncommon Goods.
Picture this: your loved one cuddled up by a fire, favorite book in hand, and a warm cup of coffee or hot cocoa to sip on. With the Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer, you can help make this vision a reality for your favorite book lover. They’ll never have to swallow a cold sip again thanks to the warmer’s simple yet effective functionality. This particular warmer comes with a long power cord for increased mobility, as well as an easy on/off switch and a light indicator that lets users know when their beverages are properly heated. $11.99 on Amazon.
Book lovers who feel compelled to stop at a new chapter can reevaluate their reading technique with Book Darts Line Markers. These markers go beyond a traditional bookmark to point to the specific line where readers stopped. This way, instead of rereading previous paragraphs or starting the page from the beginning, book lovers can pick up exactly where they left off. The line darts can be seen from outside of the book, and they won’t fall, move out of place, or get stuck on other objects. These line markers can be a great stocking stuffer or a small token of thanks to teachers, librarians, researchers, or other bookworms in your life. $12 on Amazon.
Bibliophiles can light one of these Library Candles to fill their spaces with fragrance that pays homage to the literary greats like Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, and William Shakespeare. These candles come in a small tin or 6.5-ounce option. Depending on the author the candle was created around, the candle can hold top notes such as tangerine and cinnamon or clove bud and chilled ozone. With each design, the tin or vessel can be repurposed when the wax runs out. Starting at $12 from Paddywax.
Kids or other passengers on a road trip can use the DEWENWILS USB Rechargeable Book Light to help the time pass with an entertaining book. It can also be used as a bookmark or mini-flashlight, which adds to its overall value. The light has a built-in USB so it can be plugged into a laptop, computer, car charger, or USB outlet to charge. One charge lasts about 8 hours depending on the brightness setting, which can be changed according to users’ preferences. $12.99 on Amazon.
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Book lovers who’ve covered all the classics can find new recommendations in “1,000 Books to Read Before You Die.” This “life-changing list” provides categorized suggestions for books to consume, from memoirs to works of poetry to science fiction. Each recommendation is alphabetized by the name of the author, so finding new books to add to a reading list is fairly simple. The list also makes suggestions based on titles the reader has already liked, as well as best editions to read and other books by specific authors mentioned. $14.37 on Amazon.
Add a sentimental touch to an everyday item with the Personalized Leather Bookmark. You can add a quote from a favorite author or book character and your name so that your gift is remembered each time the gift’s recipient marks their place. This handmade bookmark is available in a variety of color and style options including teal, pink, white, and red with books, butterflies, or flowers placed at the top. It measures 6.5 inches long by 2 inches wide. $15 on Etsy.
You can offer a nod to your favorite librarian’s profession with the Old Library Card Due Date Coffee Mug, which features the signature “Date Due” heading along with various stamped dates beneath. The mug is handmade from ceramic and is dishwasher and microwave-safe, so it won’t need to be handled with kid gloves. The image on front won’t fade over time, so it can continue to bring joy to each morning’s cup of coffee or tea. Starting at $15.95 on Etsy.
Your family members or friends with a flare for sarcasm can get a kick out of “Secret Lives of Great Authors,” a parody that jokingly explores the rumors and tall tales associated with 41 different authors. From Emily Dickinson to J.R.R. Tolkien and Ayn Rand, no famous author is off limits in this book that features outrageous profiles of the most notable novelists. If the book lover you’re shopping for appreciates a little gossip and a lot of humor, this is the gift for them. $16.07 on Amazon.
Whether you’re shopping for an English teacher or a parent who homeschools, the World Literature Map is a creative way to teach kids about geography and literature. The titles of prominent novels are displayed in their country of origin or the destination the book is associated with. This poster print is available in a wide range of sizes, from 5 inches by 7 inches to 20 inches by 30 inches. The print is handmade and can be completed with the frame of your choice. Starting at $17.36 on Etsy.
“Remarkable Books: The World’s Most Historic and Significant Works” is an excellent gift option for readers who appreciate history and want to learn more about the novels that changed the world. This hardcover book is essentially an encyclopedia about 75 of the most transformative titles, from political and religious texts to books that featured scientific breakthroughs. “Remarkable Books” provides diaries, stories, and more to keep the reader informed about the impact of each book and how they were brought to life. $17.89 on Amazon.
