25 Novel Gifts for the Bookworm in Your Life

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Buying gifts for readers that aren't books may feel contrarian, but consider this quote from the Dutch philosopher Erasmus: "When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes." Meaning? The avid reader in your life likely already owns a lot of the thing they love the most.

So instead of guessing what your favorite bibliophile's next page-turner might be (though if you want a good bet, check out our favorite books of 2022), opt for one of Erasmus' other necessities, like a book-themed mug or a super plush robe made for curling up with a good book. A thoughtful, more personal reader gift will delight any of the book lovers in your life.

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For the Reader Who Holds Books Close to Their Heart: Personalized Book Locket

Brass-hued book-shaped locket with a paper message accordion folded into it
Silk Purse Sows Ear/Etsy.com

This charming vintage book-shaped locket can be customized as you see fit—with a monogram etched into the cover, photos professionally sized and placed, or even a special message accordion folded into the middle.

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For the Person Who Really Gets into Their Books: One Upon a Book Club Subscription

Book box containing the book Circus of Wonders and gifts like jewelry and scarves associated with it
Once Upon a Book Club

This subscription helps bring the novel to life, with a set of wrapped gifts related to the book—and sticky notes embedded into the novel so they open their gifts at just the right point in the action. (They also have a young adult version for teen and tween readers.)

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For the Reader Who Drinks While They Read: Library Card Coasters

Coasters imprinted with vintage library due date cards
Joyful Moose/Etsy

Avoid rings on their nightstand or side table with a set of laminated hardboard coasters, adorned with a kitschy print of old library due date cards.

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For the Reader in Need of a Book Nook: A Cozy Reading Chair

Cream-colored armchair with thick, overstuffed cushions
West Elm

If you're looking for just the right splurge for your favorite reader, a cozy reading chair that'll fit in a corner of their home is the perfect option. This sleek yet super-plush version from West Elm is ideal for nestling in with a good book, with overstuffed cushions and a ton of color and fabric options to suit their particular reading-spot style.

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For the Reader Who Cozies up With a Cuppa: Books Mug


Many an introverted reader will relate to the sentiment on this clever and cute mug: "Books, Because it's too peopley outside." This mug will keep a cup of tea or coffee handy while they're indulging in their latest read.

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For the Completist Reader: 100 Books Scratch-Off Poster

Scratch-off poster featuring the covers and names of favorite books
Uncommon Goods

Give them a to-do list of some of the most iconic books in history, from kiddie classics like James and the Giant Peach to modern favorites like The Poisonwood Bible.

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For Your Book Club Crew: Book Club Definition Shirt

Book Club t-shirt

Maybe your book club is the one that spends more than 20 minutes talking about the characters, the author's writing style, and the symbolism in the book. But most book club members will probably relate to this definition of their monthly get-togethers.

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For the on-the-Go Reader: Book Nerd Book Tote

Book Nerd Book Tote

Make it easier for your favorite reader to keep their latest library finds or bookstore purchases with them wherever they go. This heavy-duty book tote proudly proclaims their status as an official "Book Nerd."

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For the in-the-Bath Reader: Bathtub Tray Caddy

Bamboo Bath Caddy Gift

Make it easier for your bath-loving bookworm to indulge in a favorite while taking a bath with a clever bath caddy. The book holder holds their latest read (or their tablet) at a perfect reading angle—and features a cup holder to enjoy their favorite drinks while they're soaking and soaking in some literature.

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For the Art-Loving Reader: Andy Warhol Banana Bookends

Andy Warhol Banana Bookends
MOMA store

For the art-loving bookworm, this set of pop art Andy Warhol bookends is the perfect way to keep their favorite books in check. (The bananas are even peelable!)

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For the Reading Nook That Needs Artwork: Ideal Bookshelf Custom Print

Ideal Bookshelf Custom Book Print

This colorful, artful print captures your favorite reader's favorites in a beautifully jumbled pile. You get to pick the books represented from hundreds of titles—and let them do the magic.

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For the Tea Drinker: Novel Tea Book Tins

Novel Tea Book Tin
Uncommon Goods

There's nothing better than curling up with a cup of tea and a good book—and these delicious book-themed blends come packed in punny book-shaped tins styled after classic reads, from War and Peach to Matcha Do About Nothing.

