As a book lover myself, I think book lovers are relatively easy to buy for. (Unless I’m trying to buy them a book: that fills me with fear and trembling! So much pressure.)
My big problem when I’m trying to buy a gift for a book nerd like myself is to choose just one thing from a dizzying array of options. This list isn’t going to help you—or me—with decision overwhelm.
But golly, it’s just so fun to look.
The perfect gifts for the book lover in your life:
The Puffin in Bloom collection (from $12)
This newly issued collection, designed and illustrated by Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co., comprises four titles: Anne of Green Gables, Heidi, Little Women, and A Little Princess. Collect one or collect them all. (According to the shelves of my local Anthropologie, these editions mingle well with other classics.)
Plus don’t miss the latest addition to the collection, Alice in Wonderland.
The original 4-book collection is now available as a box set for less than $40.
The Penguin Drop Caps collection (from $12)
These vibrant new(ish) editions of old classics make a bold impact on the shelf, whether you shelve them individually or collect the whole set. (Note the ROYGBIV arrangement.)
Sourcebooks Anne of Green Gables collection (from $8)
I know I’m not the only one who would love to find this new Anne of Green Gables collection, illustrated by Canadian artist Jacqui Oakley, under my tree this year.
I’m also smitten with the Sourcebooks new editions of less well known L. M. Montgomery works—many of which have been out of print for years—such as Jane of Lantern Hill, The Blue Castle, Magic for Marigold, and A Tangled Web.
A book clutch.
Kate Spade hasn’t been stocking their beloved book clutches (like this old Gatsby clutch) lately, but are available for less on places like Rent the Runway, which has this gorgeous Age of Innocence clutch, and on ebay. Etsy has great offerings, like this Pride and Prejudice clutch. Or you can DIY your own.
I like big books and I cannot lie tote bag from Etsy.
A mug to beat all mugs for the book nerd in your life.
Library letters from Anthropologie.
Think of this as a coat of arms for book lovers. (Keep your eyes out for these at your local craft fairs or on Etsy, for a little less than Anthro prices.)
An Ideal Bookshelf print ($34)
Choose from their pre-made prints (Southern Lit, Jane Austen, Barefoot Contessa, Shakespeare, and many, many more) preselected (barefoot contessa, southern lit, Paris) OR choose a gift card for your recipient to create their own custom print. ($155).
(The Ideal Bookshelf book would also make a great gift. It’s such fun browsing for book lovers.)
Superhero reader girl print from Etsy.
For those who say reading is their superpower. A perfect addition to their library corner.
book nerd charm necklace on Etsy ($8.95)
Say it loud, say it proud.
These are the highest quality hardbacks available for the serious collector. Each book comes with its own slipcover for safe keeping. These investment-quality books are built to last, and completely gorgeous. The Folio Society’s membership plan makes these editions a bit more affordable.
(I have three editions: Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Anne of Green Gables, and they are so very lovely.)
Little Free Library (from $175)
I am seriously considering begging for one of these for Christmas. (Read more about the Little Free Library movement here.)
What would you add to the list?