20 perfect gift ideas for people who love to read

Michael Desjardin


Published 3: 46 PM EST Nov 12, 2019

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Shopping for someone who loves to read can tough, especially if you’re trying to avoid gifting them actual books. After all, some of us are a little bit picky about the sort of books we read.

That’s where we come in. As product experts, we’ve got a pretty good handle on what is and isn’t worth your money. This year, we’ve decided to carve out a little space for all of the bookworms in our lives.

So if you know someone who can’t keep their nose out of a book, consider borrowing one of these ideas.

1. For the on-the-go reader: Kindle Paperwhite

We’ve spent years testing Amazon’s Kindle e-readers and our writers use them outside of work on a regular basis. This holiday season, the best Kindle for most people is the 2018 Kindle Paperwhite. It offers a bright, crisp display and loads of storage, and it can be used to read thousands of books downloaded from the Amazon Kindle Store.

Get the Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon for $149.99

2. For the reader who won’t be outdone: Kindle Oasis

With its waterproof aluminum body, physical page turn buttons, and glass display, the new Kindle Oasis’s form and features feel luxurious when compared against the dependable functionality of a Kindle Paperwhite. If your book-loving friend or family member is serious about investing in an e-reader, the Kindle Oasis is the bookworm gift to beat this year.

Get the Kindle Oasis from Amazon for $279.99

3. For the minimalist book collector: Umbra Conceal floating bookshelf

Traditional bookcases are lovely, but their footprints can be too big for small-sized living spaces. These minimalist floating bookshelves, on the other hand, are a fun and flexible way to organize your book collection.

With books in place, the L-shaped shelves disappear, creating the illusion of a floating stack of books. This set of three bookshelves comes with all the necessary hardware, too.

Get the Umbra Conceal floating bookshelf (set of 3) from Amazon for $21.99

4. For the nostalgic bookworm: Postcards from Penguin card book

Penguin Books is known for its iconic paperback book covers. This collection of Penguin book cover postcards is a great way to share some literary nostalgia with the readers in your life—and a good way for them to share the same with their friends. Featuring 100 classic book covers on 100 individual cards, this set is perfect for folks who’re tickled by art and design. 

And here’s a bonus: If you gift someone a collection of elegant postcards, there’s a good chance you’ll get one of them as a thank-you note sometime down the road.

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Get the Postcards from Penguin card book from Amazon for $16.09

5. For the reader who listens to their books: 3-month Audible membership

Audiobooks have made it incredibly easy for people to keep up with their reading while commuting, exercising, or cooking dinner. Audible, Amazon’s audiobook subscription service, is a favorite of both our staff and our readers for its simplicity and incredible selection. It’s the perfect gift for the person who laments about their lack of available reading time.

With a three-month Audible membership, your book-obsessed loved one will enjoy a ridiculously large selection of audiobooks that can be accessed anytime, anywhere with the free Audible app.

Get a three-month Audible membership from Amazon for $45

6. For the book lover in search of some solitude: Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones

Of all the noise-canceling headphones we tested in 2019, the Sony WH-1000XM3 over-ears impressed us the most thanks to their comfortable fit, posh design, and superb noise-canceling performance.

There’s nothing worse than settling in for a good book and finding yourself consumed by the noisy distractions of the World around you. If the bookworm in your life has been searching for some peace and quiet, these Sony headphones are a perfect investment for longterm tranquility. (Did we also mention that they’re perfect for audiobooks?)

Get the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones from Amazon for $348

7. For the bookworm who reads in the tub: Your Majesty bathtub tray caddy

No longer should your loved one continue living a life in which they are not reading in the tub after a long day’s work. This bamboo bathtub caddy from Your Majesty is extra long to fit most tubs and features all of the slots and trays needed for wine, candles, and, of course, books.

Get the Your Majesty bathtub tray caddy from Amazon for $41.97

8. For Kindle Paperwhite owners: Official leather cover for the Kindle Paperwhite (2018)

If your book-loving friend or family member already owns the best-selling Kindle Paperwhite, surprise them with an attractive protective cover that’s refreshingly short on added bulk.

This leather cover is available in seven different colors (but if you ask us, there’s nothing more classic than black leather).

Get the Kindle Paperwhite leather cover from Amazon for $39.99

9. For book lovers who read in the dark: Perfectday rechargeable reading light

Portable reading lights should be slim, reliable, and rechargeable, and that’s exactly what the reader in your life will be getting with this reading light from Perfectday. There are three different brightness settings—each with its own color temperature.

Get the Perfectday rechargeable reading light from Amazon for $10.99

10. For stylish book fans: Momo folding book lamp

The Momo folding book lamp is a delightful, cozy piece of design that, like a good book, inspires and comforts with its energy. Should your loved one need a light to read by, the Momo folding book lamp is an evocative solution.

