50 best literary gifts for a modern-day book lover
Check out the updated list of literary gifts for book lovers, no matter whether someone reads print or electronic books.
Gift-giving is all about passing a real object from hand to hand. It’s followed by one of the most anticipated life pleasures – unpacking a gift box and see what’s inside.
Print books are great gifts by themselves. You can’t say this about ebooks. However, if someone loves reading, the real book is not her or his only dream. In this post we’ll share bookish gift ideas for:
While many people discover benefits of ebooks, they can still keep that delightful feeling of dealing with beautiful objects.
It’s just a matter of changing a perspective and spending a minute thinking about what a modern-day book lover would need. Because a Kindle ebook is not the only gift the Kindle owner will appreciate.
What about anything that expresses the love for books? Posters, t-shirts, mugs, throw pillows, jewelry?
There are several paths to follow. You can pick up a design that refers to a favorite book. You can choose from beautifully visualized book quotes. Or you can select a design that is a clear statement of someone’s addiction to books.
Literary gifts – recommended sites
Etsy – this is the biggest online store with handmade goods. The selection of bookish gifts is impressive, so Etsy is a must-see destination, especially if you want to gift something unique in style. As all items are made to order, there are several ways to add a personal message – also for the bookish items listed below.
Zazzle – the site offers a huge variety of merchandise, from clothing, to home decor, to personal accessories. Users can upload their own image, or pick up one of the thousands of available designs.
Redbubble – a marketplace for custom designed items, including prints, stationery, cases & covers, or t-shirts. Opposite to other sites, such as CafePress, the quality of the artwork is much higher.
Not on the High Street – unlike other stores, the site offers beautiful things – showcased beautifully. The team is hunting for the best items on the net to include them in the growing catalog of curated products.
Amazon Handmade – if you are an Amazon customer, you should check out this newly opened store section. It includes over 200,000 hand-crafted items already, and is quickly growing. You’ll find here jewelry, home decor, kitchen & dining, furniture, stationery, among other categories.
A new area to explore is what modern readers would miss. And many ebook lovers miss the magic smell of old books. We share some of the recommended items below, but make sure to explore the entire list of book-scented perfumes and candles.
As all other Best 50 posts, we are regularly updating the list with new interesting products.
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50 best literary gifts for a modern-day book lover
Posters & home
“Anne of Green Gables” Literature Art Print. A beautiful typography artwork by Islay’s Terrace, with a quote from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel Anne of Green Gables: “Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it.”
The print comes in four sizes, from 5 × 7 to 12 × 18 in. ⇢ Amazon – $15.
Mark Twain Quote Poster. A typographic poster with a quote by Mark Twain: “A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”
The artwork is available in four sizes. The smallest one is 12 × 16 in, the biggest – 24 × 32. You can also order it framed. ⇢ Redbubble – $14.85.
“The Picture of Dorian Gray” Literature Poster. This creative poster designed by Red Hill Printables looks like a book cover and is inspired by the famous book by Oscar Wilde. “The modern aesthetic of the design make it a piece of art you get to share with all your family and friends.”
The artwork is available as instant download. It consist of four high-resolution 300 dpi files in two formats: pdf and jpg. ⇢ Etsy – $6.61.
Periodic Table of World Literature Poster. A clever combination of science and literature. More than 100 authors are charted chronologically, by genre and by home country. Printed on laminated poster, measuring 24 × 40 inches. ⇢ Amazon – $24.95.
Certified Book Addict Poster. A gorgeous design from a lettering collection by a talented illustrator Risa Rodil. The design is available on photo prints, art prints, canvas prints, among others.
There are many sizes to choose from. The large frame print is 16 × 22.6 inches. ⇢ Redbubble – from $9.64.
“Read Me a Story” Nursery Print. A beautiful typographic print perfect for a children’s room: “Read me a story, tuck me in tight, tell me you love me, kiss me goodnight.” Printed on 320 g distinctive quality card, A3 size.
