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I am a book lover and have been ever since I was a child. There is nothing more comforting and comfortable to me then curling up with a good book and diving into the story held between its pages. Book friends kept me company and inspired me as a child and led me to get degrees in English and Children’s Literature. Barnes and Noble and the library are two of my happy places.
Which is why I’m sharing some of my favorite picks for gifts for the book lover. If you have a book lover or bookworm or bibliophile on your Christmas list, they are sure to love one of these. And if you are one, you might want to start dropping hints. This selection includes both items I already have and love and ones I would love to receive (there’s my own hint :)).
Gifts for the Book Lover: Home and Wearables
How many book lovers have uttered that phrase, “just one more chapter…”? This pillow cover with that phrase in typewriter font would be the perfect home accessory for a serious reader.
This cute canvas tote bag is the perfect size for your book lover’s weekly library haul. Inktastic also sells some other great tote bags, including “Book Geek,” “Less Books Said No One Ever” and a variety of others for bookworms.
I saw, and subsequently fell in love, with this Hermione Granger t-shirt over the summer when I found it in a little beach boutique. There was no doubt as both a Harry Potter fan and a library lover that it would eventually find it’s way onto my Christmas list.
The Out of Print brand sells a myriad of clothing, accessories, and home items, including t-shirts featuring classic novel’s cover art. Select a t-shirt with your book lover’s favorite classic on it.
I can not get over how adorable this canvas pouch printed with a retro library card is! My sister gave it to me for a Christmas gift several years ago. It is the perfect size for holding loose items in your purse, for make-up, or to use as a pencil pouch.
Gifts for the Book Lover: Fun and Games
Yes, I have had a magnetic poetry kit since college and it is a whole lot of nerdy fun. This version includes all the words you need to write your own masterpiece on the fridge. Guests to your home will be sure to get a kick out of it as well.
I am fully aware of how ridiculous this one looks, but it would make a perfect gag gift for an Austen fan. The same brand also makes Shakespeare, Dickens, and Poe action figures. I love it because it reminds me of this great spoof video. Book throwing action!
I would have loved one of these as a kid when I was sneaking in a read after bedtime. My husband got it for me for one Christmas, and it is good for print books, but even better if you have a book reader that isn’t back-lit, like the Kindle I have. Or you could purchase a Kindle that already has a built-in light.
How fun is this little library kit? Seriously, where was this when I was running my own “library” as a kid? This would make the perfect gift for an adult who lends books out frequently or a child that would love to pretend they are a librarian.
There are some readers that will argue that a movie version will never compete with the novel, but there are some novels that have extremely well done film adaptions. Examples include the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter series, and the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice.
Gifts for the Book Lover: Books, books, and more books
Book and Movie Pairing
Is there a best selling novel that you know your book lover hasn’t read yet and has also come out in film form? Pair the book and movie together as a gift. Some options include Big Little Lies (tv series) and Gone Girl (movie). Both of the film versions were produced by Reese Witherspoon’s production company Pacific Standard.
One of the reasons I can’t wait to have children is so I can share my love of books and reading with them. I can not get over how adorable these BabyLit board book versions of classics are. The illustrations are beautiful and the text is super clever. They make the perfect gift for a book loving parent or parent-to-be or for a tiny reader on your list. Will any one notice if I buy some of these before we have kids?
Books, libraries, authors, and the meaning of life. For a reader, there is magic and companionship to be found in between the pages of a book. It can be fascinating to read where that journey has taken other readers through memoirs about books and reading. This can be a great gift if you are unsure of what novels your book lover has already read. I own Reading Lolita in Tehran and the other two are on my to-be-read list.
What’s on your Christmas list?