Seven bookish gift ideas

A mini gift guide for the reader in your life.


The holiday season is finally here, and along with peppermint and flashy lights comes anxiety over gift buying.

Here’s a super mini gift guide to help you pick the perfect gift for your bookish friend and family. If you have any additional ideas, we’d love to see them in the comments!

A Book

Let’s get the obvious one out of the way, shall we? At the end of the day, book nerds want books. Which book is the question. While that’s going to have to be your call, here’s a short list of some of our favorites from this year.

Those Who Prey by Jennifer Moffett

Jennifer Moffett shows how easy it is to become a cult member, and how painful it is to get out, in this raw YA debut.

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Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie

Emily Skrutskie’s latest novel is a saturated space opera that excels with wit, complexity, and fantastically rich world-building.

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Skyhunter by Marie Lu

Skyhunter is a new exciting tale by Marie Lu that will have readers on the edge of their seats!

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Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Lights, camera, action! Janella Angeles is ready to take readers on an adventure in this magical mystery.

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A Kindle Upgrade

Nearly every book lover has an eReader these days, but when was the last time they got an update? The Kindle Oasis, Amazon’s top-of-the-line eReader, has a major Black Friday discount ($174.99 when normally $249.99). Kindle Paperwhites are selling for as low as $84.99.

Purchase a Kindle on Amazon


A staple for every bookshelf, a bookend is a great gift. There are a ton of fantastic bookends available from smaller merchants on Etsy. (I’m eyeing this gorgeous mountain bookend set and I intend to add it to my wishlist as soon as I finish writing this article — it’d look incredible with my fantasy books!)

Check out bookends on Etsy

An Ember in the Ashes Deluxe Set

If you’ve got the cash, a deluxe set of a beloved series like Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes will please any bookish collector. UK based company FairyLoot is selling all four Ember in the Ashes books for £85 — and the covers are gorgeous. Collector’s editions from Leigh Bardugo and Cassandra Clare (as well as others) are also available on their website.

Purchase An Ember in the Ashes Deluxe Set from FairyLoot

An Audiobook Subscription

Listening to audiobooks totally counts as reading. (Sometimes you gotta multitask, alright?) Audible is has the largest catalog, and a subscription would be a huge treat for any reader. But if you’re not a big fan of Amazon, is a great alternative that supports indie bookstores.

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Coffee Table Book

Who doesn’t love a beautiful over-sized book on their coffee table? They’re great rotational items for the season and offer guests plenty of interesting pages to peruse. Illustrated editions of a beloved book make for great coffee table staples. The Percy Jackson encyclopedias are also strong candidates for Demigods.

Purchase Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition from Bookshop

Check out Folio Society’s illustrated edition of Dune

Purchase Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes from Bookshop

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Book Sleeves from Book Beau

Yeah, I put this on my gift guide last year and I’m going to continue recommending it. Book sleeves are a great way to keep books safe while on the go, and Book Beau’s sleeves are top-notch quality. I bought four in the last year.

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