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For the Reader Who Needs More Shelf Space: Floating Bookshelf

Floating bookshelf
Container Store

For the reader who's short on space to hold more books, this small-but-powerfully designed bookshelf can hold a whole slew of their favorites, while taking up only the footprint of their largest book. (And it makes a neat optical illusion of levitating books when it's fully packed!)

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For the Person Who Used up All Their Bookshelf Space: Kindle Oasis

Gifts for Readers: Kindle Paperwhite
Courtesy of manufacturer

Even the staunchest pro-paper bookworm can't deny the portability of a Kindle. Thin, lightweight, and waterproof with plenty of storage (choose between 8 GB and 32 GB—totaling thousands of books), the Oasis also allows your favorite bookworm to adjust the light from white to warm, to get the optimal reading experience. It makes an excellent gift for the on-the-go reader, whether they're journeying between countries or just between bed and couch.

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For the Comfy Type: Cozy Pom Sherpa Throws

Sherpa Throw Gift for Reader

Oversized poms give this supersoft, cozy throw a little extra whimsy. It's the perfect companion for their next reading session.

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For the Classics Fan: Female Literary Rocks Glasses

Feminist Shot Glasses Gifts for Readers

If your gift recipient enjoys something a little stronger than tea when she's reading, these rocks glasses adorned with the opening lines of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre are a perfect choice.

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For the Person With Cold Feet: Cashmere Bed Socks

Gifts for Readers: Cashmere Bed Socks
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Give the book lover in your life the gift of toasty toes. These bed socks are woven with soft cashmere and stave off frozen toes when curling up under a blanket while flipping pages just isn't enough.

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For the Bon Vivant: Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails With a Literary Twist

Gifts for Readers: Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails With a Literary Twist
Courtesy of manufacturer

When it's time to switch out the coffee for something stronger, this petite tome has 65 recipes for libations inspired by classic literature: think Love in the Time of Kahlua, Romeo and Julep, and A Rum of One's Own. Drinking games and food pairings included.

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For the Person Who's Moving Beyond Dog Ears: Personalized Premium Leather Bookmark

Gifts for Readers: Personalized Premium Leather Bookmark
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Help your bookish recipient ditch dog-earing for good with this customizable bookmark made from full-grain leather and handcrafted to order.

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For Your Favorite Book Critic: Bibliophile's Reader Journal

Gifts for Readers: Bibliophile’s Reader Journal
Courtesy of manufacturer

This reader's companion to Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany features space to jot down notes and ratings about finished books and themed lists of recommendations—the perfect log to track readings habits and tastes as they change (or stay the same).

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For the Candle Lover: Library Soy Candle

Gifts for Readers: Library Soy Candle
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Most readers are comforted by the scents of aged paper or a well-loved library. These candles will fill their preferred reading nook with the smell of a fresh cappuccino or transport them to their favorite books with fragrances inspired by Pride & Prejudice, The Great Gatsby, and Wuthering Heights.

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For the Puzzler: Bibliophile Book Club Puzzle

Gifts for Readers: Bibliophile Book Club Puzzle
Courtesy of manufacturer

Puzzles made a comeback this year, and what better gift for the jigsaw-inclined reader than one that shows off their literary side? This 1,000-piece puzzle features colorful renditions of contemporary titles that can double as a what-to-read-next list.

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For the Lazy Sunday Reader: Super-Plush Robe

Gifts for Readers: Super-Plush Robe
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On a rainy or snowy day, it can be a chore to get dressed—so encourage your giftee not to. Instead, they can cozy up in this ultra-plush robe made with pure Turkish cotton, and get lost in their latest read.

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For the Person Who's Always Loaning Out Books:Personalized Bookplate Stamp

Gifts for Readers: Personalized Bookplate Stamp
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Whether the bookworm in question has a vast book collection already or is slowly building one, this stamp will give all of their volumes a personalized touch (and will remind forgetful borrowers who the rightful owner is).

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For an Indulgent Bookworm: Book of Chocolates

Chocolate reader gift

Chocolatier Susanna Yoon of Stick With Me Sweets packs jewel-like chocolates with intriguing flavors (yuzu, PB&J, and Bananas Foster) into a cute book box ready to be savored during their next reading session.

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