Literature is my love language. I’ve been staying up way too late finishing “just one more chapter” since I was little. I love a book-related holiday gift as much as the next nerd, but I know shopping for a bookworm can be challenging. What gifts are out there other than a gift card to bookstore?
I’ve rounded up 12 holiday gift ideas based on things I either own or really want (hint, hint — let’s find out who reads my articles) that are perfect for any self-proclaimed bookworm.
1| Blind Date with a Book
Few things are as daunting as buying a book for the bookworm who’s read everything, so why not gift them a Blind Date with a Book? Just pick the genre and a literary surprise arrives wrapped with stickers, a bookmark, etc., I might gift myself with one of these. Half the fun is discovering what lies beneath the wrapping paper. Honestly, this is way more appealing than an actual blind date.
2| A Candle Made for Bookworms
There is nothing more tantalizing than the smell of a new book…or a library book…or really any book. Create that feeling with a Book Club Candle by Homesick. Or, for candles that mimic the look of an old-school library card, check these out.
3| A Deliciously Cozy Blanket
Comfort is key when it comes to getting lost in a good book. I own one of these Whistler Throw Blankets and they are 100% worth it. Oversized, thick and super-snugly.
4| A Book Of Bookstores Around the World
The only two things a bookworm loves more than a good book: bookstores and libraries. Let your bookworm travel from the comfort of their couch to these stunning, historical bookshops around the world with Do You Read Me? Bookstores Around the World. Who knows, it may inspire future trips.
5| A Colorful Mug
Coffee (or tea) and a novel go hand in hand. I love the look of these Marcello Velho Folksong Mugs. A charming, eclectic, under-$15 companion for their next read.
6| Literary Tote Bag
Us bookworms go hard at the library and can regularly be seen juggling several books “we just had to check out” whilst scrounging for our car keys and whatnot in the parking lot. Lighten the load with this Reusable Tote. Great for grocery shopping, Farmer’s Markets or epic trips to the local library. Another contender was this Black Women Writers Tote available in pink and blue.
7| Concrete Skull Bookends
I might have “hinted” to my family how much I would love these Concrete Skull Bookends for our home. You can customize your colors. They are seriously cool (and a little unexpected).
8| Bamboo Bathtub Tray
I received a version of this Bamboo Bathtub Tray a few years ago and it’s come in so clutch. The tray can hold your book/E-reader, drink of choice, hand towel and gummy bears (just me?), plus it adjusts to most bathtub widths. If someone in your life loves to soak in the tub with a book, this is the perfect gift.
9| Kindle Oasis
I used to be anti-Kindle/iPad/tablet etc., when it came to my preferred method of reading, but Shana (another huge book nerd) swears by her Kindle Oasis. I will say, one lightweight device that holds several books does come in handy whilst traveling or when you’re not in the mood to trudge to the local library. These days I do a little bit of both, but still love the feel of a heavy book in my hands.
10| Shakespearean Insults Chart
OK, now this is an infographic I can get behind. A Shakespearean Insults Chart is a great way to move past “hard pass” and “LOLZ no” in terms of comebacks and really confuse trolls on the internet.
11| Female Literature Rocks Glasses
If your bookworm prefers a stronger bevvy with their book, gift them these Female Literature Rocks Glasses (or, Classic Lit Rocks Glasses depending on what they’re into.)
12| Amber Book Light
It’s one thing when a good book keeps you up; it’s another when it’s the blue light that does it. This Amber Book Light promotes sleep and blocks blue light.
Whether you’re looking to source a new read for the book-lover in your life or provide some book-related merch to heighten their reading experience, there’s something for everyone on this list. And remember, if you do want to stick a gift card in there too, make it for a local/independently-owned bookshop. 🙂
(Oh, hey! Need gift ideas for 2022? We have a slew. Check out our gift ideas hub here, or go straight to Gifts For Kids, Gifts For Him and/or Gifts For Her.)
Love these. Definitely have some good ideas for my bookworm daughter.
Am I allowed to buy all these as gifts for myself???
Am I allowed to buy all these as gifts for myself?? They’re all SO good.
Yes, Santa Meredith says yes
I love this gift guide! I’ll definitely be ordering some of these for myself. Thanks Meredith!
Yes I definitely have a few items I’m thinking of for myself 🙂