Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Bookworm on Your List

gift guide 2Happy holidays! ‘Tis the season for stressing out about what gift to buy that hard-to-shop-for person on your list. (And, you know, good things like cookies and gathering with loved ones.) Shopping for people who love to read can be tough; although buying them books seems like the obvious solution, this can be really tricky. What if they’ve already read the book you’ve picked out, or it’s not something they’re super interested in reading? I’m here to save the day with ten non-book gift ideas that bookworms will love!


1. For the Harry Potter fan in your life (everyone has one), check out this Prisoner of Azkaban tank top, available from Thinking Gallery on Etsy! They also have some other really great Harry Potter designs (and a Game of Thrones shirt) on both tank tops and t-shirts. Prisoner of Azkaban Tank Top

2. Nothing beats a rainy day spent snuggling up indoors with a cup of coffee and a good book. I’m digging this comfy-looking t-shirt that evokes the perfect day. Available from Look Human.
Coffee Rain & Books T-Shirt


3. A great gift for a Jane Austen fan, this infinity scarf is printed with text from Pride and Prejudice! Available from Storiarts on Etsy, which also sells scarves representing literary classics by Dickens, Shakespeare, and Arthur Conan Doyle.
Pride and Prejudice Scarf

4. Anything from Out of Print Clothing would make a great gift. They have t-shirt designs for dozens of amazing books, as well as tote bags, iPhone cases, coasters, jewelry, notebooks, you name it. I have a Bell Jar t-shirt from them, and I love it. If you can’t find something here for any book lover you know, I’m afraid I probably can’t help you.Out of Print Clothing

5. For the bookworm who’s got to have the latest gadgets — and dress them up to reflect her interests — check out this cute library card iPhone case from Kate Spade!Kate Spade Library Card iPhone Case

Fun Stuff

6. These Shakespearean insult bandages would make a great stocking stuffer! Available from Archie McPhee.
Shakesperean Insult Bandages

7. Just because we can quote Jane Austen and Leo Tolstoy doesn’t mean readers don’t enjoy a good fart joke! These “Literary Lites” matchbooks are sure to put an embarrassed grin on your bookworm’s face! They would make a perfect stocking stuffer and are available from Dippylulu on Etsy.

Dippylulu Literary Lites gag gift

Home Decor

8. Have you ever heard your dear book lover effervesce about how great books smell? This bookstore-scented candle from Frostbeard Studio on Etsy might be the perfect gift! They also have such intriguing scents as Dumbledore’s Office, The Shire, and Sherlock’s Study.

Bookstore Candle

9. If the reader on your list is lucky enough to have his/her own personal library, this letterpress print would be the perfect decorative touch. Heck, it would look pretty snazzy hanging near the bookshelf or favorite reading chair in any room! Available from Peternevins on Etsy.
Read Letterpress Print

10. Books and coffee (or tea — or hot chocolate — or pretty much any warm beverage you can think of) go together like PB&J. I, for one, would LOVE to read while drinking said hot beverage out of a mug that looks like a book. Penguin has some pretty great swag, including mugs bearing Penguin Classics book cover designs! A Room of One's Own Mug

For more gift ideas, check out last year’s holiday gift guide!


30 thoughts on “Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Bookworm on Your List

  1. I am the only bookish person in my life, therefore these presents will have to be bought for myself. That’s sound logic, right?

    Seriously, these are some great finds! Are you treating yourself to anything special this year?

    • Totally! I’m basically just hoping people who know me in real life will see this post and buy me all of these things.

      Eh, probably not. I bought a few hardcovers last week, so I should probably stop there 😛

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  3. I want I want I want that iphone case! It is awesome! Normally, I would have said Archie McPhees- huh about the bandaids but there is one two blocks from my home. Now I HAVE to go in!

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