Everyone has a friend (or friends) who loves books. They would rather stay home with a good book than go out and socialize so you have to drag them out of the house so they don’t become a hermit. They can’t wait to find the next bestseller or hidden gem. You can always give them a good book, but chances are that they already have it. So, I compiled a list of the best gifts for book lovers and enthusiasts that they won’t expect. I separated them by category so you can find the perfect gift…
Home Décor for Book Enthusiasts
Every book lover wants to be surrounded by books in order to feel at home. These items add a splash of literary décor to help with that soothing feeling.
This collage of library due date cards on a serving tray is a fun way to serve cocktails at book club. It is 16” x 12” with a hard-coat glossy, heat-resistant, waterproof resin so it is sturdy. It makes a great gift for a book club friend or a hostess gift. They are made to order so each one is unique.
- Book Lamp
When it comes to gifts for book lovers, this book lamp is my absolute favorite. I have bought it for many people and every time they open it, everyone around them wants to buy one. It looks like a book on the outside, but when you open it, it turns into a beautiful light. The light has 8 colors and adjustable brightness so you can set the mood. Keep it on your nightstand and use it as a nightlight or reading light, or use it to set a sexy mood. It even has a timer so you can set it to turn off when you go to sleep. It looks way cooler in person, so trust me on this one!
This fleece book blanket is full color and super soft so you can cozy up with a good book for a night of reading so it makes a great gift for book lovers. It is available in three sizes.
This cool piece of art can be personalized with a word, name, date, symbol, or more. Each one is made to order so they are truly one of a kind. It looks great in any home or office of a book enthusiast.
Inspired by Hemingway’s typewriter, these bookends have an antique finish and look stunning in any library. And who knows, they may inspire you to write a book of your own.
This fun library book nesting table and chair set look like a bookshelf when slid together. When you slide it apart, you see a dining table and two comfy barrel chairs that roll easily on wheels. It even has a secret hidden compartment to hide your valuables. The table is the perfect size for dinner for two, reading, or to use as a game table.
There is nothing better than the smell of old books. This candle brings notes of cedar, pine, leather, sandalwood, musk, and vanilla to bring you back in time to a vintage library.
- Decorative Books with Secret Compartment (under $25)
Hide your treasures in these decorative vintage books. The three nestling books can be stacked or side by side on your shelf and each has a secret compartment. Great for hiding your cash, passport, papers, or maybe your stash, if you are into that.
Gifts for Book Lovers who Drink (or Eat)
Some book aficionados also love to drink while reading and I might be one of those people. There is something relaxing about kicking back with a good book and a bottle of vodka… I mean wine. Here are some fun gifts for book lovers who drink alcohol or like to eat to help bring even more joy to their vices.
- Vintage Typewriter Coasters (under $25)
Combine your love for vintage typewriters and drinking with these vintage typewriter coasters. They come as a set of 5 and each one had 4 felt pads on the bottom to protect your furniture while you are throwing back a few while you are reading all night.
Shakespeare, Not Stirred takes a look into his stories and compares them to your sucky life in a hilarious way so we can all believe he would probably drink away his problems just like us. Each drink tells a Shakespeare story and translates it to modern times, pairs it with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres, and tells a bit of history or trivia about the story. This cocktail book will have you laughing for days and is great fun to read to your girlfriends while making cocktails.
- Great Drinkers Shot Glasses (under $20)
Toast your shot to great literary figures who are just as famous for drinking as they were for their work. Each 2oz shot glass has a picture and a quote from poets and writers; Oscar Wilde, Dorothy Parker, Lord Byron, Winston Churchill, W.B. Yeats, and Charles Baudelaire.
- Literary Novel Teas – Tea Bags (under $20)
These 25 teabags each have a literary quote from around the world and was on Oprah’s Favorite Things List in 2019. It makes a great gift for book enthusiasts when you don’t want to break the bank. The teas are yummy and they are fun to read each quote.
- The Booklovers’ Guide To Wine: A Celebration of the History, the Mysteries, and the Literary Pleasures of Drinking Wine (under $20)
This book is great for those who have a passion for books and wine. It teaches you about regions and grapes and pairs wine with your favorite authors with little tidbits of trivia that is fun to bust out at parties.
