10 Rave-Worthy Gift Ideas for Book Lovers 📕

From Books to Merch, Here Are the Best Gifts to Get Every Reader on Your List Something They Really Want!

Welcome, book lovers! 📚 And friends and fam of book lovers!

In today's article, we're diving into the wonderful world of gift ideas tailor-made for those who love getting lost in the pages of a good book. Whether you're shopping for a friend, family member, or significant other, finding the perfect gift that incorporates their love of literature can be a bit tricky. In this guide, we'll gifts that any bookworm would be thrilled to unwrap, including:

  • Helpful accessories that upgrade their reading experience, from cozy reading lights to literary-themed mugs.
  • Literary decor pieces like bookish wall art that add personality to any book lover's space
  • Sensory delights like book-inspired candles and other scented delights that create a more immersive reading environment

So let’s jump in! 🌟

1. Barnes & Noble Gift Card

The Go-To Gift for Any Book Lover, Obviously!

Buy a Barnes & Noble gift card

Barnes & Noble gift card

Bookstore gift cards are the ultimate treat for book lovers, offering them the freedom to explore and discover their next literary obsession. Whether they prefer browsing the shelves of their nearest brick and mortar bookstore location or exploring the vast selection of ebook and audiobook titles online, a Barnes & Noble gift card provides endless possibilities. 

It's not just about buying books – it's about the experience of wandering through aisles filled with stories waiting to be discovered. With a gift card in hand, book lovers can follow their curiosity, dive into new genres, or finally pick up that bestseller they've been meaning to read. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, since they can savor the joy of book shopping long after their birthday or special occasion. From fiction to nonfiction, classics to contemporary stories, a bookstore gift card opens the door to a whole wide world of literary adventures.

Buy a Barnes & Noble gift card

2. Book Subscription Service

Book of the Month and Other Subscription Bring New Titles Right to Their Doorstep

a person lying on a bed with a book
According to Book of the Month, books are cool again… but were they ever not cool?? Image courtesy Book of the Month.

Subscription services are a bookish adventure that never ends! Imagine receiving a carefully curated selection of books tailored to your tastes every month, delivered right to your doorstep. It's like having your own personal book concierge! 

One standout book subscription service is Book of the Month. Yes, the same book of the month with tear out order forms in the back of your grandma’s paperback, but it’s gotta a major makeover. 

With Book of the Month, subscribers get to choose from a handpicked selection of new releases and early debuts each month. It's like having VIP access to the hottest titles before they hit the shelves. From gripping thrillers to sizzling romances, there's something for every book lover to enjoy. Not to mention it's a fun little pick-me-up to look forward to month after month, making it the perfect bookish gift that keeps on giving. So why not treat the book lover in your life to a subscription service like Book of the Month and let the reading adventures begin!

3. Literary Merch + Accessories

From Bookish Home Decor to Literary T-Shirts, They’ll be Thrilled to Have Some Literary Stuff Sprucing Up Their Living Space

Young women reading a book on her bed
Get your favorite book lover some swag based on their favorite titles, like this Jane Austen’s Emma t-shirt. Image courtesy Out of Print.

To find some great book-inspired clothing, accessories, and home decor, you don’t have to look too far! Options like Out of Print and Storiarts have a wide array of book-related t-shirts, scarves, tea towels, blankets, and even gorgeous special editions of some of their favorite tomes.

You can also find shirts, hoodies, jewelry, and accessories related to the authors they just can’t put down made by artisans on Etsy. Whether they want a throw pillow inspired by modern works of fantasy fiction like Throne of Glass or classic literature book shaped earrings, you’re sure to find apparel or accessories they’ll absolutely love.

 4. Bookends or Book Nooks

Spruce Up Their Shelves for Their Ever Growing Collections

A pile of books
A book like this one will make their bookshelf just a little bit more magical. Image courtesy Uncommon Goods.

Book nooks are tiny models that fit into a bookshelf like a book. Not only are they a fun craft for the reader in your life, they’ll really breathe some new life into their book collection. You can find book nooks modeled after Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley and ones with hundreds of tiny little books lining the shelfs of a model library (a library within a library? library-ception?). No matter what you choose, the book lover you love will surely find a place of honor for it amongst their most prized titles, and they’ll smile every time they think of you!

Shopping for a book lover who’s short on space? If they live in an apartment or otherwise don’t have a ton of room to store a huge book collection (yet!!!) get them some classy bookends so that they can display the books they do have right now in style. 

No matter which of these options you choose, it will open a whole new chapter in stylish book storage and organization for your favorite book lover!

 5. Personalized Bookmarks

An Affordable DIY Gift Idea for Book Lovers They Will Cherish

Bookmarks are an inexpensive option that any book lover will absolutely love. Image courtesy Smart Press.

DIY gifts are so thoughtful, but crafting can get expensive! Luckily, bookmarks are one thoughtful project that won’t break the bank.You can order from a professional printing agency like Smart Press or VistaPrint, but with a piece of card stock, you should be able to replicate the results at home if you prefer (or need it faster – these also make a great last minute gift for book lovers).

