Gifts for Book Lovers in 2021
How often do you read? You might appreciate a good book from time to time, but we all know a bonafide bookworm when we see one. However, being a bibliophile goes beyond ink and paper. From tools to help stay organized to devices that enhance reading, we’ve got some of the best gifts for book lovers on our list.
Look through to see some of the best gifts for book lovers. Perhaps you could get inspired to get one for your bibliophile friend.
Gifts for Book Lovers
Is your friend a casual reader or a bookworm? If yes, you should consider the Amazon Kindle as the perfect gift for readers of all frequencies. Amazon’s Kindle makes reading fun and is easier than picking up a hardcover. The Amazon Kindle is portable and suitable for most readers, regardless of how small their hands are. It has a 167-PPI glare-free screen that makes you feel like you’re reading an actual book. You can also control the screen brightness — making the Kindle perfect for indoor and outdoor reading. On rare occasions that you find yourself in a dark room, you can use the built-in front light to read without bothering your friends.
Besides browsing for books and reading them, there’s a limitation to what you can do with the Kindle. On the flip side, this limited functionality means that the product’s battery lasts longer. This e-book reader can last up to six weeks on a single charge—the battery life is insane. You can carry it on vacations, camping without having to worry about charging sockets or cables. Downloads are as smooth and convenient as you can imagine. The Kindle comes with 8GB of storage ready to go, and a library that contains millions of books. Just search, download, and you’re ready to read. What’s more? There’s an Audible integration that allows you to switch between your e-book and audiobook when you desire. Amazon’s Kindle is rugged and can withstand abuse without breaking a sweat. As long as your friend can take proper care and maintain it properly, it should work for many years to come, making your initial investment worthwhile.
Connection with Amazon Audible
167 PPI glare-free screen
- Weight6.1 ounces
Long-lasting battery life
Comes with audiobook support
Holds millions of books
Needs Wi-Fi connection to surf most parts of the web
Limited book catalog
We’ve all had cases where we had to read a book at night. Night reading has been found to reduce stress levels, increase concentration levels, and help with sleep. However, while reading in the night’s calm is satisfying, it can be harrowing reading under poor light conditions. The Vekkia Rechargeable LED Book Light is the perfect lighting solution that allows you to read more books before bedtime.
Vekkia’s book light comes with SMI LED lighting, thrice as bright as the usual LED. The book light also brings control and convenience, as you can adjust the color temperature and brightness. This means you can increase the color temperature and make it cooler and energizing or warmer, so it gives a more relaxing glow. The light itself is eye-caring and soft-diffused. So, while it’s strong enough to light up your book, it also won’t cause strain for photosensitive people. Vekkia’s book light features a 1,000mAh battery that lasts up to sixty hours on a full charge. Lastly, you enjoy a lightweight build and a padded clamp, which gives you the flexibility for the best viewing.
SMI LED lighting
- Weight2.15 ounces
60 hours’ battery life
Improves convenience and personalization
Weak padded clamp
Overall fragile build
Know what goes well with a good book? Yes, you guessed it — a cup of warm tea. And in the world of tea, few products beat Bag Ladies Tea Novel Teas. A single pouch of this baby contains 25 tea bags ready to go. They’re made from English tea – a product that reduces stress and promotes cardiovascular health. With health benefits and great taste, this is one of the best gifts for book lovers.
Bag Ladies has also added some interesting content to Novel Teas. Every tea bag comes with a literary quote on it, making it super cool for book lovers.
English breakfast tea
Comes with a myriad of health benefits
Literary quote on each teabag
- BrandBag Ladies Tea
- Weight3.21 ounces
Great price for 25 teabags
Excellent flavor note
Small, difficult-to-read tags
Teabags aren’t individually wrapped
What better way to let people know you won’t be paying attention to them all weekend than with a shirt that says so? This Ann Arbor My Weekend Is All Booked T-Shirt is a quirky and accurate description of a bookworm’s weekend. They just love to read all day!
Made in the United States, this T-shirt comes with a silk-screened design that won’t wash or fall off easily, thanks to QCM screen printing inks. The printing inks are also crack and fade-resistant, adding to their durability. This Ann Arbor print shirt is made from cotton, rayon, and polyester. This material combination ensures heightened comfort, and the shirt’s pre-shrunk design allows you to wash it without worrying about shrinking.
