The Bookworm’s Holiday Shopping Guide: Gifts for Readers & Writers

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‘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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Book Subscription Box

Diehard readers are falling in love with book subscription boxes, and it’s easy to see why! Not only do they get new books regularly, but they boxes usually come with extra book-themed goodies like tea, coffee, bookmarks, collectible cards, and other items.

Most boxes have options for how frequently they arrive (usually every 1, 3, 6, or 12 months). Many boxes can also be a one-time purchase so you can give the box as a gift and let the reader decide if they’d like to sign up for a subscription on their own later.

Some great book subscription boxes to check out:


Candles

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:

– Support a small, USA business

– $1 from every website order is donated to promote wolf conservation

– Support an indie author! 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.

Psst… read my interview with Harmony Todd, the founder of Old Soul Artisan


Leather Journal

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!)


Bookmarks

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 bookmarks made of wood, metal, or another durable material that will last longer and stand up to daily wear and tear.

You can find customizable bookmark gifts 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!


Fountain Pen

Having at least one high-quality fountain pen is sort of a badge of honor for a writer. You can even look into engraving options to personalize the gift.

I will note, 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 possibility that it may be a treasured desk accessory rather than a true writing pen.


Noise-Canceling Earbuds

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 earbuds (or headphones) is a great way to tune out distractions and fully immerse yourself in a book.


Books! (Obviously)

Can’t have a holiday list for bookworms without books being on the list! But rather than buy the latest bestseller, 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 could snag an autographed copy for an extra special gift if you shop local.

Looking for a new supernatural fantasy series? Check out the Chronicles of Avilésor.


E-Reader

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, don’t forget about Nook, Kobo, and other smaller brands.


Bookish Mug

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. It’s a simple present that will likely get a lot of use throughout the whole year.


Tea Sampler

Speaking of mugs, a tea sampler makes the perfect accompanying gift. Samplers provide a variety of flavors to try. If you’re going with a loose-leaf option, you might consider including a tea infuser as well, just in case the recipient doesn’t have one.


Fuzzy Book Socks

A cold, snowy night . . . candles burning . . . steam rising from a mug of tea . . . a soft blanket . . . low music . . . a new book to read . . . am I setting the scene? Fuzzy, book-themed socks are a small gift or stocking stuffer that can be the cherry on top (or the whipped cream on the hot chocolate!) for a perfect night in.


Bookish Merch

You might be surprised by how much book-related merchandise you can find online! If you know someone’s favorite novel or series, chances are you can find them something special that’s based off 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.

Psst… visit my Spring store to shop book merch and accessories from my award-winning fantasy series Chronicles of Avilésor: War of the Realms.


Page Holder

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! Or buy a bunch and use them as stocking stuffers or office gifts.


Book Stand

This gift is especially great for cooks who need to prop up a recipe book in the kitchen, but it also works well with other types of books, tablets, e-readers, and even sheet music. The book stand featured folds up to save space when not in use. Functional and practical!


Book Light

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.


Gift Card

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 book.


I hope this list of ideas helps spark some inspiration with your holiday shopping!

This post was last updated on November 21, 2021.

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