Monday, December 14, 2015

11 Gift Ideas for the Bookish Person In Your Life

For some, Christmas is not in their favor. If the perfect gift cannot be found, and time is short due to Christmas being only ELEVEN DAYS AWAY *parties* then it becomes stressful and nerve-wracking.

Maybe that's you this year.

And maybe the person you're trying to find a gift for is a super booknerd, but you don't know what to get them due to being uncertain about which books they do or do not have.

Maybe you don't know the person that well, because they're your Secret Santa.

If this is you, then welcome. You've come to the right place.

Bookish people may be considered the nerds of the world, but it's hard to find a place that doesn't carry some sort of book merch. Here, you'll find gift ideas and buy links, as well as
prices. Basically, you just need a credit card or paypal account, and you're golden.

Below are 11 Gift Ideas for the Bookish Person In Your Life, in no particular order.


Redbubble-- Standard size $15.00

Most of us booknerds love a cup of coffee or tea to go with their current read. Mugs are a big hit for most readers, especially as the winter season is upon us. 

You can type in "bookish mugs" or something of the sort and get all kinds of results, but the one in the picture features many fandoms-- Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, The Fault In Our Stars, The Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices, and Divergent-- and is sure to please those who are mega-YA readers.


Society6-- Slim case $30.00, Tough case, $33.00

Phone cases are a great way for readers to show off quotes from their favorite books. If you know your giftee's favorite book, or series, or even author, you can find a case for them. All you need to know is the book/series/author, and the type of phone that you're looking to buy a case for.

The one shown above is a quote from John Green's PAPER TOWNS, which hit theaters early this summer, and is a "slim case". For this particular buy, you have the choice of a "slim case" or a "tough case". Of course, "slim case" will be the one that provides the lower amount of protection, though exactly how much protection the "tough case" will provide, is something you'd have to look into.

If you don't know specifics of what your giftee likes when it comes to books, a safe decision would be to go with a library card design!


Society6-- 16x16 $17.00

If your giftee is a booknerd, they definitely use tote bags. We have to carry these books around in something, especially when we're bringing home a particularly large haul, and these totes are a fun and stylish way to do so.

The "Professional Bookworm" tote you see above is on sale right now for $17.00 at Society6. It's sure to please, but don't be afraid to customize and make it more personal!


Etsy-- $45.00

Scarves are a great way to keep warm in the winter weather, and there's no better scarf than a bookish scarf. You can find all kinds of them on, for all different kinds of fandoms and all different kinds of styles and colors.

Above, you'll see a scarf displaying a list of banned books. Banned books are a huge deal to readers (We have a whole month to celebrate them) and this scarf makes for a fantastic way to show pride for banned books, and it makes for a great conversational piece.


Amazon-- $15.00- $20.00

Personal library kits are a great idea for any book lover in your life. With a kit like this, your giftee can keep track of what books they've loaned out, who they've loaned them to, and when they did so. It's the exact emulation of the pockets and papers you used to see in the front covers of your library books as kids. I've given this as a gift myself, and I can vouch for its awesomeness.


Etsy-- Rubber stamp with a knob mount, $14.95

Ownership stamps are another thing that help readers to keep track of their books. This stamp is customizable-- when you purchase it, you get to type your giftee's name in, and the stamp will be created with their name in it (Not Lucy B. Smith).

The one you see above is from, and is customizable in more ways than just the name. This particular stamp gives you the ability to choose what type of mount you want, whether it's wooden, knob, handle, or acrylic. You may also choose whether you want your stamp pre-inked, or self-inking.

"From the Library Of" Stamps are a great gift, and you can even combine them with the aforementioned Personal Library Kit to make a big, custom library set-up.


IceyDesigns-- Book Lovers Pencil Set, $13.95

Bookish stationary is another gift idea that's sure to have readers falling in love with their presents. Whether it's a pencil set, a journal, or a planner, you can't go wrong, especially if you're buying with Hafsah at IceyDesigns. She has some amazing items on her shop.

The Book Lovers Pencil Set is one of many featured in the IceyDesigns shop. There, you can also find pencils themed with Alice in Wonderland, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and We Need Diverse Books, as well as many other themes. If you know your giftee likes these fandoms, or any classic literary novels, be sure to look here.

Also featured on IceyDesigns are gift sets, which often include a journal, pocket journal, and pencil set. They, too, are themed accordingly.


Redbubble-- Shadowhunters Tee, $24.80

Everyone loves t-shirts, and when it comes to booknerds, showing off our book merch is sometimes best done in the form of a t-shirt. You can find them all over the internet, though I prefer,, and when looking for tees. If the book you're looking for a shirt from happens to be one that's been made into a movie, you may find success (as well as merch options other than tshirts, such as other clothing items and backpacks) on All you have to do there is click the "Pop Culture" tab and locate the movie/book title you're looking for.

The shirt above is found on Redbubble, and it's from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. It's a quote from one of Clare's most beloved characters, Jace Wayland, and is a pleaser for any fans of the series.


The Literary Gift Company-- So Many Books! $24.18

Bookshelves are never complete without the perfect pair of bookends. Not only do they keep books upright, but they make a statement. They represent a fandom. And you can't go wrong with them, whether you choose metal ends, ceramic ends, or even if you go with stone. There are many different themes and ideas to choose from, which helps you when it comes to looking for the perfect set for your giftee.

Above, you'll see the "So Many Books, So Little Time" set. It's a metal pair that comes from a shop in the UK, but don't fret! You can find bookends sold in the US as well. I just happened to like this set and wanted to show it to you.


Etsy-- GeekyPopPrints, $15.31

If your giftee is a girl, bookish jewelry is an option you should consider. Whether she prefers necklaces, rings, bracelets, or earrings, you can definitely find something for her. has a great selection of hand-made jewelry, and you can find virtually anything you want just by typing it in the searchbar. 

The Harry Potter necklace featured above is something that, if they're Harry Potter nerd, your giftee will absolutely adore. It's a reference to two of the best elements in the series, and it's 100% affordable.

If she doesn't like jewelry, have you thought about a keychain?

OwlCrate-- One Box, $29.99

I saved OwlCrate for last because it is, quite possibly, the most interesting gift idea of this post. OwlCrate is a monthly subscription box that you can pay for in three ways-- month-by-month ($29.99+ shipping for as many months as you choose, paid monthly), tri-monthly ($28.99+ shipping, paid upfront), and half-year ($27.99+ shipping, paid upfront.). OwlCrate will send a box to your giftee for the month of your choosing, and it's basically a box meant for every YA fan. Inside each box comes a book, and things like swag, prints, stickers, jewelry, tote bags, etc. It's a fun and mysterious way to send a gift, without knowing exactly what your giftee will be receiving.

The box above is from September of this year, and the theme is Leading Ladies. It features a Divergent tote, Hermione Granger print, DUMPLIN' by Julie Murphy and some swag, as well as a few other items.

I will let you know that I was gifted an OwlCrate for Christmas this year (premature discovery, oops) and I am stoked to see that puppy in the mail.

I hope this has been a helpful post for those of you who are having trouble finding gifts for your bookish friends/family/secret santa. While it didn't cover every bookish item you could buy, it covered the main ones, the most wanted ones, and some of my personal favorites. Have fun buying for your giftee, and be sure to let me know what you/your giftee thinks if you use any of my gift ideas.

Now hurry up! Go purchase! Only eleven days until Christmas!


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