26 Unique Gifts For Book Lovers That Aren't Just More Books

Lit-erally The 26 Best Gift Ideas For All The Book Lovers On Your List

November 21, 2018 Updated June 10, 2021

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Feeling the pressure of finding the best gifts for the book lovers in your life – that’s not an actual book? Heck, we get it! It’s so easy for these gifts for readers to be uninspired — seriously, how many times can we really buy the newly released novel of the season without it looking tired? Regardless if you are shopping for your best friend, girlfriend, sister, or one of your kids who just fell in love with books, readers often have strong literary opinions. And yup, these high standards can be a bit intimidating when looking for the perfect gift idea for book lovers. This year, let your book gift bring inspiration to that literary lover’s life whether they be a teacher, writer, young reader, or just plain old bibliophile with one of these no fail, truly lit gifts for bookworms.

Now listen, before you start thinking about all those gifts you’ve received that you waited in the post-holiday returns line with, these gifts are not that! We aren’t talking about your run of the mill gift ideas for book lovers here. We know that to achieve a truly successful book gift it needs to be clever, useful, inspiring, and (dare we say even) cheeky. If cheeky is in fact your thing we highly recommend checking out the “F*ck off, I’m reading socks” below.

So whether you are buying for a young reader or a seasoned literary snob (we’ve all got one ya know) we have just the thing for every book lover on your list. So yeah reading is lit! And so are these non-book, book gifts!

First Edition Cover Art Print

Adorn your book lover’s walls with first edition cover art from their favorite classic books with this unique literary gift for readers. The shadow-boxed prints are digitally remastered into superb quality cover art photography prints that capture each original detail including all the marks of wear from decades of reading. With over 40 titles available from Wuthering Heights to The Call of the Wild, these prints made in New York City by renowned artist Mister Authurious, are one of the best gift ideas for book lovers you can buy.

$65 AT UNCOMMON GOODS



Kindle Oasis 3

A perfect gift idea for the evening reader who wants to minimize blue light exposure, the portable 7″ screen Kindle Oasis 3 sports a 300 ppi Paperwhite display with fully adjustable backlight — it actually shifts the screen from white to amber. Encourage your book lover to relax and listen to (yup it is now Audible compatible) or read their favorite titles in the tub or by the pool carefree since the Oasis 3 is now waterproof. One avid reader reviewed on Amazon, “I read a ton — usually between 300-600 books a year. So this Kindle gets a real workout. It has traveled on planes all over the world, been to the beach and ocean, and up to the mountains and lakes. Even in my bathtub! And still going strong. It’s the one thing I simply cannot be without. Ever.”

$249.99 AT AMAZON

Personalized Book Embosser

Fact: book lovers are usually super excited to lend their private library to other avid readers. It’s a common bond among book worms, maybe almost a prerequisite to loving books is to share them. Help the book lover on your list always get their favorite reads returned with the Personalized Book Embosser from Pickled Stamps. The custom made seal leaves a crisp raised impression of your book lover’s name in one of 7 classic designs. The personalized book plate comes with a library style handheld embosser, making this the best gift for book lovers around. 

$28.35 AT ETSY

Tilisma Thumb Book Page Holder

Give the absolute best gift to all the book lovers in your life: the gift of reading books comfortably. With a Tilisma artisan crafted walnut book page holder your book lover can easily read anywhere (this thing is small and portable) in any position under any circumstances. Make reading books easier and more comfortable with just one hand. Simply slide your thumb into the hand sanded finger hole, pick up a book, and the two wings will keep the pages open with minimal effort. One Amazon customer reviewed, “An awesome accessory and a great gift for a book lover. Very useful if you read actual books. (I) ended up buying 3 more for friends and family.” 

$13.98 AT AMAZON



Bibliophilia: 100 Literary Postcards

Fill your book lover’s desk with famous literary quotes from classic authors of the 20th century like Homer, Bronte, and Poe. A wonderful book gift for readers, these black and white postcards feature a graphic image to compliment the famous literary quotes that adorn them. One Amazon customer raved, “(I) just love these postcards! I love that there are two sets in the box so I can mail one and use the other around my house. So far I’ve framed five of them and just love the minimalist look and neutral tones. Also, the box they are stored in is a nice keepsake too. Two thumbs up!!” 

