‘Tis the season of gift giving! And it’s also the season of snuggling up under a cozy blanket with a mug of hot chocolate and a good book while fat, lazy snowflakes drift down from gray skies on the other side of your frosted windows.
If you’re trying to brainstorm gift ideas for a bookworm in your life, the good news is we’re pretty easy to shop for! Here are some ideas that readers and writers are sure to love (in no particular order).
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If you weren’t already aware of this, I’ll cue you in on a little secret… 95% of writers LOVE leather journals! Some writers (like me) actually use them. Other writers enjoy collecting them but can’t bring themselves to mark them up because they’re just too pretty.
(There is absolutely no shame in buying two journals… one to gift, and one to keep for yourself!)
While you can buy a pack of flimsy bookmarks in a variety of patterns for just a few bucks, I personally prefer gifting a more unique option made of wood, metal, or another durable material that will last longer and stand up to daily wear and tear. You can find customizable options as well to make it personal. For readers who use anything on hand to mark their place—scraps of paper, leaves, receipts, et cetera—this will be a fancy step up! For readers who dog-ear their pages (cringe) . . . perhaps you can convince them to come to the light side. If not, at least you tried!
I mentioned snuggling up with a book and a mug of hot chocolate, right? Tea works, too! You really can’t go wrong with a large mug that has a quirky quote or bookish phrase.
Having at least one really nice pen is sort of a badge of honor for a writer. It’s important to mention, however, that writers can be very particular about the types of pens they like to use, right down to the brand and size (I’m partial to the Pilot G2 07 and rarely use anything else). So, keep in mind that while this fancy gift will be appreciated by a writer, there’s a real possibility that it may be a treasured desk accessory rather than a true writing pen.
It should go without saying that readers generally prefer a nice, quiet environment to dive into a story without interruptions. Whether listening to music or an audiobook, a pair of noise-canceling headphones is a great way to tune out distractions and fully immerse yourself in a great book.
Booklovers are often candle lovers, too. There’s something magical about reading with the soft, flickering glow of a candle wafting subtle fragrance throughout the room. My go-to candle company is, of course, Old Soul Artisan, which makes 100% vegan soy candles without dyes, parabens, phthalates, or other toxins. Another bonus: the company’s Dark Lit Collection is “inspired by the dark and mysteriously alluring characters and themes found within literature’s greatest novels.” If you need more reasons why this is an awesome company:
– It’s a small, USA business
– $1 from every website order is donated to promote wolf conservation within the United States
– I had the pleasure of partnering with Old Soul Artisan to release the Avilésor candle based on my scifan series the Chronicles of Avilésor: War of the Realms. It’s been a fun collaboration, and I love that this company supports indie authors.
Can’t really have a holiday list for bookworms without books being on the list! But rather than buy the latest bestseller, you might consider supporting an indie author. See if there are any local authors in your area. You might find a gem you didn’t even know to look for, and there’s a good chance you might snag an autographed copy for an extra special gift if you shop local.
Some people love print books; others are all about the e-readers. There are certainly pros and cons, and the debate between bibliophiles about which is better can get intense. Ebooks aren’t my thing, but I understand the appeal of having your entire library condensed in one place for easy travel and access. While Kindle is definitely the most popular, there are others such as Nook, Kobo, and other lesser-known brands available.
You might be surprised by how much book-related merchandise you can find! If you know someone’s favorite novel or series, chances are you can find them something special that’s based on the book.
From clothing, to blankets, to bags, and much more, you might just discover the perfect gift to bring a smile to a bookworm’s face! It’s always fun to wear your favorite merch and converse with fellow readers who recognize a book title or symbol and are eager to discuss the common novel you’ve both enjoyed.
If you haven’t tried this simple tool . . . it just might change your life! Your fingers and hand will thank you if you’re the type of reader to binge for hours on end. This is an inexpensive gift, so there’s no reason not to buy two and pocket one for yourself!
This gift is especially great for cooks to prop up a recipe book in the kitchen, but it also works well with other types of books, tablets, e-readers, even sheet music. The stand folds up to save space when not in use. Functional and practical!
Raise your hand if you got in trouble for reading under the covers with a flashlight when you were a kid! If you know someone who never outgrew that habit (not judging), a subtle book light for after-dark reading makes a great gift. I recommend the double version, which shines light onto both pages so you aren’t A) constantly having to shift a single light back and forth or B) straining your eyes trying to see the edges of the pages with a single light in the middle.
When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with a gift card. Whether it’s a generic one like Amazon that would cover books, merchandise, or anything else the heart desires, or a more book-specific card such as Kindle, Audible, or Barnes & Noble, you won’t have to worry about accidentally picking out the wrong genre.
I hope this list of ideas helps spark some inspiration with your holiday shopping!