Gift Edit 2023

32 Book Gifts That All the Readers in Your Life Will Love

updated Oct 30, 2023
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This feature is part of Apartment Therapy's Gift Edit, our editor-curated collection of gift ideas. Need more inspiration? Check out all our guides here.

If you have a reader (or two or three… ) on your gift list this year, you’ve come to the right place! From accessories that make the reading process even more enjoyable to elegant decor that celebrates a love of literature, we rounded up the best items for every bibliophile you know. Whether you’re shopping for your bookworm coworker who loves to cook or your mother-in-law who needs an e-reader (or maybe even snagging a little something special for yourself), keep reading for our curated list of favorite gifts for all of the book lovers in your life.

Shopping for a different sort of giftee? We regularly keep up to date on new product launches and comb the internet to bring you the absolute perfect finds for the loved ones in your life, whether you want to send them a subscription that keeps on giving, help them celebrate their four-legged friend, or make their heart melt. Happy gifting, friends!

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Because we all know where most of the reading happens — lying in bed or reclining on a sofa! This cushy book stand will keep your favorite reader comfy while they read or scroll (it works for tablets, too).

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Support local, indepentent bookstores no matter where you — or your favorite bookworm — lives thanks to's gift cards. Bookshop is an online book retailier that lets shoppers select a bookstore to direct the profits of their purchase. Or, their purchase can contribute to a profit-sharing pool. Either way, it's a fun book purchase everyone can feel good about.

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was $7.99

These handy magnetic clips have just the right amont of heft to hold their place in a book. No more bookmarks falling out of books!

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Williams Sonoma

For the book lover who lends out a lot of books — or just loves personalizing things — this embosser lets the user create their very own seal, with or without foil.

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Uncommon Goods

Not only will these artsy pieces keep your giftee's books standing upright, they'll also deliver daily inspiration from some of the most profound women of our time: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Kamala Harris, Sonia Sotomayor, Gloria Steinem, Michelle Obama, Angela Davis, Katherine Johnson, and Ketanji Brown Jackson. Select the two icons you'd like for your bookends, and a duo of Memphis-based illustrators will create your one-of-a-kind gift.

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was $31.24

If you have a friend who's always lending out their books, they'll surely appreciate this customized book stamp that will remind borrowers to actually return them! You can choose between a round or rectangular design and decide on whatever text you'd like. It'll arrive wrapped in a personalized bag, making it totally gift worthy.

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With notes of warm nutmeg, orange, cinnamon, sandalwood, vanilla, balsam, and amber, this hand-poured soy-wax candle from Homesick captures the comfy feeling of curling up with a great book on a rainy day. Pair it with a copy of their next read, and you have a gift that is guaranteed to bring a smile to your favorite bibliophile's face.

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Kevin Francis Design
was $98.00

The book lover in your life will love this portable, USB-rechargeable tabletop lamp from Kevin Francis Design that instantly transforms any dark, cozy corner into an illuminated reading nook. The lamp stands just 15 inches tall but emits enough light to read or work by, and it's available in several chic, neutral hues.

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If you know someone who appreciates the artistry of books as much as the words contained in their pages, then they'll love this bookbinding kit from Etsy seller Journal Shop. A step-by-step guide will help your giftee create their very own hardcover book with the included paper, backing material, book spine, cover boards, glue, waxed linen thread, and more.

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With so many book-focused subscription boxes on the market these days, it's hard to know which to choose. Cratejoy has lots of good options, but our favorite is Box of Books. Simply fill out a form with information about your favorite reader, and the company will curate a box each month specifically geared towards their lifestyle and interests. Each shipment contains books (you choose one, two, or three) and gifty accessories like journals, coffee, and chocolates.

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The perfect gift for the avid reader in your life? A Kindle. Even though it's not quite the same as holding a physical book, it does offer a level of convenience that any book fan who has tried to pack for a week-long beach vacation will appreciate. The Kindle Oasis features 8GB of space, a super-long charge, adjustable brightness, and a glare-free display. Looking to spend a little less? There's a Kindle for every budget!

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Give the gift of an Audible subscription, and they'll be able to "read" the latest audiobooks while they're cleaning the house, commuting to work, or anywhere they can steal time to listen. They'll also get unlimited access to a vast selection of free audiobooks, radio dramas, and podcasts, which includes everything from classic literature to self-help to true crime.

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Knock Knock

Chances are, your friend is everyone’s go-to person for borrowing books... which means they probably never see half of their treasures again. This kit provides them with a library-style check-out system, complete with cards, date stamps, and more to let everyone know that the loaner is not for keeps.

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West Elm
was $56.00

These lava stone bookends will add a stylish natural touch to your loved one's bookshelf. The stones are the result of volcanic eruptions in Indonesia, and they're handmade, so each one isn't exactly like the one before. (Pretty cool, huh?) One thing's for sure, though: They're all downright stunning.

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Uncommon Goods

This fun scratch poster will help your literature-obsessed loved ones keep track of which must-read books they've covered and which they still have to look forward to. It's packed with essentials ranging from classics like "Dracula" and "A Tale of Two Cities" to modern favorites like "The Help" and "American Psycho."

