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Best gifts and deals for book lovers - Christmas 2018 shopping season

Best literary gifts under $25 to get before Christmas 2018 / Images: Amazon, Etsy

Here are 18 literary gifts and deals under $25 that we’ve found on Amazon and Etsy.

Are you looking for a literary gift you could give this Christmas?

We’ve spent long hours to find and compare the products that would make great bookish gifts and are currently available at low or lowered prices.

Opposite to our popular list of the best literary gifts of 2018, this overview includes only the items that cost $25 or less.

The prices of some of these gifts have been cut for Black Friday and Christmas 2018 shopping season, so it’s the best time to buy them right now.

How to find literary deals?


Option 1 – go directly to Amazon Handmade – a section with all things handmade and vintage. In the top bar, choose “Gifts,” and then “Under $25.” Then, in the search box, type the product you are looking for.

⇢ Literary gifts under $25

Option 2 – use the search box to look for specific items (for instance “literary necklace”), and sort displayed results by “Price: Low to High.” Narrow down the selection by picking up the categories you are most interested in – choose them in the left sidebar.


Etsy is the largest online marketplace with vintage and handcrafted items: home decor, jewelry, personal accessories, posters, clothing, and anything you could imagine.

Option 1 – explore the best literary shops on Etsy and check out if there are any deals. The favorite destinations for book lovers on Etsy are:

Obvious State Literary Emporium The Locket Library Fable & Black Bookity Akinto Jezebel Charms

Option 2 – use the search box to find the product. Try to be as specific as possible. Using the word “literary,” “bookish,” or “bookworm” will help you find the relevant items quicker. Then, check the box “On sale” on top of the left sidebar. Additionally, you can sort the results by “Lowest Price.”

18 literary gifts and deals for Christmas 2018

1. A set of six bookmarks of classic authors

Classic Authors boommarks - a set of 6 - holiday 2018 gift ideas for book lovers

East Grove Studio offers unique portraits of classic authors on multiple items.

For instance, you can get a gift pack of six bookmarks for only $4.00. Each bookmark includes the author’s portrait and famous quote. ⇢ Amazon Handmade.

2. “Read” keychain

Holiday gift guide for book lovers - Read keychain

From Love Maude comes this beautiful keychain that’s one of our favorite literary gifts of 2018.

The text is hand-lettered and sealed under a glass dome. Now the price of the keychain is reduced by 20%, to $10.40. ⇢ Etsy.

3. “Books Before Boys” bracelet

Books Before Boys bracelet - Black Friday and Christmas 2018 bookish gifts

Are you looking for an affordable literary jewelry? Take a look at this adjustable, lightweight, 100% aluminum bracelet that features the text “book before boys.” Priorities matter, right?

The bracelet is offered for $16.00 and is hand-crafted to order, which usually takes 4 to 5 days. ⇢ Amazon Handmade.

4. Literary tote bag

Literary Tote Bag from Obvious State - Black Friday 2018 deals and gifts

For a limited time, Obvious State offers on Etsy all their products for prices slashed by 20%. It’s the best chance to get the beautiful poster, mug, or stationery for the lowest possible price.

This tote bag, featuring the beautiful floral background and a quote by William Wordsworth is one of Obvious State’s bestsellers. You can get it now for $19.20 instead of $24.00. ⇢ Etsy.

5. “Book Worm” ring

Bookish gifts Black Friday 2018 beyond - Book Worm ring

You are looking at one of the cutest literary gifts of 2018. The “book worm” ring is handmade to order by Stamped Love.

The ring is 100% aluminum. It means it’s durable, lightweight, flexible, and tarnish-free. Price: $9.99. ⇢ Amazon Handmade.

6. “Book of Spells” scented candle

Book of Spells scented candle - holiday guide 2018 to literary gifts

If you are into book-scented perfumes and candles, you should try the new fragrance offered by Old Soul Artisan.

This soy candle is inspired by “the enchantment of a secret book of spells, the one that you dream of stumbling upon one day in a neglected basement of an old library.”

The current price is one of the lowest in this segment – $15.99. ⇢ Amazon Handmade.

7. “Just One More Chapter” pillow

Just One More Chapter Pillow - Christmas 2018 gifts for book lovers

Available in black or white, this handmade cushion cover features the quote every avid book reader will agree with.

You can also order a custom text to be hand-lettered on the pillow. For a limited time, the price is set at $13.49 ($14.99). ⇢ Etsy.

8. “Nevermore” t-shirt

Nevermore The Raven Edgar Allan Poe T-shirt - Black Friday literary deals 2018

The t-shirt is available for both women and men, in either white or heather gray. Besides the classic shape, there is also a tank top.

The artwork features the text from “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe. You can currently buy the t-shirt at the price reduced by 15% – $20.26. ⇢ Etsy.

