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14 Gifts for Book Lovers

Gifts for book lovers don't have to include just books—rather, opt for these creative and useful items any reader would love to receive.

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Frostbeard Studio Bookstore Candlevia

Frostbeard Studio Bookstore Candle

There’s nothing quite like the irresistible scent of a bookstore, and now your favorite book lover can take it in without even having to leave home. This candle contains notes of mahogany, leather and coffee to create a cozy, welcoming environment.

Why It Made Our List: This candle comes in four sizes, including a wax melt option.

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Banned Books Morph Mugvia

Banned Books Morph Mug

The literature enthusiast on your list will appreciate this literary mug, which is decorated in censored titles of books that have been banned over the years. When a hot liquid is poured inside, it changes to reveal the full titles beneath the black marks.

Why It Made Our List: Fill this mug with a bookmark, a few tea bags and candy for an instant stocking stuffer gift.

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Leuchtturm 1917 Ex Libris Reading Journalvia

Leuchtturm 1917 Ex Libris Reading Journal

For the friend who seems like they’re picking up a new book twice a week, this reading journal will help them keep track of their favorite titles. It offers space for comments and standout passages in each book, all organized alphabetically.

Why It Made Our List: Leuchtturm has long been a trusted name in journals and notebooks, so it should last them as long as it takes them to work through their vast library.

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LOMAO Sherpa Fleece Blanket Fuzzy Soft Bed Blanket Dual Sided Throw Blanket fit Couch Sofa (Grey,51x63)via

LOMAO Sherpa Fleece Blanket

Half the fun of reading is creating a relaxing space to help you lose yourself in a book. This sherpa blanket is just the thing to unwind and get comfortable with its fuzzy, dual-sided comfort and light weight.

Why It Made Our List: This blanket isn’t just comfortable, but also stylish when draped on the back of a sofa or on a bed.

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Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoirvia

Ruth Reichl’s Memoir

Anyone on your list who’s both a book lover and a home chef will appreciate this memoir from longtime Gourmet editor, Ruth Reichl. It covers her journey from restaurant reviewer to editor, and how she changed the culinary world in the process.

Why It Made Our List: This book is practically a must-have on any food lover’s bookshelf.

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Bamboo bath caddyvia

The Twillery Co. Elledge Bath Caddy

Reading in the bathtub is an excellent idea—until the book’s pages inevitably take an accidental dip in the water. This caddy provides a solution, with a spot to prop the book up and hold it in place, plus a designated wine holder, too.

Why It Made Our List: Since the bath caddy is made of durable bamboo, it’s resistant to water damage, and it’s expandable to fit any bathtub.

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Fox Wearing Eyeglasses Standvia GreyMatterGifts/

Fox Wearing Eyeglasses Stand

For the book lover who always seems to be missing her reading glasses, this adorable eyeglass stand is a sweet solution. It provides a designated spot to keep the readers in place, and within reach of their typical reading nook.

Why It Made Our List: You can choose to have this little fox made of either light cherry wood or reddish padouk wood.

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Women's Scotch Plaid Flannel Pajamasvia

LL Bean Women’s Scotch Plaid Flannel Pajamas

Trust us on this one, just about anyone would be happy to receive a set of these super-soft, warm and cozy pajamas—after all, who enjoys curling up with a book in jeans? We love the classic plaid prints and holiday-approved flannel material.

Why It Made Our List: The pajamas come in regular, petite, plus and tall sizes, so it’s easy to find the perfect fit.

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Peace & Pages Subscription Boxvia

Peace & Pages Subscription Box

It might be a cliché, but a subscription box really is the gift that keeps on giving. This one brings a new book to the recipient’s doorstep every month, along with full-sized items for relaxation like tea and room sprays, all from small businesses around the country.

Why It Made Our List: This subscription box is very customizable, as you can choose a book genre as well as how many items you’d like in each box.

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Boho Rainbow Bookendsvia MapleShadeKids/

Boho Rainbow Bookends

Bring a little brightness to any book collection by gifting these sweet, colorful rainbow bookends. They’re handcrafted from sustainably harvested poplar wood, and you can either buy one at a time or a set of two.

Why It Made Our List: While they can certainly be used in any adult room, these bookends would look especially cute as a nursery decorating gift to foster a love of books from an early age.

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Bibliotheque Candlevia

Byredo Bibliotheque Candle

Sometimes the best gift is one the recipient wouldn’t typically buy on their own, and this luxe Byredo candle certainly makes the list. It’s complex and warm, with notes of plum, violet, leather and vanilla to invoke a well-worn library.

Why It Made Our List: The chic, simple jar can be repurposed as a makeup brush holder or mini flower vase after the candle is done.

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Hooga Book Lightvia

Hooga Book Light

A book light is a great option for someone who doesn’t want to disturb their partner’s sleep, but the bright white light might disturb their own after going to bed. This amber-hued clip-on book light is easier on the eyes and 99.9% free of blue spectrum light.

Why It Made Our List: This book light comes with a rechargeable battery and three brightness settings, so it’s a step above most models.

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Alpaca Fingerless Mittensvia

Alpaca Fingerless Mittens

We all know that one person who seems to get cold the moment the temperature dips below 65°F. These ingenious fingerless mittens will keep their hands toasty without disrupting their ability to turn pages, and they’re made of soft alpaca wool.

Why It Made Our List: Sales from these mittens benefit animal rescues, specifically providing enough food for 35 shelter animals.

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Dabney Lee Bookmarksvia

Dabney Lee Bookmarks

For the friend who’s always dog earing pages to mark their spot, these chic bookmarks make a thoughtful gift. The set includes three bookmarks, each inscribed with a witty book-themed saying in a pretty metallic faux leather design.

Why It Made Our List: At only $8, this set is among the most affordable gifts on the list.

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Megan Mowery
Megan is a freelance writer based in Des Moines. You can usually find her shopping at the farmers market, reading a book or scrolling through Instagram.

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