Unwrap the best gifts for readers and bookworms in your life

Our guide to the best gifts for bookworms.

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by Piper Huxley |
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To help you find the best gifts for readers and bookworms in your life, we’ve scoured the internet and created this very gift guide. If you're looking to please any budding book buff, consider our picks below. After all, we all know a bookworm - and in theory, they should be the easiest people in the world to buy gifts for. We say ‘should’ because, in an ideal world, we’d simply buy them a new book. But, they already have a reading list longer than 'War and Peace'.

So, how can we surprise our book-obsessed loved ones? Yes - looking for book-related gifts for readers, can be tricky to get right - but we recommend grabbing something that they wouldn't expect. Thankfully, the internet is full of weird and smart gadgets and gifts that make perfect presents. This article is a real page-turner - well, mouse-scroller.

Best gifts for readers at a glance:

Ideal for organised bookworms: Butterfly Gold Metal Book Ends - Buy now on Oliver Bonas
Best gift for a reader: Bookworm Shopping Tote Bag - Buy now on Etsy
Best personalised gift for a reader: Penguin Books-Inspired Personalised Book Mug - Buy now on Etsy

Yours Magazine has not left any page unturned. Below, there are presents for readers and bookish accessories that are out of this world; including gifts to join their growing library of alphabetised paperbacks in their smart book storage. From classic picks (like reading lights and customisable bookmarks) to personalised book stamps and even the best e-readers, if you're looking for gifts for book lovers that aren't books we have found it all. Whether your friend is a fiction lover or prefers to dabble into something a little more real, there is a choice for every type of reader.

Best gifts for book lovers 2024

Best for night-time readers

Reading in dim light is never a good thing, but sometimes it's hard to put a good book down. Thankfully, this USB rechargeable Clip-On Book Reading Light provides up to eight hours of flicker-free LED light, which can be adjusted to suit personal preference. It's small, lightweight, and comes in a range of fun colours.

Customer review: "Absolutely love this wee gadget! The light on it isn't too harsh for reading in bed at night and has 2 different brightness settings. The adjustable head is perfect too because you can just point it to where you need it and angle it as you need. Easy to charge and easy to fit onto the back pages of your book as well. Rarely write reviews but I was just sitting reading and thinking what a great invention this was and felt the need to out a review up."

Pros

  • Available in multiple colours
  • Portable

Cons

  • Battery life could be longer

Best for a bookmark gift

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Papier Cloud BookmarkPapier

We love this trendy Papier bookmark. It's available in a cloud or circlets design and it comes in a paper sleeve. It's lightweight and it slots nicely onto the page, so there's no need to dog ear your books or use receipts and random bits of paper from around the house.

Reviewed by our Commercial Content Writer, Arabella Horspool who said: "This bookmark is a must-have to add to your book accessory collection. It's super stylish and a good size. If you're one of those on-the-go readers who always has a book with them, you'll be pleased to know that it's also made from flexible yet durable metal, so it shouldn't get damaged whenever you need to throw it into your bag."

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Only one size option

Best for hands-free reading

The JML Pill-O-Pad Tablet Stand is a useful gift for a reader. It'll support a book in a comfortable position, which is ideal for reading on the sofa or in bed. It also helps take some of the weight of any, particularly hefty hardbacks.

A reviewer put: "Bought as a gift for someone, the feedback is they are very happy and use it for watching movies on a tablet & reading books on a kindle. Great product, well made & beats any of the other alike products."

Pros

  • Three viewing angles
  • Side-pocket

Cons

  • A bit bulky

Best for a personalised book gift

This Handmade Personalised Leather Bookmark is a gift with a personal touch. Not only is the inscription personalised, but you can choose the colour of the leather and the loop with eight colours available for each. For a little extra, you can get it in a box, perfect for gifting.

One reviewer wrote: "This bookmark is absolutely amazing and the quality is exceptional. It is better than described and even better in the flesh! I’ve got this as a gift for my bf and asked him to get me one for Xmas! Love it."

