Shopping for gifts for the book lover in your life (or picking items for your own wish list) can sometimes be a challenge. You know they love books, but WHAT book do you buy them??? While we have a handy tool this year to help you out, we also suggest you consider non-book gifts. And we’ve compiled this year’s shopping guide to help you out!
Where to Shop:
We created an extensive shopping guide last year with specific items and ideas for buying non-book gifts for book lovers. Here are some of our favorite places to shop for those gifts, and what you can find at each retailer:
Created by a fellow book blogger, the wares found in the Icey Designs shop are gorgeous. She has sets of pencils, journals, 2016 planners, and beautiful prints — all themed around books, writing, and various fandoms.
The goods are all extremely high quality, and they are just gorgeous. I bought some of these goodies for gifts these year, but I’m eager to shop again for myself.
GoneReading.com has an extensive collection featuring just about anything a book lover could want:
- Puzzles & games
- Coffee mugs
- Book-shaped dishes
- Journals, bookmarks & bookplates
- Reading lights
- Cards & stationary
- Literary action figures
- Scented candles (I LOVE these!)
- Posters & prints
- And oh so much more!
Be sure to join their email list for a 10%-off coupon!
Check these guys out for beautiful posters, t-shirts, tote bags, and their original line of literary temporary tattoos.
Most of their designs use the text of ACTUAL books to create beautiful illustrated designs.
Similar to Litographs, these guys also create artwork using the text of books. Right now, they only offer posters. I have their Wind in the Willows poster, and it is really lovely.
Novel Novice Shop
Yes, a bit of self promotion — but we’re rather fond of the designs in our shop. Browse apparel, fashion accessories, drinkware, and goodies for your home.
This shop offers beautiful scarves and gloves created from original screen-printed fabric featuring the text from some of the world’s most beloved books. The products are GORGEOUS and the quality is really superb. I have two scarves from this collection, and I love them both so much.
Vivian, the creator of Hebel Designs, has created an amazing collection of original jewelry inspired by some of the most beloved YA series out there. She started out focusing on The Mortal Instruments series, but her collection now includes The Grisha Trilogy, the Selection series, the Legend series, the Iron Fey series, and many more.
Out of Print
Hit these guys up for a variety of cool products featuring some of the most beloved, classic books of all time:
- Men’s, women & children’s clothing
- Tote bags & pouches
- Home accessories
- & more.
The Literary Gift Company
Much like GoneReading.com, these guys offer a variety of literary-themed items:
- Fashion accessories
- Cards & games
- And lots more!
Although not everything found here is book-related, much of the goods at the DFTBA store are — and there are especially a lot of choices if you’re a fan of John Green, as the store was co-founded by John and his brother Hank.
This fashion company has some fun literary-themed collections. Check out their Hogwarts and Middle Earth collections, in particular.
Boxed Sets & Special Editions
Okay, so technically, these are books … but even for readers who already own the individual copies of these books, a boxed set is a truly unique gift. It comes in pretty packaging, for one, and often features exclusive or bonus content. And the same can be said for some special editions of perennial favorites! Here are some of our favorite box sets to gift this year:
Let’s be honest, any true book lover NEVER has enough shelf space. Why not give them the gift of more. Even better than just giving them a new bookshelf? Help them build it.
And the best gift of all: help them find a place for it in their house which is, no doubt, probably already crammed with bookshelves.
2016 Buick Regal
Okay, I’m only sort of joking here. But let’s be honest: we’ve ALL seen those holiday car commercials where someone surprises a loved one with a new car for Christmas, complete with over-sized gift bow.
So if you’re thinking of giving such an over-the-top gift as a new car, and the recipient loves books, then I would seriously consider the 2016 Buick Regal — considering Buick is currently the only car maker catering to book lovers, what with their new in-car technology and partnership with Audiobooks.com.
For the comments: What’s on your holiday wish list? What else would you recommend as a gift for book lovers?