Gifts for Book Lovers

By Kat La Mantia | November 7 2023 | AllGiftBlogAdultsGeneral

We love books, but some folks LOVE books. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone who’s obsessed with their Goodreads yearly reading challenge, can’t get enough of BookTok, and already has a book collection big enough to rival their local library, we’ve got you covered.

For readers who love to keep track of what they’ve read and how they felt about it, a book journal can be a great analog alternative to apps like Goodreads or StoryGraph. My Reading Life and A Clockwork Reader Reading Journal combine the mindfulness of journaling with the satisfaction of book tracking. Featuring reflection prompts, space to rate, charming illustrations, and inspiring bookish quotes, these journals are a must-have for avid readers.

Bibliophiles can put their love of language to good use with witty card games drawn from the world of books. In Zounds!, Shakespeare lovers compete to collect the bard’s best-loved plays and characters in a delightful card game that transports players to London’s sixteenth-century theatre scene. For the more grammar-minded, STET! Dreyer’s English is a fast-paced card game perfect for showing off your copyediting prowess or improving your own language skills as you compete to spot the most grammar mistakes. And finally, for the well-rounded reader who loves a good literary joke, Papercuts is a raucous party game that combines the playing style of Apples to Apples with an English major’s bookish sensibilities. Toss it in a tote or bring it to your next party for countless chapters of enjoyment!

Book lovers know that books are astounding objects in and of themselves. From beautifully designed covers to the process of their creation, books are an enduring artform that we just can’t get enough of. Celebrate the beauty of books with gifts like Ex Libris, a set of 50 postcards with gorgeous illustrations that highlight classic books, or The Penguin Classics Book, a luxurious clothbound companion celebrating the history and iconic covers of the world-renowned Penguin Classics series. And to make the publishing worker in your life absolutely flip, gift them the beautifully illustrated Books and the People Who Make Them, which highlights book workers in every part of the process, from editorial to design to booksellers, and more!

Check out more of our top gift picks for book lovers on our title list below! And don’t miss our holiday gift guide for Out of Print, the go-to brand for bookish totes, tees, pins, and more.

Gifts for Book Lovers

Gifts for Jane Austen Fans

Out of Print 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

Ex Libris
50 Postcards
978-0-593-23541-6
Send and receive gorgeous literary postcards featuring book recommendations from Pulitzer Prize–winning literary critic Michiko Kakutani and stunning original cover art from illustrator Dana Tanamachi
$17.99 US
Oct 18, 2022
4-1/4 x 6
Cards
50 Pages
Clarkson Potter

My Reading Life
What I Read, How It Felt, and What I Thought (A Book Journal for Book Lovers. Gifts for Book Lovers. Gifts for Readers)
978-1-63217-422-2
Bring mindfulness and intentionality to your reading life with this charming guided journal. Express yourself—write down how you feel about the books you read!
$16.99 US
Jan 11, 2022
5-1/2 x 7-1/2
Stationery & Accessories
176 Pages
Spruce Books

Papercuts
A Party Game for the Rude and Well-Read (A Card Game for Book Lovers)
978-0-593-23646-8
Show off your page-turning prowess and bust out your best book-themed jokes with this raucous party game full of literary laughs from the wordsmiths at the indie nonprofit Electric Literature.
$22.00 US
Aug 30, 2022
5-5/8 x 3-11/16
Game
300 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Books and the People Who Make Them
978-3-7913-7549-6
This unique, fun and informative introduction to the publishing world shows young readers how a book makes its journey from the writer’s notebook to the reader’s hands.
$19.99 US
Sep 05, 2023
10 x 12-1/2
Hardcover
48 Pages
Prestel Junior
Age 8-12 years

Pride and Puzzlement: A Jane Austen Puzzle
A 1000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle Featuring Literature's Most Beloved Characters and Couples: Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults
978-0-593-13764-2
A gorgeous 1000-piece jigsaw featuring hand-drawn characters from Jane Austen's enduring novels.
$19.99 US
Mar 30, 2021
10 x 8
Game
1000 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Bedside Companion for Book Lovers
An Anthology Of Literary Delights For Every Night Of The Year
978-1-84994-769-5
A glorious treasury of literary curiosities for every night of the year. Bedside Companion for Book Lovers contains an eclectic mix of fact and fiction, letters, diaries, essays and dedications, all suffused with the joys of books and reading. The perfect gift for the bibliophile in your life, it contains snippets from some of the greatest writers and book collectors from throughout history, including: Charles Dickens on the smell of books Maya Angelou on the pleasures of reading aloud Virginia Woolf on finding space for writing Nick Hornby on reading for pure enjoyment and much more. Along the way, you’ll find advice on how to look after your most precious volumes, what to do when books start taking over your home, and where to find the most atmospheric libraries and bookshops around the world. Keep this beautifully illustrated book by your bedside and wander into a magical world of books every night of the year.
$29.95 US
Oct 13, 2022
6 x 9-1/5
Hardcover
448 Pages
Batsford

Rejected Books
The Most Unpublishable Books of All Time
978-0-593-23592-8
A collection of forty hilariously unrealistic, totally cringe-worthy covers for books that will never, ever be published--from the authors of Images You Should Not Masturbate To.
$15.99 US
Sep 13, 2022
5-1/2 x 7
Hardcover
112 Pages
Clarkson Potter

100 Postcards from Austen to Zola
978-0-241-39681-0
A collection of 100 postcards, each with a different iconic Penguin Classics cover, in a beautifully designed box
$19.99 US
Oct 29, 2019
Other Formats
100 Pages
Penguin Books

The Literary Witches Oracle
A 70-Card Deck and Guidebook: Oracle Cards
978-1-9848-2471-4
From the team that brought the inventive book Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers to life comes a 70-card oracle deck--featuring female icons and otherworldly symbols--that aims to add spiritual insight and feminist guidance to your personal divination practice.
$19.99 US
Aug 27, 2019
4-7/8 x 6-3/8
Cards
70 Pages
Clarkson Potter