The MMD 2020 gift guide for book lovers

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 MMD 2020 gift guide for book lovers

Greatest Bookstore in the World Puzzle

The next best thing to going to a bookstore? Working on this 1000 piece puzzle from Eurographics. It looks so charming!

Grammar Pencils

These five grammar pencils are sure to please the word nerds in your life! Audiobook Subscription 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! has 1, 3, 6, and 12 month gift membership options.

The MMD 2020 gift guide for book lovers

Stay Home & Read Tee

The perfect t-shirt for these times, whether or not someone is a bookworm.

I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life

‘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.

The MMD 2020 gift guide for book lovers

STAK Editor Planter bookend

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.

So Many Books So Little Time socks

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.

The MMD 2020 gift guide for book lovers

Homesick Book Club candle

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.

Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club gift memberships

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.

Galison Vintage Library 1000 piece puzzle

This puzzle is a book-lover’s dream to put together. It might even be a puzzle worth framing once they’re done. Galison also has other great bookish puzzles, like Ideal Bookshelf and Book Club.

The MMD 2020 gift guide for book lovers

Monstera Plant Wood Bookmark

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!

Currently Reading candle

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.

Obvious State notebooks

Obvious State put their distinctive literary-inspired prints on the cover of 3.5 x 5 inch notebooks. There are plenty of authors to choose from; featured here are Dickinson, Eliot, and Frost.

The MMD 2020 gift guide for book lovers

As You Wish mug

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.

Library Stamp women’s sweatshirt

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.

Commit To Lit tea towel

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.

The MMD 2020 gift guide for book lovers

Ampersand Pillow

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.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quote

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.

Little Women Rainbow Mug

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?

Probably Reading Door Mat

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.

Booktrovert Mask

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.

Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything

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.

Indoorsy Flour Sack Towel

I would have loved this dish towel before 2020 but it has extra meaning now.

If You Can Read This, Bring Me My Book Socks

These socks make me laugh!

Talk Darcy To Me Mug

What Jane Austen lover could resist this mug? Darcy’s silhouette is overlaid on quotes from Pride & Prejudice.

Happy shopping, and happy reading!

P.S. Want more great bookish ideas? Check out the 2019 gift guide, 2018 guide2017 guide, and 2016 gift guide for book lovers. Plus 15 bookish gifts for kids who love to read.

The MMD 2020 gift guide for book lovers


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  1. D says:

    I was hoping for actual book recs! I am planning on Ready Player Two for my teen obsessed by the first book, and the next Outlander book releases Nov 3 for my sweet auntie.

    • Christi Gebhart says:

      Following! I’d love some quality (not YA fluff) teen recommendations, too! I give my kids a book box every year, but as they are avid readers it gets more difficult each passing year to find a variety of quality and appropriate books they have not yet read! Mrs. Darcy – perhaps a blog post?! Please!

      • Julie R says:

        Yes, please! I have two teens who I want to give books to for Christmas (one eager reader and one not-so-eager reader). I’d love a list of recommendations.

      • Lisl says:

        I second this! Quality teen recommendations would be greatly appreciated! 🙂
        Also enjoyed this post of gift recommendations…

        • D says:

          I have two teens, 15 and 18, and here are some books they’ve recommended to me:

          -Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill, fiction about a runaway kid who pretends to be a famous missing child and uncovers a family secret (I was disappointed that the secret was an incestuous relationship but to my teen this was dismissable and the mystery was good otherwise).

          -The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, non-fiction about this unsung medical heroine and her family/legacy.

          -Last Message Received by Emily Trunko, non-fiction quick read containing the last messages received from people before they die or leave. My reading journal notes say, “dark, sad” but the themes resonated with my teen and possibly showed her that her own life wasn’t so bad after all.

          -Scythe, Arc of a Scythe Series, by Neil Schusterman, fiction dystopia where technology has advanced to heal age and injury so death now comes only through a league of reapers. Recommended by both of them.

          Books marketed for adults that I have been telling my teens they would love:
          -The Lies of Locke Lamora, Gentleman Bastards series by Scott Lynch, fiction story of an orphan trained by a master to pull off large thievery schemes and escaping from resulting scrapes. The author did some great world-building including some magical/alchemy elements. Very fun, lots of swearing, no sex for sure in the first book, closed-door references in the second & third books.

          -The Name of the Wind, Kingkiller Chronicles series by Patrick Rothfuss, fiction story of a orphan training to become an alchemist and search out his parent’s killer(s). Wonderfully adventurous, magical, and musical. Lin Manuel Miranda is writing the music for the forthcoming movie release. Less swearing, no sex in the first book, but the second book has a huge section dedicated to the character’s dalliance with a demi-god/deity figure. The third book is not yet released with no date set.

        • Shawna says:

          For those looking for teen recommendations, have you tried the read aloud revival? In addition to Modern Mrs. Darcy, of course!

      • Abbie says:

        Hi! YA is one of my favorite genres, so here are my recs: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (mystery), The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson (fantasy), Heist Society by Ally Carter (spy/heist), Delirium by Lauren Oliver (dystopian). All of these authors have other books/series that are GREAT too!

        • Donna says:

          I highly recommend Avians by Timothy Gwyn. It is an adventure story with amazing female protagonists who are obsessed with flying instead of boys. A refreshing change.

    • Anne says:

      Oh, you know we’ll bring some book recs for gifting! We’ll have a dedicated post here on the blog and our annual book recommendation What Should I Read Next podcast episode airs November 3.

  2. Lauren says:

    Perfect timing for my bookish mother’s late October birthday … it gets harder every year to find her the perfect gift (ie. something she doesn’t already have), but your list just gave me several new ideas. Phew!

  3. Allison Woods says:

    Love these ideas! I definitely can use them for my bookish son and DIL, as well as forward to my DH as “suggestions” for…ahem…his lovely wife!

  4. Mariah Hanley says:

    The Eurographics bookstore puzzle is SUCH a good puzzle. And the pieces are really high quality! I also loved doing the Galison Ideal Bookshelf puzzle- it’s really pretty.

  5. Christie Kline says:

    when I scrolled down to the puzzles I glanced over the top of my iPad to see the completed herringbone books one my daughter finished yesterday.

  6. Jennifer Kepesh says:

    My sister just sent me a text: “Thanks, Anne, now I want everything on the list. Do you think she’d arrange a giveaway?” My sister is brilliant.

  7. Dana says:

    How can I resist the Date Stamp Sweatshirt? The top date is my birthday! (OK, not my birth year, but that’s our little secret.)

  8. KT says:

    I love this list—I loved Anne’s book “I’d rather be reading,” and can say that it would be a great gift for a book lover in your life. The puzzles are great, too!

    If you are shopping for a Jane Austen fan, I can also recommend the Austen-themed soaps from Northanger Soapworks ( I have given them as gifts and everyone has been delighted with the soaps and raved about the wonderful packaging, too.

    Another bookish gift I sometimes give is homemade bookmarks. An easy activity for kids to help with and book lovers always need more, am I right?

  9. Lauren H says:

    Such great gift ideas! I have had many of these gifts given to me in the past, and I would love to pass the same sentiment along to others, especially the puzzles, candles, and mugs! Thanks for sharing these recommendations!

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