25 Novel Gifts for the Bookworm in Your Life
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 2021), opt for one of Erasmus’ other necessities, like a mug that keeps tea piping hot on the coldest day 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.
Cozy Pom Sherpa Throws
Oversized poms give this supersoft, cozy throw a little extra whimsy. It's the perfect companion for a reading session.
Gold Foil Pocket Journal
This set of tiny journals are perfect for noting favorite passages and thoughts on their reads—or for putting down thoughts for their own future novel.
Female Literary Rocks Glasses
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.
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 Paperwhite makes an excellent gift for the on-the-go reader, whether they’re journeying between countries or just between bed and couch.
Sure, podcasts are cool, but why not get some extra pages in while working out, running errands, or cleaning the house? Readers of all kinds can listen to thousands of audiobooks via the Audible on desktop or mobile, and every membership includes one credit a month to spend on any title that will never go away, even after the membership ends. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving.
Book of the Month Club
Fans of new releases will love that a new title comes to their door every month with a Book of the Month Club membership. They’ll get to choose from five fresh reads (sometimes even early releases!), and their selection will arrive at their doorstep—no leaving the house required.
Kopi Mug and Warmer Set
Hot beverages pair with books like peanut butter pairs with jelly. This mug and warmer set will keep your favorite bibliophile’s coffee or tea piping hot, so every sip tastes like the first one. It’s dishwasher safe, and the base doubles as a wireless charger for your phone—have your tea and drink it, too.
Cashmere Bed Socks
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.
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails With a Literary Twist
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.
Personalized Premium Leather Bookmark
Help your bookish recipient ditch dog-earing for good with this customizable bookmark made from full-grain leather and handcrafted to order.
The Starling Slippers in Black Velvet
Picture this: a library with shelves lining the walls up to the ceiling, a cozy armchair in front of a roaring fireplace, and the most sumptuous dressing robe you’ve ever seen. Maybe you can’t give all that, but these cozy velvet slippers can be the first step—pun fully intended—in helping your favorite reader acquire their dream room.
Bibliophile’s Reader Journal
Library Soy Candle
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.
Bibliophile Book Club Puzzle
Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home With Books
A coffee table book about, well, books? That’s what we’d call a holy grail reader gift. Nina Freudenberger shows how bibliophiles the world over live, work, and play with their books. From delicately wobbling towers to creative fireplace storage, your giftee will be inspired to rearrange their own collection.
Book Nerd Tote Bag
The reader who never leaves home without a book will appreciate this illustrated tote, ready to be filled with memoirs, poetry collections, and graphic novels.
Banned Books Adjustable Face Mask
Trivial Pursuit Book Lover's Edition
Let your favorite reader test her literary knowledge with this books-only version of the trivia classic.
Cafe con Libros Feminist & Bookish Monthly Subscription
For the socially conscious page-turner, this monthly subscription from Cafe con Libros, an indie bookstore in Brooklyn, N.Y., is just the ticket. Each month, the shop sends out its feminist book club pick of the month, along with a selection of children’s books and Irving Farm coffee, promoting intersectionality and shopping local.
Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, 75th Anniversary Illustrated Edition
Greek, Roman, Norse mythology stories come beautifully packaged in this special illustrated edition of the classic bestseller. Begging to be displayed on the coffee table or a prominent place on a shelf, this keepsake book will delight a classics enthusiast—or the reader who wants to be one!
Personalized Bookplate Stamp
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).
1,000 Books to Read Before You Die Page-A-Day Calendar
Even with teetering piles of books surrounding them, bookworms are always looking for their next read. Enter: this desk calendar. Based on the popular book of the same name, this page-a-day calendar starts each morning (or afternoon—we’re not here to judge) with a fresh recommendation, ranging from essential classics to obscure titles.
Book of Chocolates
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.