20 Bookish (Non-Book) Gifts for Readers

What to get the lit lover who's got all the books they need. (Just kidding, there's no such thing.)

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Jólabókaflóð is all about books, and we have fully embraced the Yule Book Flood this year at Read it Forward. By now, all of the readers on your list should be covered by our reading recommendations. Family? Friends? Kids? Check, check, check.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! If you’re looking for a little more frosting for your gingerbread house, this is the gift guide to satisfy your sweet tooth. Here are 20 irresistible non-book treats for book lovers. Perfect for stuffing a stocking, trimming a tree, or treating yourself to a well-deserved cuppa Pride and Peppermint tea on a winter’s day.

Jólabókaflóð Pajamas, $42.00

These Jólabókaflóð PJs are the ultimate cold-weather cozy-up-and-read get-up. Read it Forward partnered with Out of Print to create this limited edition set for book lovers this holiday season, and the collaboration does not disappoint. The pajama set above is unisex, and a short-sleeve women’s tee is also available. Get it while supplies last.

NovelTea Tins, $29.00

There’s something about book puns that is endlessly appealing to readers. Just look at Twitter explode whenever someone launches a clever bookish meme. Word nerds will delight in the offerings of NovelTeas: War and Peach, Anise in Wonderland, and Matcha Do About Nothing are just a few of the flavors on offer. 

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Honey Spoons, $9.95

Prefer your tea with a touch of honey? This set of six individually wrapped honey spoons is the perfect accompaniment to a gift of books and tea. Tuck one into the bow on top of your gift wrap to sweeten the (tea)pot.

Go Away I’m Reading Right Meow Mug, $12.95

I know the holidays are all about spending time with family, but the best part about not having to go to work for a few days is being able to stay in bed and read. If your dear ones are not getting the hint, try adopting this mug for your morning coffee.

 

 

F*ck Off, I’m Reading Socks, $9.99

If your family is still not getting the hint, you’ll need to up the ante. These socks are not f*cking around, and neither are you. Seriously, folks, LEAVE ME ALONE I AM READING.

 

Pride and Prejudice, $39.99 (unframed)

The readers were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of Darcy danced in their heads… Every word of Jane Austen’s classic is included in this literary poster. Sweet dreams!

Book Stack Ornament, $9.95

Here’s a sweet stocking stuffer for the book lover in your life. Bonus, it’s from the New York Public Library’s gift shop, so you’ll be supporting that fine institution while you trim your tree.

Jane Austen Suds and Sensibility Soaps (set of 3), $9.95

If houseguests are descending for the holidays, stock up on Jane Austen Suds and Sensibility Soap “to wash the land off the landed gentry.” This shea butter soap comes in a set of three, making it a lovely hostess gift—or a lavender-scented reminder that maybe it’s time to get out of your Jólabókaflóð PJs and go outside.

 

Read with Friends — Silent Book Club T-Shirt, $26.00

Reading is better with friends, at least that’s what members of the Silent Book Club think. Once a month, books lovers get together in bars and cafes around the world to read quietly together in solidarity. Sound good to you? Throw on this shirt, plan a coffee date with a reading buddy, and tell them to bring a book. They’ll thank you.

Book Cart Pin Set, $18.00

Show them how we roll with this pair of enamel pins celebrating library love. Perfect for the librarian on your list, or any fan of the Dewey decimal system.

 

Read Rise Resist Tote Bag, $8.00

Reading is a political act. This Read Rise Resist tote from Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon, is a clarion call to fellow readers to stand and fight for free speech—including a free internet, civil liberties, and the unbridled press that is guaranteed in our Constitution. 

 

Little Feminist Board Book Set, $14.99

Teach your little feminists—boys and girls alike—about the women who have fought for equality throughout history. Separated into four mini board books that highlight female artists, activists, leaders, and pioneers, each book features a brief bio paired with a vibrant illustration. Grab this set quick. It’s sold out at most bookstores!

Make America Read Again Hat, $12.95

America, it’s time to unite in the name of reading. We have reached a point in our democracy where our elected leaders in Congress are voting on bills they have not even read. These are dark days. Make America Read Again!

 

 

Book Hoarders Unite! Magnet, $3.95

De-cluttering gurus be damned, there’s simply no such thing as too many books. Raise your hand if overflowing shelves spark joy. Book hoarders unite!

Wine in Literature Chart, $25.00

In my book club, our motto is Read, Wine, Repeat. This colorful poster—filled with wine-inspired quotations from great works of literature—proves once and for all that nothing pairs with the classics like an oaky Chardonnay or a spicy Syrah.

 

Book* (Wine) Tote Bag, $20.00

And, speaking of wine, let’s be clear. Many book club members are also in it for the wine, right? This canvas tote is sturdy enough to carry all of your books. And by books, we mean wine.

 

 

Bookworm Library Leather Bags, Purses, Handbags, and Accessories, $17 – $120

A decidedly more classy take on the previous book bag, these handmade leather purses feature hand-stitched leather applique book spines on the front. Titles range from Moby Dick to Little Women, and you can choose from shoulder bags and cross-body purses to glasses cases and wallets. Want.

Lit Chat: Conversation Starters About Books and Life, $16.99

Any excuse to talk about books is a good one, and the folks at Book Riot have compiled 100 questions and conversation prompts to get people talking about life, the universe, and everything book-related. What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

Little Free Library, $250

I have been dreaming of having my very own Little Free Library since forever, but the last time I successfully built something from scratch with wood was 6th grade shop class. I can’t even hang a picture frame straight, so I was delighted to find this ready-made LFL online and ready to ship. This is the year we all can make our neighborhood librarian dreams come true.

 

Support a community in need

2017 was a year of record-setting natural disasters in many communities. Houston was ravaged by Hurricane Harvey, and Northern California was devastated by wildfires. As I write this, new fires are raging in Southern California, destroying homes and forcing more evacuations. The effects of climate change are real and they are getting worse.

In the wake of these disasters, local bookstores stepped up to help their communities by providing shelter and raising funds to help residents rebuild. If ever there was a time to support independent bookstores, it is now. Shop at your local bookstore so that it will be there for your community when you need it. If you’d like to support a few of the stand-out bookstores that offered disaster relief this year, links to their online shops are below.

Houston:
Brazos Bookstore
Murder by the Book

Northern California:
Napa Bookmine
Copperfield’s

 

Happy holidays and happy reading!

About Guinevere de la Mare

Guinevere de la Mare

Guinevere de la Mare is a writer based in San Francisco and the founder of Silent Book Club, an international network of book lovers who host introvert happy hours in more than 40 cities. Her first book, I’d Rather be Reading (Chronicle Books), is a love letter to books and readers.

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