Why not bring a little humor with your love of wine and books with this wine glass! It’s funny, useful, won’t break the bank, and it can hold 17 ounces of your favorite wine. It makes a great gift for a book club friend.
- The Book Lover’s Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Celebrated Works of Literature, and the Passages That Feature Them (under $20)
For the book enthusiast who loves to cook (or wants to learn), you can’t go wrong with this Booklover’s Cookbook. It is not only a cookbook, but it is an enjoyable, easy read. It has fun anecdotes about the authors of your favorite books and features recipes from them. Recipes such as; Dump Punch from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Jo’s Best Omelet from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Bev’s No-Fuss Crab Cakes from Unnatural Exposure by Patricia Cornwell, and Not Violet, But Blueberry Pie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.
- Book Lover’s Wine Glass Charms (under $20)
These silver wine glass charms feature books, a typewriter, an ink pod, a pen, and more. They are super cute to use at book club!
- Jane Austen Books Literary Coasters (under $20)
This set of 6 Jane Austen Books Coasters has rubber on the bottom to protect your furniture and each features a different novel: Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Mansfield Park. Every book lover needs these in their home.
Tequila Mockingbird is a cocktail book for literary enthusiasts. It features 65 drink recipes that are inspired by the world’s most famous books, with commentary on your favorite novels. It also has drinking games, and bar bites. Some of the drinks include The Last of the Mojitos, Romeo and Julep, The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose, and so many creative concoctions. When you drink cocktails in such a smart way, they don’t count as partying.
Reading Aids to Make Reading Easier for Book Enthusiasts
Reading can be hard. You have to hold the book just right, keep your head tilted in the perfect direction, and manage not to get a paper cut. These handy reading aids make reading easier and more enjoyable.
Available in many colors, this book seat molds to any surface to hold your book comfortably in a reading position. And the best part is that it doubles as a travel pillow so when you are done reading, just throw it under your head to sleep on a plane, train, or long car ride.
- Adjustable Reading Light (under $20)
This adjustable reading light allows you to aim it directly at your page and has three color modes and six brightness levels so you can find the one the works the best for your vision. It isn’t just great for reading, so you can also use it for various projects around the house.
- Book Page Holder (under $20)
This little gadget is a life changer! Stick your thumb in the hole and the wings keep the pages open so you can read with one hand. This way, you can keep your wine in your other hand! It holds any size book and it comes in several sizes for little thumbs or big thumbs.
- Prism Lazy Glasses (under $20)
These prism lazy glasses allow you to read or watch TV while lying completely flat so you don’t get a kink in your neck. They can tilt to 90 degrees and can be worn over your reading glasses allowing for much longer reading sessions… or for binging Netflix for hours on end.
Wearable Gifts for Book Lovers
If you can’t be reading at all times, then take your love of books with you on your body. These wearable gifts for book lovers give a unique twist to your wardrobe so you can share your obsession with the world.
This cuff bracelet is made out of a vintage Shakespeare book of his stories and poems and each one is one of a kind. You can also get matching earrings or a necklace if you want. The beads are on steel wire strung on galvanized steel wire and they are flexible enough to fit different sizes of wrists. If you prefer a specific play or a different writer, you can have it custom made. Did I mention this is super cool?
- Banned Books Socks (Under $20)
Honor the classics that have been banned at one point in history by wearing them on your socks. These are fun, they won’t break the bank, and any book lover with lover them.
- Library Infinity Scarf (under $20)
This chiffon infinity scarf looks like books on library shelves and is 62”. It is vibrant and the many colors will match most colors in your closet. It makes a great gift for a book club gift exchange.
These fun tennis shoes are covered with books, but that isn’t even the best part. You can actually use ANY picture you want to make custom shoes. How about a picture of your favorite novel on your feet? Or a picture of your kids reading? No problem!
This constellation book-shaped bag is pure fun. It is made with high-quality, thick, synthetic leather and looks just like a book. It is 8.5”x11”x3” so it has room for all of the junk in your purse and more.
