Deciding to write a gift guide for readers is like deciding to write a gift guide for myself. I love books, I love talking about books, I love walking through a bookstore and picking up books. The idea of going on Survivor or living in the Big Brother house without a book to keep me company leaves me short of breath. Have I thoroughly qualified myself as a book lover yet? As someone who is worthy to write this gift guide? I certainly hope so because I’ve had a great time hunting down the perfect gifts.
I’ve made sure to include items big and small, items for many budgets, items that can be Amazon Primed to your home (or directly to the recipient) and those that can be personalized and should be ordered immediately to allow for processing time.
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Gift Guide for Readers
The Ultimate Subscription Box for Book Lovers
Pouring Over Books Box – This is a subscription created by LaShawn Wiltz, who has combined her love for coffee and books into a subscription box that is nothing short of fabulous. Each box contains a book, a coffee, and book and coffee related accessories. Megan is a paying subscriber and each box has been an out of the park hit in my opinion with well-thought out items that you’ll be excited to receive. We think this subscription makes a fantastic gift either for yourself or the book lover in your life. Subscribe here!
Stacked Book Ornament – I’m here to tell you there are a lot of ugly book ornaments out there, but this one is sweet and colorful. Having an ornament exchange with your book club? Here’s your winner.
Sipsby Tea Subscription – Speaking of subscription boxes we love, the Sipsby box is a great option for readers who love to sip tea with their books. $16 a month for four different types of tea – a total of at least 15 cups of tea in each box! You can view our full review, here.
Booktopus Page Holder – As someone who loves to read while I’m drying my hair, I love this hands free way to keep my book open. Would also be a great stocking stuffer!
Book Club Candle – Scents from the Homesick brand of candles are meant to evoke memories of a time or place. Bring one of these to the host of your December book club meeting.
Murder Mystery Jigsaw Puzzle – A story, a puzzle and a mystery to solve all in one! We love this puzzle with a twist, taking your average puzzle up several notches, while still sliding in under $20!
Book Haven Puzzle – For puzzle purists, this beautiful bookshop scene is just right.
Personal Library Kit – I think this was on last year’s guide, but I don’t care. It’s so cute and I want to be the kind of person who has her act together to create my own personal lending library. As it is, if I loan you a book I completely forget about it. Don’t worry about apologizing for how long it takes to read – I’ve completely forgotten that I ever owned that book.
Kate Spade Book Tote – Do we all have too many totes? Probably. Do mine all have some conference sponsor branding on them? Definitely. Is this tote significantly cuter and therefore more joyful for library runs? Obviously.
Mystery Date with a Book Box – Choose from a ton of different genres and this shop will create a mystery date box that includes extras like candles, tea, jewelry, snacks and anything else that might complement the book!
Vintage Magnetic Bookmarks – Ugh, these are so cute I can’t handle it. And I say this as a person who isn’t allowed to own bookmarks because I immediately lose them, but I want these.
Books to Give as Gifts this Year
Below are some of my favorite books of the year, as well as Long Story Short reader recommendations for books to give as gifts this year.