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Adorned with cute, clever messages like "professional bookworm" and "don't judge a book by its movie," these engraved metal bookmarks are perfect for your reader friends who prefer to hard copies to e-books. If you want something more personal, you can submit your own message and/or your giftee's name, and Etsy seller Amaris Designs will create one specifically for you.

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was $29.90

All great books have a great story, but what about the stories behind the stories? Over more than 300 pages, "The Secret Lives of Great Authors" dishes all the juiciest gossip on prolific authors like Shakespeare, Vonnegut, Hemingway, and the Bronte sisters, among many others. Why was Ayn Rand such a big fan of "Charlie's Angels?" There's only one way for your giftee to find out...

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Book-a-holics are powerless against the urge to read just one more chapter, and this comfy throw pillow celebrates that addictive power of books. Whether they're into history, novels, true crime, romance, or anything in between, your loved one will have the (literal) support they need as they succumb to their latest reads. The pillow comes in three sizes, ranging from 16 to 20 inches.

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was $11.99

One of the most annoying things about reading an actual, paper book versus an e-book is that the pages often don't stay open unless you hold them that way with both hands, which can be tiring on the reader's hands and wrists. This artsy-looking gadget alleviates this woe. All your giftee needs to do is put the lightweight device on the open book and hold it in place with one finger — easy! Crafted from resin, it's both lightweight and durable.

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The world of books is vast and eternal, but where does one go to expand their horizons with a new genre? This literary guidebook is designed to do just that. It includes background information on a diverse range of authors and voices. It even includes a section dedicated to standout bookstores far and wide.

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Is one of your favorite readers an old soul who likes new technology? Gift them a Kindle case that looks like the cover of a classic book. The cool-looking designs will give a new device old-style charm. The grip-hold material keeps the Kindle in place and the cover has a magnetic closure. Just be sure you know what model Kindle your loved one uses before you purchase.

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Over here at AT, we love Jiggy — for ourselves and for gifting. Their uniquely beautiful puzzles are meant to be displayed on your wall long after you've put them together, and they even come with a candy-store-style canister that makes the pieces look gorgeous when not in use rather than taking up half of your kitchen table.

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Uncommon Goods

Fact(ish): Avid readers can't resist a good pun! These adorable tea tins (which include organically spiced blends) lean into wordplay in the best way, with fun varieties like Pride and Peppermint and War and Peach. Once the tea is gone, your friend can use the tins for holding pretty, ahem, matcha anything.

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Every reader has their favorite books — the ones that shaped their lives and touched their hearts. Pay tribute to your giftee's top picks with a customized work of art that's personalized with the six books that mean the most to them. You'll be giving them a subtle, unexpected way to share their love of the written word without pointing to their bookshelf.

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was $38.00

This travel coffee mug will be a huge hit with any book-loving friend who is always sipping something on the go. No matter where they are or what they choose to put in it, they'll be able to tell the world how much they love reading without saying a word. It holds as much as 20 oz. and keeps hot beverages hot (or cold beverages cold) using double-walled insulation.

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Food goes hand in hand with pretty much everything, including reading. "The Book Lover's Cookbook" is packed with recipes inspired by books, like Ichabod's Slapjacks ("The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"), Mrs. Leibowitz's Lentil-Vegetable Soup ("Angela's Ashes"), or Lewis's Turkish Delight ("The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe"). It's a delicious way for your book-loving friends to bring their favorite works to life.

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Uncommon Goods

Your friend can keep all of their reading essentials in arms reach with this Book Nook that's the perfect compliment to any desk or bedside table. There's a dedicated space for a beverage, eyeglasses, and the triangular shaped design holds their spot in the book. There's even a small opening so they can store their phone away and not be distracted.

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Instead of turning on super bright overhead light, this rechargeable, bendable neck light is more than sufficient. It features three different colors (yellow, warm white, cool white) and an impressive six brightness levels. The arms of the light are adjustable and the battery lasts up to 80 hours. This is a great gift for any book lover, but especially someone who enjoys reading in bed and doesn't want to disrupt their partner's sleep with a bright light.

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was $19.99

Whether they're a new homeowner or simply need a few finishing touches for a dorm room, this folding book lamp has such a standout style. It opens up to reveal an accordion-style lamp that measures just over six inches. The lamp features eight different light colors, including red, purple, white, and green, or a gradient mode.

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Uncommon Goods

They'll never lose their place in a good book again with this magnetic bookmark. It fits securely around pages and points to the exact line where they left off their reading adventure. The faux-leather is embossed with "A book a day keeps reality away," something every book lover can certainly agree with. No need to worry about the magnets or interior damaging the pages, the design is smooth and soft.

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was $28.99

No cozy reading session is complete without a throw blanket. Choose between 50 x 60 inches or 60 x 80 inches of this comfy chenille throw. Not only will the colorful blanket look great on the arm of a couch or foot of the bed, but it's absolutely essential when getting lost in a good book on a cold night or lazy weekend.

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Book of the Month

For the avid reader, this book of the month subscription will feel like heaven every time a new shipment arrives. Choose between a three, six, or 12-month subscription. They can choose from a selection of five to seven books and there's even the option to skip a month. This is a fun way for someone to be introduced to new titles, read books they've been meaning to get around to, and never struggle with finding a new title to read.