Book lovers who prefer to read in bed can benefit from the Sgzshsld Book Light, which evenly distributes light on each page without illuminating other areas of the room. It’s an excellent book light for people who don’t want to wake up partners or others who may be sleeping nearby. Made of acrylic, the light works as a battery-powered transparent board that slides over the book. It comes with two different light settings, white and warm, so users can choose their color temperature preference. This light can last for 48 hours at minimum brightness or 24 hours at maximum brightness. $17.99 on Amazon.
The Gift Republic 100 Books Bucket List Poster is a tangible way for avid readers to keep track of the books they’ve read throughout the year. This poster compiles a list of 100 must-read books with the option to scratch off a square once the book has been completed. Underneath the square is an image related to the book that was read. From classics like “Hamlet” and “Moby Dick” to “The Color Purple” and “Great Expectations,” there are bound to be books for every type of reader on this comprehensive list. $19.92 on Amazon.
With the Personal Library Kit, the bibliophile in your life can check out their own books to friends and family in a way that ensures they get them back. This best-selling kit comes with return date cards, a stamp to print the due date, and self-adhesive cards to provide information about the books being checked out. The kit offers a fun way to bring back old-school library circulation without a membership or a traditional library. $20 from Knock Knock.
Readers with a 13-inch MacBook can put their love of literature on display with the MOSISO Laptop Sleeve. The faux-leather carrying case is made to resemble a book when closed, and it protects laptops from scrapes and scratches with its shock-absorbing features. The unique design of this case makes it possible for users to operate their laptops without removing the case, and when they’re done, they can zip up the cover to conceal what’s inside. $21.99 on Amazon.
Nothing brings back the nostalgia of going to the library like an old-school checkout card, which is what the Book Lovers Coaster Set is designed to look like. An excellent gift option for a librarian or the host of a book club, these coasters look like the checkout cards of four very popular novels: “Black Beauty,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Anne of Green Gables,” and “The Secret Garden.” The set is handcrafted out of wood and comes already wrapped, so the hard work is done for you. $22 on Etsy.
Created to resemble a real novel, the Bibliophile Ceramic Vase: Collected Curiosities is a multipurpose piece that can be used as a vase for flowers, a pen or utensil holder, or solo as home decor. Its design features elegant hints of gold and a quote from Louisa May Alcott that says, “The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.” Book lovers can use the vase as a desk accessory or to display a beautiful bouquet of flowers. It would look perfect displayed in a home library or office, or as a centerpiece on a table. $22.21 on Amazon.
Help readers keep their place with a sentimental memento like the Hand Stamped Bookmark. The teaspoon can be stamped with the name or phrase of your choosing, or you can opt to keep the standard “Fell Asleep Here,” sentiment. Whichever route you go, the book lover in your life will be able to keep their place with a custom bookmark that shows how much they mean to you. Each bookmark is made of vintage silver and is hand stamped for a personal touch. $23 on Etsy.
You can help book lovers keep track of the titles they’ve read with The Book Lover’s Journal. This handy journal has pages upon pages readers can fill out on the books they’ve read, plus the author’s name, the book’s length, who recommended it, and what the book was about. Other pages offer a space for people to write down the books they still want to read, favorite authors, books they want to give, and where they bought their books. $24.16 on Amazon.
Gifts $25 to $50
For book lovers who live in small spaces or just want to get their prized novels up off the floor, the Umbra Conceal Floating Bookshelves offer a simple, easy-to-install solution. The L-shaped shelves come in a set of three and become hidden from view once books are placed on top of them. Readers with ample wall space or blank spaces to fill can put these shelves up for a touch of bookish home decor that also keeps clutter at bay. Plus, proceeds from each sale go toward the Pratt Institute, so in giving this gift, you’ll also be giving back. $26.34 on Amazon.
First introduced in 1944, the Boat and Tote Open-Top bag is a classic accessory that’s sturdy enough to haul several novels at once. This canvas tote has sturdy, reinforced handles and double-stitched seams that can hold up to 500 pounds without breaking. You can add the recipient’s monogram for a personal touch and choose the handles in their favorite color, including black, blue, green, or red. The medium-size tote is also a great bag to use on vacation or to transport items like a laptop or notebook to and from work. $29.95 from L.L. Bean.