There are so many ways to customize bookmarks – you can collage them or create a design using free software like Canva, which has free bookmark templates to get you started. Include your reader’s name, or even better, quotes from some of their favorite authors. Here are a few to get you started:

  • “There is no friend as loyal as a good book.” – Ernest Hemmingway
  • "A word after a word after a word is power." – Margaret Atwood
  • "A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors." – Charles Baudelaire
  • "Books are a uniquely portable magic." – Stephen King
  • "We tell ourselves stories in order to live." – Joan Didion

No matter how you choose to create the bookmarks, your reader will have them between the pages of a book at all times!

6. Reading Light

For Planes, Trains, and Reading After Bedtime

Reading Light
This handy little bookmark style reading light will make a big difference for them. Image courtesy Glocusent.

A reading light is a must-have accessory for any book lover. It allows them to do their favorite thing whenever and wherever they want, whether it's on a long flight, in bed while their partner is sleeping, or during a cozy evening on the couch. 

With a reading light, they can immerse themselves in a captivating story without disturbing anyone else. It provides just the right amount of illumination to shed some light on their reading experience without causing any glare or eye strain. Many reading lights are small, portable, and adjustable, making them perfect for travel or for use in different reading environments. Whether they prefer physical books or e-readers, a reading light ensures that they can enjoy their literary adventures to the fullest, day or night.

7. Literary Themed Mugs and Tea

The Perfect Beverage to Pair with a Good Book

Literary Themed Mug
The Banned Book literary mug contains titles of some of the most notable books that have ever been pulled from the shelves. Image courtesy Unemployed Philosophers Guild.

Picture this: your book lover cozying up with a literary-themed mug and a steaming cup of literary-themed tea, all set to dive into their favorite book. These mugs aren't just any mugs—they're decorated with inspiring quotes and whimsical illustrations straight out of their favorite stories. It's like adding a touch of magic to their reading experience. The aroma of freshly brewed tea fills the air, creating the perfect atmosphere for getting lost in a good book. 

Make this little daydream your reader’s reality when you get them a fun mug like the one above by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild.

8. Bookish Wall Art

So That They Can Have Books Everywhere They Look

Bookish Wall Art
The Periodic Table of English Writers includes 90 authors organized into their preferred genres. Image courtesy Kickstarter.

Some might argue that books are decor enough in themselves, but not book lovers. For readers, there can never be enough literary allusions in their house. Whether it’s the Periodic Table of English Writers or a cozy throw with a passage from their favorite classic book sewn into it, they’ll feel right at home in a space decorated with bookish art.

Decking out their space with bookish wall art adds a cozy vibe and showcases their love for literature. Whether it's vintage book cover prints, literary quote posters, or minimalist bookshelf designs, there's something for every book lover's taste. 

9. Book-Inspired Candles

Transport them to Pemberly or 221B Baker Street with Home Fragrance

Book-Inspired Candles
You can find candles related to their specific reading interests or generally bookish candles like this one. Image courtesy Briarwick.

Book-inspired candles are the perfect gift for book lovers, bringing the scents of their favorite literary worlds into their homes. Whether it's the cozy aroma of a library filled with old books, the fresh scent of a rainy day in a fictional town, or the warm fragrance of a magical forest, these candles evoke nostalgia and create a serene reading atmosphere. They not only turn reading into a 4D experience.

You can find a variety of book-inspired candles from specialty shops online, such as Frostbeard Studio, Canterbury Road Co., or Novelly Yours. Each candle is carefully crafted with unique blends to capture the essence of beloved characters and settings, offering a unique way for readers to immerse themselves in their favorite books even when they're not flipping pages. So why not light up their world with candles that transport them to the heart of their favoriteliterary adventures? 

10. Custom Visa Gift Card

Design a Visa That Looks Like a Bookshelf or Fanart of Their Favorite Characters

Still feel like you’re searching for the ultimate gift for your favorite book lover? Then consider building them a custom Visa gift card. Accepted anywhere that Visa credit cards are accepted, this gift can be used for anything from snatching up some books on their TBR or getting merch related to their favorite romantasy books. Plus, in just a few clicks you can customize the gift card just for your favorite book lover. A nice shot of them with their nose in a book, or design it to look like a bookshelf, perhaps>

Most customized Visa gift cards print same day and ship out the next, so you’ll have this A+ gift in hand in no time. 

Build a custom Visa gift card

That’s it for our gift ideas for book lovers.

As we wrap up our exploration of these fantastic gift ideas for book lovers, it's clear that there's something truly magical about finding the perfect present that fits their passion for reading. From cozy reading lights and literary-themed mugs to captivating bookish wall art and enchanting candles, each gift adds a special touch to their reading experience, making it even more immersive and enjoyable. 

Whether you're celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or simply want to show your appreciation for the reader you care about, these thoughtful gifts are sure to warm the heart of any bookworm in your life. So next time you're searching for a gift that speaks volumes, consider one of these wonderful options to bring a smile to their face and spark their imagination. After all, what better way to show your love and admiration for a book lover than by fueling their literary adventures with these charming and meaningful gifts?

PS – Still not sure about any of these options? Check out the full GiftYa catalogs! With everything from local bookstores to national coffee chains, you’re sure to find something they’ll like.

Trae Bodge

Trae Bodge is the shopping expert here at GiftYa. Trae helps people find the best deals and ideas on popular new items to purchase.

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