$19.99 AT AMAZON

Serene Life Bamboo Bathtub Reading Caddy

What’s the ultimate indulgence for a book lover? Obviously, soaking in the tub accompanied by a glass of wine and a favorite novel. The key to luxurious bathtub reading time is the right bathtub caddy. The Serene Life Bamboo Bathtub Caddy sits on any width tub secured with an adjustable non-slip arm. “I love it!!” praises one Amazon customer. “I’m a BIG reader and I always have a book or kindle to read in my bath. My book pages don’t get wet or if I’m using my kindle, it stays clean and dry. I also appreciate the stable place to park my mug of tea or glass of wine. Game changer for a reader’s bath time!” 

$37.49 AT AMAZON

Out Of Print Punk Rock Authors Tote Bag

The best book gift for the literary rebel in your life, the punk rock authors tote bag from Out of Print imagines the punk rock personas of literary greats like Proust (with a David Bowie inspired red lightning bolt face paint) or Maya Angelou (green hair and all). “Perfect” reviews one Amazon customer. “I get stopped in the street with people asking me where I got this bag. I love it!!!” A purchase of one of these durable cotton canvas totes from Out of Print helps to fund literacy programs around the world. It feels good to find the perfect gifts for bookworms that give back too!

$20.00 AT AMAZON



Ginger Fox Book Lover’s Mug, 30 Classic Novels

Every reader needs a great mug, even better if the mug features the 30 greatest classic novels of the 20th Century. The Ginger Fox book lovers mug is the perfect gift for the bookworm who has every classic novel on their bookshelf (and maybe even rereads them on occasion). “Great mug” reviews an Amazon customer. “I bought this as a gift for my husband and it has become his favorite mug. Very well made and the size makes for a great cup of coffee. Dishwasher safe. Would highly recommend this well made mug. Worth every penny.”

$14.95 AT AMAZON

Novel Teas English Breakfast From Bag Ladies Tea

Read em’ and steep, with 25 Novel Teas english breakfast tea bags tagged with literary quotes. One Amazon customer reviewed, “I got this for my mother, who loves her morning cup of tea. She really enjoyed both the tea (which she said was excellent) — and reading the sayings. In fact, the last time I visited, she showed me several of the sayings she had saved.”  The perfect gift for readers (and tea drinkers) alike, because nothing goes together quite like curling up with a good book and a mug of tea.

$13.50 AT AMAZON

Etwoa Black Bookshelf Infinity Scarf

Literary fashion at its finest, the Etwoa bookshelf infinity scarf is the perfect gift for readers, librarians, professors, and book aficionados. Made of lightweight 100% chiffon printed with deeply hued books, this infinity scarf easily pops over the head instantly elevating any outfit from jeans to a suit.  “Super fun scarf!” exclaims one happy Amazon customer. “I love this scarf! So lightweight and silky without being slinky…if that makes sense! And the colors are wonderful. I receive so many compliments every time I wear it!”

$20.80 AT AMAZON



Kunitsa Reading Journal

The Kunista reading journal is the perfect gift idea for the book lover who wants to up their reading game. Let your bookworm keep track of all the books they’ve loved or hated and why with this thoughtful gift for readers. “This journal is my favorite purchase of the year, I am so excited to be able to keep track of the books I read. It has tons of room for many books and interesting sections on things I hadn’t even thought to keep track of (like the books I didn’t finish and why, books lent to others and who, books borrowed and from whom). It makes me even more excited to read knowing I’ll get to fill out such a lovely book!” raved one Amazon customer. The timelessly elegant reading journal has room for 52 book reviews in a small compact size making a perfect stocking stuffer.

$22.95 AT AMAZON

Galison Book Club Puzzle

Even readers need to take a break from the page sometimes. Help them do just that with the best gift ideas for book lovers, that will keep them busy for hours. Celebrating diversity, joy, and the love of reading, the Galison 1,000-piece puzzle features over one hundred colorful readers. Let your book lover chuckle at the clever book titles while they search for special characters taking part in this lighthearted book.

$12.00 AT AMAZON

PaddyWax Library Collection Soy Candle

The Library Collection of scented candles from PaddyWax goes out to all the bibliophiles we love. The high quality, hand poured soy candles pair exquisite custom fragrances with the spirit of each featured author and one of their most famous quotes. One Amazon customer reviewed, “The Emerson candle has a wonderful, clean scent that makes the house smell friendly. Didn’t know a candle could do that!” The PaddyWax homage to the literary greats includes custom scents reminiscent of authors like Poe, Tolstoy, Steinbeck, and Austen along with Shakespeare, Louisa May Alcott, and Mark Twain. A fantastic ambience- creating gift idea for the classic book lover.

