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Bookish Gift Ideas

Happy December everyone! Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking of the perfect gifts for friends and family. Today I’m sharing some gift recommendations for the bookish people in your life.

Bookish boxes have become insanely popular. There are dozens of companies out there creating amazing, curated subscription boxes aimed at any type of reader. The monthly boxes are usually built around a theme and contain a book and bookish items such as bookmarks, candles, mugs, t-shirts, etc. Many of the items featured are made by other small bookish companies. I feel like people mostly think of bookish boxes as something to buy themselves, but they’re a perfect gift if you know the reader’s taste—it gives them a new book and bookish merch all in one. One of the most popular bookish companies is OwlCrate, offering YA boxes, adult boxes and OwlCrate Jr. boxes, often with exclusive signed editions. You can buy standalone boxes ($29.99)  or pay for three months ($86.97) or six months ($167.94) at once. It may be too late to buy December boxes, but they often have past boxes available or you could preorder the January box.

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Other fantastic bookish subscription box companies are: The Bookish Box | The Bookie Box | Enchanted Book Box 

If you have a reader friend who’s very into a specific genre of books, I recommend searching for that type of book box. I know there are many mystery, thriller, horror, YA, etc. specific boxes out there! 

If you’re not interested in the subscriptions, take a look at some of the types of products featured in those boxes, instead. So many amazing artists have independent shops for their incredible bookish items, including a lot of quote and character inspired pieces. Some of my favorites include: 

Bookmarks from Medusa the Dollmaker 

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This artist makes the most incredible woodcut bookmarks that are such a unique gift but she also has many illustrated options. (Around $14)

Dreamy & Co. makes cute character and quote bookmarks along with other bookish items, such as book sleeves to protect your books when you’re carrying them all around with you. Bookmarks are only a few dollars and book sleeves are $17.

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If you’re looking for some bookish t-shirts or tote bags for a fan of classic novels, check out Literary Book Gifts. They have great designs and you can use my code, MADISONSINKWELL20, for 20% any item. My favorite design is still the same as the last time I mentioned this company, but I can’t get past the color green and writing desk. It’s so nice!

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Every book lover needs a bookish mug to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while reading. Some of my favorites include: 

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Only $17.95 here

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Only $12.90! Find it here

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$12.49 here

Speaking of future bestselling authors, a journal is a great gift idea for writers. I have one and use it for ideas and just general random thoughts. I really enjoy physically writing things down instead of just using my phone or computer and I’m sure many others do, too. Use it to write story ideas, take notes on books you read, keep track of the books you read throughout the year—the uses are endless. There are tons of journals everywhere, but if you’re looking for something a little more custom and special, Rogue Journals makes really nice ones. You can choose the color of the leather and type of paper, as well as having it customized. They can get a little pricy but I think the most basic is just under $40. 

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This woodcut typewriter ornament is simple but very cute for a writer’s Christmas tree. You can add a personalized message on the page, too. ($9.99)

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How cool is this personal embosser? I would love to have my name embossed onto all my books. This is $39.95. 

In a similar vein, this book stamp is the perfect gift. I’m actually obsessed with how beautiful it is. Take a look at the artist’s page because they have several beautiful designs. This is almost the same price as the embosser at $39.50.

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For those who like to mix their love of books into decor, this quote book stack is perfect. You can choose the color, quote, and how many books you want in the stack. It starts at $24.30 for one book and goes up to $145.80 for six books.

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Another great idea for people who like bookish decor is a small print of a quote from a favorite book or a quote about reading, like this one from Jane Austen. It’s less than $10 (frame not included but still a great deal). 

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A little something for your bookish best friend….

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This necklace is so cute and just under $40. 

I am actually freaking out over how cute this A Christmas Carol ornament is. This is the perfect Christmas gift—a mini Christmas classic to hang on the tree each year! It contains 18 mini pages of excerpts from the book and comes in blue, green, or red and is only $8.50. You can also personalize it with a message on the last page for only a dollar more.

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I hope you all liked my gift suggestions! Let me know what you think of my ideas in the comments!

Thanks for reading,


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6 thoughts on “Bookish Gift Ideas

  1. These ideas are great. I think bookmarks are particularly good. They’re less expensive than most gifts, easy to fit in a stocking. I was just hunting around for a bookmark this morning when I started a new book . . ..

    1. Thank you! I see so many beautiful handmade bookmarks on Instagram and they’re still so affordable. They’re perfect stocking stuffers! 💜

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