9. “Art of Literary Conversation” game

Art of Literary Conversation - Black Friday Christmas 2018 gifts deals

From TAOC comes a series of games that help build communication skills in several topics.

One of the games is focused on literature. “Art of Conversation – Literary” will help you talk about the books you have read in a whole new way. The game is offered for $12.95 – a price is reduced by 14%, from $14.99. ⇢ Amazon.

10. Wooden book page holder

Black Friday Christmas 2018 deals gifts - wooden book page holder

This wooden book page holder is handmade in Ukraine and listed currently as Amazon Choice product.

The holder is perfectly polished and covered with protective oil. It’s designed to fit both thin and thick books. With a price of $11.99, it’s one of the cheapest gifts in this overview. ⇢ Amazon Handmade.

11. Bookshelf necklace

Bookshelf Necklace - gift ideas and deals for Black Friday and Christmas 2018

A beautiful minimalist necklace in the shape of a bookshelf is offered on Etsy by Infinite & Darling.

The necklace can be personalized by adding a charm with custom initials. You can currently save 20% and get it for $20.53. ⇢ Etsy.

12. Book page rose

Book page rose - bookish Christmas gift ideas 2018

A perfect Christmas decoration – a rose made of pages from a Harry Potter book.

The rose is 5 inches wide and costs only $8.00. Other shapes and flowers are also available. ⇢ Amazon Handmade.

13. “Book Hearts” garland

Upcycled Book Heart Garland - bookish gift ideas Black Friday Christmas 2018

Here is another idea for affordable home decoration – a 6 feet garland hand-crafted from recycled pages of various books.

The garland is a perfect wedding or Christmas decoration, and you can get it currently for only $4.99. ⇢ Etsy.

14. “Treat Yo Shelf” enamel pin

Treat Yo Shelf enamel pin - bookish gifts Christmas 2018

Treat yourself with this gorgeous bookish enamel pin that is shaped to look like a bookshelf, and comes with a text: “treat yo shelf.”

The pin measures 30 × 25 mm and is silver-plated with black enamel. It’s currently on sale – you can grab it for $9.69 and save 15%. ⇢ Etsy.

15. Literary camp mug

Literary Camp Mug - Black Friday Christmas 2018 gifts for book lovers

Camp mugs are a hot item this season. They are durable, won’t break, and have the classic feel.

Take a look at the mug from Mirkwood Scribes. The text “you can’t read all day if you don’t start in the morning” is accompanied by beautiful floral ornaments.

The mug currently costs $16.50 and is ready to ship in 3-5 days. ⇢ Etsy.

16. “Good Books” metal camp mug

Good Books Metal Mug - literary deals gifts Christmas 2018

Here is another camp mug we love this year. It’s offered by Create Your Joy and has a cute design that features the text “warm tea, good books, soft pillows, fine company.”

This 11 oz. mug is dishwasher-safe and you can get it for only $12.99. ⇢ Amazon Handmade.

17. Read poster

Read poster - Black Friday and Christmas 2018 gifts deals

A great gift for the book-loving kid in your family.

This beautiful, lively “read” poster is available on Etsy as an instant download so that you can print it out by yourself. You will receive a set of 300 dpi image files. The poster is currently on sale, available for only $2.77 (50% off). ⇢ Etsy.

18. Art bookends

Bookish gift ideas for Black Friday Christmas 2018 - affordable bookends

These designer non-skid bookends from Fasmov have a padded base to prevent slipping.

The package contains two bookends in black. The price is currently set at only $12.99. Other colors and shapes are also available. ⇢ Amazon.

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Where to buy literary gifts?

These online stores offer the largest selection of bookish gifts of all kinds.

Amazon Handmade – many users find gifts for mom and dad on Amazon. When you search the entire store, you may easily get disappointed with too many items that look cheap. However, in Amazon’s sub store called Handmade, you can find goods that are beautifully hand-crafted to order and can be personalized.

Not on the High Street – the site is a default online destination for gift-seeking users from the UK. If you want to find inspiration for homemade gift ideas for dad, this is the site you should check out.

Zazzle – it’s one of the largest online destinations for gifts and accessories of all kinds. You can pick up an artwork and choose the item you want it on. If you prefer to use your own photo or design – you can do it! A customized gift for mom? Try Zazzle.

Literary Emporium – an online store dedicated to all kinds of literary gifts, one of the favorite destinations of book lovers in the UK. You can find here clothing, jewelry, personal accessories, as well as stationary & prints.

Etsy – visit Etsy and you’ll immediately realize that it’s loaded with gorgeous gifts a daughter or son would love to give their dad. As all items are made to order, there are several ways to add a personal message – also for the bookish items listed above.

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