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The Complete Holiday Gift Guide for Book Lovers

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Kate MurphyGuest Blogger
December 17, 2016 · 2.5k Views

Now it’s time to find a holiday gift for the person on your list who is always nose deep in a book. Sure, you could take the expected route and get a new book to add to their library. But the great thing about shopping for bibliophiles is that you can be creative and have a little fun. Here’s a list of 12 perfect gifts to give a book lover this holiday season.

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the complete holiday gift guide for book lovers

  1. Library Card Tote Bag
    Make the life of your literature-loving friend easier with this cool tote bag inspired by the old-school library card. A great gift for a librarian or teacher. The tote is made of cotton and has an inner pocket to hold on-the-go essentials such as a phone and keys. Available at Uncommongoods.com for $20.
  2. Comfy Shirt with Literary Quote
    Here’s the perfect gift for anyone who loves the classics, especially those by Charlotte Brontë. Adorned with a quote by Jane Eyre, one of classic literature’s most beloved heroines, this comfy, loose fitting shirt is best worn on a lazy afternoon curled up on the sofa with a good book. Available at Neena Creates on Etsy for $38.
  3. Custom Book Necklace
    Now your favorite bibliophile can keep the thing they love most close to their heart. This adorable book pendant necklace is made of solid sterling silver and can be stamped with the recipient’s initials for a special, personalized touch. It’s guaranteed to become their most treasured piece of jewelry. Available Tiny Epic Moments on Etsy, starting at $42.
  4. Gilded Books Matchbox Set
    Sometimes the best gifts aren’t always the biggest. A delightful stocking stuffer, the Gilded Books Matchbox Set features Pride and Prejudice, Salome, The Odyssey of Homer, Fairy Tales, and Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Decorated with metallic gold foil stamping, each matchbox is a miniature replica of the original and the entire series slides neatly into a “bookcase” for safe keeping. Available at Out Of Print, on sale for $6.40.
  5. Book Inspired Art
    Decorated with a whimsical stack of books, this lovely art print will add a dash of color to the home. But it’s the print’s quote “Between the pages of a book is a lovely place to be” that will capture the heart of your favorite bookworm. Available at Fancy That Design House for $18.

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  6. Readers Gonna Read Mug
    Ask any book enthusiast and they will tell you that when reading, it is imperative to have a warm cup of coffee or tea within arm’s reach. And they will especially love this mug, which stands as a warning to all that nothing is to get between them and their favorite past time. Available at Little Oak Marketplace, starting at $13.
  7. Cat Bookends Set
    These adorable bookends will be charming addition to the home library of the person who treasures their books and cats above anything else. And their expressions are so lifelike they could be mistaken for the real thing! Available at Target.com for $25.99.
  8. Alice in Wonderland Book Scarf
    Unlike most of us, bibliophiles look forward to winter because it gives them an excuse to stay in with a good book. And they will have no problem keeping warm with this stylish infinity scarf, which literally takes a page out of the cherished novel Alice in Wonderland. It is adorned with text and delightful little illustrations that relate to the story. Available at Storiarts.com for $48.
  9. Jane Austin Candle
    While not completely original, a candle is the ultimate, full proof holiday gift. So it’s especially exciting when you find a candle that stands out from the rest. The Paddywax Library Collection gorgeously pairs quotes from our most celebrated authors with lovely scented candles. We love this one that is inspired by a quote from Jane Austin and fragranced with a wonderful blend of gardenia, jasmine, and tuberose. Available at Barnesandnoble.com for $19.95.
  10. Just One More Chapter Decorative Pillow
    What book addicts say when attempting to call it a night. This decorative pillow is humorous and comes in an array of beautiful colors to match any mood and home decorating style. Available at Kali Laine Designs on Etsy, starting at $36.
  11. Bookworm Wall Clock
    Do you have a passionate reader on your list who is prone to lose track of time? They will appreciate the practicality of this gift, but love that it celebrates books as magical gateways opening up to new and exciting worlds. Available from Book Work Boutique at Society6.com for $30.
  12. Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist
    This fun book serves up an education both in the classics and making cocktails. It features 65 drinks with inventive names like Romeo and Julep, the Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose, and Vermouth the Bell Tolls. With suggestions for bar bites and drinking games, Tequila Mockingbird has all the makings for the best literary themed cocktail party ever. Available at Amazon.com for $9.


A bibliophile’s interests can be very specific. It’s always risky giving them a book – they could have read it already or perhaps it doesn’t match their literary taste. By sticking to this list, you’ll avoid disappointment and get a gift that is sure to surprise and delight the heart of the book lover in your life.

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Kate Murphy is a native of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in art history, she moved to New York City to test the waters. She enjoys writing about art, culture, fashion, design, and travel. In addition to writing, Kate works with artists, leads, street art tours, and moonlights as an illustrator.