$24.88 AT AMAZON



The Book Lover's Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Celebrated Works of Literature, and the Passages that Feature them by Shaundra Kennedy Wenger and Janet Jensen

The best gift idea for book lovers and foodies is the only book on this list, The Book Lover’s Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Celebrated Works of Literature, and the Passages That Feature Them. “Very Cool!” exclaims one Amazon customer. “This is a really awesome gift for any literary nerd who also loves to cook. The book has TONS of literary references dispersed throughout the book. I gave it to a friend as part of a moving/new home/kitchen gift. I think it brought tears to her eyes.” A culinary and literary delight, The Book Lover’s Cookbook features deliciously cookable recipes and the literary excerpts that inspired them like Macaroni and Cheese from The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler or Innocent Sweet Bread from The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

$9.69 AT AMAZON

Homfa Tree Bookshelf

A gift idea for the book lover who has more books than shelf space (we all know one of these with piles of books scattered throughout their home), the Homfa Tree Bookshelf will stylishly help contain the book clutter while showcasing the bookworm’s favorite titles. Standing only 50” high, this moderately sized bookshelf features 9 tree branch shelves that hold about 5 books on each shelf. “It’s perfect!” reviewed a happy Amazon customer. “I loved this bookshelf the first time I saw it. The style and height is perfect for my family room where I have my magazines, novels, cookbooks and medical reference books on full display.” 

$55.99 AT AMAZON

State Cashmere Throw Blanket

Every book lover needs the coziest blanket to cuddle under with a favorite book (and if they are really lucky, quiet kids). Since nothing is softer and cozier than cashmere, give the gift of warm luxury with the State Cashmere throw blanket to that very special reader in your life. The generously sized throw is made of a lightweight 2 ply 100% pure sustainable Mongolian cashmere knit with tassel detailing. Any throw blanket is one of the best gift ideas for a book lover, but why not show them just how much they mean to you with lush cashmere?

$200.00 AT AMAZON



Flippy Wedge Reading And Tablet Pillow

Designed by an optical engineer to provide three specific viewing angles, the Flippy wedge reading pillow is the ultimate reading accessory for any age. Created to be used with any digital reader, tablet, book, or magazine, the Flippy is the perfect gift for bookworms in need of a comfortable reading solution. One customer reviewed on Amazon, “I was skeptical about buying this because I have tried so many holders and they are either too hard, too soft, too high or too low. This is the right size, it holds my 9.7 inch screen iPad and I can put it anywhere and [it] has 3 different angles for your device, book or phone. I can even put it on my lap without having to slouch over. Best invention ever, you saved my back and life!”

$29.98 AT AMAZON

Blue Q “F*ck Off, I'm Reading” Crew Socks

Allow the bookworm in your life to tell it how it is with the Blue Q “F*ck Off, I’m Reading” cotton crew socks. Easily the best gift idea for the book lover with a sense of humor. One look at these socks, and the idea of that meek literary geek flies out the window. One happy Amazon customer reviewed, “I put them on one time, one time, and I got complimented on them. They fit perfectly, are made from very soft cotton and I crack up every time I look at them. They reach mid-calf, just the way I like them. I couldn’t be happier with this purchase.”

$12.99 AT AMAZON

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug

Sipping and savoring a cup of coffee in the company of a good book is one of life’s little joys. The only problem? Hot drinks get cold too fast. But not anymore, thanks to the Ember Smart Mug. The world’s first temperature- controlled mug easily pairs with your smartphone to customize your drink temperature to keep it perfectly warm up to 1.5 hours alone or all day when paired with the Ember warming coaster. A gift idea for book lovers who sip and read, the Ember smart mug is also available in modern metallics (we think the bronze is gorgeous) a large 14 ounce size and also a 12 ounce travel mug.

$91.99 AT AMAZON



RBG Quote Print By Infona

Inspire all the female readers and learners in your life with an iconic quote from the late great Ruth Bader Ginsburg. On a vintage dictionary background, the silhouette of RBG features a reader’s bookcase with the quote “Never Underestimate the Power of a Girl with a Book.”  Available as a poster or printed on canvas in a range of sizes just right for that perfect space, each print is ready to hang and has been UV light tested to ensure this treasured book gift will withstand the test of time.

$121.99 AT ETSY

MyBookmark Wicked Witch Bookmark

Make your bookworm chuckle each time they reach for their current read with the Wicked Witch’s legs sticking out where they left off. MyBookmarks are unique character legs made of handcrafted, painted polymer clay attached to a hard laminate cardboard bookmark. Gift your bookworm the adorable striped witch’s legs or find just the right character from Harry Potter, Star Wars, or Pokémon. Heck, there is even an adorable sloth head (which would be hysterical for a slow reader with a sense of humor).

