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There is a newer list: 37 new unique gifts to give book readers this holiday season
There are hundreds of thousands of bookish gifts and accessories that you can find on the web.
Sometimes, a beautifully hand-lettered quote from a favorite novel printed on a throw pillow or iPad case will instantly win book nerd’s heart.
Sometimes, it’s enough if you see the one word “read” on a keychain. Sometimes, you’d want something way smarter than that.
When you start exploring literary gift ideas, you can quickly get lost. There are too many great-looking items, and your wish list becomes too long in no time.
We have an idea. Let’s explore only the gifts that have been recently released. It is a way to find something new, inspiring, and unique.
We’ve rounded up the best new arrivals at Etsy, Amazon Handmade, and UK’s Not on the High Street. They are so fresh that some of them haven’t even earned the first reviews.
What matters, however, is the first impression. Are you ready?
21 best literary gifts for book lovers in 2018
Book Page Wrap Bracelets. Lovers of literary jewelry will love these bracelets from Gemini Vintage. Each bracelet is created from the pages of a novel, covered with polyacrylic for protection, and strung with alternating glass and gunmetal beads in different colors.
You can choose from a few themes, including Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, and Outlander (shown above). Available in three sizes: 8, 9, and 10 inches. ⇢ Amazon – $34.99.
Scrabble Bookmark from Recycle Vintage Game Pieces. Do you want a refreshingly new idea for a bookish accessory?
Take a look at this beautiful bookmark handmade by English Gems. It features a piece from a recycled Scrabble game, which measures approximately 20 mm in diameter.
The best thing is that the bookmark will arrive complete with a choice of extra letters wrapped in a gift bag so that you can pick up the one you like the most. ⇢ Amazon – $9.99.
Vintage “Read” Keychain. From Love Maude, one of our favorite literary Etsy shops, we’ve picked up the beautiful hand-lettered keychain sealed under a glass dome.
You can also choose the keychains with quotes by Emily Brontë, Jane Austen, and Emily Dickinson. ⇢ Etsy – $10.99.
Bibliophile Ceramic Vase. This book-shaped vase will add literary feel to any room. You can put inside kitchen utensils, pencils, or fresh flowers. An inspiring quote by Louisa May Alcott is featured on the back side.
The vase measures 5 × 6.5 × 2.25 inches and is a part of a beautiful series created by award-winning illustrator and designer Jane Mount. ⇢ Amazon – $24.99.
Book Paper Rose Bouquet. If you are looking for book-inspired home decor, this vintage paper bouquet is something you will immediately fall in love.
Handmade in the UK from old and damaged copies of English-language novels, the bouquet includes 5 or 6 beautifully formed paper roses – a perfect home decor for Christmas, wedding or family anniversary.
Each rose head measures about the same as natural rose. ⇢ Amazon – $39.99.
Kindle Paperwhite 4. The long-expected 4th-generation Paperwhite is the most exciting Kindle in years, and the only e-reader you need.
The Paperwhite is waterproof. You can take it to a bath or swimming pool, and even if it’s left 2 meters underwater for one hour, nothing will happen to it. The new Kindle will enable you to listen to Audible audiobooks. The bigger storage (8 or 32 GB) will let you upload hundreds of audiobooks for offline playing.
Finally, there is a sleek design, with a smooth glass front, giving more pleasure from reading than ever before. ⇢ Amazon – $129.99.
Old Library Trifold Case for Amazon Fire HD 8. For happy users of the 2018 8-inch Fire tablet, there is a case that features a wonderfully magical design of an old library.
The case cover can be transformed into a stand, either vertical for viewing or horizontal for writing. It is lightweight, protective, and supports Fire’s auto sleep/wake function. ⇢ Amazon – $16.99.
Writer Name T-shirt. Referring to a famous quote by Jack Kerouac, one day you will find the right t-shirt, and it will be simple.
Like the one created by Exploring with Words. A t-shirt for Sylvia Plath says “Plath,” for Jack Kerouac – “Kerouac.” Why need anything more than that?
Exploring with Words shop offers on Etsy over 70 other t-shirts with writer names. Each one is made from a premium-quality, soft fabric, offering a perfectly worn-in vintage look. ⇢ Etsy – $25.99.
Camel Leather Hand-stitched Bookmark Corner. This beautiful bookmark will help you mark the place in the book not by putting it between the pages but by slipping it onto the corner of the page.
The bookmark is hand-stitched from eco-tanned camel leather and it is designed with a thumb tab for easy opening. ⇢ Amazon – $19.99.
Personalized Hand-stamped Metal Bookmark. If you are looking for a DIY gift for book lovers, make things easier – choose the one that can be personalized for you.