Whether it’s used for remote learning or to read for fun, the Flippy Multi-Angle Soft Pillow Lap Stand offers a sturdy place to set a tablet or book for reading. The Flippy stand offers three viewing angles for a variety of reading positions and is made of soft, lightweight foam with a suede cover. It’s compatible with a wide range of tablets including Kindles, iPads, and Samsung Galaxy models. Whether users prefer to read from a device or a physical book, this lap stand helps keep comfort a priority. $29.99 on Amazon.
A beautifully curated keepsake, “For the Love of Books: Designing and Curating a Home Library” is a top-rated gift that celebrates the significance of printed books. Inside, readers can enjoy photographs and illustrations of the history of books and private libraries. Written by the experts at Juniper Books, this gift can be displayed on a coffee table as a conversation starter or in a home library as a memento. No matter how it’s used, the reader is bound to gain knowledge, tips, and insight into curating their own collection of books that inspire them. $32.49 on Amazon.
Bathtime can be even more relaxing with the Haven Teakwood Bathtub Caddy. This caddy expands to fit the size of the reader’s bathtub and comes with compartments for toiletries, a cupholder, and a place to put a favorite book. If book lovers prefer to read their novels on a tablet, the caddy has a main compartment that can prop it up to make reading in the bath even more comfortable. Bonus: At under 4 pounds, this caddy is lightweight enough to move from one bathroom to another or to stow away when not in use. $33.99 from Bed Bath & Beyond.
For the bookworm who appreciates good home decor, the Custom Folded Names book art is a beautiful nod to their preferred hobby. You provide the recipient’s name to the artist, who then crafts the name by hand-folding pages of a book. You can send a favorite book of the recipient to make it extra meaningful, or the artist will use a recycled book to prevent waste. Either way, it’s a creative way to pay homage to a friend or family member’s love of reading. Starting at $35 on Etsy.
Tea drinkers who like to sip their favorite beverage with a book by their side will enjoy these Novel Tea Book Tins, which are inspired by classic novels. Each organically spiced book-themed blend is available in 2- and 4-ounce sizes and a wide range of flavors, from the Don Quixotea, which includes notes of cinnamon and ginger root, to the Oliver Lemon Twist with notes of lemongrass and green tea. Each tin comes with packets of loose-leaf tea and a bookmark, and the tin itself acts as a keepsake. Starting at $35 from Uncommon Goods.
Book lovers who dream of traveling to near and far places or who have already visited bucket-list destinations can get lost in “Do You Read Me? Bookstores Around the World.” This book features a selection of the most beautiful, innovative, and successful brick-and-mortar bookstores around the world from travel writer Marianne Julia Strauss. Readers can get an inside look at bookstores in Romania, Switzerland, and Lebanon. Plus, they can make mental notes of which ones they’d like to visit if they plan on traveling. $35.99 on Amazon.
From fiction, nonfiction, YA, and indie, the books featured in the Call Number Subscription are written by Black authors and celebrate Black stories. Each box is delivered quarterly and contains either the book alone or the book plus two to four book/library-themed items. If you know what genre the person you’re shopping for enjoys, you can select from the four, and a box will be sent to their doorstep every 3 months. Starting at $39 from Cratejoy.
A bookend is no longer a simple bookend when it has a custom engraving like the Solid Oak Personalised Bookend does. The handmade piece is constructed of solid oak with the option to personalize the side with a hidden message, name, or quote for added sentimentality. Each bookend is finished with protective oil and a powder-coated metal base for stability. It measures 18 inches high by 12 inches deep and 20 centimeters wide. Starting at $40.29 on Etsy.
Book lovers who don’t have access to a library or the time to dedicate to reading a book can benefit from an Audible Gift Membership. This 3-month subscription provides an all-users-can-listen-to catalog of books, from self-help titles to memoirs and sci-fi thrillers. Subscribers can also listen to podcasts, music, and more through their Audible membership. Users can also receive one credit per month for any title in the app to keep in their queue forever. $45 on Amazon.