The text can be printed in five colors: Deep Pink, Grey, Teal, Vintage Blue and Bright Orange. ⇢ Etsy – $28.
Quotes by Oscar Wilde Print. Most memorable quotes by Oscar Wilde (and there is quite a lot of them) were collected in this stylish poster designed by I Love Art London. The poster is printed on a 240 gsm satin matte high-quality paper.
Available sizes: from A3 to A1. There are three background colors to choose from: White, Black, and Chalk. ⇢ Not on the High Street – £21.95.
Dr. Seuss Quote Poster. Sweet Peony Press created a minimalist, beautifully designed typographic layout with a quote from Dr. Seuss: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
You can order the design in one of three dimensions: 5 × 7, 8 × 10 or 11 × 14 inches. The artwork is printed digitally with archival inks on 100 lb matte white paper. ⇢ Etsy – $10.
Today a Reader Eye Chart. The text on this creative eye chart reads: “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” The poster is printed on heavyweight 270 gsm matte fine art paper, using archival pigment-based ink for outstanding image quality.
There are two sizes to choose from: either 8 × 10 inches or 10 × 12 inches. ⇢ Amazon – $6.99.
Library Card Prints with Book Details. Here is a gift idea for anyone who loves libraries. Each print from a series by Folio Creations presents the details of a great classic book – with a relevant Dewey Decimal System classification number. Besides the title and author, you will find on the layout the date of publication, as well as the first and last sentence.
The Library Card series includes the variants for Pride and Prejudice, Olivier Twist, Treasure Island, and The Tale of Peter Rabbit, among others. ⇢ Etsy – $19.
Music Albums as Penguin Book Covers. Standard Designs offer a fantastic art print series where famous music albums are presented as a pile of Penguin book covers. Each song in the album is represented by one book.
The series includes over 60 albums, including Nick Cave’s “The Boatman’s Call”, featured above. Each artwork is 16.5 × 11.5 in (42 × 29.7 cm) in size, and is printed on 200 gsm / 120 lb premium archival heavy silk paper. ⇢ Etsy – $28.
221B Baker Street Soy Candle. Inspired by Sherlock Holmes, this eco-friendly soy candle is a mixture of black tea and just a hint of the leather of old books. Perfect not only for fans of the famous detective and his trusty companion.
From the Page shop offers soy candles in thirty fragrances. Besides Sherlock Holmes, you’ll see here Winterfell, Nevermore, Narnia Forest, or Gatsby’s Shoreline. ⇢ Etsy – $10.
Form & Flux “Enchanted Library” Candle. This soy wax candle, designed and hand-crafted by Form & Flux, gives a marvelous feeling similar to that of being surrounded by shelves filled with books.
Light the candle and you’ll feel the aromas of vanilla, parchment, honey and coffee beans, all gently blended into a unique scent. Just like all other Form & Flux candles, “Enchanted Library” is made with natural soy wax and essential oils. The minimum burn time is 25 hours. ⇢ Etsy – $15.
Paperback Soy Candle. An extensive collection from Grizzly Candles includes a wonderful book scent that reminds of a paperback. Rich Himalayan bamboo is blended with a vanilla-hinted cedarwood, topped off with notes of driftwood and leather.
“We wanted to create the scent that you get from an old, torn, stuffy book, something you would get from the library.” ⇢ Etsy – $18.
Dramatic “The End” Bookend. It’s one of the most popular bookend designs. Created by Fred & Friends, and called “The End” it says just that: the books look like they’ll fall on the small man who tries to save his life.
The bookend is made from powder coated steel and measures 4.5 × 7 × 5 inches. ⇢ Amazon – $14.45.
Arrow magnetic bookends. These bookends Peleg Design are very clever. They look like floating above the surface.
The illusion is created by using magnets in the arrows. Thanks to them the arrows can be drawn to metal holders hidden behind the covers of the last books. ⇢ Amazon – $19.99.
