The Best Gifts for Book Lovers

In this gift guide, you’ll find some fabulous suggestions for Christmas gifts for book lovers. They’re perfect for the bookworm in your life!

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It’s easy to choose gifts for book lovers, right? You just need to buy them some new books!

Well, yes, most bookworms will be happy to receive new reading material, but there are plenty of more imaginative options that you could go for.

So whatever your budget, here are some fabulous festive gift ideas for the book lover in your life.

Low Cost Gifts for Book Lovers

If you’re looking for a small gift, a stocking filler or perhaps a Secret Santa gift, this selection is for you. Most of these gift ideas come in at less than £25, and some are less than £10!

A bookmark is an obvious choice for a book-related gift, and this selection from Another Studio is very cute.

The set contains four stainless steel bookmarks in the shape of London icons. These include a London black cab, a post box, a traditional style telephone box and a double decker bus.

Or if you’re giving a gift to a bookworm who is also a keen crafter, why not give them a kit so that they can make their own bookmark?

I’ve picked out this pretty medieval garden design, but you’ll find kits available in a wide variety of styles.

Or why not pick up a Reading Journal to help your loved one keep track of their reading list. With plenty of choice online, you’re sure to find one to appeal to their tastes.

Moleskine products are always great quality, and I love their notebooks. I use them for all sorts of note taking, and this Moleskine Book Journal would make a lovely gift for a book lover.

This next gift is not strictly one for book readers, but for someone with a hankering to write one.

They say that everyone has a book in them, and this gift is ideal if you’re buying for someone who wants to finally write their story down.

This Ready Set Novel journal will help them with the planning process, so that next year could be the year that they write their first novel.

And this scratch off poster is a fun gift for a keen reader, featuring 100 must-read books.

As they tick each one off their To Be Read list, they can scratch off the panel to reveal an image related to the story.

Or why not buy them something a bit left-field, but still slightly book related like this cocktail kit.

It includes 15 literary-inspired cocktail recipes together with tips on how to mix the perfect drink. There’s also a stainless steel bartender’s jigger and 4 cocktail stirrers.

And the name of the gift set? ‘Tequila Mockingbird’…groan!

This Book Lover mug would make a lovely gift for any reading aficionado. It’s just right for anyone who ‘would rather stay inside and read than go outside and play’

And it would be perfect paired with this Cartwright and Butler Salted Caramel drinking chocolate.

They can mix a couple of teaspoons of the rich chocolate pearls with hot milk for a really luxurious mug of hot chocolate. Just right for when they’re snuggling up with their favourite read!

Home Gifts for Book Lovers

Remember reading under the covers by torchlight as a child? This next idea brings that right up to date!

This Clip on reading light has three different lighting modes – warm, cool and mixed, so you can find the best one to suit your environment.

The flicker-free light ensures that you won’t get eye strain while you’re reading late into the evening. And you can either clip the light onto your book or stand it nearby.

The Alex Light from Serious Readers is ideal for anyone who loves reading, sewing or crafting.

It’s hand build in the UK, and has a dimmable LED light which gives out a bright, warm light. The flexible arm lets you direct the light exactly where you want it, which makes it perfect for standing next to your armchair, bedside, or over your desk.

We have one here in The Christmas Guide office and it’s brilliant!

But if you’re buying a gift for a bookworm who loves to read while soaking in the bath, this next gift is literally made for them.

It’s a luxurious bath caddy made from bamboo, which is perfect for holding your Kindle, book or phone, a candle, even a glass of wine!

And it’s extendable so it will fit over most baths, just right for a relaxing soak in the evening.

And this reading pillow means that they can move onto the sofa, bed or floor and continue reading in comfort.

It has a soft velour cover and is stuffed with shredded memory foam to allow them to find their ideal comfy reading position. They can even open it up to remove or add in stuffing to get it just right.

Combine it with this bamboo bed tray for the ideal relaxing gift for a book lover.

With the cushion behind their back, and the tray holding their novel, snacks and drink, they’ll be able to spend a duvet day lost in their book!

Gifts Inspired by Favourite Books

Most book lovers can pick out their favourite book. So if you’re searching for a special present, why not use that as inspiration?

You might have to do a little detective work, but they’ll be over the moon with an unusual binding or edition of their favourite, if you’re able to track one down.

For example, if they love Jane Austen’s books, why not buy them this leather bound set of seven novels including Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and of course Pride and Prejudice.

Or how about a gift that features their favourite read?

