I’m not much of a shopper—but shopping for book lovers is something else entirely! I hope you enjoy browsing this gift guide for readers as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
These gifts are sure to delight the book lover in your life. Take note: there are lots of independent shops and creators on this list, so watch those shipping deadlines and do them a favor by getting your order in early!
If you’re shopping for younger readers, you’ll find great ideas below, and you also don’t want to miss this year’s gift guide featuring 15 books for kids who love to read.
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Of course, something from Obvious State has to be on this list! They’re known for their distinctive artwork and this mug makes me chuckle. This design is also available as a tote and bookmark.
This calendar is based on James Mustich’s doorstop of a book 1000 Books To Read Before You Die. James appeared on WSIRN episode 165, where he told me which of these 1000 books I should prioritize. (It’s such a fun episode!) Similarly, this calendar is sure to help you do your own prioritizing…or explode your TBR.
This small business has a wonderful mission of both highlighting Black literature and supporting a more healthy lifestyle. Their monthly boxes include a featured book by a Black author and 2-4 wellness items.
Libro.fm is the independent audiobook app that allows you to choose a local bookstore to receive purchase credit every time you buy an audiobook. Right now (until December 22nd) if you give a subscription of 3, 6 or 12 months you’ll get a copy of Circe AND I’d Rather Be Reading for free. Listen yourself or include them as part of your gift–your choice.
I’m drinking tea out of mine RIGHT NOW. I especially love the happy pink interior. (The entire shop is full of adorable bookish goodness.)
‘Tis the season! My essay collection will delight the book lovers on your list, and it’s size and price point make it a perfect gift for friends, teachers, or your book club pals. Buy online or at your local indie, or get signed copies from my local independent bookstore Carmichael’s Bookstore. Order online or call them at 502-896-6950. Just tell them you’d like a signed copy, or put “signed copy” in the order comments, along with the name you’d like it inscribed to, and any other personal message you’d like.
Famous last words of every reader, immortalized in cute pouch form. Available in three sizes, these pouches are great for storing and organizing toiletries, pens and pencils, smaller electronics, and more.
Annual memberships are back, and just in time for the holiday season. The MMD Book Club is the place where we’re learning to read better, together. Give the reader in your life the gift of a better reading life through bookish community, classes, and conversation, or add a gift membership to your own wish list). Click here for more info on what we’re reading in the coming months.
The tagline for Northanger Soapworks is “Soap for the Austen addict.” A friend gave me the Elizabeth Bennet soap earlier this year and it smells as good as it looks. They have soap inspired by each of Jane Austen’s books. Good luck trying not to buy one of each!
Are library due dates best when they’re wood coasters? All I know is they bring back good memories. (Albeit, not of the fines I’ve had to pay over the years. Worth it though.)
Novelly Yours offers all manner of bookish candles, from TBR, which smells like pastries & red wine, to Currently Reading, which smells like coffee, book pages, and clean cotton. And then there are candles for authors and fandoms.
Have you ever asked yourself, “I wish I could wear a page from my favorite novel in scarf form”? You’re in luck because StoriArts has done just that. I’m showing you the Sense & Sensibility scarf but they’ve done this with a number of beloved authors. You can also get a blanket, tote, and more.
For everyone who wants to write better, a fresh (and often snarky) take on how to write.
MijMojDesign created this solid oak bookend that has the bonus option of personalization. I’m dreaming about where I’d put one in my house and which books I’d pair with it. (And does it double as a plant propagator? Absolutely it does.)
A vintage book page becomes the perfect backdrop for art.
This small ornament manages to pack in a whole lot of literary nostalgia from The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe. Lucy and Mr. Tumnus take a walk on this pretty ornament, but there are lots to choose from. It makes me want to reread the book right now.
This 500 piece puzzle features artwork by Mary GrandPré from all seven Harry Potter books. Out Of Print has other great options for puzzle-lovers, too! Don’t tell my kids but they may find this under our tree Christmas morning.
This quote from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg celebrates the joy of reading. The print is a digital download, FYI, so you’ll likely want to pick up a frame as well, like this pretty brass one from Target.
MasterClass is an immersive online experience that gives you access to experts in the industry through online classes. Instructors include Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Serena Williams, James Patterson, Dr. Jane Goodall, and more. Gifting an All-Access Pass gives someone access to all of MasterClass.
Aren’t these ornaments darling? They’re fabric of real vintage library cards of books and novels and you can choose which one you want from a list of options. They’re also thin enough to use as a bookmark, according to the seller.
This set of two rustic books are created from stone. Your books are sure to stay in place while nestled between these bookends. The titles and saying on the side can be customized.
The perfect gift for people who enjoy reading during bath time. This particular tray includes a reading rack that holds tablet and books safely, as well as a cell phone tray and wine glass holder.
I keep hearing from readers that this is the perfect book to read right now—whether again or for the first time—before we enter family holiday dinner season. One reviewer called this a “tour de force summary of the major personality sorting systems…. I’ve been surprised at how very helpful she has been at explaining each system, and am appreciating her insight as to WHY these classifications are helpful—because it can help us in our relationships (I’m already thinking of how insights can help my parenting, marriage, and specific friendships) and in our own growth.”
Buy online or at your local indie, or get signed copies from my local independent bookstore Carmichael’s Bookstore. Order online or call them at 502-896-6950. Just tell them you’d like a signed copy, or put “signed copy” in the order comments, along with the name you’d like it inscribed to, and any other personal message you’d like.
Surely, all readers need this burgundy tee from ModCloth.
This ornament is available in different shapes and can also be customized. A true keepsake!
Happy shopping, and happy reading!