15 best holiday gifts for book lovers

The holiday season is reading season. If you’re looking for book recommendations, TIME’s 100 must-read books in 2021 there are many to choose from. But we also have suggestions for the perfect gift to go with that perfect book. From games to puzzles to subscription boxes, these Gifts are great ways to celebrate the power of reading.

Whether you’re shopping for the book lovers in your life or want to cure yourself, we encourage you to start your holiday shopping now. Because of supply chain problems, the publishing industry is facing many challenges and independent bookstore need your support more than ever (we’ve included Bookstore links to everything on our list available on the platform).
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Games and puzzles


The Nerd Book 1,000 Pieces

Price: $18.35

Puzzle lovers and book lovers rejoice! This quiz is a great activity for a family get together or for some alone time before diving into the next long reading. At 1,000 copies, it’s a colorful love letter to books filled with beloved titles on illustrated shelves.

Buy now: The Nerd Book 1,000 Pieces

STOP! Dreyer’s English: A Game for Language Lovers, Grammar Geeks and Bibliophiles

Price: $18.39

Following his 2019 bestseller Dreyer’s English, Benjamin Dreyer, copy director of Random House, presents an entertaining game for English fanatics and those who want to improve their grammar. Designed for all levels, STET! Each card contains 100 cards with one sentence with possible grammatical errors. The rules? Identify what is wrong in the sentence or say “STET” aka copy editor’s term which means “let it stand”.

Buy now: STET: Dreyer’s English: A Game for Language Lovers, Grammar Geeks and Bibliophiles

Lizzy Loves Darcy: The Matchmaking Game by Jane Austen

Price: $23

This glitchy board game gives Jane Austen lovers a chance to test their knowledge of the iconic author. The setup is similar to troughs and laddersEach player is looking for their perfect match, which they will find by spinning a wheel, answering Austen’s trivia questions and then going up the social ladder or down the scandalous ropes. It’s a beautifully decorated game board with silhouettes of word characters Proud and prejudice and more than 100 quiz cards.

Buy now: Lizzy Loves Darcy: The Matchmaking Game by Jane Austen



Poe-Ka Dot . Socks

Price: $11.04

Help someone spice up any outfit by paying tribute to one of the most famous American writers of all time, Edgar Allen Poe. These socks are sure to make any Poe fan laugh — with the poet’s graphic design making for a very dreary face.

Buy now: Poe-Ka dotted socks

Hungry Caterpillar socks

Price: $11.04

For readers who might lean towards the slightly younger side, these socks feature Eric Carle’s beloved face Caterpillar is very hungry are sure to bring holiday cheer and perhaps inspire a re-read of the classic picture book. An added bonus: the random caterpillar greens and reds are a great fit for the season’s theme!

Buy now: Hungry Caterpillar Socks

Tote hoarding

Price: $18.40

A bag that’s both practical and neat, this tote bag lets the world know you’re an avid reader and that you can have a huge pile of TBRs. Embellished with the words “It’s not hoarding if it’s a book”, this bag protects spending habits and will capture the attention of other readers.

Buy now: Storing Tote

Bibliophile bookshelf keychain

Price: $13.75

This fun keychain features a stack of illustrated books by Jane Mount, consists of Little woman, Moby Dick and Frankenstein. It will be a great gift for your English teacher, librarian or any book lover in your life.

Buy now: Bibliophile bookshelf keychain

Knick-knacks and stationery

Mug . typewriter

Price: $11.04

What better way to start the day than with a cup of tea or coffee in this cozy mug? For readers and writers alike, the mug includes an inspirational quote by Margaret Atwood: “In the end, we’ll all become stories.”

Buy now: Mug . typewriter


Bookstore postcards

Price: $21.11

Help an avid reader celebrate the beauty of bookstores with this vibrant postcard collection that features stores from London to Tokyo to New York City. With 100 postcards, this gift could then be spread to a large number of literary lovers.

Buy now: This is my bookstore: 100 postcards of beautiful shops around the world

Book Magazine

Price: $18.39

It’s easy to lose track of the books you’ve read over time. This magazine, created by Anne Bogel with bookworms in mind, has the space to help tackle that. In addition to jotting down what they’ve read, they can also find inspiration to start something new with a reading list that Bogel also includes in the journal.

Buy now: My Reading Life: Book Magazine

Gift boxes and subscriptions

Reese’s Book Club Gift of Reading Box

Price: $49.95

This gift box offers a little bit of everything plus a selection of Reese’s Book Club of your choice. There’s also a pair of warm socks, a scarf to keep you warm while reading, a chocolate bar, ground coffee and a small skincare set.

Buy now: Gift of Reading: Edition 3 – Reese’s Book Club

Sign up for Literati

Price: Starting at $75 for three months

Choose from different subscription plans to Literati, which offers exclusive book clubs led by inspirational authors, activists, and leaders. Each month, Literati will send a book from your gift recipient’s chosen club (they can switch clubs at any time). Plus, they’ll have access to discussions and events led by a buzzing roster of “Luminaries” that include Megan Rapinoe, Malala, Roxane Gay, and Cheryl Strayed.

Buy now: Sign up for Literati

blank holiday gift wrapping

Price: $45 and up

For audiobook lovers, consider this holiday gift wrap from audiobook company This gift box is a collaboration between and author Ann Shen. Inside is a candle, 1,000 puzzle pieces and an audiobook that you can choose from’s extensive catalog. And there’s more — all proceeds from the box go to the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books.

Buy now: holiday gift wrapping

Coffee subscription and Classic Book box

Price: Starts at $52.99 a month

With a subscription to this quirky book, avid readers you know can revisit classics they haven’t read in a while — or maybe dive into some pieces they’ve never seen before. time read before. Coffee and a Classic offers two options, and both contain a classic book (think howling wind hill or A tale of two cities), a fun drink, two “available items” and a bookmark.

Buy now: Coffee subscription and Classic Book box


Equal Opportunity Book Box

Price: Starting at $24.99 a month

Made especially for younger readers, this bookcase has options for younger and older children. Sent monthly, both boxes contain three books, which feature characters from underrepresented communities. For every book they sell, Equal Opportunity Book Box also gives one away to children attending Title 1 schools through their partnership with Bernie’s Book Bank.

Buy now: Equal Opportunity Book Box 15 best holiday gifts for book lovers

Aila Slisco

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