These Book Cover Mugs are based on different novels, so there’s a good chance that one of their favourites is available.

This classic Penguin cover of Pride and Prejudice is a great example, and will look good on their shelf.

Or you could get them something like this Penguin cover bag, featuring the classic Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald.

There are plenty of different books available, with authors from Agatha Christie to George Bernard Shaw.

Kindle and Kindle Accessories

Book lovers tend to have pretty strong opinions on whether they like e-readers or real books. And if your book lover is in favour of e-readers then a Kindle is a great idea for a gift.

Depending on budget, there are a few options that you can choose from.

You could go for the basic Kindle, which now has an adjustable front light so that you can read comfortably for hours in any light.

The battery will last for day or weeks, depending on how much of a bookworm they are. And if you’re buying a gift for an Amazon Prime member, they get free unlimited access to thousands of titles.

Or if budget allows, you could pick the bestselling Kindle Paperwhite. It is available in black or Twilight blue, and you can choose from 8GB or a generous 32GB to store more books and magazines.

As well as the long lasting battery and built-in adjustable light, the Kindle Paperwhite can also be paired with Bluetooth headphones to allow them to listen to Audible books as well.

Or you could splash out on the top of the range Kindle Oasis.

It comes in Graphite or Gold coloured casing, and has adjustable warm light, allowing you to shift the screen colour from white to amber.

It’s waterproof, so ideal for reading by the poolside or in the bath, and comes with two different storage sizes.

The thin, light, ergonomic design and page-turn buttons makes it comfortable and easy to use. It’s the perfect luxury e-reader for your book-loving friend or loved one.

And if you buy someone a Kindle, or if they already own one, then a new cover like this one from Ayotu is another good idea for a gift.

Kindle covers come in a wide range of colours and patterns, so it’s easy to pick one to suit your loved one’s taste.

But be sure to get the right one to fit the model of Kindle that they have, or keep the receipt if you’re not sure which one to get!

Other Book Related Gifts

Here are a few more ideas for gifts for book lovers.

You could pick out a poster featuring the cover artwork from one of their favourite books.

This poster features the cover design for the first edition of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

You’ll find all sorts of other fab book-related posters to buy at The Literary Gift Company, and they can also be bought with a poster hanging kit.

Or how about this Banned Books Tote Bag which is made of sturdy cotton, just what they need for carrying their books around.

The design is covered in the names of books which have been banned at one time. You may be shocked to see some of the names on there – have you read any of them?

Or you could mark their place with a personal message, with this personalised nickel-plated bookmark.

You can add a message of up to 40 characters on each side of the bookmark. The message is engraved by hand using a cursive handwriting style, which adds to the quirky charm of this gift.

And it only takes 7 days to arrive, so it’s great if you’ve left your shopping a little late!

A journal would make a thoughtful gift for a book lover as well. They might choose to use it to keep a note of the books that they read, make notes for their next book club meeting, or even start planning their own novel.

This gift set contains a hand made journal with a buffalo leather cover and 300 pages of plain cream heavyweight paper. There’s also a leather bookmark and a pen, and it all comes in a presentation gift box.

It would also make a lovely gift for a blogger or a gift for a keen traveller as well.

And this leather-free journal would make a fantastic alternative for a vegan book lover.

It has the same high quality look of the leather journal above, but with a vegan-friendly cover.

And a pen set would make a great gift to go with one of the journals above.

This Waterman Expert Matt Black pen is beautifully made, and is available in a range of colours. It comes in a presentation box, so it’s easy to gift wrap.

We’ve picked out a fountain pen but there are plenty of other pen sets available to choose from.

Or for a very ‘novel’ gift idea for a book lover, how about buying them a membership to the Bespoke Book Club.

Simply choose a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription, give them some details of the recipient’s book preferences, and then a specially selected novel will turn up in their post each month.

The subscription also includes some little extras like bookmarks and badges. And for each gift subscription, a book is donated to Book Aid International.

One Last Thing…

Any bookworm would be happy to unwrap one of these gifts, but if you’re really struggling to choose, an Amazon Gift e-voucher or gift card will always go down well. There’s a wide range of card designs to choose from, and you can pick the amount that you want to put on the card.

Click here to take a look at the range of Amazon Gift card designs available

Or alternatively, if you buy National Book Tokens, they can support their local book shop – prices from £5 up to £250

That’s our pick of Christmas Gifts for Book Lovers. If you’re a book lover, what’s on your wishlist?

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