Gifts for Book Lovers, part 1

I’ve pulled together some great gifts for book lovers, or the writer or librarian in your life. I hope you’ll find some things that please you. I sure did.

One of the perfect and most enjoyable gifts for a book lover is, in my opinion, a gift certificate for a bookstore. It’s such a delight to spend someone else’s money on books–and to know that you can go wild and choose whatever you want. Even $10 can get a paperback children’s book, though of course $20 to $100 or more is a lot more fun. And you don’t even have to leave the house to buy one! You can get a gift certificate online from,,, and, as well as the many small independent bookstores that you can go to in person.

I love this sterling silver book locket sold at the Literary Site. It looks like a book, it opens, and you can have a small photo of someone you love inside. Just as good, the Literary Site will fund one children’s book for each locket purchased–so you can donate to charity while buying a cool gift. Also neat is that the locket was “fair-trade imported from a company that offers skilled craftspeople a safe environment and fair wages.” $9.95 US.
This Emily Dickinson scarf looks absolutely beautiful to me, in color and style–and though it’s hard to see from the photo, there are many of her poems printed on the scarf. So you can read them any time, or just know you’re wearing her poetry. It doesn’t list which poems, and I wish it would–but I think it’s a neat idea. It’s made of silk, and double-layered for warmth. $44.95 US

I think this bright red umbrella that boldly says “READ” on it is pretty neat. You can purchase it from the US ALA Store ($18.00 US), or from the Canadian OLA store ($23.22 CAN)

This small READ tote looks lovely to me. It’s about the size to carry your lunch or a paperback or two. $18.00 US from the ALA Store, and $23.22 CAN from the OLA Store.
The large READ tote is also nice, and you can carry more; you can use it as your daily carry-all. $25 US from the ALA Store, and $32.25 CAN from the OLA Store (guess they haven’t adjusted the dollar, yet).

This Read charm bracelet is also available from I love how it looks–but it seems a little pricey to me. $59.95 US

If you love libraries and the old catalogue system, or the person you’re shopping for does, then this might be the perfect gift–a CD organizer and storage system that looks like an old library catalogue. Also from $179.95 for 12 drawers, $239.95 for 24 drawers.

This will probably appeal to many book lovers–a book journal specifically for writing down the books you’ve read–or the books you’ve read and loved. Never forget your favorite books or authors again–and always have a book to recommend to others. Of course you could use any journal, but there’s something neat about a journal that is just for books. (I wish it came in other colors, but that’s just me.) $19.95 US.

Check out these Book earrings from the I don’t wear earrings, but I love these little books. I suppose you could take off the earring part and just admire the little books. Or if you know someone who likes earrings and loves books, maybe these’d be fun. You’d also be supporting a good cause while buying a gift; the Literacy Site will fund 1 children’s book for each pair of Paper Book Earrings purchased. $14.95 US.

The Literary Site has a Peace bookmark made from cruelty-free leather (from animals that have died naturally) that sells for $4.95, and again they’ll fun 1 children’s book for each bookmark made–so you can support a good cause while purchasing a gift.
They also have a “Read to Succeed” pin for $8.95.

I love these library bookends from Shakespeare’s Den. They’re about 6 ¼” high by 4 ½” wide by 3 ½” deep, and weigh 7 lbs 9 oz, so they’re sturdy enough to hold your books in place. $39.95 US.

This beautiful quotable candle isn’t specifically book-related, but book lovers love words, and this quote is just beautiful. The quote is:
“Dance as though no one is watching,
Love as though you have never been hurt before,
Sing as though no one can hear you,
Live as though heaven is on earth.”The Quote Candle Holder is reusable, and the candle will burn for approximately 50 hours. $21.95 US
As a writer, I absolutely love this shirt! It might make a great gift for a writer you know. It says “Careful, or you’ll end up in my novel.” $16.95 US for the t-shirt, $26.95 US for the sweatshirt.

And this shirt, is, I think, a neat gift for a librarian or word lover: “What’s another word for thesaurus?” $17.95 for the t-shirt, and $27.95 for the sweatshirt.

Want more ideas of some great gifts for book lovers? See my other posts on this:

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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13 Responses to Gifts for Book Lovers, part 1

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  4. Lena says:

    Careful, or you’ll end up in my novel! That is hilarious! I’m putting one on my Xmas list!

  5. Cheryl says:

    I love it, too, Lena. 🙂 It’s so fun.

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  7. CK Webb says:

    My co-writer DJ & myself adore the shirt with, “Careful, or you’ll end up in my novel” We have put this on our ‘must have’ list. I also was ‘charmed’ by the I read banned books charm bracelet! So cute!!!

  8. I’m glad you liked them. 🙂 I love that shirt, too. 🙂

  9. Kate says:

    Thanks for making my birthday/christmas lists for me! Great suggestions.

    I have the Book Journal and I love it.

  10. I’m glad you like the gift suggestions (grinning). And thanks for telling me that you have the Book Journal and like it. It’s good to hear that.

  11. Brad Wirz says:

    That “library card catalog” cd organizer is awesome. I’ve actually been looking for something like that but haven’t found it… but thanks to you… We’re going to use it for spare currencies we’ve brought back from our travels around the world. Awesome stuff!

  12. I’m so glad you like it, Brad! Thanks for letting me know. 🙂

  13. Gail Spieth says:

    I rarely comment but I figured I needed to do it now after visiting your site so frequently. We readers need to show appreciation! Keep up the good work!

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