Gift Guide For Readers

We are almost at the end of 2020! While that is reason enough to celebrate, it is also the holidays! While that brings excitement and joy for a lot of people, it can also bring anxiety when it comes to buying gifts for loved ones. Here is a gift guide for readers in your life to help you find the perfect thing for everyone on your list.

Why are readers so difficult to shop for?

            Readers are a strange breed. We prefer staying in on a Friday evening with a good book, a glass of wine, and a cozy blanket. While it’s easy to know readers love books, that also means readers are difficult to shop for. Especially since it can be near impossible to know what books they already have. Unless you ask for your reader’s entire catalog of books, you may want to consider book-themed, bookish gifts, instead.

What are bookish gifts?

            Bookish gifts can range from something as simple as a mug with the saying “I’d rather be reading”. Or a personalized book embosser saying “From the library of …” The best thing about bookish gifts is that you can find just about anything and make it literary-themed. If you know someone who loves cooking as much as they love reading, a cookbook would be a good idea. Or, if they enjoy working out, perhaps a yoga mat? There are tons of ideas out there, all you need to do is add “bookish” or “literary” to your search.

Gift Guide for Readers:

If you have no idea where to begin looking for gifts, here’s a list of ideas for you. This is by no means comprehensive, but it should help get you started.

  • Literary themed tea: Many readers enjoy a nice cuppa with their book so surprise your reader with a tea themed to match their favorite author or series? My go to tea shop is Happy Turtle Tea. They have so many great teas to pick from and have tea themed gifts too.
  • Book lovers coffee: If tea isn’t your reader’s favorite, consider some coffee beans roasted specifically with readers in mind. A warm cup of coffee and a good book can help the day start off right.
  • Bookish tea towels: If your reader already has the perfect drink for their book, why not get them an adorable tea towel to hang in their kitchen or lay next their mug to hold their biscuits. 
  • Enamel pins: Many readers love to show off their love for books or their favorite book series. One of the best ways to do that is to proudly display enamel pins on their bags or jackets. Enamel pins not only look great but are more durable than buttons and are less likely to break or fall apart.
  • Bookmarks: Readers are known to use anything and everything to hold their place in a book. While receipts, scraps of paper, a cell phone, or even a driver’s license can make decent place holders, there’s something special and amazing about having a bookmark specifically for a book. The magic of having a bookmark that matches the book you’re reading is one of the best things ever.
  • Bookish candles: Scents have a way of taking you back in time, transporting you to a new world, or bring the comfort of a familiar place. There are many candles out there that either smell like a library or are themed to match a book. Either type of candle is sure to bring a smile to your reader’s face.
  • Reading log: There’s nothing worse than remembering a snippet of a book but not having enough of it to google. There are websites out there to help you try and track down the book you’re thinking of. However, to prevent that from happening, a reading log is a great place to keep track of all the books read. Readers can make notes about how long a book took them, their thoughts while reading, and their rating of the book after.
  • Bookish scarves and headbands: Storiart is one of the places to go. They make gloves, scarves, headbands, blankets, and an assortment of other items that have popular stories printed on the fabric. Not only do they look amazing, but they help your writer stay nice and cozy while reading.
  • Literary pillows: Readers tend to read in some of the strangest positions. To help make them more comfortable, consider getting them a pillow with literary quotes or other bookish type things. Not only will it look great on your reader’s bed, it could help them finish “one last chapter.”
  • Literary jewelry: Just like the enamel pins, jewelry is another great way to show off one’s love for books. You can find earrings, bracelets, pendants, and more. They might be fashioned after symbols in a book or made from the very pages of your reader’s favorite story. 

Where to find these gifts?

While you can definitely find many of these things on Amazon, I highly encourage you to look for small businesses that sell what you’re looking for, either local or online. You can do a Google search, look on Etsy, check out Redbubble or Society 6, or even commission an artist to make what you’re looking for. While it may take you a little longer to get the gift (not many small businesses have Prime shipping), you will not only brighten your reader’s day, but also help someone else keep their business afloat during this crazy year.