Readers who can tear through books in no time will benefit from a Book of the Month subscription, which delivers up to five titles in a range of genres each month. Subscribers get exclusive access to early releases and won’t have to add their names to a long waiting list at the local library. Each book is vetted by a team of experts who know a good book when they read it, but if a title has already been read or doesn’t pique the subscriber’s interest, they can swap the selection out for one that suits them better. You can choose to give a 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month subscription. Starting at $49.99 from Book of the Month.
Gifts $50 to $100
Help the book lover in your life revert to the olden days of reading with this Bookbinding Kit. Whether the recipient uses the kit to make a journal, a photo album, a book, or a diary, the instructions help guide them through the age-old process of binding. The kit comes with a spine, watercolor paper, greyboards for the covers, leather, thread, glue, and other materials to complete the project. This set is an excellent gift option for people who like to work with their hands or who enjoy DIY projects solo or with friends or family members. Plus, the end result can be used and saved for years to come. Starting at $60.10 on Etsy.
Cover art from “Little Women” to “War and Peace” and “The Great Gatsby” can be proudly put on display with this First Edition Book Cover Art. Whether it’s put in a home library or a quaint reading nook, this artwork is sure to make a statement. Each piece is made from high-quality scans of a book’s original cover on matte heavy archival paper with pigment ink. Each cover is carefully photographed to reflect the original marks and wear so the images look as authentic as possible. The artwork comes with a protective acrylic glass cover and a birch wood frame that measures 16.25 inches high by 12.25 inches wide. $65 from Uncommon Goods.
If you’re shopping for someone who likes to read in bed, the Ben Farmhouse Traditional Table Lamps are a beautiful way to ensure text can be read all night long. These bedside lamps are traditional in style with candlestick bases in a dark bronze finish. Each lamp is 25 inches high with a 5-inch base and a beige linen shade that measures 10 inches tall 12 inches in diameter. This set of lamps takes standard 100-watt light bulbs. $69.99 on Amazon.
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The Husband Pillow goes above and beyond the average pillow to provide superior back and neck support while reading. This pillow is constructed of shredded memory foam with a microplush cover. It also comes with a detachable neckroll pillow and a built-in side pocket to store essentials such as eyeglasses, books, snacks, and more. Thanks to a zipper on the inner shell of the pillow, users can add or remove foam depending on their preferences. The pillow is also easy to transport from room to room or take along when traveling. $79.95 on Amazon.
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The Kindle Paperwhite is now thinner, lighter, and waterproof, an ideal combination for readers who want to use a tablet to read on the beach, poolside, or in the bath. With 8 GB, it contains plenty of storage for multiple books or audiobooks. The e-reader’s built-in adjustable light makes it easy to read inside or outside, and a single charge can last weeks at a time. It has a glare-free display and laser-quality text, so readers won’t have to strain to see in less-than-desirable circumstances. $79.99 on Amazon.
The Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug makes reading a book and drinking a warm cup of coffee as easy as installing an app on a smartphone, although even that’s not required for it to function. With a tech-savvy charging coaster, the temperature of the mug’s contents is always just right. When the coaster is paired with the easy-to-use app, users can set their coffee or other beverage to an exact temperature to keep drinks hot for up to 1.5 hours. A smart sensor even puts the mug in sleep mode after 2 hours of inactivity or when the cup is empty. The mug includes a scratch-resistant ceramic coating that can be hand-washed after use. $99.95 on Amazon.
Useful as a bedside lamp or as a night-light or alarm, the Philips SmartSleep Wake-up Light has 10 brightness settings to make reading in bed as illuminating as possible. This light can also be used as an FM radio or as an alarm in the mornings with its five different natural wake-up sounds and simulated sunrise. Its sunset simulation provides a calm way for readers to wind down for the evening, or it can slowly alert deep sleepers when it’s time to wake up without a harsh buzz or beep. $99.99 on Amazon.
Gifts $100 to $250
For some, the best way to relax at the end of a long day is by plopping down in a recliner and reading a good book. The JUMMICO Fabric Recliner Chair is a stylish, comfortable recliner that can fit seamlessly in bedrooms, living rooms, or entertaining spaces. It has a stable steel frame with thick padding to provide as much comfort as possible. Plus, it can be reclined from 90 to 165 degrees. $114.99 on Amazon.
