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The 50 Best Gift Ideas for Book Lovers & Bookworms (2024)

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So, you’re on the hunt for gift ideas for book lovers in your life.

Here’s the truth: they probably don’t need another book right now. I have a TBR pile that’ll last me another decade. And while I get a lot of joy from receiving the latest bestseller, I’m also very into products that support my overeager book-reading goals.

Instead of recommending the season’s most popular books, I’ve put together a gift guide full of products that enhance and improve the entire reading experience.

Whether you’re shopping for Christmas, birthday, or another occasion, any item from this bookish gift guide is sure to be a hit!

1. Cozy Reading Blanket

Every reader needs a cozy blanket for late-night reading sessions – it’s one of my favorite gift ideas for book lovers because you cannot go wrong!

My favorite blanket is the uber-popular luxury blanket from Barefoot Dreams. Nothing beats it in my eyes. It’s soooo cozy, and my kids are always stealing it from my bedroom.

barefoot dreams blanket

But if you’re shopping on a budget, this oversized faux mink blanket is perfect for snuggling up and digging into a new book.

oversized blanket

2. Kindle Oasis

I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least mention an e-reading device, and the Kindle is the king of them all right now.

There are essentially two different versions: the Oasis and the Paperwhite.

The Oasis is more expensive and is a bit of a luxury version with an aluminum case and glass screen (the Paperwhite is a plastic case and screen). The Oasis also has page turn buttons whereas you have to swipe with the Paperwhite.

Other than a few other minor differences, the actual technology between the two devices is very similar.

If you want to gift a higher-end device, go for the Oasis. If you’re more about functionality than luxury, the Paperwhite is the way to go.

3. Kindle Gift Card

An obvious follow-up to the Kindle device is a Kindle gift card so your book lover can purchase some new e-books. One of the most exciting gifts for a book lover is a blank space in which to fill with books, digital or otherwise!

kindle gift card

I’d also lump in here a gift card to a local bookstore.

I know it’s convenient to order a book in one click on Amazon and have it at your doorstep the next day (guilty as charged), but local bookstores need us!

If there are any local shops in your area, I promise your book-loving friend or family member would adore a gift certificate to visit and peruse the shelves.

4. Book of the Month Subscription

Gifting books is so hard because you need to know what genres your book lover likes, and what if they already own the book you want to give? A fantastic way to gift books is through a Book of the Month subscription.

book of the month club books

I’ve personally been a subscriber for about a year now, and it’s something I look forward to every month. There are typically 5 books chosen each month in a variety of genres, and you get to choose which one you want to be shipped to your door.

The pricing is fantastic, and it’s this entire community where you can talk about the latest and greatest books. I’m a big fan!

You can get the first month for $5 using my link, but there are also gift subscription options if you’re not shopping for yourself (I’m guilty).

5. Blind Date With a Book

The Blind Date With a Book concept is ideal for gift giving because you only need to know the person’s favorite book genre. This Etsy seller takes care of the rest.

blind date w a book

The mystery book is already wrapped for you, too. Can’t beat it!

6. The Book Seat

The Book Seat is loved by many, and some say they even prefer it over the Ugg pouf, which is perpetually out of stock.

bookseat

It puts your e-reader in the perfect, propped-up position to make reading that much more comfortable.

Honestly, if you want one of most beloved gift ideas for book lovers, I’d add this one to your cart in a hurry!

7. Bookends

There are so many different styles of bookends, and they make such a thoughtful gift for a book lover.

Does your book-loving friend also love cats? These cat bookends are perfect. Do they love crystals? These agate bookends are sturdy and very unique. How about chess? There are bookends for that, too.

Perhaps my personal favorite is this hands bookend available on Amazon.

8. Booklight

These flat-page booklights are really cool – they’re certainly a step up from the standard clip-on book lights.

flat book light

They also double as a bookmark. This style of booklight is fairly unique and novel (pun intended), and it’s also very affordable at around $10.

9. Remote Control Page Turner

If the book lover on your list has a Kindle or the Kindle app, they’d probably love a remote control page-turner.

remote control page turner

The remote works for iPads, iPhones, Android devices, and Kindles. It makes turning the page a whole lot simpler!

10. Vibrational Poetry Book

One of the most popular gift ideas for book lovers on TikTok right now is this Vibrational Poetry Book.

If you want to give a trendy item for Christmas in 2023, heading into 2024, this may be the one!

vibrational poetry book

This collection of poems takes you on a path through the emotional vibration spectrum, exploring the vast expanse of human emotions.

