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Best banned books gifts and accessories

Clothes, gadgets, and personal accessories for book lovers who want to support the freedom to read.

Every year, at the end of September, book lovers celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week.

Books are banned not only in countries with authoritarian systems. Also, it’s not the issue of the past.

Banned Books Week, supported by major institutions representing libraries, publishers, and bookstores, was launched in 1982. This year, a sudden increase in the number of challenges to books was observed.

Since that time, a well over 10,000 titles was banned or challenged. You can find the list of the frequently challenged books here.

Banned Book Week is primary an event addressed to libraries, bookstores, and readers in the United States. However,  thanks to the power of social media, it is now a worldwide celebration of the right to read.

Accessories and clothes shown below will help you express you are supporting everyone’s right to read freely and without any limitations.

We’ve noticed that the number of items celebrating the freedom to read is quickly growing. Below, you’ll our favorites.

Where to buy banned books gifts?

If you want to further explore the web for bookish gifts and accessories, make sure to visit the following sites.

Etsy – this is the biggest online store with handmade goods. The selection of literary 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 – if you want a specific product with a unique design or message, you should check out this site. It offers items from hundreds of categories, and hundreds of thousands of designs. Plus you can customize the product to suit your taste.

Redbubble – opposite to Zazzle or CafePress, where you’ll see a casual artwork, Redbubble offers well-designed goods, although not in such a variety.

Amazon Handmade – if you are an Amazon customer, you should check out this quickly growing category. You’ll find here jewelry, home decor, kitchen & dining, furniture, stationery, among other categories.

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20 banned books gifts and accessories


Banned Books Pinback Buttons

Banned Books Pinback Buttons. A set of three 1-inch pinback buttons. One says, “I read banned books.” The second one is “freadom”. The last one is the most interesting: most of the words are blacked out, the ones that are left say “discover what you’re missing.”

In the message to the seller, you can specify which colors you’d like to have. ⇢ Etsy – $4.50.


Out of Print Banned Books Matchbox Set

Out of Print Banned Books Matchbox Set. To support the freedom to read, Out of Print released a set of five match boxes. On the back of each one, you’ll find a message about banned and challenged books.

The box features five books: Slaughterhouse-Five, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Black Beauty, Fahrenheit 451, and Song of Solomon. ⇢ Amazon – $22.99.


I Read Banned Books V-neck T-shirt

“I Read Banned Books” V-neck T-shirt. A simple, bold statement is all you need. This v-neck t-shirt is contoured for a feminine, classic fit, but you can choose from a dozen of others apparel styles, both for women and men.

The t-shirt is available in five colors, including Deep Red, and Light Steel. Sizes from S to 2X. ⇢ Zazzle – $38.45.


Read Banned Books Throw Pillow

Read Banned Books Throw Pillow. Who said banned books gifts and accessories have to be bold and minimalist? Take a look at this cute cat reading a banned book.

Designed by Sue Cervenka, this illustration is available on Redbubble on over 40 items, including personal accessories, clothing, and home decor. ⇢ Redbubble – $19.


Burning Books Scented Candle

Burning Books Literary Candle. Burn candles, not books! This scented candle reveals the scent of cinnamon, combined with orange and fir. It smells like you’re sitting by a fire reading your favorite banned book.

The candle is sold in a glass jar, with eight fluid ounces of natural soy wax. ⇢ Etsy – $14.


"Cause Baby Now We Have Banned Books" iPhone Case

“Cause Baby Now We Got Banned Books” iPhone Case. The design from Lovely Owls Books can be placed on iPhone cases (including 6S and 6S Plus), as well as cases for Samsung smartphones.

You can choose between snap or tough case. Skins are available for selected models. ⇢ Redbubble – $29.


Bookful Anita Designs Banned Books Mug

Bookful Anita Designs Banned Books Mug. A classic white ceramic mug gets an inspirational design with the titles of banned books party covered with black stripes.

“Perfect for bookworms, bookaholics, bibliophiles, librarians, teachers, coffee drinkers, tea drinkers, cocoa drinkers, basically perfect for everyone that likes to read banned books.” ⇢ Etsy – $14.95.


Banned Book Scarf

Banned Books Scarf. A perfect gift for a book lover who wants to celebrate the freedom to read. This soft cream silk scarf, made from jersey knit fabric, features the titles that were restricted in libraries and schools between 1990 to 2010.