Pros

  • Multiple colourway options
  • Personalisation is optional

Cons

  • Only one size option

Best for organised bookworms

Butterfly Gold Metal Book EndsOliver Bonas

Bookends make the ideal choice for anyone whose novel collection has jumped out from their bookcase. Keep your favourite wellness and storybooks safe between these Butterfly Gold Metal Book Ends. In a gold finish, your collection will stay neat within a striking winged silhouette - complete with engravings for a luxurious finish.

A reviewer said: "I purchased these for my daughter-in-law as a birthday present and she absolutely loved them! They are perfect book-ends as they are a decent weight and they are beautiful."

Pros

  • Durable and heavy
  • Detailed engravings

Cons

  • Only one colour option

Best for a budget

While being a bookworm means a person continuously having their nose in a book, it also means acquiring more books at an unreadable rate. If you know someone with piles of books here, there and everywhere, then this Too Many Books? Wooden Sign might just be the perfect gift.

A reviewer said: "I saw this and thought it would go well on my bookshelf. I received it yesterday and I love it! It goes well in this house as we have many books and bookcases. Brilliant company - well done. I have seen a couple other ones that they make and I will be getting them. They are well made."

Pros

  • Affordable price
  • Clear text

Cons

  • Indoor use only

Best for a book accessory

Serving as a sentimental alternative to bookmarks, or as a stylish way of marking a section for future reference, a book charm makes for a nice little stocking filler for any keen reader. You can personalise the ribbon colours, the charm shape, the charm colour, the finish, and the choice of characters of this Assorted Metal Book Markers Set.

One reviewer put: "A brilliant gift for a friend going to university. The colour of the ribbon was perfect and being able to add a personal touch was nice."
Another reviewer said: "Tiny delicate charm, and lovely that you can personalise it. Perfect gift for a keen reader, but would look equally pretty worn as a bracelet."

Pros

  • Hand-stamped
  • Several charm shape and colour options

Cons

  • Can only add up to 7 characters

Best for a book bag

There Is No Such Thing As Too Many Books Shopper Tote Bag Etsy

Once upon a time, there was a bookworm who said 'There is no such thing as too many books' This tote bag is a book lover's dream! This eco Bookworm Shopping Tote Bag is the perfect accessory for any avid reader to use whilst carrying around the greatest works of literature when they're off to the library. It's a practical, book-themed gift.

Our reviewer wrote: "My daughter loves this bag - it was a Christmas stocking gift. The colours and the print are vivid and the bag has been able to hold a lot of books!"

Pros

  • 100 percent cotton
  • Long handles

Cons

  • Can't be personalised

Best for a book club gift

Personalised Book JournalNot On The High Street

This Personalised Book Journal is perfect for your bookworm loved one who keeps track of their reads. Passionate about books? This gift is gorgeous. Inside its pretty cover, you'll find pages for reviews, book summaries, reading lists, and more. Plus, you can personalise with a choice of journal covers and add the initials of the lucky recipient.

A reviewer said: "Good communication from seller re delivery. Arrived on time, beautifully packaged as Id paid for the gift wrapping service. My sister loves the book which also had her initials on it. I would definitely buy again from this seller. Thank you."

Pros

  • Mixture of quotes and interactive pages
  • Durable and hardback

Cons

  • Can add a pen or bookmark but costs more

Best for a stylish bookworm gift

TATTY DEVINE Bookworm NecklaceTatty Devine

One for the book lovers, it's the Tatty Devine Bookworm Necklace. A must-have accessory, peeking from glossy cream pages, a bookworm set in pale pink acrylic is complete with etched and hand-inked details. Suspended from an adjustable silver-tone chain, it's a great book-lover accessory, whether they're into thrillers or enjoy an easy read.

Customer review: "Bought as a gift for a book-loving friend, they adore it and it looks fantastic on them!"
Another customer review: "A lovely necklace. I bought it as a wee Christmas pressie for my daughter who has a passion for glasses. It made us both smile."

