It’s hard to believe it’s already time to start holiday shopping! But here we are. With the supply chain issues plaguing the consumer landscape and publishing in particular, it’s more important than ever to shop early.
These gifts are sure to delight the book lover in your life …. or give you an excuse to treat yourself once you’ve crossed “buy gifts” off your To Do list.
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! The global supply chain issues have affected everyone and everything so ordering early is your best bet on getting the items you want on time.
Shopping early 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!
Keep an eye out for our gift guide for kids who love to read, coming next week. Our annual holiday recommendation episode on What Should I Read Next is also just around the corner.
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Storiarts created these leather coasters with words from Virginia Woolf, Frederick Douglass, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Stendhal. You might recognize the Rilke quote from the end of each episode of What Should I Read Next.
Due date cards are always going to be a source of nostalgia for me. I’m so glad Joyful Moose put it in mug-form!
This shirt from Wella Apparel made me laugh and also nod in recognition. Booktroverts understand.
Libro.fm is an independent audiobook app. You choose the membership, the recipient picks their own audiobooks, and your local bookstore is supported by your purchase. Libro.fm has 3, 6, and 12 month gift membership options. They are offering a bonus credit to anyone who purchases the 12 month option by 12/31/21.
This lovely watercolor painting of hardcover vintage books can be personalized with favorite book titles. Laura Row Studio has several different customizable art prints. It would be easy to mix and match for book lovers who have a hard time narrowing down titles.
I’m a long-time fan of Galison puzzles and this is an especially fun one to put together.
As Obvious State says, “when it comes to puns, it’s go big or go Homer.” They have a few different bookmark sets to choose from and I couldn’t resist this one. Give the whole set to your bookworm or pair one with a book you think they’ll enjoy.
Such a cozy design for fans of Pride & Prejudice! Perfect for those days when you wish you could whisk yourself away to Pemberley.
I’m pretty sure every bookworm needs an ampersand bookend.
Vintage Nancy Drew covers on a fleece blanket! My childhood self would never believe such a magical thing existed. StoriArts comes up with the coolest stuff.
This is a great gift for the book lovers in your life! The Snail on the Wall put together a box of bookish goodies, including a copy of My Reading Life: A Book Journal, personalized “From the library of . . . ” stamp with ink pad, signed bookplate, and a bookmark designed to go with the journal. Don’t miss the option to add I’d Rather Be Reading to your book box! (Deadline to order is November 15.)
Are you carrying books home from the library or are you conveying a message about the importance of social distancing? Yes.
I got this for myself last year and it brings me daily joy (okay, mostly joy and occasional consternation). This gift subscription gives access to other NYT Games, like Sudoku (which Will loves) and Spelling Bee, but I’m in it for the Crossword.
It’s hard to resist ampersand shirts like this. But it’s especially hard to resist this one because of our Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club September selection If We Were Villains. It had readers seeing Shakespeare in a whole new light.
Isn’t this ever the truth? These socks from 2 Trouble Boys are available in five colors.
For the puzzle lover who wants more of a challenge. So many details in this one!
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.
Cleverly named by Literature Lodge, these writer’s blocks are for readers. And they have so many author’s to choose from!
Lamy makes this excellent starter fountain pen (although five years in, it’s the one I still use) for anyone who wants to feel fancy while writing a letter, To Do list, or the next Great American Novel.
Isn’t it the truth? Bookshelf Tees also makes a t-shirt version but it’s currently sold out.
Oh how I love this book cover art! The cover is overlaid on top of a vintage Encyclopedia Britannica Page. I also have my eye on this Jane Eyre but there are plenty of other options to choose from. The print is a digital download, FYI, so you’ll likely want to pick up a frame as well, like this one from Target.
There are so many great ereader cases out there! Protect your Paperwhite with this cute waterproof design.
‘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.
It’s important to surround yourself with positive messages, like the one on this mug from The Harper House.
An LED lamp that looks like a book! This would be a splurge but how gorgeous is it?
Frostbeard Studio candles smell amazing. With the scent of coffee and chocolate pastry, this one might make you hungry, too.
One last library stamp item because I just can’t help myself! Out of Print has plenty of great options, especially if you’re in search of specific book covers.