Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts For Book People (Besides Books)

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My whole life is books. I read books. I’m writing one. I’m getting married in a bookstore. Do you know how many books I have? I don’t either. That’s probably how I wound up with three copies of Pride and Prejudice. I mean that other people don’t know how many books I have, or which ones exactly they are. Like, I only bought one of those; other people gave me the rest. I feel like this is true for many, many book people? The lesson is: never get a book person books unless they’ve asked for something specific or you’ve had some sort of conversation. Instead, get them book things that aren’t books! Here are a few suggestions!


Wearable Book Things

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Books for your body! There are these lovely chiffon book scarves over on Etsy ($24) — there’s a bunch of different ones, but I’m featuring Pride and Prejudice because, as previously mentioned, it is my favorite book. Actually, you’re about to learn a lot about my book tastes, because I’m about to let you know about Litographs (one of my favorite companies) by showing you a tee shirt with the entire text of The Tempest on it ($34). The Tempest is my favorite Shakespeare. I also want to make sure to include something comics-related on this gift guide, because comics are just as much literature as anything else. So here’s a skirt that looks like a comic book ($50)! If you’re looking for something jewelry, here’s an Open Book Necklace ($15). I want to point out that it is entirely possible to wear all of these things at one time.


Household Book Things

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Book things for your house! The obvious thing to start off with is things to hang on the walls — check out this Harry Potter Golden Trio Portrait ($20) or this print of a nerdy owl on a dictionary page ($7). Plant in books with an up-cycled book planter ($50). I feel like that’s a controversial suggestion — some book people might not enjoy that a book died for the planter. So proceed with caution. No books had to die for this Old Books Scented Candle ($18), so it might be a safer gift idea for the more purist among us. Frostbeard Studio also has scents from specific books (Sherlock’s Study or Le Cirque des Rêves, among others).

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Readers Who Are Writers

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I feel like most readers are also writers, even if they don’t do it professionally. Readers usually have a reverence for the written word that leads to journaling, fan fiction and personal project novels AT THE VERY LEAST. That love doesn’t evaporate. So consider a Midori Traveler’s Notebook ($35) with some planner and journal pages (and some binding-elastics to keep it all together). A set of good pens wouldn’t go amiss ($13) — I have these exact ones and can highly recommend them. If your book person already has a journal, a bandolier to keep books and pens together ($26) in a bag is a nice thing to do. If you’re not sure of your book person’s writing preferences, maybe get them a loose-leaf tee shirt ($50) so they can wear their blank-page-conquering-pride on their sleeve — literally.

If you’re not really sure what a Midori Traveler’s Notebook is or is for, by the way, here’s a really good overview.


Book Accoutrements

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Lastly, things that are for the books that book people own. First, those bookends on which you can build with Legos ($25) because I’m your Geekery Editor and of course that’s what I found on the internet. If your book person is a book-shelf-possessor, help them organize their life with Birch A-Z Book Dividers ($120). I’m pretty sure I’ve recommended this library kit before ($15), but a great alternative is a customizable stamp ($27) to just plomp that ownership right on the inside cover with some ink and a prideful smile.

Staff Writer for Autostraddle, Part-time Faculty at The New School (teaching digital storytelling), Managing Editor for Scholar & Feminist Online at Barnard Center for Research On Women. Follow me on Twitter @AEOsworth or on Instagram, also @AEOsworth.

A.E. has written 544 articles for us.

27 Comments

  1. As a book person, I approve of this! Those book acoutrements are especially tasty!

    I love getting books as gifts, but not when they are all on one fucking topic. A few years back I was reading a (really good) book about Hitler and the nazis (and carrying the book around, as I was reading it on my commute) so all my friends thought that it would be great to buy me more nazi books! So now I have a shelf of books about the nazi regime that I didn’t even read, cause I got bored of the topic…people, I’m not doing my doctorate in that, stop.getting.me.books.about.frakking.hitler!!!

  2. As a book geek, I strongly approve of this list. As soon as I stop this living-abroad-and-moving-around-a-lot lark and finally settle somewhere (with all of my beloved books), I will definitely be getting some awesome bookends to set up my home library. And probably other book-inspired home stuff too, because this list is great.

  3. This is amazing! My fiance wants to get married at The Strand bookstore in NY, but I suspect they wouldn’t be too happy about that haha. Anyway, her family doesn’t celebrate christmas, but I came across this and I just spontaneously got her one of the etsy book scarves, the Little Women one. Idk if she’ll wear it, but if not she can hang it up on her wall. I believe it will make her very happy; thanks for keeping these options so affordable too! I hope it’ll make my book lover very happy.

  4. These are great! I am definitely going to buy one of the scarves and maybe a tote for some family members.

    On a selfish note, I am going to invest in a midori travelers notebook for myself, to upgrade my current dance journal from a cheap, bashed up, spiral-bound notebook.

    I have been watching the youtube videos and am now planning mini vision boards and it’s going to double up as my choreo workbook too. So inspiring! Thank you.

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