Looking for some great book lover gifts?
It doesn’t take much internet searching to find a wide variety of gift ideas, but we’ve curated this list of our favorites to help you narrow the search a bit.
I say “a bit,” because this list is 51 items long.
We tried to keep it shorter, but we kept finding gifts that made the readers in us feel a definite pull.
So, the list kept on growing.
Some of these gifts aren’t exclusively for book lovers, but all are gifts your favorite bookworms will appreciate.
And they’ll know you put some thought into shopping for them.
So, enjoy perusing 51 of the best gifts for book lovers. And if you number among them, don’t forget to pick up one (or more) for yourself.
51 Gifts for Book Lovers
As gift ideas for book lovers go, I think we nailed it with this list, and I hope you enjoy looking through it and clicking on the items that intrigue you most.
Who doesn’t love a gift card — especially when it makes it even easier to snag some new books?
The bookmark shape is a nice touch.
When it’s time for some quiet, relaxed reading, a lit candle (see what I did there?) helps set the mood.
Each of these scented candles features a particular author.
As much as we love ebooks, printed books are still very much a beloved part of our lives, and these bookends can make the bookshelf look even more inviting.
If the person you’re shopping for loves to read in bed or on the couch, this pillow makes it more comfortable to do so.
If your reader likes to shut out the world by listening to music while reading, why not make it easier with some noise-canceling headphones?
6. Throw Pillow Cover for Bookworms
This one reads “Just one more chapter,” which resonates with book lovers everywhere.
It fits an 18” by 18” pillow insert and belongs in every reader’s home.
When cuddling on the couch with a good book, a weighted blanket adds an extra dimension of comfort, especially when it’s cold or stormy out.
This fake book hides a flask with your reader’s favorite liquor. Add a small bottle of something to fill the flask, and the gift is complete.
If your reader has yet to discover the joys of undistracted reading — with built-in reading light — the Kindle Paperwhite makes a fantastic gift.
For after-dark reading with printed books, this neck hug book light with long, flexible arms easily bends to send the light in the right direction.
When you’re done reading for the night, there’s a good chance your legs aren’t working as they should.
With this, you can turn off the lights from anywhere in the room.
If your reader has plenty of mugs and cups for their favorite reading beverage, they’ll still enjoy this thoughtful teaspoon and think of you every time they use it.
If your reader isn’t really a candle person, this is a great way to fill the air with soothing aromatherapy.
You can even set and control it with a phone app.
Let your inner book nerd and that of your reader friends shine out with this enamel pin.
Get some for your reading club buddies or just for your favorite reader.
16. Wet Wipes and Soft Tissues
Don’t forget essential paper products — like wet wipes to clean up after snacking and soft tissues for emotional reads.
Add a classy wicker wastebasket to make disposal easy.
Readers have their own private libraries, and these bookplates are a classy way to remind borrowers of the generous soul to whom those precious books belong.
For readers who enjoy cooking and trying new things, this cookbook features recipes from celebrated works of literature — along with the passages that feature them.
19. Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle
You and your literary friends can now enjoy book-themed cocktails, thanks to this funny and informative book by Tim Federle.
The sequels also look tempting.
These ankle socks send the message, “Shh! I’m reading” when your friend’s feet are up.
Fill with treats, tea, or a gift card to show some extra love.
This gift doubles as a book holder and a travel pillow, making it the perfect gift for your traveling reader friends.
This rechargeable LED light can last up to 20 hours on one charge.
The flexible neck makes it easy to focus the light where you want it.
Keep those countertops free of water stains with some literary coasters.
This set is ideal for Jane Austen fans. Try this one for more of a gothic, dark humor vibe.
This collection of 100 postcards features 50 of the greatest literary quotes of all time, making it easier and more fun for your reader friends to keep in touch.
Add insult to injury with these classic bandages in their own iconic tin.
26. Novel Destinations: A Travel Guide to Literary Landmarks by Shannon McKenna Smith
For readers who love to travel, this guide allows them to follow in the footsteps of their favorite authors.
