It’s easy to buy gifts for bookworms – there is an endless number of books that you could buy for them. However, there are also lots of other bookish gifts that make great gifts for book lovers. These are my suggestions for Christmas gifts for book lovers, which have all been inspired by literature, but aren’t necessarily books themselves.
ChattyFeet Literary Socks
When people ask me who my favourite authors are I often name Virgina Wool, William Shakesfeet and Ernestoe Hemingway. Something seem a little off to you? Well these are the names of these adorable literary socks from ChattyFeet. They’ve taken three classic authors and put them onto socks! Book worms love to curl up in a cosy corner with a book and a pair of literary socks to keep their feet warm would make the perfect gift.
Avid Reader’s Club Sweater
I first saw this sweater on Instagram and I just knew that I had to have it. Is there any more perfect slogan for a bookworm? This sweater from Joanie is a super soft and snuggly sweater that is perfect for the colder winter months. Book lovers like to be warm and cosy when they settle down to read and this sweater is the perfect gift for those very moments at Christmas.
The Creator Backpack
Thought Catalog is a popular online magazine amongst book lovers with their empowering online articles and publications. They’ve recently created a “Creator Backpack” with the everyday artist in mind. It’s perfect for carrying around your books on a day to day basis whether it be to school or on your daily adventures. It’s a really great quality bag made from pebbled vegan leather and a large pocket on the front with a magnetic closure. It can just about fit a 13″ laptop in it and there’s plenty of room for your current read(s) inside. A small paperback would fit into the front pouch and there’s a flat pouch at the back for magazines or papers. The perfect backpack for a book lover this Christmas!
Women Poets Enamel Pin Set
Literary Emporium stock several pages of literary enamel pins which would all make for great stocking fillers this Christmas. You can purchase them all individually but if you’re in the gifting spirit then I’d recommend buying one of the sets. My favourite set in terms of design and quotes used is the Women Poets Enamel Pin Set. The white and rose gold designs are simply stunning and they’re perfect for pinning to your backpack or to a denim jacket. This set features quotes by: Maya Angelou, Anne Brontë, Sappho, Qiu Jin and Sylvia Plath.
“Don’t tell me women are not the stuff of heroes.”
Put Your Feet Up Subscription Box
Subscription boxes are quite literally the gifts that keep on giving. It’s a great gift option for those who are stumped about which book to buy someone as you can simply pick a theme or genre and let the subscription company do the work for you! Beautiful Book Company offer a range of different subscriptions that deliver one book to your door each month but the “Put Your Feet Up” collection is perfect for the Christmas holidays. Others include: subscriptions for travel lovers, film lovers, young adult books, books for retirees and more. There’s something for everyone so have a browse and the welcome pack will be delivered in no time. Purchase a subscription and put a smile on a book lover’s face on the first day of the month for the next few months!
Blind Date with Obvious State
Obvious State recently launched a new bookish initiative – Books & Blind Date. It’s a monthly subscription service in which there are pocket-sized, collectable editions with unique Obvious State covers. So far themes have included T. S. Eliot, Edgar Allan Poe and Sara Teasdale. If you know someone who loves classics or want to give someone a little taste of what a classic author has to offer then this is a great start. The book’s contents are kept secret until release day so the recipient will have no idea which works they’ll receive each month, but that all just adds to the excitement.
Each box is available for $15 but there’s $45 worth of bookish merch inside!
Post Box Books
Opening up a box from Post Box Books is like opening up a time capsule from times gone by. Think wax seals and brown parcels tied up with string. The bookshop behind the box, The Barrister’s Book Chamber, seems like an antique and vintage paradise for book lovers and their box gives off the same vibe.
There are two packages you can choose from: modern paperbacks or vintage fiction. My personal recommendation would be for vintage fiction as classics can be a great gift option if you’re unsure what to choose.
Inside my first box I received a pre-loved copy of Emma by Jane Austen in great condition, along with a notebook with a wax seal, a welcome letter, a gorgeous quill bookmark and a £1 off voucher for The Barrister’s Book Chamber.
For the one off payment of £40 you can gift someone with a 6 month subscription to their book box packages.
Literary Posters by Obvious State
Obvious State is one of the top bookish merch company and their literary posters are my favourites out there. I already owned four of their posters before I embarked on this post and I’m not going to stop until I own the entire collection! This year I’m featuring prints from three classic British authors: Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf and Charlotte Bronte. Each poster is based around a famous quote from these authors with an accompanying design. I’m wowed by every single one of their posters at Obvious State and it’s always such a struggle to choose which to get next! Christmas marks the end of the year so it’s the perfect time to gift these quote posters which remind us to move forwards, be happy and worry less!
“When you consider things like the stars, our affaris don’t seem to matter, do they?”
“I would always rather be happy than dignified”
“One always begins to forgive a place as soon as it’s left behind”
Browse the entire range of literary posters from Obvious State here. Each poster costs $24 or you can get 3 for 2.
