Stop Buying Gift Certificates: Presents for the Book Lover on Your List

If you’ve got a dedicated bookworm in your life, you could go the Barnes & Noble gift card route this holiday season and feel pretty certain that they’d be satisfied with your gift.

However, you can also feel pretty certain that every other family member will opt for this present choice too. If you want to get creative and really impress the bibliophile you’re shopping for, here are a few out-of-the ordinary picks to try:


A journal that helps them start their memoir

My Life Story - So Far | Write A Personal History

This journal gives you prompts for recording the experiences, relationships and hard-won wisdom of your life so far.


Every literary lover secretly dreams of writing a memoir, and this journal helps them to get started. It provides powerful prompts about everything from childhood to thoughts on love and marriage that will encourage the would-be writer to start scribbling. Even if they have no intention of publishing, the journal can become an important family keepsake one day.


A library card mug

Library Card Mug | book accessories, coffee mug

Remember your treasured titles and future favorites with this book worm-friendly mug.


Reading and coffee basically go hand in hand, so they can sip their cup of java from this mug that looks like an old school library card.


Home décor that says it all


Your favorite bookworm will make a statement with this cheeky yet chic print.


A solution for nighttime reading

Fred & Friends TRAVELAMP Classic Style Phone Diffuser

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Out camping and want to read for a bit? Sharing a hotel room and need to get a quick chapter in? Your lit lover can use this to harness their phone’s flashlight as a light source without relying on a lamp.


A tissue holder that’s anything but boring


A regular box of tissues looks boring on a nightstand. Let the book lover on your list add some style to their bedside table with this tissue box that looks like a stack of novels just waiting to be devoured.


A paperweight that lets them multitask

Elegant Hand Crafted Wooden Scholar's Antique Book Tissue Box Dispenser

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Every dedicated bookworm brings their newest title to read on their lunch break, but it can be pretty tricky to hold a book open as you eat a sandwich and sip your beverage all at the same time. This clear paperweight takes care of that issue, weighing the novel down for the perfect simultaneous eating-reading setup.


An embosser that makes it easier to get books back


When you’ve got an impressive library, inevitably friends are going to want to borrow from you. However, sometimes it becomes tricky to remember who has what. If your generous friend finds that their books are disappearing, grab them this embosser so they can mark their territory and get their precious books back when the moocher is done.


What are you getting the book lover on your list this year? Share your suggestions with us!



Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thought Catalog, The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, and others. She’s also the co-host of The Margarita Confessionals podcast. Say hi on Twitter, @lifewithlauren1.