A curated list of the best gifts you can give the bookish people in your life - from free and/or affordable, to a little more commitment.
Looking for the perfect gift for the book lovers in your life?
As a major bookworm myself (so much so that I co-host a book club), I know that the best gift is actually uninterrupted cozy time to read.
When creating this gift guide, I was very intentional in picking gifts that are sure to add to the reading experience and support their interests, not just add random book-themed bits and bobs to their lives.
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This one is self explanatory. I love the bendable arm, cozy amber light, and fairly impressive batter life of this rechargeable reading light.
I've shopped Gigi And Bo for my bookmarks for years now, and I've even had Britt custom-make bookmarks for the book club.
Book lovers love reading in bed. What we don't always love? Finding our bookmark while half asleep.
A soft little pillow to sit in your lap and hold your place hands-free. It can also double as a travel-pillow or tablet stand. I got one for my Dad last year - and he loves it.
A simple assist to help with reading one handed, especially when it comes books that are thick.
For the book lover who likes to mark up their books, underline quotes, and keep them forever.
For the person who always loans out their books, and does, in fact, expect to get them back one day.
Be thoughtful with your choice, and try to pick their favorite local bookstore. If they don't have one or no longer live nearby, try Bookshop, which supports indie booksellers.
Book of the Month is the most well known, but there are many Indie options like Introvert Retreat, Banned Book Box, The Book Drop, and small sellers on Etsy.
For the evening and nighttime reader, especially. Give the gift of a balanced circadian rhythm.
Kindle Unlimited is a great last-minute gift for the voracious digital reader in your life. Even if it's something they already use, this will cover their subscription for the amount of time you choose.
A Kindle is something I put off buying for years and finally invested in earlier this year. I love it. This one is lightweight, waterproof, and perfect for traveling.
This is next-level comfort for the digital reading experience.
Next, next-level comfort for the digital reading experience. You can turn pages without having to move more than a finger.
If you know they're sticker-people, support them with some cute new stickers for their Kindle case. If they don't have a case - get that too.
An Audible (or other audiobook subscription) is a great gift idea that keeps on giving. Most platforms allow listeners to access dozens, hundreds, or thousands or titles.
What's better than listening to an audiobook? Listening to an audiobook through really comfy headphones and drowning out everyone else.
For the Audiophiles:
There's something about curling up under a heated blanket that warms you all the way to your bones.
Readers get in some wild positions while trying to stay comfy. One way to make it easier is a cozy and supportive pillow.
If you're daring enough to read while in a bath, it's nice to have a book rest. There are so many to choose from, so I recommend picking one that's the style of who you're shopping for.
A smart mug like this one could be a great gift for that person who is a chronic sipper.
Speaking of sipping, a nice set of coffee or tea that you know they'll love during a cozy reading day is a fantastic gift - you could even go with a mystery book/tea gift box like I've linked. If it's last-minute, consider grabbing some loose leaf tea or beans at their favorite place.
Nothing says cozy like lighting some candles and reading. Bonus points for bookish-themed candles.
An extremely thoughtful gift would be to plan a special trip or outing to a bookish location they've been talking about, or even to a real-life location in their favorite series (i.e. Scotland for Outlander fans, or cozy spots in New England for A Discovery of Witches). This could be as simple as a library visit, or a multi-day itenerary. Pick your own adventure.
This one is a wild card that might have you saying: "in this economy? lol". If you can swing it, it's a cool idea. Consider setting a limit on the amount of books, because most book-lovers have an endless TBR. This is a wonderful and thoughtful gift, best done in person and probably as a surprise once you've already planned the trip together. If it's a date, don't be surprised if they propose.
Bookish gifts are great, but you know what's even greater? Blissful time to read. Most book lovers want nothing more than hours to themselves with their favorite snacks, comfy clothes, and a stack of books. Curate that for them, and I promise they'll be big fans of the idea.
The other thing a lot of book lovers love? Reading in companionable silence or public with headphones in. If you know they have a favorite spot, buy them a gift card to said spot.
Experience-based Gifts for Bookworms:
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