The Ultimate Gift Guide for Readers


It's dark by 4:30 and raining most days here in the PNW, but this it the time of year our city feels the warmest and the lightest, because the holidays are just on the horizon. Wreaths on street lamps and decadent store front windows remind us that we are all suddenly facing the task of choosing gifts for our loved ones that they will actually enjoy.

Personally, we look at gift-giving as a chance to buy our loved ones some kind of luxury that they will use regularly, but wouldn't buy for themselves. We approached this guide with this in mind and came up with a list full of actually useful, wonderful things to enhance anyone's reading life.

Oh, and this list is 100% free of hideous randomness that was deemed "bookish" because it has an ugly picture of a book on it, we promise! 

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A Pretty Set of Books

Have you guys noticed the insane variety of absolutely stunning editions of classic novels that are out in the world recently? They’d be absolutely perfect on any book shelf.

We’re especially partial to these or these, and literally anything from Folio Society. Oh and did you notice that there are new Penguin Clothbounds out?? We want them all.

If you have a Harry Potter lover on your list, these are just the coolest. Or go for the more colorful set, which might even be more wonderful.

For the sci-fi lover, the Penguin Galaxy collection is stunning.

A Bit of Decor

Need something small and festive to hang on their tree?

Plus, how amazing are these vintage book planters??! 

If you have a candle snob on your list, check out my very favorite winter scented candle in alllllll the land. I love candles in my room for reading ambiance; it feels decadent and relaxing. 

Need more light? Try this seriously amazing lamp. Also, a simple, but highly functional little reading light is often best thing.

We've had our eye on these book letters for awhile now, and these are the most affordable ones we've seen yet!

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a book lover is always in want of quality paper goods, and this is the one thing I have to have every year.

Literary Lifestyle Enhancers

A completely #bookstagram worthy mug or this tea set for two so they can cozy up with their book (this is one of our favorites) and favorite hot beverage this winter.

While we’re talking about mugs, check out this stay-hot-all-day contraption I’m coveting, or this lower tech version they can take on the go!

Trust us: some quality loungewear and a cozy blanket go a long way in creating a comfortable reading environment.

While you're at it with all the cozy vibes, why not slippers too and maybe this book that became an instant favorite this year?

Most bookworms we know track their reading, so try a pretty notebook or a bullet journal for them to log their TBRs. You could even get them a whole reading journal kit.

How about a convenient, sleek little thing that will hold your book open for you? It’s a game changer, and that rose gold is too gorgeous.

custom-made cover for their laptop/tablet/e-reader, etc can be both functional and beautiful. I have one similar to this and use it on the daily to transport my laptop.

Do they have a kick-ass tote bag to take to the library or to their local bookstore? We love all of the Obvious State totes, they're so pretty! Plus, their bookmarks are so good.

We cannot tell you how difficult it is to find modern book ends, and like most bookworms, we bet your loved one has many a shelf in dire need of them. And if you have little ones, I actually got my son some similar to these for Christmas last year and they're currently holding back a stack of his favorite pop up books

Enamel pins have been really trendy lately, and while there are a ton of really ugly ones, we think this one is perfect.

I've personally gone through 4 e-readers in the past 10 years, starting with Nook and moving to Kindle (which I vastly prefer) and while I'm primarily a physical book reader, I really really appreciate the convenience of my Kindle Paperwhite, especially for reading in bed at night and not bothering my husband. If you have an avid reader on your list who doesn't have an e-reader yet, it might be worth a look. Kindles generally go on sale for Black Friday, so keep an eye out! 

A protective case is a must-have accessory, in our opinion (maybe we're just clumsy). I currently have this simple one, but have got my eye on this elegant leather one. Cases can get as wild, colorful, and personalized as you want, if that's more their style!

What are you gifting the bookworms on your list this holiday season?

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