8 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Book Lovers

Step up your game this Valentine’s Day with these whimsical literary gifts.

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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.

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Scented Candle

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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 Love Letters, which evokes “a shoebox tucked away under the bed or the attic with sweet mementos.” 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

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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.

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Tequila Mockingbird

By Tim Federle

Literary references meet delicious cocktails in this punny recipe book. You and your partner will have a ton of fun mixing up a Romeo and Julep, or a Vermouth the Bell Tolls. 

The book include 65 drink recipes, plus witty commentary on beloved novels, snack recipes, drinking games, and whimsical illustrations. What's not to love? 

Related: Bottoms Up! 10 Literary-Inspired Cocktails

Canvas Tote Bag

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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.

Book Paper Rose Bouquet

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Give your loved one a bunch of flowers that will last forever! Made from vintage book paper, these bookish bouquets will always stay fresh.

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

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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. 

Personalized Embroidered Bookmark

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Something small but personal is always a good gift! This beautifully embroidered bookmark will ensure your sweetheart always thinks of you whenever they take a reading break.

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