It may seem like bookish people are easy to shop for. They love books, right? Simple.
Ah, but it’s never that easy is it? If they’re anything like me and involved in blogging and reviewing, there’s a fair chance they’ll be all over new releases. And then there’s the pressure of choosing a book your literature lover will adore.
But you can save yourself the stress by putting a literary twist on ordinary gifts, or by choosing things which will make the reading experience all the more pleasurable.
To make things easier, I’ve split this list into price brackets so there’s everything from stocking stuffers to extravagant gifts*. I’ve tried to focus on small businesses from Australia and the UK, although there are some big brands in here too. Shop small where you can this Christmas.
Bookish gifts $10 and under
These literary soaps ($6.95) from Nook and Burrow are the perfect little treat, inspired by all our favourite books and sure to spice up any shower. Lather up here.
Create a relaxing atmosphere to sit back and read with this string of twinkle lights from Typo ($9.99).
I promise not all these gifts are from Nook and Burrow, but this is genuinely one of my favourite small businesses and I love their products. Kate’s signature wooden bookmarks are just $9 and cover everything from general sayings celebrating word nerds to Game of Thrones and Harry Potter graphics. Mark your page here.
Tea and books are the perfect combination, which T2 have paid homage to with this beautiful bookmark ($10).
I’m a fan of a bookish pin, and I love these delicate wooden designs from Kit Cronk Studio. Get pinning for $9.50.
Bookish gifts $20 and under
I’m willing to bet every #Bookstagrammer has at some stage taken a photo for #socksunday. Give some inspiration for future bookish photographs with these library card socks ($13.99) from Book Geek.
Word nerds unite with these collective noun pencils ($13.99), the most delightful edition to any desk.
Dip into a book with a brew by your side with this Keep Cup from Readings ($18.95) just made for writers.
Although I’ve included some incredible Lush gift packs below, I couldn’t help recommending this limited edition shower gel in my favourite lavender scent. Time to get Sleepy.
Every book nerd needs a library bag and these Nook and Burrow designs are just delightful. The Nook and Burrow designs are all $14.95 and feature general bookish phrases, Harry Potter designs and feminist slogans. The brand also stocks some Fable & Black designs ($16.95) direct from the UK with phrases from YA books and classic literature. Choose a new book bag.
Bookish gifts $30 and under
This personalised eye mask ($25.25) is a very cute gift and one you can fully customise to suit the word nerd in your life. Who are you dreaming of?
Are you as protective of your books as I am? These beautiful fabric book sleeves from Trim & Thread ($30) will keep your paperback in pristine condition.
I promised no books, BUT this is such a treat for book lovers. Lauren Chater has made a name for herself with her baking talents, which are on display in Well Read Cookies ($24.99) where she turns biscuits into artworks inspired by her favourite books. Grab a copy (affiliate link).
Want to keep track of the books you’ve read, plan a review or just plot world domination? This beautiful hardcover ‘moxie’ journal from Kit Cronk Studio ($25) will set your intention and keep you inspired.
How many times have you watched To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before? This handmade pin set celebrating Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky ($25) is perfect for fans of the book as well as the hit Netflix movie.
Bookish gifts $50 and under
I may have a slight addiction to mugs and pretty china, but when you see sets like T2’s King of the Cats cup and saucer designed by Marc Martin ($40) surely it’s easy to understand why? Sip away.
Wear your love for literature with these Literary Emporium t-shirts. The designs are minimal (my favourite) and feature feminist themes from classic novels including Jane Eyre and Frankenstein. Perfect, right? I’ve got the Frankenstein tee and I love it. The fabric is soft and it’s still going strong after plenty of washes. Check out their full range of t-shirts.
What are you going to do with all that bookish merch you own? Carry it in this Harry Potter duffle bag printed with the Marauder’s Map from Jay Jays ($49.95). Great for hauling photo props or just general gym use. Mischief managed.
Deliver the book lover in your life a wish to always find something new to read with this ‘may your shelves always overflow with books’ print from Bookishly ($45.72).
Candles are a beautiful addition to any reading nook, and these scents from Nook and Burrow can add a lovely literary twist. There’s fragrances inspired by Christmas, trips to the library, and sweet treats. Mix and match your favourites in a double bundle of large 270ml candles ($36), with burn times of over 30 hours each.
Bookish gifts $100 and under
Create something entirely unique with a commission from Art & Music Co. Emma is a friend of mine, but her artwork is so lovely. I commissioned a special Matilda piece that takes pride of place on my bookshelf. Design something special with her.
Combine a love of a good brew with books and you get the Literary Tea Co. You can select a tea inspired by a specific writer for $29.95 or you can get a sample of your favourites (like Literary Ladies, Brits or Roaring Twenties) for $59.95, packaged in a cute little book box. Take your pick.
If you’re a bookstagrammer, you’ll probably be familiar with the ‘tbr cart’ trend. I used this IKEA trolley ($69) for my own little collection of books to read. It’s available in a few different colours and is nifty storage for books and more.
Support young Australian writers with a year-long subscription to Voiceworks ($60), a quarterly literary journal that features exciting new fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art and comics by people under the age of 25.
Cosy up with your favourite book – in blanket form! These stunning Litograph blankets ($69) produce beautiful artwork from the words in a range of books, from classics to contemporary. Choose your favourite.
Bookish gifts over $100
There’s nothing I enjoy more than running a bath and relaxing with my latest read. Embrace self care with some luxurious VIP gift bundles from Lush. Meet Me Under the Mistletoe ($125) contains some dreamy shower gels and scrubs, while the ultimate Wonderful Christmas Time ($240) has oodles of bath bombs.
Expand your mind in 2019 with an empowering and inspiring book subscription from Books That Matter. Although this company is based in the UK, they ship internationally and have a great selection of though-provoking, intersectional books each month. It’s literally the gift that keeps on giving. Choose a subscription package.
Add a little glamour to your reading with a full set of literary-inspired polishes from Bottled Books ($125). These polishes are vegan and cruelty free. I can also attest to their quality: usually two coats will last me a few days before chipping, even if I bash them about with washing up and lots of typing. Individual polishes are $17.95 if you’re not up to a full set.
Leave your (beautifully designed) mark, with these personalised bookplates from Slightly Foxed. The bookplates are letter press prints on fine Italian paper and are available in quantities of 250, 500, or 1000.
I’m adding this purely because it’s my ideal reading chair and a girl can dream, right? This wing armchair from IKEA ($249) would make weekend reading so comfortable the days would surely pass too quickly.
Still stuck for what to buy that bookish person in your life? Left it too late this year? You really can’t ever go wrong with a gift card so they can buy more books. Grab one from Dymocks (affiliate link).
*Shipping costs not included. All products are Australian or offer shipping to Australia. I’ve tried to include brands I’ve shopped with before, but some I haven’t purchased from are also on this list.