- Book Fan (under $10)
Technically, you can’t wear this item, but I put it in this category because it does complete any outfit. The exterior has an authentic book feel and the internal pages are made of vintage book pages and period illustrations, so it will delight any book lover. It makes a great gift for a book club gift exchange.
- If You Can Read This, Shhh, I’m Reading – Socks (under $10)
I think every list for the best gifts for book lovers needs to have the obligatory “Shhh, I’m Reading” socks. They are a great last-minute, inexpensive, funny gift you can grab and know the recipient will wear them.
The Best Gifts for Book Lovers Who Have a Large Collection of Books
Everyone has a friend who is so obsessed with books that they have a collection the size of the Library of Congress and these gifts are for them. They will help them track their treasured possessions in a classy way.
Personalize your books with you customized book embosser stamp so your friends remember to return your books to you when they borrow them. It is a classy reminder to them. They have many styles available to customize to your liking so this is a beautiful addition to your library.
- Personal Library Kit (under $20)
This personal library kit allows you to bring back the old fashion library technique to your own collection. It is great for those who have a lot of books and who like to share. It comes with an adhesive pocket, checkout cards, and a stamp for the checkout date. The checkout card allows you to note who checked it out, the date, and their phone number. You will never lose a book again!
- Personalized Library Book Stamp (under $25)
This custom library stamp is available in many fonts, styles, and colors to give your friends a gentle reminder to return your books to you. It makes it fast and easy to add your name to your library.
- Reading Journal (under $10)
This reading journal is a great log for book enthusiasts to track what you read, the genre, what inspired you about the book, and if you loaned it to anyone. It even has room for you to write a review! The table of contents allows you to record up to 100 books so you can review them for years to come.
Fun Gifts for Book Lovers
These gifts are for the young at heart book enthusiasts. They may be spontaneous, curious, and probably go with the flow. These gifts will give them a fun way of exploring their love of books.
This amazing book helps you discover famous literary classics and even the unknown gems in order to ensure you read the best books of all time. Use it as a personal planner for your reading bucket list, or at book club to pick your next favorite read.
We can’t have a list of gifts for book lovers without this one! This Book of the Month Club allows you to get access to early releases at a cheaper price. They have all types of books, such as; romance, thriller, mystery, fiction, historical, young adult, medical thrillers, and more. Plus, you can decide to receive one book or multiple books each month and you can skip or cancel anytime, so sit back with a glass of wine and read away!
- Fascinating Facts About Famous Fiction Authors and the Greatest Novels of All Time: The Book Lover’s Guide to Literary Trivia (under $20)
This book is filled with fun tidbits and trivia with a splash of gossip. It is a blast to read about your favorite authors and find information rarely mentioned in other books. From Dr. Seuss to Tolstoy and everything in between. If they used this book to teach literature in school, I would have actually gone to class.
This conversation starter kit has 100 questions that are reading themed to spark conversation. Questions range from “name your favorite childhood book”, “name your favorite movie adaption”, and “if you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want with you”. They are great to use when getting together with girlfriends or when trying to get your teenaged daughters to chat with you.
- 100 Books Scratch Off Poster (under $20)
This scratch off poster has 100 books that are loved around the world. After you read the book, scratch off the spot and it will reveal a character or symbol to remind you of the book every time you look at the poster. It has books like, Harry Potter, The Stand, The Great Gatsby, Catch-22, The Secret Garden, and more. You no longer have to search for what you want to read next. Instead, you just pick it and scratch it.
- “To Be Read” Jar (under $20)
Do you ever struggle with deciding what read next? Then the “To Be Read” jar is for you. You send them a list of 100 books that you want to read and they fold them into pretty origami stars and put them into a jar for you to pull one out when you are wanting to start a new book.
Star in your own personalized book! You get to name all of the characters and their features in these full-length books. Give the characters your friends’ names so you can enjoy the story and pretend it is about you. They have many books to choose from for adults and teens: Wizard of Oz, Jane Eyre, Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet, Jungle Book, and many more.
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