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Christmas Gift Ideas for the reader on your list (that isn't books!)

Just what you need to start shopping for your bookish friends (or for yourself). Go ahead, browse for inspiration.


Declare your love of reading in a visible, but fun, way with one of these delightful pins. Affordable enough for each person in your book club!

Or maybe one of these customizable pins suits you better - one for each favorite book?


There are many options for great smelling candles with bookish themes. Try one of these:

A candle with a mix of mahogany, leather, and coffee - a delightful mix to enjoy with a new book.

This "LIBRARY" candle seems to have a very rich, woodsy scent - it would make a fun white elephant gift under $15.

Ready to snuggle in on a chilly night? This fleece throw will certainly keep your toes warm while you read your favorite book (and have a bookish candle lit to provide ambiance).

Keep your toes warm all winter AND make a statement about what you like to do in your free time with these colorful Book Nerd Socks.

If you're getting cozy and comfy, you'll definitely need a pillow or two. Why not get one that you can customize with one of your fave literary quotes?

Pick a humorous saying on a pillow to make you smile each time you sit down to read. If neither of these suit your style, there are SO many adorable pillows out there, you're sure to find the right one.

A set of coasters for tea or a wine glass would be an unusual gift and certain to please.

Brighten the corner of your home library, prop it on a shelf, hang it in a child's room when they get their first library card.....this whimsical sign is sure to delight!

This superhero bookend defies logic! The superhero appears to float in the air, holding up a stack of books......the magic is...... a magnet! Super fun for a kid or just because you love a clever bookend.

If you're not into superheros, maybe a giraffe family bookend set will be more to your liking. Hold all your adventure or animal related stories with this charming set.


Totally customizable bookmarks are a lovely way to surprise a bookish friend. Emboss it with a quote, their name, or a favorite shared memory. It's a gift that will last! And it's affordable enough to be a stocking stuffer or a gift for everyone in your book club. (other colors available)

How about a book that isn't a book to read? This Reading Log may be just the thing for the reader friend who likes to keep track of their reading, but needs a nudge to be organized about it. It's got pages to log the book details as well as some reading challenges sparked by the #readharder Book Riot team.

Need a whimsical wallet / phone case? Purrrfect for a cat lover and/or book lover.

This 18x24" Literary Insult Chart could be just the oddball, fun thing you're looking for. It's filled with quirky literary put-downs ranging from Hedda Hopper's "You had to stand in line to hate him", to Jonathan Swift's "Some folks are wise, and some otherwise". Including a smattering of insults from Shakespeare, this could be the most fun gift under the tree.

Every reader needs a book bag, right? Something to carry home the stacks from the library or the local book sale? This one leaves no doubt about your shopping preferences!

Personalized bookplates may be just the thing to thrill your bookish friend. Let them announce to the world who the book they're borrowing belongs to! There

are many styles available.....which one suits your friend's (or yours) reading taste?

How many times have I been reading a book but need my hands free for some reason? Millions. What do I do? I search around and end up propping it with my phone or a plate or another book. Here's the perfect solution! A "book bone" is available in lots of colors and at only $15 is perfect for a white elephant gift!

Remember how I said gifts for bookish people but not books? Well I lied. When Donna came across this one, we knew we had to include Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist. Perfect for the holidays, right?

Hopefully you found this round up of bookish gift ideas helpful.....if not one of these specific items, then maybe it sparks an idea. If you've received the perfect thoughtful bookish gift in the past or have a great idea for this year, share it in the comments - we'd love the help!

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