Stop Hands bookends. The books on the bookshelf can be in good hands thanks to stylish bookends from Danya B. They can also be a perfect standalone decorative piece. A perfect gift for a family member or a coworker.
Each hand weighs 1.75 lbs and is manufactured from a durable mix of plastic and cement. ⇢ Amazon – $18.50.
Bookish Glass Jars. A set of 10 brand new small glass jars, decorated with recycled book pages and twine. These jars would be perfect to hold tea light candles at a rustic or vintage style wedding.
Each jar is 8.5 cm tall and has a diameter of 4.5 cm. Decorated with pages from an old Harry Potter book. ⇢ Etsy – $21.
Personalized Library Sign. A perfect gift for a family of book lovers. This sophisticated artwork can be placed at the entrance to home library. It measures 8 × 10 or 11 × 14 inches. It’s printed digitally on matte ivory (100 lb).
In a message to seller please provide the text to be included in the sign. ⇢ Etsy – $24.
Book Are Awesome Throw Pillow. This stylish design featured the text “books are awesome” and looks especially good on the brown throw pillow. The artwork is printed on both sides. The zipper is concealed. The pillow is made from 100% spun polyester poplin fabric.
Three sizes to choose from: small (16 × 16 in), medium (18 × 18 in), and large (20 × 20 in). ⇢ Redbubble – $16.
“Good Book” Spoon. This stamped teaspoon is perfect for all of the bibliophiles out there. Cozy up with a good story and a cup of tea, give it a little stir with your new spoon and off you go on a bookish adventure.
As metal stamping is a careful process done by hand, there will be slight variations in letter depth and placement compared to the picture above. If you order a set of six spoons, each one will be truly unique. ⇢ Amazon – $18.
Mosiso Slim-Fit Retro Case. Ultra slim and lightweight book-style case that is designed to look like a classic book. It’s made from durable PU leather with soft interior to prevent scratches. It provides support for auto wake/sleep function.
Available in three colors: Brown, Gray, and Red. The case is made for the following devices: Kindle, Kindle Voyage, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPad Air, and iPad Mini. ⇢ Amazon – $19.99.
KleverCase Book Cover for Kindle. These wonderful covers are handmade in England using traditional bookbinding techniques. Each cover is slimline, lightweight, durable and splash proof – and perfectly imitates the look and feel of a classic hard back book.
A number of classic covers is available, including To Kill a Mockingbird, The Secret Garden, and Pride and Prejudice (shown above). ⇢ Amazon – from $35.
Hello Kitty Kindle Case. Loved by millions, Hello Kitty can now brighten you up every time you’re going to read the Kindle book. The case is an original Hello Kitty accessory, and will fit the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Touch.
The case is available in four color variants: Black, Red, Pink, and Purple. ⇢ Amazon – $34.99.
Library Dute Date iPhone 6S Case. Putting a library due date card on a smartphone case is one of the smartest ideas in times of social media. It’s a book you have to hurry up reading, not a Facebook status.
On Redbubble, you can get the library card design for iPhone 6S/6 and 6S/6 Plus. There are also cases that fit other phones, including Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/S5. ⇢ Redbubble – $28.
Gmyle Book Case Vintage for Samsung Galaxy Smartphones. Versions for Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note 5, and S5. The case is made from a high-quality polyurethane leather. Its structure lets you use it as a horizontal stand. You’ll find inside the pockets for ID, cards, and other essentials.
The vintage case from Gmyle is available in Brown and Black. ⇢ Amazon – $8.99.
“Folded Between the Pages of Books” iPhone Case. This floral design features the text: “I spent my life folded between the pages of books.”
The design is avaiable on a snap or tough case for the following iPhone models: 6/6Plus, 6S/6S Plus, 5/5C/5S, and 4/4S. ⇢ Redbubble – $27.
Vintage Children Books Smartphone Case. This plastic hard case features a nostalgic photo of book spines of popular children’s books. It’s scratch resistant – made from polycarbonate used for motorcycle helmets. Full color, high-quality image is printed all over the case.
