Literary Gifts for Book Lovers

20 gift ideas for readers, word nerds, and introverts.

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Some people are so much easier to shop for than others. If you have a book lover on your list, you’re golden. I mean, avid readers basically keep the equivalent of a letter to Santa going all year long—we just call it a TBR. But if your loved ones aren’t publishing their heart’s desire on Goodreads, or if you’re looking for something other than a printed book to give this year, we’ve rounded up our favorite non-book gifts for readers, word nerds, and introverts. Book people are the best people, so treat them well this holiday. 


Elements of Style Pin
Jane Mount, the artist behind Ideal Bookshelf, has created a series of irresistible enamel pins to add to your lapel collection. We’re partial to this Strunk and White classic. Elements of Style, indeed. 


Mansfield Park Hoodie
This one will go right over the heads of many, but those in the know will appreciate the subtle (and cozy!) nod to Austen. Consider it a literary litmus test.

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Banned Books Heat Reactive Mug
Just add hot liquid and watch the titles of more than 50 banned books magically appear from beneath the censor’s black marker. Plus, Out of Print will send one book to a community in need for every mug purchased. Here’s to literary freedom!


Literary Paper Dolls
Picture Ernest Hemingway as an action figure with boxing gloves, Langston Hughes behind a drum kit, and Shakespeare in drag. Who says playing with dolls is for little kids?


Jane Austen Action Figure
And while we’re on the subject of dolls, we would happily add this one to our collection.


Custom bookplate stamp
Don’t you hate it when you loan out a book and it never comes back to you? Save your loved ones from this dreadful fate with a personalized handcrafted bookplate.


Green Marker Adhesive Page Markers
This set of page markers is designed to look like leaves of grass growing out of the pages of your book as you mark your favorite passages.


Introvert Coasters
Our version of a perfect evening—a book, a comfy couch, and a glass of wine. This set of foil-stamped coasters adds just the right amount of bling to celebrate your big night in.


Reading at the Cafe Candle
And if you’d like to add some olfactory pleasure to your introvert happy hour, light up this Frostbeard Studio candle for the instant aroma of coffee, chocolate, and books.


But First Kafka Mug
We love everything that the husband-and-wife design team behind Obvious State creates, and this punny addition to their shop made us giggle. No easy task before coffee.


Mini Lumio Lamp
It may look like a small hardcover book, but this beautifully crafted object opens 360º to reveal a multi-functional lamp and battery pack for mobile phones.


Anne of Green Gables Scarf
Wear your love of Anne Shirley (and Gilbert Blythe) around your neck with this scarf printed with a page from L.M. Montgomery’s classic.


Well Read Pin
For that friend who always has a book recommendation in her back pocket. Give her the modern version of a medal—a sweet lapel pin for her denim.


Hot Dudes Reading Wall Calendar
Do we really need to explain this one? Hot dudes, reading books, on your wall. Every day of the calendar year. Right?


James Joyce Ulysses Temporary Tattoo
There are a number of choices for literary tattoos out there, but we think Litographs does them best. Each quote from classic literature is designed by artists and illustrators to look like the real deal. Go ahead and freak your parents out when you go home for the holidays this year.


Vintage Stay Home Club Sweatshirt
A reader can never have too many sweatshirts. Here’s one for the card-carrying members of Stay Home Club. Introverts unite! Separately, in your own homes.



100 Essential Novels Scratch-Off Chart
More satisfying than a lottery ticket, mark your progress through the literary canon with this interactive wall art.


Book Lamp
Keep nightmares away with these novel nightlights, which come in four titles: Cinderella, The Ugly Duckling, Les Etoiles and Moby-Dick.


Papercuts: A Party Game for the Rude and Well-Read
The good, bookish folks at Electric Lit made the perfect party game for book nerds. Think of it as the spawn of a library card catalog and Apples to Apples.


Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers
Think you’re pretty punny? Test your skills with Punderdome, where you create puns on the spot inspired by two randomly-selected cards. We say the more groan-worthy, the better.

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About Guinevere de la Mare

GUINEVERE DE LA MARE is the author of I’d Rather be Reading and the co-founder of Silent Book Club, an international network of literary meetups in more than 70 cities around the world. Her work has been featured in O, the Oprah Magazine, LitHub, and The Christian Science Monitor.

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