If you are confusedly shopping for a book lover, you have come to the right place. I’m both a book lover and a self-proclaimed shopper extraordinaire. I was very discerning in selecting for this guide only the most unique gift ideas for book lovers, bookworms, and bookish people. No kitschy trinkets here– only the best bookish essentials!
I truly do believe this is the ultimate list. And most of these gifts aren’t books!
A Book About Books
Since it’s hard to pick out books for another person, why not gift your book lover with a book about books? Chances are he or she will enjoy displaying it and/or will find a few new books to add to his or her “to be read” list.
My favorite book about books is Bibliophile, which contains pretty illustrations of a large array of book lists and recommendations.
You just can’t go wrong with this one.
The Great American Read: The Book of Books is also a fun and engaging read that’s sure to delight.
And 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die is the ultimate book about books.
A Coffee Table Book
Coffee table books make great gifts! There are so many out there that it would help to try some general searches for “[insert topic] + coffee table book.” This is one of the most perfect gift ideas for book lovers.
However, I can recommend a few your book lover may like. Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books is great for those who love to decorate with books.
Reading Art is perfect for art buffs:
A Boxed Set
There are so many swoon-worthy boxed sets of books on the market right now!
First things first — let’s start with the Harry Potter Hard Cover Boxed Set: Books #1-7.
(Or, check out all my favorite Harry Potter boxed book sets in one spot.)
The Puffin in Bloom Collection (my top pick) is beautiful and contains Anne of Green Gables, Heidi, Little Women, and A Little Princess.
Jane Austen: The Complete Works 7-Book Boxed Set: Classics hardcover boxed set is also so beautiful and special.
The Major Works of Charles Dickens would make a great holiday gift since it includes A Christmas Carol.
A Special Edition Book
A special edition of a book is, well, special to give as a gift.
And here is the classic Anna Karenina.
I also love the Penguin clothbound classics, some of which I featured in the boxed set section above.
A Signed Book
There are too many options for signed books to post just a few here, but if this strikes you as an interesting gift, you can search for a specific book or author yourself on Amazon and Barnes & Noble to start. This is one of the most special and unique gift ideas for book lovers.
A Book Subscription / Box
A book subscription is a perfect way to give the gift of choice to a book lover. Here are a few options:
…By which you can, well, read a book on a particular theme, and eat goodies related to it. Each box is packed with a food-related book + delicious treats to try, and other bookish goodies from small, local, and BIPOC-owned businesses. And a portion of every purchase goes toward a dedicated charity.
Read It & Eat It gifted me their Winter Spirits box with a cocktail book, cocktail infusion kit, bookmarks, coasters, and stickers. And they are offering my readers 15% off with the code LITLIFE15 on their website or CrateJoy!
If your gift recipient doesn’t already have a Kindle for reading digital books from Amazon or the library, it’s a great present for a bookworm. They are cheaper than an iPad, small and easy to transport, and have no glare. The Kindle I use and trust is the Kindle Paperwhite.
The Kindle Paperwhite is the perfect middle-of-the-road option. It’s waterproof and has more storage and resolution than the original Kindle, as well as free cellular connectivity. I have had it for a few years and have zero complaints.
I purchased Apple AirPods only because I had a credit from trading in my old cellphone and was surprised at how much I loved them as an avid listener of audiobooks. They became one of my favorite purchases of 2019!
They really are so much easier and well-designed (I previously had a cheap pair of Bluetooth earphones I felt mediocre about). They also hold a charge for a long time. I use them all. the. time. Apple AirPods are one of my favorite purchases.
I have the standard Apple AirPods and have zero complaints.
However, the new Apple AirPods Pro have active noise cancellation and a customizable fit. They are also sweating and water-resistant.
Apple AirPods would pair perfectly with an Audible subscription gift.
A Book Ornament
I bought this book ornament as a gift to myself one year, and I absolutely adore it. Your favorite bookworm will think this is one of the most festive gift ideas for book lovers!
Or, if you like to craft, you can make a bookish ornament using this ornament tutorial.
A Bookish Puzzle
Puzzles are such a hit! I love the great American novels puzzle.