Each chapter provides readers with reflective exercises and actions to undertake, enhancing your understanding and practice of raising your own emotional vibration.

11. Book Lover T-Shirts

The book lover t-shirts from Amazing Faith Designs are some of my favorites! The phrases on them are positively punny:

The shirts are all 100% cotton with a classic fit and tear-away label. Plus, you’re supporting a small business with every purchase. You can get an extra 10% off your purchase with code BOOKLOVER10.

12. Library Embosser

Embossing your books with a personalized library embossing tool is pretty darn cool. You imprint your name on the front page to mark your territory. It adds that special touch to your book collection. When you loan to friends or pass them down to future generations, your name is there!

library embosser

The embossing tool is available right from Amazon and you can personalize it with your name.

13. Library Stamp

An alternative to the embosser tool is a library stamp.

library stamper

The stamps have great design options, and while they won’t actually impress on the pages, it still gives that same, personalized effect.

14. Embroidered Bookmarks

An embroidered bookmark is a definite upgrade from that receipt you grab from the bottom of your purse.

These ones from Etsy are hand-stitched and made of felt cloth and kraft paper.

embroidered bookmarks

They’re also super inexpensive, making these great for stocking stuffers.

15. Havenly Reading Room Design

If you have a room or even a part of a room that you want to function as a library or reading nook, check out Havenly’s design services.

I’ve used this to layout and design our entryway and living room, and I still can’t believe how much help you get for the price. You upload photos of the space along with room dimensions, and a designer gets to know your style.

havenly reading room design-min

Then, you’ll get mockups of the room layout and a 3D rendering so you can visualize exactly how your space would look with the new furniture and layout. I’m a very visual person, so this part was critical for me.

Havenly even has an entire section of their website dedicated to Reading Rooms, which is super cool!

16. Bookish Candles

Set the atmosphere for a cozy reading environment with a bookish candle. I’m in love with Book Club from the brand Homesick. It totally encapsulates the feeling of cuddling up on a rainy day with a good book.

book club candle

The candle is made of soy and smells like warm nutmeg, amber, and sandalwood. It also has 60-80 hours of burn time and makes for a fantastic gift.

17. Book-Themed Tea

If your book lover enjoys steeping a hot cup of tea before diving into a novel, check out Novel Teas. I mean, come on. I wish I had come up with that name.

novel teas

Novel Teas comes with 25 teabags, each with a different literary quote. It’s also made of the finest English breakfast tea, so it’s a great cup of tea and a fun experience all wrapped into one.

18. Book Bucket List Scratch-Off Poster

If you have an avid reader who’s into the classics, consider a book bucket list poster. Each time they finish one of these 100 books, they’ll scratch it off.

book bucket list poster

This poster has everything from Lord of the Flies to The Color Purple.

Another version of this poster is black and gold if that color scheme better fits the book nerd on your list.

19. Book Darts

Check out book darts for those who prefer a more understated, simplistic style.

book darts

These are minimalistic bookmarks made of stainless steel. They have a classic look and feel and save your spot without being showy or over-the-top.

Another bonus is you can mark which line you stopped reading on. No need to re-read an entire page to get back into your novel!

20. Tequila Mockingbird

My mother got me this Tequila Mockingbird cocktail book right after I graduated college, and I absolutely adore it. As an English major, I super appreciated all the funny literary cocktails, but you don’t need a B.A. in English to enjoy this gift.

tequila mockingbird

Plus, this recipe book has an updated version for its 10th anniversary. That’s how you know it’s a classic!

21. Nightstand Book Holder

I love reading before bed, and a nightstand book holder is the perfect way to keep your book close and save your spot! No bookmark required.

book holder nightstand

If you have the tools and know-how, you could make this using scrap wood. It’s beyond me, but my hubby added this to his honey-do list!

22. Noble Objects Book-Themed Scented Candles

Imagine a candle that could transport you to your favorite scene from a book. That’s precisely what Noble Objects has done with their book-themed scented candles, which make them some of the best gift ideas for book lovers.

Visit the rainy pages of Sense and Sensibility or enjoy the scent of Southern florals with Gone with the Wind.

It’s the perfect gift for candle lovers who also love cuddling up to a good book.

23. The Comfy

The Comfy, as seen on Shark Tank, is an oversized microfiber and sherpa wearable blanket. One of my friends said it’s the best thing she’s ever purchased.

the comfy

A good book, a cozy wearable blanket, some mood lighting… where were we?

24. Mexican Loomed Hammock

I’m unsure if anything can sound more relaxing than a warm drink, a good book, and a cozy hammock in the fresh air.