QCM screen printing inks
Cotton, polyester, and rayon materials
- BrandAnn Arbor T-shirt Co.
- Weight3.21 ounces
No skin contaminants
Not suitable for small-sized women
These Blue Q Fuck Off I’m Reading Crew Socks are one way of dealing with people who love interrupting you while reading. These socks are perfect for the sassy avid reader. They’re available between shoe sizes five through ten. Made from cotton and spandex, they’re the perfect companion on a cold winter’s night as you enjoy a good read.
There seems to be a design flaw, according to customer reviews. Customers who bought this product complained about having a wrong-facing print, where the wordings are not visible on the outside of both socks. What happens is, one design shows on the inside of one sock while the other design faces out.
Cotton, spandex, and nylon materials +
Size 5-10 fit
- BrandBlue Q
- Weight0.32 ounces
Great at keeping the feet warm
Strong and long-lasting
Sizing fits most women
The quote could be termed offensive
Library kits are always a thoughtful gesture to give to the anti-social book lover. We all know they need the help, with many books lying around. This Knock Knock Personal Library Kit comes with 20 self-adhesive pockets and checkout cards. It also includes one date stamp with a pencil and a black ink pad. With all these tools, keeping track of borrowed books should be easier.
The Knock Knock kit is made from high-quality materials that are easy to use. However, as functional as it is, these kits have their drawbacks. Primarily, customers have complained about difficulty sharpening the pencil. Some bibliophiles have also complained about the library cards not being enough, despite coming with 20 library cards. Even worse, some customers claim the extra cards they ordered weren’t a perfect match for the box. To solve this problem, you might be better off ordering more than one set.
20 library cards in a set
Each set has a pencil
Library cards are reusable
- BrandKnock Knock
- Weight10.9 ounces
Reusable library cards
Pencil might be of poor quality
Another item on our book lovers’ gift ideas is The Book Lover’s Cookbook By Shaunda Kennedy Wenger And Janet Jensen, the perfect gift for a foodie who loves reading. Written by Shaunda Kennedy Wenger and Janet Kay Jensen, this book takes you through some interesting tales and highlights some special dishes’ details. From there, it shows you the steps for preparing the meals.
This Book Lover’s piece contains meals from books such as James Herriot’s “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” and Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol.” Whether you like homey comfort food or something to make during the holidays, The Book Lover’s Cookbook is your one sure source for different recipes. The book is available in hardcover, paperback, and on Amazon Kindle.
Contains hundreds of recipes
Easy-to-prepare foods for any reader
A great gift for readers who love to cook
- Weight15.7 ounces
- AuthorShaunda Kennedy Wenger, Janet Jensen
Different food recipes available
The book is available on several platforms
Some recipes aren’t detailed
We all know that feeling where you’re so into a book that you keep looking for an excuse to keep reading. “Just one more chapter,” you say. You can now have that emblazoned into a throw pillow. This 4TH Emotion Just One More Chapter Throw Pillow is beautiful. It comes in a calm peach color. The pillow consists of cotton and linen materials. While cotton ensures a fluffy feeling that guarantees comfort, the outer linen material also improves durability in the long term.
This throw pillow is quite gorgeous, but it traps much dirt. So, you will need to wash it regularly—a deal-breaker for some readers. Thankfully, the pillow is machine washable. It also features a zipper for you to remove the pillowcase and wash it instead of washing the entire thing.
Message emblazoned on one side
Cotton and linen material
Zipper on the side
- Brand4TH Emotion
- Weight2.82 ounces
Comfortable and long-lasting
Easy to wash and maintain
Material traps a lot of dirt
Comes in just one color
Book pendants aren’t so popular today. However, if you’ve got a retro-loving friend, this is an ideal gift to save for. The Legendary Book Pendant is quaint and lovely. It contains a simple message that reads, “Between the pages of a book is a lovely place to be.” For a person who appreciates reading, there’s hardly a sweeter message to tell.
However, this book pendant is not waterproof. So, you’ll need to take it off when it’s time for a bath or a swim. Water can seep into the pendant and damages the image.
