Gift Ideas for Book Lovers: A Bookworm Christmas Guide

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Are you on the lookout for some gift ideas for book lovers? Even if that special someone is yourself, because we all need spoil ourselves with the perfect gift sometimes. No one will say no to a gift card to buy more books, but why not make it a special treat instead? We’ve put together some of our favorite bookish finds this year. Hopefully you’ll find something here that is perfect for you or your bookworm friends.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Book Lovers

We’re officially in the holiday season and that means starting to put together your shopping lists to buy presents for all your friends. This is one of my favorite seasons! Even though it feels as if this year I’m especially unprepared. Where did the year go? But one thing is for certain, I have found lots of amazing finds for all my bookworm friends and I’m sharing them with you today. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a good old gift card to your book lover friend’s favorite bookstore. Or simply buying something off of their wish list. I may or may not have purchased a few of these for myself.

Let’s Get Some Books!

Ok, so you want to buy books or just a gift card for your bookworm friend. But where should you buy it from? Granted, the obvious answer seems like Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Did you know, though, there are other options? Let’s run through some ideas for you.

Digital Book Memberships

It’s the gift that keeps on giving. If you are feeling generous, you can gift a subscription to a service that will provide either a fixed number of books or unlimited access to a digital book library. Here are some options.

  • Kindle Unlimited: This is an ebook service where, for a flat monthly fee, you get access to a large library of ebooks that are part of the catalog via Amazon. This is only for digital books, so a Kindle e-reader OR the Kindle app on any phone or tablet will be needed. And as a bonus, there are also some books that are part of the Read and Listen program. Meaning you also get access to some audiobooks at no extra cost.
  • Scribd: Another service that gives you access to ebooks and audiobooks, although I personally only use it for audiobooks. It’s a flat monthly (or yearly) fee and it gives you access to their whole library of books. The catalog is also quite nice, having a mix of traditionally published and indie books.
  • Libro.fm: Libro.fm is an excellent alternative if you are looking to support small independent bookstores but you’re looking for audiobooks.
  • Audible: This is now an Amazon owned company but it does provide the largest catalog of audiobooks around. And you also get access to the “Plus” catalog as part of your membership. This enables you to listen to certain books for free. There’s also a lot of sales for members throughout the year.
  • Bookshop: If you are looking to support independent bookstores this is also THE choice for you.
  • Book Depository: This is THE option for your international friends. Book Depository ships worldwide for free. They don’t offer gift cards though, so you’ll have to know what books to buy for your friend and place the order to ship directly to them.

Want to know more about Kindle Unlimited? Check out our Kindle Unlimited Central! Learn more about the service and also read our latest reviews of KU books and our recommendations.

Reading Journals

There is nothing more satisfying than keeping track of the books you’ve read, and of course your never ending TBR. And while there are website that make that process simple, such as GoodReads, having a special place where you can let your creativity run wild is even better! These are some of my favorite options currently for reading journals. And if you’re a fan of tracking your reading, I encourage you to sign up below to get notified on the launch of a new project I’ve been working on.

The Reading Journal

The Reading Journal has a lot of pre-designed spreads in a minimalist style

The Book Lovers Planner

Emily Cromwell Designs is the go to for reading journals with a fun and colorful style

Flourish Planner Reading Journal is perfect for practicality on the go

Kindle Accessories

So you have a Kindle and want to spruce it up. But how? Here are some of our favorite options!

Turn the pages of your kindle remotely and start reading in bed without lifting a finger

This gooseneck stand is perfect to complete your remote reading in bed experience

Just add a Popsocket to your Kindle and completely change your reading experience!

I absolutely love this vegan leather Grimoire Kindle cover. It’s just the perfect vibe.

A book sleeve is ideal to protect your Kindle. The Bebe size from Book Beau fits the Paperwhite

If a Popsocket isn’t your thing, then you’ll love this phone ring. Just stick it to your Kindle!

Bookish Accessories

If you are trying to find something really unique, then you have to take a look at these!

Well Read Company has beautiful and classic literary themed purses

ChicklitDesigns has lots of fun literary themed phone and tablet covers

Storiarts has an impressive collection of bookish themed merchandise.

Personalized Gifts for Readers

A personal touch sometimes makes the world of difference! Here are some beautiful ideas to make your favorite reader feel special.

Custom Library Stamp

Custom Wire Bookmark

Custom Library Embosser

It’s almost that time of year to start breaking out your Hallmark watching sweatshirt, grabbing some marshmallows for the hot cocoa and settling in with a cozy Holiday romance book. Check out our recap of the new Christmas romances out this year here.

Cozy Reading Must Haves

Set the mood and the comfort for a cozy night in and settle for hours of enjoyment.

Book Beau Reading Bean is a must have pillow. Comfortable no matter how you use it.

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This Heart and Hands Throw Blanket is so cozy and warm you’ll be a reading burrito

It’s a well documented fact you can never have enough socks. Even better if they’re bookish.

Bookish Clothing

When it comes to bookish items, clothing seems to be one of the more readily available options. You can either go for generic bookish themes or dive straight into specific fandoms if you know what the person you’re shopping for likes. I’ve picked a few generic ones here. But definitely check out these shops for more!

The Bookish Trove has a lot of adorable designs on t-shirts and sweatshirts

Novel Grounds has a variety of items and especially some for dark romance readers

RockyMtnPrinting has a large selection for the Sarah J. Maas fandom

The Dear Writer Co comes in with a lot of fantasy fandom merch as well

Hello Lovely Box is a great source for fun bookish merch with lots of pesonality

Get Happy has a ton of well, happy tees! Perfect for book lovers + teachers!

Still feeling the Fall vibes? Then don’t miss our Fall Reading Guide with lots of great book recommendations to make this the best reading season yet.

Unique Bookmarks

Bookmarks are such a fun way to express your personality while reading your book or just match the vibe of your current read! These are currently some of our favorites.

Fabric corner bookmarks by Kimberly Faye Creates

Marked by Mary Woodburned and handlettered bookmarks

Beautiful seasonal bookmarks and art from RusticPages

Did we mention something that caught your eye?

We’re always looking for more bookish merchandise and to discover new bookish small businesses, so drop your favorites that we didn’t include in the comments below.

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Amy R

I have and love the kindle page turner and gooseneck stand. I also enjoy getting bookish item gifts.

Sophia Rose

I want it all. LOL But, I do have several bookloving friends so this is a great gift resource list.

Lover of Romance

Great list you have here! Love the bookish guide.

Kate

Those who love classic crime fiction might enjoy one of these items:
Coffee and Crime: Vintage Mystery Book Lover Box – One off or Subscription https://etsy.me/3WKTXRB

ADVENT CALENDAR: Countdown to Christmas with a Vintage Confection of Crime Fiction https://etsy.me/3tjv8i9