Just like the metal bookmark handmade to order from copper and measuring 2.5 × 13 cm. It has a leather piece attached to the top making it easier to find your marked spot.
In a message to the seller, write down the message you want to be engraved on the front of the bookmark. ⇢ Etsy – $13.99.
Customizable “Save Your Progress” Wooden Bookmark. This clever bookmark refers to reading books in the digital times but can be used only in the classic print book;-)
The bookmark is handmade from 1/8-inch Baltic birch, and you can order it to come with a custom name, having the final text like this: “Would you like to save your progress, Emily?” ⇢ Amazon – $9.99.
“Bookworm on the Loose” Tote Bag. A funny gift idea for a book nerd in your life. The bag features a cheerful design decorated in colorful books and a text “bookworm on the loose (with books to devour).”
The bag includes a 38 mm metal and plastic book badge. ⇢ Etsy – $13.50.
Custom “Protagonist” Glass Dome Necklace. This minimalist design from Unicorn Culture shows the word “protagonist” sealed under a real glass dome.
You can choose between a bronze or silver finish. The best thing is that there is also an “antagonist” necklace. Buy two, and each day you’ll have the freedom to decide who you are going to become. ⇢ Amazon – $12.99.
Jane Austen Public Library Card Hip Flask. A perfect gift for him – the 6 oz hip flask featuring the iconic design of a public library due-date card for Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
You can customize the title and author. When placing an order, write down the desired text in a message to seller. ⇢ Etsy – $16.95.
Cyboris Book-shaped Super Bass Bluetooth Speaker. In the era of digital audiobooks, Bluetooth-enabled speakers and headphones are more important for book lovers than ever before.
Now, when all Kindle models are capable of playing audiobooks, you can get this Hi-Fi stereo portable speaker and put it among the books on a shelf – it was designed to resemble the real book!
The speaker is available in three colors: Beige, Cyan, and Magenta. With a battery capacity between 6600 and 13200 mAh, it can be used as a power bank. ⇢ AliExpress – $59.99.
“If My Book is Open” Coffee Mug. From a new pool of coffee mugs offered on Amazon Handmade by Awesomized Gift shop, we’ve picked the one saying: “If my book is open, your mouth is closed.”
Beautifully designed using a hand-drawn typeface, the text is available on an 11 or 15 fl. oz dishwasher and microwave safe mug. ⇢ Amazon – $9.99.
Stylish White Ballerina Bookends. Are you looking for a light and minimalist bookends that would look great against the dark wall?
Take a look at the bookends crafted from iron and painted in white. Featuring ballet dancers, they are ideal for a bedroom or to organize cookbooks in a modern kitchen. ⇢ Amazon – $28.99.
Book-like Storage Box. From All Things Brighton Beautiful comes a series of storage boxes that look like real classic books.
The boxes will make a great home decor in every room. They are ideal for storing a variety of household items or could be used as secret storage compartments hidden among other books on the bookshelf.
Available in three designs: gray, green, and burgundy. Ships from the UK. ⇢ Not on the High Street – £17.95.
Bibliophile Replica Typewriter Bracelet. Take a look at a fresh new bracelet from Little Frou Frous. It’s made with replica typewriter keys and fastens with a lobster claw and chain clasp.
The first part of the word “bibliophile” shows big typewritten letters on pages from books, while the remaining part displays the letters against the black background.
The length of this beautiful bracelet can be adjusted between 7.5 and 9 inches. ⇢ Amazon – $27.95.
Harry Potter Quidditch Throw Pillow Cover. A gift idea not only for Harry Potter fans – an original design by Laura Wright Studio printed on a super soft cushion cover.
The design is printed on both sides of the pillow cover. You can order a custom print, as well. ⇢ Etsy – $29.50.
Book of Spells Old Books Scented Soy Candle. For everyone who is chasing for the addictive scent of old books in the era of the iPad and Kindle – this scented candle from Old Soul Artisan will fill the room with a fragrance inspired by soft well-worn leather and fragile yellowing pages.
“It smells earthy like black tea, slightly musty like old paper, and contains a deep woody richness of long-forgotten knowledge.”
The candle is hand-poured in small batches and comes in a classic round glass jar. With a beautifully designed label and gift box, the candle will make a perfect gift for book lovers. ⇢ Amazon – $15.99.
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Where to buy unique gifts for book lovers?
I hope you’ve found this list helpful. If not, make sure to explore our favorite online stores with the largest selection of bookish gifts.
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 artwork and choose the item you want it on. If you prefer to use your 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 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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