Chanukah (Hanukkah) starts tonight (Thursday, December 10th) and Christmas is coming up soon, so I thought “what’s better than giving gift ideas for bookworms!” So here we are. Here are some gift ideas for bookworms this Holiday season!
1. Classic Books
By classic, I mean whatever genre they read. Take a look at their bookshelf, if they have one, or their Goodreads account to see what kinds of books they read. Is it primarily fantasy? Contemporary? Non-fiction? History? Goodreads has a list on the right side of what genre the book would be placed in if you’re not sure!
Once you know what genre you’re looking for, I would highly suggest double checking they don’t already own the title. This might be harder if they only read kindle books, but again, any site they use to track reading would help you out there.
Once you’ve made sure they don’t already own the book, please consider buying from an indie bookstore instead of Amazon! I know their prices are tempting, but indie bookstores have to pay their employees this Holiday season too and Amazon will be fine without you purchasing all of your gifts from them. If you don’t have a store close by, or aren’t sure if you have one, check out IndieBound or Bookshop!
2. Book Accessories
There are actually a lot of accessories you can buy for a bookworm that they most likely will use. One of them being book sleeves.
They are basically a sleeve to put your book in. There are so many different shops that sell these, with various sizes and designs, but I personally like Book Beau. This allows your reader to carry around their book without worrying if it will get wet or damaged, and allows them to travel with a book in a more comfortable and safe way!
Other accessories include bookmarks, reading lights, stuff like that! All of those are super cute ideas that will enhance the reading experience and not be something that just ends up sitting around.
There are so many bookish candle shops, at least in the US, there are so many options. You can get generic smells like the inside of a bookstore, an old book, or just something that smells nice. Or – and this is the cool part – you can get fandom themed candles!
I have purchased candles from lots of shops before and one of my favorite things is that they have candles that are inspired by certain characters or scenes from books! So if your reader loves The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter or honestly any fandom, these shops will have it.
I highly recommend going on Etsy for this! Prices will vary based on shop and size of the candle, but there are so many options, you’ll definitely be able to find one that fits your reader and your budget!
4. Bookish Clothing
If you want something a little more long lasting than a candle, then there are shops that sell clothing based on fandoms too! Or there’s also more generic options too!
One shop, The Bookish Shop, sells a mix of generic reading apparel and fandom specific options, but again – Etsy is your best friend.
Again, prices will vary based on the shop, but there are a lot of options out there! Just be aware of sizing, which can vary between shops, so make sure to read how they size clothes beforehand. If you know a specific book series that they like, say Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, then you can search for apparel focused on that series and boom! You won this holiday season.
5. Gift Cards
It might seem easy to just give a bookworm a gift card, but if you’re really not sure what genre they like or specific fandoms they’re a part of, a gift card is the safest way to go. Books are like food, we all have our own tastes and that can vary between friends and family too. I would never gift someone a copy of my favorite book because there’s no guarantee they like that genre or will even be interested in reading it.
If you’re really stuck – just get a gift card! That way you can make a day of going together and letting them pick out something they can read. Again, I suggest NOT doing an Amazon gift card because Amazon honestly hurts the book industry and supporting your local indie, or even your local Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million, means providing jobs and even locations for events!
You can also give gift cards to Bookshop, which I tagged earlier in the post, which donates money and supports local bookstores! So if you don’t have a local store and are planning on buying online, then you have helped shops in your community! It’s a win-win!
6. Bookish Mug/Cup
Along the lines of apparel, mugs or travel cups are great gifts for bookworms! It’s a way to represent our favorite book series or just have a pretty cup to travel around with. There are so many different types and designs available that fit all budgets, so it’s a great stocking stuffer or Chanukah gift for your bookworm!
There are mugs, travel cups, tumblers, even shot glasses you can buy! Some people aren’t into decorative drinking ware as much as others, so the best indicator that someone will like this present is based on if they have any already. Do they have pretty decorative mugs in their cabinet or even on their shelf? Are they coffee or tea drinkers who make their drinks at home? Or maybe they need a new reusable cup for their Starbucks visits.
Whatever the case, make sure that they would have a use for a drinking vessel, then find out what kind would be best! There are so many beautiful design options, some generic and others more specific, it fits everyone’s wants/needs!
What are some other gift ideas for bookworms that I might have missed? Any gifts that are automatic wins or loses?