$25.59 AT AMAZON

Children's Electronic Dictionary Bookmark By If

An ingenious gift idea for the youngest book lovers, the children’s electronic dictionary bookmark helps new readers look up unfamiliar words, easily building their vocabulary. One Amazon customer reviewed, “ (I) Opened it and gave it to my daughter today. She’s been telling me definitions of different words all night. I’m buying two more.” With a 30,000 word definition content from the Oxford Primary Dictionary, the easy to use digital dictionary is battery operated and has easy push button letters to key in the requested word.

$14.95 AT WALMART



Glocusent LED Neck Reading Light

Set your little book lover up to sneak read at night with the lightweight Glocusent LED neck light. The rechargeable neck reading light is fully adjustable with bendable arms and bluelight filtered LED lights that can be independently powered on 3 settings. All packaged in a lightweight, comfortably wearable neck light perfect for children and adults. One customer reviewed on Amazon, “This reading light is amazing! It’s comfortable and has 3 options for lighting colors and sizes. I also love that I can basically take it everywhere. I wish I had found this light earlier!” 

$19.99 AT AMAZON

Personalized Favorite Books Print From Minted

Celebrate your little reader’s favorite titles with personalized book art from Minted. The customized favorite books print features 5 favorite book titles along with the bookworm’s name. Choose from 4 color themes and 7 different print sizes with or without a professionally fitted frame (which includes pre-installed hanging hardware) in a plethora of different framing options. This adorable addition to any reader’s room makes a great gift idea for book lovers of all ages.

$44 AT MINTED

KidKraft Bookshelf With Reading Nook

Every kid craves a special place to call their very own, and us moms know this is especially true when siblings are in the mix. Help that new reader in your life fall in love with a lifetime of reading with their own special reading nook. This wonderful gift for little bookworms has 6 separate spaces to store their favorite titles along with a three piece grey cushion set for a space to snuggle into and get lost in a book.  One Amazon customer reviewed, “My kids love this bookcase! I think it’s very well made. And I couldn’t believe how many books it holds!”

$124.99 AT AMAZON



100 Kids Books Bucket List Scratch-Off Poster From Gift Republic

The scratch-off kids’ reading bucket list poster features 100 must-read kids’ classics from chapter books like Harry Potter and Charlotte’s Web to classic picture books including Where the Wild Things Are and The Cat in the Hat. A great way to encourage new readers, the poster will challenge young bookworms to scratch off as many book titles as they can! One mom reviewed on Amazon, “Bought this when my kids were six, now seven, and we still regularly look at this before heading to the library. It’s meant to last throughout childhood, with some board books, picture books, simple readers, read aloud, and series. I’ve been introduced to several quality books through this.”

$9.75 AT AMAZON

Go ahead, check those bookworms off your gifting list! Now who else you got? Need a gift for a babysitter, an 8 year old, or Grandpa? We’ve got top notch gift ideas for them all!

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First Edition Cover Art Print
$65
Kindle Oasis 3
$249.99
Personalized Book Embosser
$28.35
Tilisma Thumb Book Page Holder
$13.98
Bibliophilia: 100 Literary Postcards
$19.99
Serene Life Bamboo Bathtub Reading Caddy
$37.49
Out Of Print Punk Rock Authors Tote Bag
$20.00
Ginger Fox Book Lover’s Mug, 30 Classi...
$14.95
Novel Teas English Breakfast From Bag La...
$13.50
Etwoa Black Bookshelf Infinity Scarf
$20.80
Kunitsa Reading Journal
$22.95
Galison Book Club Puzzle
$12.00
PaddyWax Library Collection Soy Candle
$24.88
The Book Lover's Cookbook: Recipes Inspi...
$9.69
Homfa Tree Bookshelf
$55.99
State Cashmere Throw Blanket
$200.00
Flippy Wedge Reading And Tablet Pillow
$29.98
Blue Q “F*ck Off, I'm Reading” Crew ...
$12.99
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
$91.99
RBG Quote Print By Infona
$121.99
MyBookmark Wicked Witch Bookmark
$25.59
Children's Electronic Dictionary Bookmar...
$14.95
Glocusent LED Neck Reading Light
$19.99
Personalized Favorite Books Print From M...
$44
KidKraft Bookshelf With Reading Nook
$124.99
100 Kids Books Bucket List Scratch-Off P...
$9.75