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Inspired by the Montessori philosophy, the Montessori Bookcase allows children to see their books on display so they can easily select the titles that appeal to them. This encourages little ones to read while also providing a spacious storage solution. The handmade bookcase can be used in a playroom, a living room, or a kid’s bedroom as its simple design can fit in almost anywhere. The bookcase is made of plywood and finished in a nontoxic bleach. $157.84 on Etsy.
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The Sauder Select Collection 5-Shelf Bookcase comes with three adjustable shelves that give its user flexible storage space for their favorite books. Made out of engineered wood, the bookcase is easy to assemble with patented slide-on moldings to save time. The piece has a lintel oak finish on all sides, so it can be used in a variety of spaces throughout the home or office. Once it’s delivered, all users need to put the piece together is a screwdriver and a hammer. $169.87 on Amazon.
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Books and blankets can go hand in hand, and reading a good book can be even more enjoyable when snuggled up under the Two-Toned Lambswool Throw. This blanket adds warmth and sophistication to any room with its neutral tones and classic style. Made in Germany by a family mill that’s been around for 100 years, the blanket is an excellent gift for book lovers who just moved into a new apartment or home or for family members who are in need of a quality throw that will stand the test of time. $170.10 from Brooklinen.
For book lovers who want to share their love of reading with their neighborhood, the Little Free Library Unfinished Mini is a popular way to encourage the activity for free. After receiving the Little Free Library, users can customize it with paint and install it outdoors to inspire reading among families. Based on its namesake nonprofit, Little Free Library’s goal is to provide easy 24/7 access to books by putting titles in the box and allowing others to stop by, take out what they’re interested in reading, and share their own favorite novels. Gifting someone with a Little Free Library is an excellent way to promote literacy, no matter where recipients live. $199 on Etsy.
Avid readers may know the torture that comes from holding a book for hours on end, and the LEVO Hands Free Book Stand eliminates that unnecessary task. Whether users are sitting, reclining, or lying flat, this book stand floats the book at eye level so they don’t have to strain to read. The stand also swings out over furniture, so it won’t have to clear underneath favorite chairs or spots on the couch. With adjustable height, it can swing, tilt, spin, fold, and roll to the perfect position that makes reading even more comfortable in the long run. $199.99 on Amazon.
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The magic of the Lumio Book Lamp is revealed when it transforms from what appears to be a hardcover book into a light illuminated by a powerful LED when opened. The innovative design of this light makes it easy to disguise when not in use, and since it’s free of bulky cords or switches, it’s easy to move from room to room or to take along while traveling. It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides wireless power for up to 8 hours. $200 from the MoMA Design Store.
A tablet like the Kindle Oasis provides a top-notch platform for readers to devour the latest novel on their list. With 8 GB of storage, there’s plenty of space for a wide range of books to listen to or read. The e-reader’s battery can last up to 6 weeks on a single charge, and it has a backlit touch display for clear visibility in direct sunlight or in the dark. The new adjustable warm light feature allows for a rich reading experience, no matter where book lovers are. $249.99 on Amazon.
Gifts $250 and Over
You can help the reader in your life really drown out the outside noise with the Sony WH1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones. Once users put them on, they can expect a soundproof experience that makes reading or listening to audiobooks a cinch. There’s also an option to turn on ambient sound to accompany reading or other activities. A single charge lasts up to 30 hours for all-day listening. The headphones can also be connected to Alexa for voice access to music, information, and controls. $348 on Amazon.
How to Get the Best Deals on Book Lover Gifts
Discounts on book lover gifts can be found throughout the year, but they’re even more likely to appear around holidays—especially on big-ticket items like e-readers or noise-canceling headphones. The sooner you shop around these time frames, the more likely you are to score deals on reading gadgets or accessories. The most popular items tend to sell out quickly around Christmas, too—so if you’re shopping for the holiday season, it’s best to buy your gift as soon as you can.
If you don’t plan to buy around the holidays or don’t have time to schedule around sales, browser extensions like Honey can make getting deals easy. After you install it, Honey will automatically apply any available discount or promo codes to items you’ve placed in your cart. Its savvy Droplist feature will also notify you when an item you’ve had your eye on drops in price.
Prices listed here were accurate at the time of publication on 10/28/2021.