Allow, bronze, and glass material
Has a message inside
- Weight0.634 ounces
Sharp, high-quality image
The pendant isn’t waterproof
Low-quality chain clamp
Few drinks go better with a book than tea. Wine is one such drink, and that’s what makes this wine glass unique. The Bevvee Stemless Wine Glass comes with an interesting message — “When I think about books, I touch my shelf.” Is it naughty and suggestive? Yes. Does it cause you to crack a smile? Absolutely.
This wine glass screams quality on all fronts. The text is etched, not printed. So, it stays on the glass for a long time. The glass material is also sturdy and reliable. But, there are some concerns around the glass shape. There’s no stem, which means that people with small hands won’t hold it well. Still, practice makes perfect. Thanks to a wide base, you can set the glass down anywhere when you’re not drinking.
17 oz. capacity
- Weight9.59 ounces
Etched text won’t come off quickly
Holds enough wine for a reading session
Wide base provides optimal stability
Not suitable for people with small hands
Bookshelves provide an excellent way to organize your books and keep them in order. For people who read a lot, they’re a critical piece of furniture. The Nathan James Theo Industrial Bookshelf is the ideal choice for bibliophiles whose book collection is getting out of hand. This industrial bookshelf is a vintage bookshelf that comes complete with drawers. It’s the perfect fit for a modern home, thanks to a minimalistic design, spatial efficiency, and optimal holding capacity.
In a room with ample space, this bookshelf can carry as much as 20 books. Even better, you can set the shelf up in less than an hour. The bookshelf is also ideal for displaying gaming consoles, décor, artwork, and other materials you want to show off. The shelf’s metal frame is reliable and strong, although its paint tends to wear off over time.
Comes with drawers
- BrandNathan James
- Weight60 pounds
Easy to set up
Great for modern-style apartments
Not compatible with sunlight
This is a set of 100 postcards designed by Penguin Books, one of the most popular publishing houses in the United Kingdom. Each one features an iconic Penguin book jacket that your friend can use to wrap their favorite books. Penguin Books has produced some of the most striking book covers over the years. This collection features some of the company’s most vibrant and exciting designs.
The Postcards From Penguin showcase the evolution of design styles from Penguin Books. They also take ink well without smudging or smearing. You can display these postcards anywhere around the house and have people cycle through them or use them to send a note to a fellow book lover. Imagine the joy on a friend’s face after receiving a postcard with their favorite book on it. Sadly, these postcards aren’t waterproof. Once wet, the quality shrinks, and you will most likely end up with an entirely damaged collection.
Designed by Penguin Books
- Weight1.64 pounds
Great gifts for fans of Penguin Books
Postcards hold their own for long
The postcards don’t smudge
Postcards aren’t waterproof
Commonly found in libraries, bookends are sturdy and tall structures that help keep books in upright positions. The INNOPLUS Bookends provide both functionality and aesthetic appeal, improving book organization, and lending some personality to your room. The bookends come with a sturdy metal material that won’t bend for years to come. There’s also a rubber padding on the bottom that enhances stability and reduces their chances of smearing any surface.
You’ll also love the bookends’ design. They’re rounded at the edges, reducing the risk of hurting you accidentally. The bookends’ surfaces are also powder-coated so that they won’t rust over time. You get two color variants — white and black. Feel free to choose the right color, depending on your décor. Sadly, customers have complained that the paint appears too cheap. Customers have also noted that the bookends may be too light. So, while they’re great for books and novels, they might not hold large academic texts in place.
Unique tree design
Rubber surface padding
- Weight2.53 pounds
Light and easy to use
Can hold as many books as you want
Maintains optimal stability
Lightweight build might not hold some books
Paint might wear off with time
This Out Of Print Book-Themed Tote Bag is an excellent expression of your love for reading and the literary arts. It also gives a fun spin to carry-on bags that any bookworm will appreciate. The bag features a cotton design that is lightweight and foldable for easy storage. Its inner partition measures 14 x 15.25 inches, while a 9-inch hanging strap improves comfort for carrying anything.
The bag also features an additional pocket with ample storage space for a bookmark, pen, or phone. With this Out of Print tote bag, the strap is quite flimsy. We noticed that many customers griped about this flaw. So, it’s best if you refrain from using this bag to carry heavy materials.
