Giving someone a gift is always a kind gesture. But if you want to go above and beyond, opt for something that speaks to a topic or hobby they're passionate about. Taking this thoughtful route ensures the gift will be meaningful to them, and it also helps you focus your search. As an avid reader and writer, I'm particularly well-equipped to curate a wish list for bookworms.
So if you're wondering what to get someone and you know they enjoy literature, look no further: This is the ultimate gift guide for book lovers. From thoughtful cards to affordable and punny knickknacks, high-fashion clutches, and limited-edition classic books that cost more than a used car, this is the definitive list of gifts a book lover would appreciate at every budget.
Scroll through the 25 book lover gift ideas below to get started, or if you happen to be a book lover yourself, get ready to treat yourself (or pass it on to someone who will spoil you).
A Bookcase or Library Ladder
Give them a subtle hint that they should organize their massive collection of books, while also making their living room feel like their favorite place on earth a library. Since it's a larger piece of furniture, make sure they have enough room.
This shelving unit is reminiscent of a library ladder, making it a fun way to display their books along with their favorite décor items.
A Pair of Bookends
If their space isn't big enough for an entire bookcase or library ladder, send the same message by gifting them a playful pair of bookends instead.
These marble bookends are elegant and affordable so the book lover in your life will be able to keep their prized possessions looking beautiful at all times.
Dining and Reading
This imaginative coffee table book is the best gift ever for anyone who loves food, classic literature, and photography. Each page is a photographic interpretations of interpretations of culinary moments from books such as the madcap tea party from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the watery gruel from Oliver Twist, the lavish chicken breakfast from To Kill a Mockingbird, the stomach-turning avocado-and-crabmeat salad from The Bell Jar, and the seductive cupcakes from The Corrections, and more (don't worry, the clam chowder in Moby Dick makes an appearance).
Similar to the above, only this is more recipe-oriented and focuses on cocktails rather than food. Now they can curl up with their favorite book and a corresponding drink, like The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose, Love in the Time of Kahlua, A Rum of One's Own, and Vermouth the Bell Tolls. So many good puns it hurts.
Artwork Inspired by Literature
Does your book lover appreciate art as well? Gift them with a beautiful photograph like this one inspired by The Picnic at Hanging Rock.
A Book Clutch
Olympia Le-Tan's handstitched clutch bags are a work of art in and of themselves. In fact, they're beautiful enough to display at home when you're not bringing it out for a special occasion.
This bubblegum pink design will introduce a whimsical pop of color to any wardrobe, and it will make a well-read fashionista happy.
A Bedside Reading Light
This retro-looking table lamp reminds us of a lamp you'd find in a handsome old parlor, study, or library, only it has a modern edge to it that makes it even cooler.
The frosted crystal bulb table lamp will be the perfect companion for a bookworm who likes to curl up in bed with a good story for hours. Make sure they have a great nightlight by their side so they don't strain their eyes.
With patchouli, leather, and vanilla base notes, it's no wonder this candle was named after a library. Thoughtful, sophisticated, and totally useable, this gift won't break the bank, but it will get the job done.
Book boasts a moody, woodsy scent that was inspired by classic authors, making it another great scent to give to a literary lover.
Customized Sets and Collectables
I stumbled upon my dream shopping corner in London: On one side of the road was Dover Street Market, and on the other was Peter Harrington, a bookstore filled with one-of-a-kind collectible books like this one, published at the historic Hogarth Press and with a dust jacket designed by Vanessa Bell.
A beautiful set of William Faulkner books to transport our minds to Yoknapatawpha County for a serious mental workout. What could be better for a book lover?
Knickknacks and Puns
David Foster Wallace's cheeky, intelligent, dark humor in the form of a greeting card is a great way to save money while also showing your favorite book lover you've been thinking of them.
On a similar note, this Fran Leibowitz pin is perfect if you're looking for something funny, smart, and thoughtful but affordable.
This hand-embroidered art object/book pillow is unique and special for any bookworm who especially loves queer theory.
Anyone who appreciates language and words will love this literal matchbook. There are a ton of titles and cover options, but we especially love the color scheme.
A Book Within a Book
If your book lover is a sucker for intertextuality, then gift them a book that plays with familiar texts in creative ways. This one adopts famous lines from classic literature and repurposed them in original poetry.
This one, in particular, is a children's book of poems about Mary and her lamb. It's a great gift for a precocious child or budding bookworm.
Buzzy New Books
The latest Murakami collection of short stories is a must-read in 2017 and will surely become a classic down the line.
Little Fires Everywhere is a page-turner. If the book lover in your life hasn't read it yet, I'm sure it's on their list, so they'll appreciate you saving them a trip to the store.
And last but not least is this bonus gift. Though we love the physical joys of leafing the pages of a worn book, an e-reader is simply more practical for anyone who reads a ton, especially while traveling.
Do you have any gift ideas for book lovers? Share them with us in the comments below.