This Mexican Loomed Hammock from Bespoke Post looks beautiful, is hand-loomed, and makes for the perfect reading environment.

hammock

The hammock stand isn’t included, but you can get a very inexpensive one from Amazon.

25. Invisible Floating Bookshelves

These invisible floating bookshelves are all the rave on #booktok at the moment.

It looks like your favorite books are just hanging out on the wall, but they’re all securely in place with these floating shelves.

26. Genius Writers Playing Cards

Spice up your next round of Poker with a literary-themed deck of cards.

Genius Writers features some of the most exciting literary figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.

genius writers

27. Custom Literary Quote Pillow

A bookworm can’t resist a pillow featuring quotes from their favorite novel.

Get a custom book quote pillow created by the small business owner behind Amazing Faith Designs. She has an example on her site with the last line of The Great Gatsby, but she can do any quote you like!

literary quote pillow

You can also get an extra 10% off using code BOOKLOVER10.

28. Vintage Library Due Date Card Coaster Set

Ahh, the library. It’s a quiet, peaceful place to discover new books and share them with others in your community.

I love the visual of seeing all the people who have checked out the book before you, and this due date card coaster set keeps that memory alive.

library due date coasters

29. TBR Tarot Cards

Help your fellow book lover discover their next book with these TBR Tarot Cards from Etsy.

tbr tarot cards

Cards feature instructions like “Choose a book which has a season in the title” or “Choose a book which has a person on the cover.”

It makes the whole book selection process that much more fun!

30. Literary Charades

Put a literary spin on the game charades with these Literary Charades cards.

They’re perfect for book clubs or those in need of a game night with bookish friends looking for entertaining and fast-paced fun.

literary charades

31. Thumb Page Holder

A thumb page holder can make reading a lot more comfortable, especially for those who prefer hardcovers. I love these botanical resin ones from Etsy, which are soft and smooth on your skin and look beautiful!

32. Shakespeare Insult Generator

The Shakespeare Insult Generator is another gift my mom gave me towards the end of my college years, and it still gives me a good laugh.

shakespeare insult generator

From “apish bald-pated abomination” to “cuckoldly dull-brained blockhead” to “obscene rump-fed hornbeast,” each insult can be chosen at random or customized to fit any situation that calls for a literary smackdown.

It’s the perfect little book to put on a coffee table or in the bathroom, and your guests will chuckle as they generate their own hilarious insults.

33. STET! Dreyer’s English

Based on the New York Times bestseller by Random House’s copy chief Benjamin Dreyer, STET! will help you sharpen those language skills or give you a reason to show them off (you know who you are).

stet dreyers english

There are 100 entertaining sentences waiting for you, the copyeditor, to correct – or, alternatively, to STET. The first person to spot the error, or else call out “STET!” (a copyeditor’s term that means “let it stand”) if there is no error, gets the card.

There are two ways to play: compete for points in a straightforward grammar game, or play with style and syntax and whip the author’s sentences into splendid shape. The person with the most cards at the end of the game wins!

34. Personal Library Kit

Sharing your book collection with friends and family is an absolute joy, and making things look like a real library is just cool.

personal library kit

This personal library kit allows you to prepare your book collection for lending!

Revive old-fashioned library circulation techniques for fun and book retention. It’s a cute and practical gift for any book hoarder.

35. PopSockets PopGrip

These little grippers from PopSockets make reading with a Kindle or tablet way more comfortable.

popsockets

It’s also a very inexpensive gift that would make for a perfect stocking stuffer.

36. Reading Journal

One of my favorite gift ideas for book lovers is a reading journal.

I often forget which books were my favorites, or I remember it fondly, but I forget what made it so special to me.

You can capture your thoughts and reactions to a book by keeping a reading journal. You can also have the satisfaction of seeing just how many books you’ve managed to read.

reading journal cover

I love this particular one from Amazon as it has helpful reading prompts and challenges that make it so much more than just a regular journal.

inside reading journal

37. Book Sleeve

Help your bookworm friend keep their book safe from the elements (or the inside of their purse or briefcase) with a book sleeve.

book cover sleeve

There are lots of different prints and styles to match whoever you’re shopping for.

38. Book-Themed Tote for Library Trips

Odds are the bookworm on your list frequents the local library, and that means they need something to help lug their books from the library to the car.

A book-themed tote is perfect for this scenario, though it can be used for other things, too. This one from Kate Spade is a cult favorite.

kate spade tote bag

39. Folding Book Lamp

This folding book lamp is a total mood. It looks like any other hardcover when it’s closed, but it fans out into this nice ambient light when you open it up.

folding book lamp

It’s a great gift idea for the book nerd in your life!

