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The Best Gifts for Book Lovers: Ultimate 2021 Holiday Edition

20 of the Best Gifts for Book Lovers

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‘Tis the season for holiday gift guides! If you’re like us, then you are always on the hunt for the best gifts for those we love. We know how helpful present lists can be during this time of year! With most people doing their holiday shopping online this year, we figured it would be fun to make a list of 20 of our favorite bookish gift ideas. As all bookworms know, books are nice- but sometimes book-adjacent presents are even better! If you’re on the prowl for the best gifts for book lovers, look no further! Here is Far Flung Readers’ ultimate holiday gift guide!

Literary Stack Prints by AlyssaSantoDesign

Artist and fellow bookworm Alyssa Alarcón Santo has a wonderful collection of uniquely designed book stack prints that are to die for. From true crime fans to romance lovers, this Etsy shop has pretty much every type of reader covered. What better way to help someone decorate the walls of their personal library?

Bookstore Enamel Pin by thatslovelydear

A sweet, adorable enamel pin that any book lover would be glad to have in their pin collection. Based in Melbourne, Australia, thatslovelydear has a plethora of bookish and witchy pins. It’s hard to choose just one!

No Shelf Control Mug

What is more cozy than a book and a warm beverage? Nothing. Gift a wonderfully bookish mug by amillionlittlepages to your favorite tea or coffee drinking bestie, and they will love you forever. It’s also very bookstagram-worthy!

Library Candle by ForageCandle

A premium soy candle that evokes the memory of a library! With notes of teakwood, mahogany, and sandalwood, this candle is sure to add some cozy ambiance to anyone’s reading nook. 

Angela Davis Art Print

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This art print by Jess Owens-Young is a perfect gift for any writers or politically active readers in your life. It features a quote from the great Angela Davis: “Imagination is a political process.” Owens-Young also has several other art prints centering Black authors. Check them out!

Moleskine Book Journal

For the highly organized bookish friend in your life. This highly categorized book journal provides readers with an alphabetical way to document all of their reads. From favorite quotes, to publishers, to author nationality- each page allows for as many bookish details as possible. The journal is also beautifully bound, and would hold a special place on anyone’s bookshelf. 

100 Epic Reads Bucket List Scratch Poster

The perfect gift for your list-loving reading friend. This scratch-and-reveal poster features 100 must-read books based off of ratings from Goodreads, Amazon, and Book Sales. It features a nice mix of older classics and more modern lit. Beneath each scratch-off is beautiful book cover art, and you can add your own ratings as well. Been There Done That also has Epic Reads Bucket Lists for YA reads and children’s books

NYPL Jane Austen Pouch

Everyone can always use another pencil/crochet/makeup bag. Why not throw a literary reference onto something so practical and cute! This mustard canvas pouch from the New York Public Library is beautifully made and 100% cotton. Plus, your purchase supports libraries! What’s not to love?

Personal Library Kit

A wonderful gift set for the generous bibliophile. This kit comes with check out cards, a date stamp, and self-adhesive library bookplates. This fun, unique gift is sure to add some personal charm to anyone’s personal library!

Jane Eyre Litographs Puzzle

This gift is a combination of the two most wonderful things in life: literature and puzzles. Choose from a variety of books and cultural figures, such as puzzles inspired by the words of The Beatles, Hamlet, and even Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Litographs also has a lot of other beautifully made literary goods such as shirts, tote bags, and even face masks!

Brass Hand Bookmark by Poketo

This isn’t any old bookmark. A simple object turned statement piece, this hand bookmark by Poketo is sure to be a memorable gift. It’s sturdy, unique, and not to mention gorgeous in a quirky way. What better way to save a spot in a book?

In Bloom Book Collection by Rifle Paper Co

Rifle Paper Co’s beautiful illustrations can be found all over the internet. Now you can own them as part of your personal library! The set includes these children’s classics: Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, A Little Princess, and Heidi. 

Hemingway Pocket Notebook by Obvious State

Obvious State notebooks feature artwork inspired by well-known authors from the past. Each notebook listing features a deeper dive into the story behind the artwork and its intention, making it a truly unique and special gift. Check out their whole selection!

Custom Book Stamp from ExlibrisGallery

A personalized ex libris bookplate stamp? A classier gift has never existed. ExlibrisGallery has a variety of templates and customization options. Of course, the one with the doggo was our favorite. 

Stay Home, Read a Romance Novel Sweatshirt

If you’re on Bookstagram, you’ve probably seen versions of this sweatshirt from The Ripped Bodice around. For good reason- it’s awesome! The Ripped Bodice is an independent bookstore in Culver City, CA, and 100% of your purchase goes towards supporting the bookshop and their employees. You have to be fast, though, restocks sell out fast!

An Adorable Print by Oh Jess Marie

Artist Jess Marie creates adorable artwork that is quintessentially bookish. Warm, cozy earth tones abound. Tea, flowers, cozy-looking homes, and vintage-inspired book spines are the main stars of her work. Her Society6 shop is great because a variety of her prints are also available as totes, shirts, mugs, and much more. 

Novel Book Reader Men’s Socks by PinkandDink

There are so many bookish socks out there that are, well, kind of cheesy. Not these! These open books are keepin’ it classy and literary. 

The Reading Women Mug

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Mugs come in a variety of sizes and designs, but this is one of the more unique ones available on Etsy! A great gift for people who love cozy designs and warm colors. (And, of course, tea or coffee!)

Resin Bookmarks by LeiMomiBy

These beautiful handmade bookmarks are a go-to gift for anyone who loves a bit of glitter and a soft color palette. There are different color varieties to choose from, always with a touch of gold.

Endless TBR Enamel Pin

Any book lover will know the pain of having an endless TBR. Might as well embrace it, right?

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