Pros

  • Big size
  • Comes with a recyclable jewellery box

Cons

  • Moisture could discolour parts

Best candle for book lovers

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Boujee Bougies Cuir Culture CandleEscentual

To be boujee is to appreciate finer things - and to show off a little. This definitely shows in their unique range. Boujee Bougies Cuir Culture is daring and rich. Unashamedly dusty, this candle is accented by the charm of old bookshops and warm spice. It's such a treat. It'll go perfectly in your reading nook as you curl up with your latest read.

Reviewed by our Commercial Content Writer Piper Huxley, who said: "Smoky, leather and dusty, this candle is a treat. Anyone who knows me, knows I love books. When it comes to a secondhand bookshop, it's hard to drag me out of one. Futher, I'm the kind of person who loves that musty old book smell. So, I knew that this scent was totally me. When the candle arrived, I wasn't disappointed. It's rich, sultry and cosy. Plus, a little boozy. It's so opulent. Now - I don't have to leave my home to get that musky fix."

Pros

  • Natural wax
  • Long burn time (50 hours)

Cons

  • Not the most stylish jar

Best for a book poster

So many books so little time PosterRedbubble
Price: £9.69 (was £12.12)

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Blank walls are so boring, so help your friend bring some life to their bedroom, library or reading nook. We love this bright, stylish and beautifully designed So Many Books So Little Time Poster from Redbubble.

A reviewer wrote: "This Victoria Holding A Cat print couldn’t make me any happier. I just love this picture. And it even fit in a frame I already had. Very pleased!"

Pros

  • Three size options
  • Semi-gloss finish

Cons

  • Some say it may have a few imperfections

Best personalised gift for a reader

Classic Books Personalised Book Cover MugEtsy

Or, why not snag some nostalgia and customise this Penguin Books-Inspired Personalised Book Mug from Etsy? A first-rate bestseller, this classic mug is a perfect spot to pay tribute to your bookworm buddy's favourite read.

Customer review: "I can't say enough to explain how much I love this mug.. I was anticipating the printing to be kind of "so-so", but it's GREAT, and the mug has a very high gloss finish which makes it easy to pretend it's a promotional item for my first bestseller! The customer service was also phenomenal, and was polite and diligent."

Pros

  • Handmade
  • Good size

Cons

  • No varying colour options

FAQs

Why not go paperless this year with a Kindle e-reader?

There was a time when e-readers were heavy and ugly, with screens that reflected even the faintest of lights and batteries that could barely last a paragraph. Thankfully, these times are long gone.

The Amazon Kindle range is made up of impressive and simple-to-use devices, capable of powering even avid readers for weeks on one battery charge and carrying thousands of books. Screens have lost their glare, and other user-friendly features have been developed to make accessing books easier than ever before.

If you’re looking to treat a bookworm, it's worth considering a Kindle e-reader.

**Kindle ** - the lightest and most compact, now with a 6", 300 ppi high-resolution display and double the storage.

**Kindle Kids ** - includes a cover, access to over a thousand books and a 2-year worry-free guarantee.

Kindle Paperwhite - has 16 GB storage, now with a 6.8" display and adjustable warm light.

**Kindle Paperwhite ** - 32 GB storage with a 6.8" display, wireless charging and auto-adjusting front light.

Kindle Paperwhite Kids - includes over a thousand books, a child-friendly cover and a 2-year worry-free guarantee.

Kindle Oasis - now comes with adjustable warm light, is waterproof, has 8 GB storage and Wi-Fi.

Kindle Scribe - the first Kindle digital notebook, with 16GB, with a 10.2" 300 ppi Paperwhite display, and a Basic Pen.

Piper Huxley is a Homes, Garden and Wellness Product Writer for Yours. An all-rounder, she will write on anything from décor to wellness. When not scouring the net for the best home bargains, Piper is listening to a musical soundtrack and tending to her houseplants.

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