Literary print design
9-inch hanging strap
- BrandOut of Print
- Weight3.21 ounces
Suitable for men and women
Ample storage space
Foldable design improves ease of storage
Weak hanging strap
Give your bookworm friend a journey back in time. The Paddywax Candles Scented Soy Wax Candle is a thing of beauty. They contain a mixture of black raspberry, clove leaf, and birch wood scents that permeates the environment and keeps you relaxed as you read. With such lovely scents around, reading any book becomes almost twice as interesting right away.
Instead of reading lamps, let them light a few scented candles and enjoy the literary experience like the booklovers of old. Paddywax uses soy-blend wax and cotton wick to give the candles a beautiful burn. Sadly, customers have noted that the beautiful burn doesn’t last long.
Black raspberry, clove leaf, and birch wood scents
John Steinbeck-scented candles
- BrandPaddywax Candles
- Weight12 ounces
Wax burn is easily manageable
Lovely, sustained smell
The candle doesn’t last long
Academic bibliophiles need regular memory retention strategies and a strategy to contemplate what they read regularly. Journals can help with this, providing easy documentation that aids understanding. Designed by Rene J. Smith, this reader’s journal is sleek and beautiful. It’s a hardcover journal that comes with enough space to document your reading experience. The journal also makes things easy, providing sections for your book log, a reading wishlist, books you want to read, and more.
You also get a section where you can record books you lent and borrowed. Who needs a library card when you’ve got this journal? The Book Lover’s Journal By Rene J. Smith sturdy hard-paper banding makes it durable to hold. It measures 4½ inches in width and 7½ inches in height. With 216 pages inside, the book is perfectly portable for you to take anywhere.
Includes library card
216 pages in total
- Weight9.6 ounces
- AuthorRene J. Smith
Includes names of acclaimed authors and books
Includes different literary sections
Easy to carry around
It might have too much detail for some books
Got any wine lovers who also love to read? Well, Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails With A Literary Twist By Tim Federle is the right book for them. This literary work from Tim Federle is a cocktail recipe book. It won the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards and was also named in the top gift items for Entertainment Weekly book lovers.
Along with the wine recipes, Tequila Mockingbird includes drinking games that you can play with a few friends and some interesting bar bites that can go well with the wines. The Tequila Mockingbird is available in hardcover, on Amazon Kindle, and as an audiobook from Audible.
65 wine recipes
Available on paperback and Kindle
Available in audiobook
- Weight10.4 ounces
- AuthorTim Federle
Interesting puns make the book fun to read
Selection of cocktails and mocktails
You can’t love every drink
Bookstands are quite beneficial for reading. Besides being ergonomic, they help you read hands-free and save you from a sore back. They’re truly one of the unique gifts for book lovers. The MEGREZ Bamboo Foldable Book Stand comes in light brown but features over 20 design patterns from dragons to dandelions. The bookstand comes in just one color — light brown. However, you can find over 20 different designs available. From dragons and pandas to dandelions and bamboo patterns, they’re all available.
You can adjust the book stand to five separate angles, which will help display your book correctly. Two adjustable clasps on the front end will hold your book firmly to the stand to prevent any slipping. This stand is not ideal for some book types. Like the INNOPLUS Store Bookends, it struggles with thicker books. The clasps can only bend outward so much, and the base is pretty short. Stick with the J.K Rowlings’ and Toni Morrisons, but stay away from encyclopedias and other large academic texts.
Five adjustable angles
Over 20 intricate designs available
Clasps hold your book for stability
- Weight2.27 pounds
Convenient to use
Clasps are high-quality metal
Holds tablets, Chromebooks, and other devices too
Not suitable for all books
Last on our list of book lovers’ best gifts is A Thousand Books To Read Before You Die By James Mustich — a life-changing piece. Since we’ve all got a bucket list, why not ínclude one for your literary journey? This book provides a list of the very best books that appeal to most readers. It covers titles in science, fiction, poetry, and more. Not every reader will fall in love with them, as some customer reviews pointed out. However, there’s no way one of the titles won’t resonate with you.
From “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” to “A Grief Observed” by C.S. Lewis, this book is a bibliophile’s dream. Every featured book comes with its specific page entry, and you get a synopsis that builds your anticipation.
Inviting book entries
Titles are arranged based on subject
Available in paperback and on Kindle
- Weight3.3 pounds
- AuthorJames Mustich
Great for readers of all ages
Includes titles of all genres
You won’t like every title