The titles, over 20 of them, are hand-printed in a variety of fonts. ⇢ Etsy – $45.


"I Read Banned Books" Aluminum Bookmark

Banned Books Aluminum Bookmark. From Book Friend Etsy shop comes a bookmark saying “I read banned books.” It’s made from aluminum. The design is printed on one side and covered with a permanent glossy finish. It measures 5 × 1.25 inches. ⇢ Etsy – $5.95.


Literary Emporium I Read Banned Books Enamel Pin

“I Read Banned Books” Enamel Pin. From our favorite Etsy shop with bookish gifts, Literary Emporium, comes a charming enamel pin stating “I read banned books.”

This shiny little badge is made from durable hard enamel and nickel and measures 2.5 × 2 cm. ⇢ Etsy – $9.70.


"I'm with the Banned" T-shirt

“I’m with the Banned” T-shirt. Here is another t-shirt that will let people know you support “read banned books” initiative. It’s a unisex, pre-shrunk, 100% cotton t-shirt that’s available in sizes from S to 3XL.

You can choose from sixteen colors, including Charcoal, Red, and Sapphire. ⇢ Amazon – $16.99.


Banned Books Notebook

Banned Books Notebook. From a popular collection by Out of Print comes a notebook with blacked out words from the titles of banned and challenged books.

This composition notebook is great to record your ideas before revealing them to the world. It contains 160 pages of college-ruled paper. The size is 7.5 x 9.75 in (19.06 x 24.77 cm). ⇢ Out of Print – $6.


Banned Books Copper Necklace

Banned Books Copper Necklace. This beautiful necklace from Just Duckie Designs features a copper disc that has “I read banned books” stamped on it. It’s accompanied by a sterling silver book charm. ⇢ Etsy – $32.


"Ban Ignorance Not Books" Tote Bag

“Ban Ignorance Not Books” Tote Bag. You’ve come across this message before. “Ban ignorance, not books” combined with the icon of an opened book is available on a heavyweight natural canvas tote bag. ⇢ Amazon – $13.99.


Books Won't Stay Banned Baby Jersey Bodysuit

“Books Won’t Stay Banned” Baby Jersey Bodysuit. Even if the book is banned now, it won’t be when your baby grows up. This typographic design is also available as girl’s and boy’s apparel, as well as adult’s.

This particular bodysuit can be bought in one of five colors: White, Yellow, Pink, Light Blue, and Key Lime Green. ⇢ Zazzle – $16.95.


Wear Banned Books Pendant

“Wear Banned Books” Pendant. This stylish pendant from The Creative Manifesto includes bits from the classic books that were banned. The paper strips are inside a small cage that is available either as antiqued copper or aged brass.

On the picture above you see two pendants to represent the color difference of metal frames. You’ll get one of these, not two. ⇢ Etsy – $12.


Good Girls Read Banned Books T-shirt

“Good Girls Read Banned Books” T-shirt. Here is another design from Zazzle. You can get it on a women’s American Apparel fine jersey t-shirt, shown above, or 130 other clothes.

Available in five light colors for women’s line, including Pale Pink, and Light Blue. ⇢ Zazzle – $24.95.


Banned Books Pouch

Banned Books Pouch. Designed by the team from Out of Print, this practical pouch is 9 by 6 inches in size and closes with a zipper. If you buy it, a book will be sent to a community in need.

Made from 100% cotton. ⇢ Amazon – $12.


I Read Banned Books Keychain

I Read Banned Books Keychain. A perfect gift for a book lover or librarian. This stylish keychain is made of 14 gauge industry- labeled aluminum that has a brushed look

Each letter in the text “I read banned books” is hand-stamped, letter by letter, creating an impression of uniqueness. ⇢ Etsy – $8.99.


"I Love Banned Books" Travel Mug

“I Love Banned Books” Travel Mug. This stainless steel travel mug features a typographic word cloud showcasing the most popular banned books.

The mug is dishwasher-safe and has a double-wall vacuum insulation technology to help maintain temperature for longer. ⇢ Amazon – $22.50.

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Vintage composition notebook iPhone case

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Innovative reading light

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Hands-free pillow stand

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