Available for iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5, and Samsung Galaxy S3. ⇢ Etsy – $29.
The Catcher in the Rye Book Wallet Phone Case. Chiclit Designs offer this classic book cover art on a number of phone cases, including iPhone 6/6S; Samsung Galaxy S6, S6, Samsung Note 5 and 4; LG G3 and G4.
The artwork is permanently printed on a high-quality PU leather wallet case, providing durable protection for your smartphone. It includes interior credit card slots, and a large pocket for cash. ⇢ Etsy – $29.
Gala Born tablet & e-reader sleeve. From one of the most fashionable collections of e-reader cases on Etsy – Gala Born shop – comes this gorgeous floral & print design. Don’s say you don’t like it!
Fits Kobo and iPad, among other models. ⇢ Etsy – $25.
Jonathan Adler Kindle Case. This fashionable case from Jonathan Adler is a certified “Made for Kindle” accessory. Made from a faux leather, it has a soft microfiber interior, and unique silicone backed 4-point elastics to securely keep your Kindle in place.
Fits also Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Touch. There are ten colorful designs to choose from, including Jaipur Arrows (above) and Turquoise Mandala. ⇢ Amazon – $29.99.
Fintie Vintage Book Kindle Paperwhite Case Cover. One of the nicest Kindle case designs that refer to the look and feel of a vintage hardbound book. It gives a solid protection while being a clear statement you love reading books in all forms.
The Vintage Series from Fintie is available in six colors: Antique Bronze (shown above), Adobe Sunset, Glory Purple, Midnight, Stone, and Winter Ice. ⇢ Amazon – $17.99.
Jewelry & accessories
Pride and Prejudice Bead Earrings. A pair of earrings inspired by Pride and Prejudice, featuring wooden beads covered in pages from Jane Austen’s famous novel. One bead says “Mr. Darcy” and the other “Elizabeth.”
Nelli Joy offers on Etsy over 60 book inspired rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. ⇢ Etsy – $9.37.
Emily Dickinson Literary Poetry Brass Cuff Bracelet. First verse of Emily Dickinson’s poem “The Chariot”. The scripted quote is set upon 19th-century imagery of the entire poem, and finished in aged, tarnished sepia brown. The brass will change patina over time to a beautiful and unique shade.
Dimensions: 1.5 in / 38 mm high, 5.5 in / 140 mm inside length, 1.5 in / 38 mm opening. ⇢ Etsy – $40.
To Kill A Mockingbird Book Brooch. One of the most beautiful gifts for book lovers, this finch shaped brooch is made with original pages from damaged copies of Harper Lee’s classic book. Each brooch is different. The text is always carefully selected to include names of major characters or famous passages. ⇢ Not on the High Street – $15.
Hot Girls Read Mug. A solid white 11oz mug, with a text “hot girls read” and a pair of glasses. The design is only on one side, handle on the right. ⇢ Etsy – $16.
Bookish England “Pride & Prejudice” Heart Confetti. Gorgeous confetti hearts, handmade from damaged copies of old Jane Austen novels. They look beautiful scattered over dinner tables or bed sheets for extra romance. ⇢ Not on the High Street – $8.
Book in a Bottle Necklace. This necklace has a tiny glass bottle on a silver plated 18-inch chain. Coiled inside is a small cutting from either Pride & Prejudice or Wuthering Heights. For an extra $4 you can choose your own text.
Comes in a small brown gift box and embellished with your chosen books title. ⇢ Not on the High Street – $27.
Book Worm Adjustable Wrap Ring. This wrap twist ring from The Silver Diva is a great gift for the lover of books. The ring is hand-crafted from aluminum, with a text “Book Worm” on the outside and the book icon stamp on the inside.
The ring can be made to order in any size from 5 to 15 and the ring is fully adjustable. ⇢ Amazon – $10.
Personalized Naming Book Cufflinks.These fabulous handmade silver tone finish cufflinks look great on any cuff. The text will be personalized to your order. Your chosen names will be highlighted and clearly visible, printed in black on a white background.