I also love the New York Public Library puzzle.
Book Edition Game
Did you know you can buy classic games in vintage book editions?! I have this Scrabble set, and it’s ADORABLE, and so easy to store on a shelf. You can also get Monopoly, Scattergories, Catch Phrase, Boggle, Clue, and more.
A Book Mug
Bookish people love mugs. We just love drinking comforting coffee or tea when we are reading.
My favorite mugs are by Rae Dunn. They are large, substantial (and good at keeping your drink warm) and have cute sayings on them. Here is a cute one.
If you are looking for more bookish mug options, I love this Book Lover’s mug.
Or, let’s not forget the popular Yeti Rambler. I keep this mint green one on my desk and it keeps my coffee warm all morning.
And if you want to add a little something extra to your mug gift, how about these Novel Teas — 25 teabags individually tagged with literary quotes, made with English Breakfast tea.
A Book Shirt
And my second favorite is this “fight evil, read books” shirt, which I have!
Book socks will keep your gift recipient cozy while reading. There are so many fun options. These are a few great ones.
How many book lovers out there are still using random papers as bookmarks?! I absolutely love my bookmark light. It’s rechargeable, adjustable and has several settings. It’s perfect for reading by the fireplace or in dim lighting.
A Book Journal
Since your gift recipient loves to read, chances are he or she likes to write and/or track reading. This Book Lover’s Journal is perfect for the person who enjoyed English class, as it’s specifically geared towards book reviews.
Or, if you are looking for a guided journal, try:
- this “One Question a Day” five-year journal
- The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal: A Five-Year Record
- A Year of Us: A Couples Journal: One Question a Day to Spark Fun and Meaningful Conversations
And, if you just want a nice blank-lined journal, try:
Blue Light Glasses
If your book lover reads a lot of ebooks, how about some blue light glasses to block out harmful blue light, which causes headaches, eye strain, and dry eyes?? I wear mine every single day, and they are the most popular bookish product sold on my blog! I wrote in-depth reviews here:
A Personal Library Kit
How fun is this personal library kit?! If your gift recipient is always loaning out books, he or she will love this! It’s one of the most unique gift ideas for book lovers.
A Bookish Candle
A Bath Book Caddy
I mean, is this every woman’s dream, or is this every woman’s dream?! If your bookworm also loves taking baths, this bath caddy for books is one of my favorite Amazon purchases and will be a hit for sure.
A Tote Bag
What book lover wouldn’t want a new tote bag for books? I love this “Lost in the Stacks” tote bag from the classic New York Strand Bookstore.
Out of Print also makes a cute tote for book lovers.
Anyone can use a nice set of new bookends! Nothing says luxury like these marble bookends.
And I always love beautiful agate bookends.
Or, for a more quirky and fun option, I like these hand bookends.
Lit Chat: Conversation Starters about Books and Life
Lit Chat Conversation Starters is a fun treat for book lovers and game lovers too! Each of the 50 cards in this conversation deck has two reading-themed questions (100 questions total). Think: what are your desert island books?
Bookplates are a fun gift for a bookworm that allows them to put their own mark on their books. I like these illustrated bookplates, which are so cost-effective.
These Molly Hatch owl bookplates are also cute.
What better way for a book lover to write notes than on literary-themed notecards?!
Here’s another eye-catching set of literary notecards.
A book sleeve is a homemade fabric book protector for toting books around or storage while traveling. They are really popular with book lovers, and they support small businesses because they are generally available on Etsy. I have an entire blog post about book sleeves, which come in so many prints, including Harry Potter and more.
That is the ultimate list of gift ideas for book lovers, bookworms, and bookish people. I just know you had to find something special for your gift recipient on this list.
Related Bookish Gift Guides
- Stocking stuffer ideas for book lovers
- Harry Potter fans
- Jane Austen fans
- Little Women fans
- Gilmore Girls fans
- James Bond fans
Or, shop ALL my gift guides in one spot.
Pin this post to Pinterest because you can refer back to it later for more amazing bookish gift ideas! I will continue to update this list over time.