Gift ideas for booklovers and bibliophiles


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By Daija Hammonds, Managing Editor

While giving books to any booklover is the simple and easy way to go, that is not always what they want. You can create or purchase personalized gifts based on the books they love. Here are some book-related gifts, trinkets and, of course, books to give to any booklover in your life.

A framed photo of a page

It’s no question that anyone can be impacted by the words you read, so consider gifting a booklover a framed photo of their favorite quote or passage from a book. 

Amy Newman, an English professor, was gifted a framed book page and sees it as an easy DIY project that you can use with worn-out books. 

“You can tear that page out, put it in a beautiful frame and it (costs) zero (dollars) and I love it,” Newman said. “I have my favorite paragraph in a beautiful frame.”

If you are not much of a DIY person, there are tons of framed page options on Etsy.

Scratch-off posters

Scratch-off posters are perfect for booklovers who enjoy challenges. They come in different themes such as a classics edition or ones for children’s literature.

There are 100 different book titles to choose from and once you finish a book you get the satisfaction of scratching it off. Once you have scratched off the entire poster, you can put it in a frame to showcase your achievement. 

Scented candles 

Candles are always a good idea, but for booklovers they are essential. A good book, a cup of coffee, their favorite chair and a scented candle based on their favorite book can be a reader’s favorite combo. 

There are many different scented candles to choose from. Depending on the reader, you can get ones that smell like old books with a price up to $22, depending on which version you get. There are candles inspired by specific books like this “Little Women” one on Etsy.  You can channel the March sisters for around $16.

Book embossers

A book embosser is great for booklovers who want to add a personal touch to their book collection and can help them keep track of ones they give out to others. 

Depending on the customizations you make, this Personal Library Embosser on Etsy can cost up to $57. With this embosser, you can have pictures engraved along with the reader’s name.

Books that make great gifts

Yes, book-related gifts are fun, but they are readers for a reason so you have to get them a book or two. 

If you have a history nerd in your life, Newman recommends “The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story” by Nikole Hannah-Jones. It was first a column of essays featured in the New York Times magazine and was then turned into a full-length novel. Hannah-Jones is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and creator of The 1619 Project.

“The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story” puts together 18 essays from a variety of authors that discuss the legacy of slavery while paying close attention to the struggle, resistance and oppression.

For the young readers in your life, Beth McGowan, an English professor and rare books and special collections librarian, recommends checking out the Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards List that awards new books every year.

“I totally and absolutely love it and think it is a great way to give gifts,” McGowan said. 

These gift ideas vary in price and content, but are useful and guaranteed to make any booklover happy.