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: we’ve included lots of independent shops and creators on this list, so watch those shipping deadlines and do them a favor by getting your orders in early! In fact, that’s why we’re sharing our gift guide earlier than usual this year. Many small businesses anticipate supply chain disruptions and delayed inventory shipments during the upcoming holiday season. For these reasons, the American Booksellers Association rolled out a new slogan for this year: October is the new December.
If you shop early, that goes a long way towards easing the pressure on small businesses later, during the traditionally brisk period between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not to mention the delays in shipping. And it will lessen your stress in the process!
If you’re shopping for younger readers, check out last year’s gift guide featuring 15 books for kids who love to read.
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25 gifts to delight the readers in your life
The next best thing to going to a bookstore? Working on this 1000 piece puzzle from Eurographics. It looks so charming!
These five grammar pencils are sure to please the word nerds in your life!
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. Indie bookstores need our support more than ever this year! Libro.fm has 1, 3, 6, and 12 month gift membership options.
The perfect t-shirt for these times, whether or not someone is a bookworm.
‘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.
Books + plants? This was tailor made for me and fellow folks with green thumbs. I’m already dreaming about where this planter bookend might go in my house and what books I’d put there. It comes in a few different colors; this is earl grey.
Ah, the plight of readers everywhere! How do you prioritize your ever growing TBR? Well, at least you can wear these cute socks while you figure it out.
Homesick candles have long been a favorite of mine. I was excited to see they added this Book Club candle to their lineup. It has scents of nutmeg, amber, and sandalwood, which sounds perfect as winter gets near.
The MMD Book Club is the place where we’re learning to read better, together. 3 month, 6 month, and 1 year gift memberships are available. Give your loved one 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 events and what we’re reading in the coming months.
This bookmark features a unique hand drawn design on birch wood. Wood bookmarks are sturdy and likely have uses beyond books. But imagine how cute this will look sticking out the top of the pages!
Nothing says ambiance like lighting a candle before you settle in with a blanket and a good book. Currently Reading includes scents of coffee, book pages, and clean cotton. It’s a popular choice for featuring one’s current read on bookstagram. Novelly Yours has a great line of bookish candles.
Whether you’ve read the book or watched the movie, Westley’s words to Buttercup from The Princess Bride deserve to be immortalized via this cute mug from Jordandené.
I can’t resist anything with a library stamp design! It brings back such good memories of checking piles of books out and watching the librarian do their thing.
Kitchens can be bookish too! StoriArts combined this original image with quotes from writers about reading. The perfect gift for book nerds who enjoy cooking and baking.
Ah, the ampersand. The favorite symbol of bookworms everywhere. I have a different ampersand pillow in my house and it always makes me happy. This version is available in multiple colors.
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.
I’ve long been a fan of Carrot Top Paper Shop’s designs. Wouldn’t a hot drink in this cheerful Little Women mug be a delightful start to your day?
Honest door mats like this one make me laugh! Now you won’t have to feel guilty about finishing that page once someone rings the doorbell.
Proclaim your booktroversion on the rare occasion you leave the house. The full caption says: Booktrovert: A person who prefers to stay in (isolate) and read.
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 or even begin to negotiate holiday plans for this unusual year. 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.
I would have loved this dish towel before 2020 but it has extra meaning now.
These socks make me laugh!
What Jane Austen lover could resist this mug? Darcy’s silhouette is overlaid on quotes from Pride & Prejudice.
Happy shopping, and happy reading!