Give a reader a cozy pouch for their book of the hour and favorite writing/highlighting tool — whether they’re reading or creating blackout poetry with an old favorite.
Pass these literary wrist-wraps out to your reader friends.
Even if they don’t wear them everywhere, they’ll think of you when they do wear them.
Style, softness, and witty conversation come together in one gift for your favorite scarf-wearing bookworms.
This reversible scarf can be worn around the neck or as a wrap.
If the coffee doesn’t wake your friend up, the insults might.
Add some strong coffee, tea, or some chocolate-covered espresso beans, and the gift is complete.
If your reader’s group is a salty bunch, try this fun party game based on the works of William Shakespeare to lighten the mood after a way-too-serious conversation.
Every book lover is a collector of books and hence a librarian (albeit a private one).
So, if you know a reader in need of a library kit, send this one over.
Share these with your fellow reading club members or add them to gifts for the readers in your life. The young readers in your family will also enjoy them.
This one reads “She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain” (a quote from Louisa May Alcott).
Get one for your reading bestie and a matching one for yourself.
For book lovers who also enjoy poetry, give them something they can use to make their own.
This kit comes with over 300 words and word fragments.
These six shot glasses feature famous quotes from “Great Drinkers” like Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, and Winston Churchill.
They’re also dishwasher safe.
This elaborately carved trick book is a hidden treasure box and puzzle all in one. Just make sure your friend knows how to open it before they hide anything.
This journal is specifically for keeping track of the books you’ve read (and what you think of them) and the books you’re planning to read.
For the reading ladies in your life, this t-shirt says it all while keeping her cool and comfortable on warm summer days.
Maybe your reader friend needs some tasteful wall art. This poster (which deserves a frame) makes a great gift for a book-loving couple or a hopeless romantic.
If you have reader friends who also love adult coloring books and gothic horror, this makes the perfect gift.
Who doesn’t love a soap that creates plenty of foamy lather?
This one also features one of our favorite tortured artists and pairs nicely with some Turkish cotton washcloths.
No need to settle for blank notepads when you can add some class and humor with this Shakespearean sticky notes booklet.
Add some pens (I’m always losing mine).
This sleek tablet stand is compatible with the iPad, Kindle, Nexus, and other tablets, so your reader friend can enjoy hands-free reading.
This hits us where we live and has, therefore, earned its place on the list.
Keep this pillow close to your reader friend’s favorite book stack/pile.
This lap desk with built-in cushions is made with books in mind and props them up so you can read them more comfortably when you’re sitting up in bed or on the couch.
For a more versatile lap desk option, this one can be used with a laptop and comes with its own USB light.
The attached cushions underneath have memory foam.
This candle smells like coffee and chocolate pastry, so your favorite book lovers can pretend they’re relaxing with a book at a favorite café or coffee shop.
There are 60 of these lovely truffle balls. I know 60 is a lot, but I added this to point out that you can buy 60 Lindor truffles for less than half the cost of a dozen Godiva truffles.
You are so welcome.
I had to include this one because it has folding legs and a cup holder, as well as a tablet holder.
Plus, there’s more room for snacks.
Since you can’t make it rain just for your quiet reading times, this machine can simulate the sound of rain, a babbling brook, ocean waves, etc.
It also has plain old white noise.
Did you find the perfect gifts for the book lovers in your life?
Well, that’s it. You’ve made it to this point, and I hope you’ve found at least one thing in this list of gifts for bookworms that made you click on over and add something to your shopping cart.
If you’re looking for gifts for book lovers that aren’t gifts — meaning gifts that won’t make them feel compelled to reciprocate — get something you’ve bought for yourself and tell your friend you had an extra.
Or buy that box of Lindor truffles and hand out bunches of them in small Ziplock bags “just because.”
I hope this list gave you some great ideas for Christmas, birthdays, and random acts of thoughtfulness.
May your love of books and your resourcefulness influence everything you do today.