Image area on each cufflink is approximately 1.5 cm. ⇢ Not on the High Street – $46.
Book Initial Necklace. This hand-stamped initial necklace is hand-crafted by Kim’s Jewelry and features a 1/2 × 5/8-inch silver plated pewter book charm and 2/5-inch stainless steel initial pendant on a silver plated chain.
All the elements of the necklace are lead & nickel free. ⇢ Amazon – $17.
Clothing & fashion
“She Reads Books” T-shirt. A beautiful design by Kat Parella, shows Annie Dillard’s quote: “She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” The artwork works on all dark tee colors.
You can pick up one of over 150 clothing style, not only t-shirts but also long sleeves, polos, tank tops, or sweatshirts. ⇢ Zazzle – $29.
Read Eat Sleep Repeat T-shirt. A simple and bold statement in a minimalist treatment. On the picture above you see the red women’s fitted scoop t-shirt, but you can select from over ten other clothing styles, both for women and men.
The sizes from XS to XL. You can order to have the print on the front or back side of the t-shirt. ⇢ Redbubble – $25.
Lit Happens T-shirt. From Writers’ Fort comes a clever t-shirt perfect not only for aspiring authors, but also librarians or avid readers. “One day you sit down in front of your computer and suddenly lit happens.”
For women, men, and kids. Forty colors and over one hundred styles to choose from, including long sleeves and sport t-shirts. ⇢ Zazzle – from $24.95.
Mysterious Island Graphic T-shirt. Inspired by one of the most famous novels of Jules Verne, this screen printed graphic T-shirt is made of 100% premium cotton in bone color. It’s pre-washed for a vintage feel.
The Affair shop on Etsy offers ten other literary t-shirts, including Moby Dick, Frankenstein, and Heart of Darkness. ⇢ Etsy – $23.
Book Lover T-shirt. Design by Lim Heng Swee. An image every book lover knows – now on a t-shirt.
Color: Dark Kelly Green. Regular fit for women and men. Five sizes: from S to 2XL. There is also a version for kids. ⇢ Threadless – $20.
Read To Me T-shirt. Something for smaller book lovers – an organic t-shirt from As Small As Me. Printed on a natural or warm gray (cinder) t-shirt.
Several sizes for kids. You can also order the adult size. ⇢ Etsy – $19.
Penguin Books Tie. A montage of classic Penguin book covers screen-printed onto a 100% silk tie. ⇢ Not on the High Street – $43.
Banned Books Tote Bag. An Out of Print original design to celebrate banned books. The design is printed on heavyweight cotton canvas. There is an inner pocket.
The bag is 13.5 inches wide × 15.5 inches high, with a 10-inch strap. ⇢ Amazon – $19.99.
Pride and Prejudice Scarf. A unique gift for a book lover: a stylish infinite/loop scarf with quotes from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Super soft modal blend, with raw edges.
The scarf measures: 62 inches (158 cm) around, and 28 inches(71 cm) wide. ⇢ Amazon – $30.
John Green Quote Scarf. This large 55-inch square scarf features one of the most popular quotes by John Green: “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.” The print is available on front and back. The scarf is made from a microfiber polyester and has a slightly transparent effect.
This tremendously adorable typographic layout was designed by Risa Rodil. It’s also available on t-shirts, posters, and accessories. ⇢ Redbubble – $32.
Haruki Murakami Embroidered Tote Bag. The book stack design is hand drawn with fabric paint and the lettering is hand embroidered onto a 100% natural cotton. If you would like a different Murakami book than the ones listed, just detail them in the message to seller.
Size: 38 cm (width) × 43 cm (height), with long handles. ⇢ Etsy – $45.
Alphabet Bags Book Worm Tote Bag. Made from 100% natural heavy weight cotton, and screen printed by hand with black ink. This is a perfect gift for a book lover – perfect for toting many books… or one Kindle. ⇢ Not on the High Street – $19.
Best gifts for book lovers – infographic
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