40. Book Tray for the Bathtub

A cocktail, a book, and a warm bath? Yes.

bath caddy for books

This bath caddy has a spot just for your book or e-reader, and there are other little compartments for must-haves like a drink and your phone.

Talk about relaxing with a good book!

41. Bookshelf Decor

Help that book lover decorate their bookshelf with some home decor items. I love these small sculptures by Kilarero, but you can get very creative here.

book decorative sculpture

A trip to the antique store might also uncover some really good bookshelf decor finds!

42. Bathroom Books

Bathroom books can be a very fun gift, especially for those with an often-used guest bathroom.

A couple of fun ones include How to Fight a Bear…and Win: And 72 Other Real Survival Tips We Hope You’ll Never Need and Can Holding in a Fart Kill You?: Over 150 Curious Questions and Intriguing Answers.

If you or a guest is stuck in the bathroom, you may as well learn something new, right?

43. Bookish Stickers

Bookish stickers are perfect for decorating tumblers, laptops, book journals, bikes, and so much more.

bookish stickers

This set of 50 has a lot of really cute ones, including “darling, all i need is iced coffee and a book” and “Just one more chapter.”

The same product listing also has a smut variation. If your recipient is into that genre, they will be obsessed with these stickers – and appreciate you for really knowing them!

smut stickers

44. Personalized Bookshelf Graphic

If you happen to know 6 of your recipient’s favorite books, a personalized bookshelf graphic, which you can print and frame, is a very sweet idea.

personalized bookshelf photo

This Etsy seller makes them, and the finished graphics look really, really nice.

45. Wordle: The Party Game

Inspired by the popular digital version, Wordle: The Party Game features the same gameplay fans love, but players compete in real life to solve the Wordle.

worlde

If you have any friends or family members who are or were hooked on the digital Wordle game (lookin’ at you, fam), this would be a thoughtful gift.

46. Book Club Mug

This book club mug is so cute, and it’s the perfect gift if your recipient is in a book club (or runs one).

book club mug

It’s porcelain and features illustrated designs and a gilded rim and handle to add a little something special to your favorite beverage.

47. Bookcase Dangle Earrings

Acrylic earrings are some of my favorites, and this bookcase pattern is ideal for a book lover. It’s handmade in Connecticut, so you can also feel good about your purchase.

book lover earrings

I’m personally allergic to nickel, so I also noticed that it’s made of surgical stainless steel, which is safe for sensitive skin types and is non-tarnishing for long wear.

48. Gel Pens

I took to some of my favorite bookish Facebook groups, and these gel pens are revered as the absolute best.

gel pens

They’re great for annotating, but they also have a great feel for writing in a journal or planner. I also love the vintage tones.

49. Once Upon a Time LED Light

If you want to gift some bookshelf decor, this decorative LED light is perfect for a book nerd.

once upon a time light

Bonus points if your friend is a Disney fan!

50. Acrylic Book Stand

Make your nightstand look like a beautiful space with an acrylic book stand.

acrylic book stand

It’s another fun way to display your book of the moment, or maybe it’s the next book on your TBR.

Gift Ideas for Book Lovers FAQs

Not all book-loving audiences are the same! Here’s a closer look at which gifts might fit certain bookworm recipients the best.

What do I buy someone who loves books?

The best gift ideas for book lovers are a flat-page booklight, punny t-shirt, cozy reading blanket, or a book-scented candle. These gifts all enhance the book-reading experience.

What do you get a book nerd?

For book nerds, I recommend products with puns or inside jokes only the truest of book lovers would appreciate. Board games like STET! or Wordle: The Party Game as well as books like Shakespeare Insult Generator work well here. Another great option is a bucket list scratch-off poster featuring 100 books. They’ll likely get a kick out of scratching off several books upon arrival!

What do I get a mom who loves books?

If you need gift ideas for book lovers who also happen to be moms, get something that’ll make reading books a total luxury, such as the Book Club candle, Novel Tea literary tea set, the book seat, or this Mexican Loomed Hammock.

What do I get my spouse who loves books?

If your husband or wife is the book lover in your family, I’d opt for one of the pricier options on this list, such as the Kindle Oasis or Book of the Month Club subscription. These gifts will help your spouse appreciate and enjoy the reading experience for many months to come.

Conclusion

With 50 gift ideas for book lovers, I hope you’ve found the perfect match for your lucky recipient.

Let me know if you have any more great ideas in the comment section below!

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Originally published November 10, 2022. Updated October 20, 2023.

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