On the third day of Christmas, we suggest ten gifts for booklovers!

Okay, I know that in order to correctly reference this song, I should post only three gifts for booklovers. But then, that wouldn’t really be much fun, would it? The more, the merrier, I rarely say. But in this case, it’s true. So read on for some perfect gift ideas for that booklover in your life!

Ten bookish gifts for the booklover in your life

1. Simplifying the holidays? Celebrating sustainably? How about creating a redeemable coupon for a trip together to a bookstore, library, or secondhand bookstore? Check your local listings on Google, Yelp … well, you know what to do. If you have little readers at home and yet have trouble finding time to read together, give them redeemable coupons for some reading-aloud-together time.

Or, go with them to get a library card! So many renewable, reusable presents, all in one little plastic rectangle. Delightful.

2. Does your booklover also love jewelry? – This is another category that would have been on my Christmas list earlier, had I thought about it. Including beautiful brass cuffs (pictured) and cuff links from JezebelCharms on Etsy and decadent miniature book jewelry from Luthienthye Gallery.

mark twain

3. For half-pint and full-size organizers – the Little Librarian kit, available on Amazon. Encourage them to read and give them an outlet for their organizational skills! So cute. Also, the Knock Knock adult Personal Library Kit. Available from both Amazon, and the Knock Knock site, which has loads of other cool things (paper voodo dolls, travel planning sheets, pro/con sheets, all with a great sense of humor).

little librarian


4. Book accessories – Does your booklover read late into the night, when traveling, or just generally in the dark? There are book lights for that (my favorite is from Restoration Hardware):


Does your booklover love reading so much s/he is always trying to read and do something else at the same time? Try a book stand (this one from Amazon):


5. For the interior decorator – a hanging lamp made out of book pages, from TheSouthernRoot on Etsy, very cute book page ornaments from novelbrand on Etsy, and legions of book art (search “book art” on Etsy), like this Wizard of Oz print from TheRekindledPage and this The Great Gatsby vintage poster (but actually, I don’t know where you can get it).

wizard of oz great gatsby

6. For the technologically inclined – a Kindle, a Kobo, or a Nook eReader. Personally, I love (and recommend) my Kobo.


7. For the fashionable booklover(and I have yet to own one of these, although I would absolutely adore one), a book clutch! For example, we have a dark blue H.G. Wells from ReboundDesigns (an Etsy shop that also sells wallets and iPad and Kindle covers), a wildly colorful Alice in Wonderland from ChickLitDesigns on Etsy, and an exciting Dracula from NovelCreations, also on Etsy.

alice in wonderland

8. For the bibliophile and cook, bibliophile and mixologist, or the bibliophile, cook, AND mixologist – Literary cookbooks and cocktail books, such as Tequila Mockingbird or Literary Feast: The Famous Authors Cookbook or the witty, not-so-serious The Decadent Cookbook.

tequila mockingbird literary feast cookbook

9. For the booklover with more books than shelves – Try bookends. There are great options all over Etsy, and Amazon, and no doubt your local bookstore. From ravens to ships to curlicues and leaning ladies to hands to dragons, your choices are practically unlimited. Here are selections from Pinterest, Etsy, and Amazon.

10. And lastly, the obvious! Buy them books. Or ebooks. Or even money to buy them. Any booklover will love this present.

Well, by now I hope you have more creative ideas about what to get that booklover in your life. Rest assured, there’s much more out there than I could fit into this post. Things I didn’t mention: literary-themed clothes (such as t-shirts, ties, sweaters, and even shoes), literary-themed tote bags, journals, pens, bookmarks, hollowed books for hiding things, and so much more.

Stay tuned for more holiday posts! Next up: a Reader’s Map of holiday novellas and books.


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