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Get the Momo folding book lamp from Amazon for $32.99

11. For the bookworm who enjoys setting the mood: Paddywax Library Collection Jane Austen soy wax candle

The Paddywax Library Collection features an array of scents designed to evoke the lives and work of literary legends. Consider the Jane Austen blend: gardenia, jasmine, and tuberose, the last of which is thought to leave a lascivious impression on those who smell it.

The burn time is 60 hours—but that’s just for the candle itself. Your passion might burn for a lifetime.

Get the Paddywax Library Collection Jane Austen soy wax candle from Amazon for $21.21

12. For the reader who likes to display their personal library: Sriwatana geometric bookends

Why frame your books with anything less than a modern, visually appealing bookend? These geometric bookends from Sriwatana feature a chic design without taking up too much space. Available in both black and white, they’re an elegant way to keep literature front and center.

Get the Sriwatana geometric bookends (1 pair) from Amazon for $13.99

13. For the foul-mouthed bibliophile: Bards Dispense Profanity card game

Bards Dispense Profanity is exactly what you think it is: a Cards Against Humanity-style game where every card features a reference to the works of William Shakespeare. There’s not much more to say about them, really, and that’s fine—brevity is the soul of wit, after all.

Get the Bards Dispense Profanity card game from Amazon for $24.95

14. For those who love the smell of old libraries: “Old Books” scented candle

Some people crave the musty atmospherics of an old library, and frankly, we can’t blame them. This natural soy wax candle from Old Castle Candles features an aroma that’s a dead-ringer for antique books on a dusty old shelf. Esoteric? You bet it is.

Get the Old Castle Candles “Old Books” scented candle from Amazon for $22

15. For the reader with a competitive streak: Ex Libris tabletop game

Ex Libris is a game in which one to four librarians square-off in a race to collect the biggest and best library of rare books. If this sounds a little too on the nose for the bookworm in your life, there’s a good chance they’ll get a kick out of it.

For literary-minded folks, Ex Libris is a perfect fit, since the game is focused on the alphabetization and the overall variety of any given book collection. As one Amazon reviewer put it, however, “don’t play with a librarian.”

Get the Ex Libris board game from Amazon for $42.94

16. For the classy reader: Hide & Drink leather bookmarks

Nothing says “I’m serious about reading books” like a big, honkin’ piece of cattle hide hanging out of the side of your copy of Moby Dick.

These hand-sewn leather bookmarks from Hide & Drink are far sturdier than an old envelope, a frayed baseball card, or whatever your loved one is currently using as a bookmark. 

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Get the Hide & Drink leather bookmarks (set of 3) from Amazon for $7.99

17. For the whimsical reader: Fred & Friends Sprout Little Green bookmarks

If leather bookmarks are too much for you, consider these ridiculously precious sprout-style bookmarks from Fred & Friends. Each pack comes with six sprout bookmarks, and each sprout features its own, special shade of green. Get ’em for the daydreamer in your life.

Get the Fred & Friends Sprout Little Green bookmarks (set of 6) from Amazon for $8.46

18. For the bookworm with big ideas: Book Darts line markers

It doesn’t need to be flashy to be thoughtful. Take Book Darts, for example: These old school, metallic line markers are quite possibly the simplest way to mark reference-worthy lines and passages without covering your precious books in sticky notes or ink.

The perfect stocking stuffer a side gift, Book Darts are simple, elegant, and sure to be appreciated.

Get the Book Darts line markers (125 count) from Amazon for $14.99

19. For the reader who needs to get a grip: PagePal handmade walnut page holder

For serious readers, it can be hard to juggle a good book with some of life’s more important day-to-day tasks—like laying on your back in a park, for instance, or pounding a glass of wine. Consider, then, this handmade page holder from PagePal. When equipped, holding a book becomes an easier task to carry out single-handedly. This frees up your other hand for a glass of wine and makes it easier to read on your back.

It’s one of the most utilitarian gifts in our book lovers gift guide, but if you ask me, it’s also just an attractive-looking object to have hanging out on your coffee table or nightstand. 

Get the PagePal handmade walnut page holder from Amazon for $25.95

20. For the vocabulary champion: Scrabble Deluxe Edition with rotating wooden game board

This high-class version of the game features a swiveling wood cabinet design with mahogany finish, matching tiles, and an unspoken promise that you’ll never be satisfied with another plastic, rinky-dink version of Scrabble ever again.

As a gift, it’s both safe and thoughtful—the gift-giving equivalent of making a classy toast at a party.

Get the Scrabble Deluxe Edition wooden board game from Amazon for $107.99

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