Bibliophilia: 100 Literary Postcards
Rarely do people send or receive snail mail today, which is a great shame. Christmas is a time for reminiscing about old times and catching up with old friends so it’s the perfect time to gift this lovely postcard set. The great thing about it is that it comes with two copies of 50 different prints so your book loving friend can keep one set for him or herself and post the rest out to their fellow book lovers!
This Bibliophilia set was created in collaboration with Penguin Random House but each print is designed uniquely by Obvious State. If you want to collect all Obvious State prints without breaking the bank then this little postcard set is the way forward. It’s beautifully presented too, making it perfect for gifting.
Biscuiteers Paddington Bear Biscuits
Paddington is everybody’s favourite bear and this limited edition tin of biscuits from Biscuiteers is perfect for those who were fans of the books as children. The biscuits are a little like vanilla flavoured ginger bread men and each biscuit is hand iced, which is very impressive. I’ve never met anyone who hasn’t gasped when I’ve opened up a tin of Biscuiteers’ biscuits for them to try so you can be sure this will wow the book lover in your life.
There are two sizes available – the letter box biscuits or the full biscuit tin. The former are a great gift to send to someone you won’t be seeing and they won’t have to worry about being in for delivery because these will slip right in through the letterbox.
Get this limited edition letterbox biscuit set from Biscuiteers for £22.50.
PLUS if you enter “Laura Hartley” at the checkout, you’ll get 15% off!
I could hardly create a gift guide for book lovers without including something Harry Potter related could I? These magic notebooks from Literary Emporium look exactly like something you’d find in your Hogwarts backpack and are a very reasonably priced gift for the Potter fan in your life. The start of a new year is a great time to stock up on new stationery for the new term at school or another working year and these charming, vintage-looking notebooks are a great stocking filler!
Literary Quotations Perpetual Calendar
Calendars are a classic Christmas gift as the end of the year draws near but a perpetual calendar is an even better gift option. A perpetual calendar is one that does not have the specific dates and days of each year marked in but simply the dates of the month so you can keep it forever and ever! This bookish edition from Literary Emporium is simply gorgeous and each month brings with it a different literary quote. It includes quotes from Dickens, Shelley, Lewis, Shakespeare, Hugo and more. This is the perfect gift for a book lover at this time of year and they’ll be able to treasure it forever with all the special dates of the year marked in.
Penguin Clothbound Editions
Penguin Clothbound editions need little explanation but they are perfect for gifting because each copy is so darn beautiful. The covers are simple and minimalist but great quality too as they’re all hardback. You simply can’t go wrong with one of these editions because if the recipient already owns the book they’ll be glad to have this collectible edition and if they don’t then they’ve got a beautiful new story to read. Most big classics can be found as part of the Penguin Clothbound collection and you can browse the collection on Amazon here.
A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings (Clothbound Classics) £12.50
The Complete Works of Jane Austen (Clothbound Classic) £81
The Brontë Sisters (Boxed Set) (Clothbound Classics) £35
Penguin Modern Mini Editions
If you’re shopping on a budget but still want to get something nice that will be treasured, pick up a few editions of the new mint coloured Penguin Modern Classic minis. They’re only £1 each! The collection includes short stories from some of the best classic authors including Nabokov, du Maurier and more. I love these editions because there’s always room for one on your person, even if you’ve only got a small bag with you. And, yknow, book lovers always carry a book with them. These are small enough to slip into a stocking so they’d make great stocking fillers too!
Check out the full range on the Penguin website here.
Browse the collection on Amazon UK here.
Browse the collection on Waterstones here.
If you’re feeling generous, you could gift the whole collection of 50 books for £39 here!
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Although Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine was released in 2017, this title continued to make waves in the book world in 2018. This book won the 2018 Costa Debut Novel Award and continues to be a bestseller. It’s a heartwarming novel, perfect to read at this time of year, and I don’t know anyone who’s picked up this novel and hasn’t fallen in love with it.
If you have read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and want more recommendations, check out this post on what to read if you liked Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.
My Mum Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
A few months ago Jacqueline Wilson released the latest instalment in the Tracy Beaker series. It had been a number of years since we’d last heard about this iconic British heroine but she’s back and she’s got her own family now! My Mum Tracy Beaker is told from the perspective of Tracy’s young daughter who is nothing like her mother was at that age. It’s the perfect gift for anyone that grew up with Tracy Beaker and a real blast from the past!
“Mum’s loud and funny and isn’t scared of anything, I’m much quieter and I worry about things.”
PG Wodehouse Pick-Me-Up Collection
Another great set of miniature editions perfect for Christmas is a set of four mini classics from the P G Wodehouse Pick-Me-Up collection. These four stories are all hilarious and typical of Wodehouse’s humour and will make for a great stocking filler this year. The cover design looks festive too with the white bubbles looking like snow flakes!
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