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 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, and 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.
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50 best literary gifts for a modern-day book lover
Posters & home
Posters from Vintage Book Art Co. A poster with a quote by J. R. R. Tolkien, “Not all those who wander are lost,” is an example of the marvellous artisan work from Vintage Book Art Company.
Each print is hand-crafted using random pages from a copy of a dictionary printed in the early 1900s. The prints measure 8 × 10 inches. In total, Vintage Book Art Co. shop offers over 400 items! ⇢ Amazon – $12.99.
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.
“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.
Shakespeare Insults Poster. A tribute to Shakespeare’s dagger-like wit, featuring 100 of his greatest zingers!
The poster’s size is 18 × 24 in (46 × 61 cm). It’s printed on thick, certified archival paper, and each copy is signed by the artist. ⇢ Amazon – $29.
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.
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.
Antique Books Scented Candle. From Werther & Gray comes a series of scented candles inspired by books and literature. The leading scent is Antique Books – company’s original recipe that replicates the scent of aged books.
Among the most popular literary candles are Mary Shelley, Oscar Wilde, Flannery O’Connor, and Edgar Allan Poe. ⇢ Etsy – $18.50.
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.
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 from Peleg Design are extremely 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.
Personalized Library Sign. A perfect gift for a family of book lovers. This sophisticated artwork can be placed at the entrance to a 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.
Library Card Pillows. These gorgeous pillows look like vintage library checkout cards, and will “have you waxing nostalgic for the days when the librarian would flip to the back of the book and hand stamp the due date.”
The pillows are available nine different colors, and each one is screen-printed by hand on cotton canvas. The size is approximately 12 × 16 inches. ⇢ Amazon – $30.
“Books 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.
The Literary Tea Collection. A wonderful gift for everyone who loves reading books: a collection of literary tea blends created by First Edition Tea Co. Five delicious blends are offered: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Alice in Wonderland, The Great Gatsby, and Sherlock Holmes.
The blends are hand-crafted in Toronto in small batches, from high-quality ingredients. They are available in 50 g tins. ⇢ Etsy – $12.
“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.
MoKo Slim Case for Kindle Paperwhite. One of the most popular accessories for Kindle. This lightweight case from MoKo features the protective back shell and a light front cover that supports auto sleep-wake function.
The model is also available for other Kindle e-readers, and comes in several colors and designs, including Notebook, Poker K (above), US Flag, or Newspaper Coffee. ⇢ Amazon – $17.99.
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 hardcover 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.
Vintage Children Books Smartphone Case. This durable case features a nostalgic photo of book spines of popular children’s books. It’s scratch resistant – made from polycarbonate used for motorcycle helmets. The full-color, high-quality image is printed all over the case.
Available for latest models of iPhone and Samsung Galaxy. ⇢ Etsy – $29.
“The Catcher in the Rye” Book Wallet Phone Case. Chiclit Designs offer this classic book cover art on cases for several models, 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 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.
BluCase Sleeve for Tablets and E-readers. BluCase is our favorite Etsy shop with e-reader and tablet accessories. It offers high-quality sleeves for many models, all in trendy colors. They are made from durable printed linen and 5 mm foam for extra protection.
There is a long list of supported models, including the latest Kindle, Kobo, or Nook. You can also place the custom order by typing to the seller the exact dimensions of your model. ⇢ Etsy – $19.99.
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
Silver “Pride and Prejudice” Earrings. These wonderful earrings come from By the Book Boutique which offers unique necklaces, earrings, or pendants that have one thing in common – they are inspired by books and libraries.
The earrings come in a silver-colored finish and are 12 mm in diameter. ⇢ Amazon – $15.
Emily Dickinson Literary Poetry Brass Cuff Bracelet. First verse of Emily Dickinson’s poem “The Chariot.” The scripted quote is set upon the 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 – $35.
“To Kill A Mockingbird” Book Brooch. One of the most beautiful gifts for book lovers, this finch 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. ⇢ Etsy – $13.
“Hot Girls Read” Cofee 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.
Kafka Coffee Mug. Obvious State is famous for minimalist literature-inspired posters, but the shop also offers brilliant mugs. One of them is shown above. “Finally, a mug as absurd as Kafka. And like Kafka’s work, its contents are dark and invigorating. See what we did there?”
The mug is 15 oz and is dishwasher safe. ⇢ Etsy – $16.
Harry Potter “Espresso Patronum” Coffee Mug. A paraphrase of “Expecto Patronum,” a famous spell from Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, is perfect for a coffee mug.
The mug is 11 ounces and has a glossy finish. It’s dishwasher and microwave safe. ⇢ Amazon – $12.99.
Great Gatsby Cufflinks. These stylish cufflinks are inspired by the classic of American literature, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. “They are a special and classic way to mark a graduation, in both senses of the word!”
The cufflinks are 16 mm in size and set with a glass lens to seal in the paper. ⇢ Etsy – $24.95.
Minuature Book Key Chain. A great little gift from Akinto. This miniature book is hand-crafted in recycled leather and features a silver finish feather charm to a brown cord.
Akinto shop offers dozens of vintage accessories that will inspire you and uplift your spirit. Besides miniature books, you’ll find here gorgeous lockets with inspirational quotes from books. ⇢ Etsy – $20.
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.
Librarian Bracelet. A Likely Story is a shop famous for highly original bracelets that consist of a few charms – each one displays one letter of a book statement.
Above, you see the bracelet forming the word “librarian.” The silver colored letter beads are replicas of old fashioned typewriter keys. ⇢ Etsy – $39.95.
“Book Nerd” Enamel Pin. This one-inch cloisonne hard enamel pin in black nickel features the text “book nerd,” and comes from a collection of gorgeous bookish gifts handmade by Andrew Brozyna.
Among other pins, Night Owl Book Club will definitely draw you attention. We also love Book Wyrm design. ⇢ Etsy – $10.50.
“I Love Books” Charm Bracelet. This stylish bracelet features three silver-plated charms, with one showing the text “I love books,” and the other resembling an open book.
Double-loop expandable wire bangle concept allows the wearer to smoothly adjust the bangle for a perfect fit. ⇢ Amazon – $24.99.
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.
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.
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 – $18.
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 – $39.
Jane Eyre Literary Bag. Design studio Kru Kru offers on Etsy wonderful hand-crafted bags that look like magnified hardcover books. These bags are fully functional and are made either from a genuine leather or Spanish water-resistant felt.
Each bag is interlined with cotton fabric and has an inside pocket. ⇢ Etsy – $170.
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.
Romeo and Juliet Printed Tights. From Coline Design comes a series of literary tights, and one of them features passages from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. These opaque soft microfiber tights are hand-printed on the front.
“Printed Tights are a hot fashion trend that adds a touch of style to any dress, skirt, or shorts.” ⇢ Etsy – $24.90.
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