Valentine’s Day shopping can be tricky, but don’t fret: We’ve compiled a list of literary-themed gifts perfect for significant others and friends alike. These bookish items are a great way to show someone you’ve been thinking of them and appreciate their personality and interests. Ranging from sweet to hilarious, there’s something on this list for every bookworm near and dear to your heart.
Scents can truly transport you to another time and place, and that’s exactly what these candles aim to do. Harness the power of nostalgia with a scent specific to your loved one. There’s Love, which smells of roses, or Books, which evokes “cherry blossoms in full bloom, stone-faced buildings, and leather-bound books in a sunlit library.” You can even select a candle that captures the essence of the city or state where you first met. Close your eyes and inhale the sweet memories.
Banned Book Coffee Mug
Got a rebel in your life? Snag them a banned books mug, embossed with the titles of books once thought too “offensive” to be read. If banned books aren’t their thing, delight them with a whimsical mug decorated with quotes and the portrait of a classic beloved author, with options ranging from Jane Austen to Mark Twain. These dishwasher safe mugs are beautifully unique, and sure to please your favorite reader.
2019 "Bibliophile" Planner
This gorgeous 2019 planner is hard to pass up. It has everything a bibliophile could want—colorful illustrations of classic books, sketches of authors, and even a notes section specifically dedicated to reading lists. With monthly and weekly spreads as well as a list of 2019 holidays, this planner will keep even the most absent-minded person organized, all while delighting the senses.
Bookish: Adult Coloring Book
Who said coloring was just for kids? Sitting down with a fresh coloring book and some colored pencils is actually a great way to relieve stress and channel your creativity. Show the bookworm in your life some love by picking up this coloring book geared toward bibliophiles. Each of the 40 pages has a unique, intricate design centered on books and a love of reading. This is perfect for a commuter or someone who needs a little escape and relaxation from being on the go.
Last Night's Reading: Illustrated Encounters with Extraordinary Authors
The Boston Globe has rightfully dubbed this “a witty love letter to the literary world.” Illustrator Kate Gavino attended over a hundred book readings by contemporary authors to craft this collection, which features a sketch of each writer alongside their most memorable quote of the evening. Packed with life advice, beautifully phrased insights, and hilarity, this book affords us a glimpse of the New York City literary scene and is sure to inspire and delight the bookworm in your life.
Canvas Tote Bag
A canvas bag toes the line between cute and practical. Ideal for anything from grocery shopping to carrying gym clothes to carting books back to the library, these totes are both sturdy and eye-catching. Go the silly route with a stenciled saying like “My workout is reading in bed until my arms hurt,” or get punny with “My weekend is all booked.” Everyone could use an extra tote bag, and these options will brighten a bookish friend’s day.
Literary Fortune Cookies
These fortune cookies have a unique twist—each one has a thought-provoking literary quote tucked inside. Treat your friends to these sweet biscuits and the charming discovery of pithy sayings from beloved authors. Who knew dessert could be so inspiring?
Library Card Socks
Make way, boring white socks—it’s time for a subtle fashion upgrade. These socks will let bibliophiles add a touch of personality to their outfits. We recommend the vintage library card socks for the nostalgia factor, but there are plenty of other options, ranging from Harry Potter themed to a sloth clutching a book. There’s something here for everyone.
Poster of Shakespearean Insults
This chart of Shakespearean insults is downright hilarious, and perfect for a reader who appreciates the Bard’s biting wit. Printed on high-quality paper, this poster could easily be framed and hung in a living room for inspiration when you’ve run out of zingers.